And I am back in South Korea for a quick spring trip! I haven’t really gotten around to write about our very colorful autumn experience, but I will try soon, after this spring series.For this trip we opted for join-in tours available in Klook, as there are just four of us and the tours seemed great.
Our first tour is the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival by KTOURSTORY. This costs PHP 2153, or around USD 40. The tour takes us to Jinhae, a district in the city of Changwon, at the far south of the peninsula. The trip from Seoul will take about five hours! Do take note of this and check if it is worth your time.
Jinhae is really famous for its cherry blossoms, attracting around 2 million tourists yearly. Our guide says the blossoms there were planted by the Japanese during their occupation. But these blossoms are white, as they are from Jeju island and not in Japan.
We visited two spots in Jinhae, and you will be spending about 1 1/2 to 2 hours per place. This might sound a bit too quick, but in our experience, it was just enough. The guide will tell you the meeting point, where you can eat and etc.
The first spot is Yeojwacheon stream, where you can walk along both sides of the stream lined with cherry blossoms.
The second spot is Gyeonghwa railway station, which in my opinion is more beautiful in terms of the whole landscape.
There are random perfomers, and some quieter spaces at the rear where you can still enjoy the blossoms.
Of course, expect a lot of tourists lining up near the train itself. So there will be some efforts in finding yourself a good spot to take photos.
It is just dreamy when the wind blows and petals rain down. Do remember to set a time to forget about the pictures and just enjoy them!
We left Jinhae at about 4pm, and it is a long 5-hr trip back to Seoul with one rest stop.
Quick review of Ktourstory + tips:
Tour was organized, and our guide Anna was clear with her instructions, kind, and considerate of everyone. Bus is comfortable, and communication is very good. You can easily contact them for questions or emergencies.
All in all, the tour was great, reasonably priced, and the cherry blossoms in Jinhae are really beautiful. But I guess I would only do this trip again if I come from somewhere nearer like Busan. (There is a Jinhae tour from Busan!) The 10-hr trip is just kind of too long for me.
And some tips:
- Be at the meeting point at least 10-15 minutes before the departure time as you need to check your group number, and they need to check your voucher. Their email instruction says 5 mins. We did this and our group was already boarding the bus when we arrived!
- Be punctual and considerate of others. The meeting times are usually set to avoid heavy traffic.
- Bring simple snacks (no smelly ones of course) and water because the stops are usually quick, just enough for a toilet break.
Have you been to Jinhae to see the blossoms? How was your experience? 🙂 Feel free to leave your comments or questions about the tour below!