Today I want to talk about my trip to Jinhae. It was for the Cherryblossom (벚꽃) festival. Why Jinhae? Because the whole city was filled with Cherryblossom. We went there by bus since it was out of Busan. The journey there wasn’t that long, only one hour approximately. The whole town was filled with the blossoming flower. It was so beautiful. You could see the flower everywhere along the street. It was like the city was painted with soft pink colour from the flower. This is a brief explanation about the cherryblossom in South Korea (from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom)
“Watching of cherry blossom was introduced to Korea during Japanese rule. The festivals continued even after the Japanese surrendered in WWII, but have been contentious, and many cherry trees have been destroyed because they were seen as symbols of the occupation. However, there has been considerable confusion about the origin of the cultivated Japanese cherry trees and the differences between them and native Korean trees. Certain trees at Seoul’s Gyeongbok Palace were cut down to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Japanese surrender in World War II. Although Cherry blossoms are already indigenous to Korea, Japan had planted trees on sacred and offensive locations in the Palace. Once the offending trees were cut down the festival continued with the indigenous trees. The cherry blossom festival at Gyeongbok Palace is one of a number of such festivals across Korea and is prominently advertised to tourists.”
But apart from seeing the flowers in Jinhae, we also visited the naval base. My Korean friends said that it was also an academy or something. I’m not really sure, but anyway, we went there and saw one of the ship they use and also the famous turte ship by Lee Sun Shin. Just for your information, this is a brief explanation about the turtle ship.
“The Turtle ship, also known as Geobukseon or Kobukson (거북선), was a type of large warship belonging to the Panokseon class in Korea that was used intermittently by the Royal Korean Navy during the Joseon Dynasty from the early 15th century up until the 19th century. (as always, cited from the good old Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtle_ship)”
After visiting the naval base, we went back to the city and ate lunch. Then, after lunch, we went back on our journey to see the Romance Bridge. However, there were so many people at that time that it was hard to walk without being separated from each other. At last I just got to walk the first half of the trip to Romance Bridge because me and my friends were separated from our Korean friends. It was still very beautiful, though. Okay, I think that’s enough rambling from me. Now, off to the pictures!!!