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The Jinhae Naval Port Festival (진해군항제) is Korea’s biggest spring flower festival. From April 1-10, 2011, the charming town of Jinhae on Korea’s southern coast will welcome an estimate 2.5 million people (!) to its 49th annual Jinhae Naval Port Festival to view its thousands upon thousands of cherry trees.
Jinhae Naval Port Festival organizers have put together helpful information in English for the event. To view the festival’s daily programs, go here. For information on local attractions, go here. For more details and photos, I wrote about my trip to a previous Jinhae Naval Port Festival here.
To reach Jinhae from Seoul or Busan, you can travel via bus or train. While Korea’s express buses are typically fast and comfortable, note that the roads will be very congested around Jinhae. With that in mind, to help you plan your trip, I’ve put together some train schedules to and from Jinhae from Seoul and points northwest, and from Busan and points southeast.
The times on the charts refer to departures. The alphanumeric codes refer to train type and number. Korail operates four types of passenger trains: Korea Train eXpress (KTX), Nooriro (NOO), Saemaeul (SAE) and Mugunghwa (MUG). In terms of speed, comfort and cost they roughly go in that order (with KTX as the most comfortable, fastest and most expensive). When putting together these itineraries, I’ve tried to pick the most convenient options. Please note, however, that some of the transfers are quite fast.
Seoul to Jinhae via train: To my knowledge, there is no direct train service between Seoul and Jinhae. You’ll need to transfer at either DongDaegu or Miryang station. From there, some trains will go to Jinhae, while others will stop at nearby Masan. If yours stops in Masan, you’ll need to take a taxi or bus to Jinhae (taxis will run you something in the neighborhood of 12,000 won and take about 30 minutes). Depending on your combination of trains, a standard fare, one-way trip will cost between 48,900 to 52,000 won (about $45) between Seoul and Jinhae. Travel times via train will be about 3.5~4.0 hours.
Busan to Jinhae via train: There’s no direct train service between Busan and Jinhae. You’ll need to transfer at either Gupo or Miryang. From Miryang, there are trains that will go to Jinhae. From Gupo, some trains will go to Masan, where you’ll need to take a bus or taxi to Jinhae (taxis will run about 12,000 won and take about 30 minutes). Depending on your combination of trains, a standard fare, one-way trip will cost between 9,500 to 13,800 won (between approx. $8.50~12.50) between Busan and Jinhae. Travel times via train will be about 2.0~2.5 hours.
Please note that train schedules may change due to:
1) Additional trains to accommodate peak festival traffic.
2) Additional trains for festival packages from major hubs (Seoul, Daejeon, Daegu or Busan).
3) Seasonal schedule changes, track repair, etc.
I think that’s it! I hope you have a wonderful time at the Jinhae Naval Port Festival!