From Seoul to Busan and Jinhae
South Korea is a country with distinct four seasons. Even if I have been there few times, the scene always brought me different feelings and emotions. After freezing winter, the temperature raises slightly and the chilling winds subside with the coming Spring in March and April. During this period, many festivals and activities are held around South Korea thanks to this moderate weather.
April announces its arrival with blossoming flowers. There are three types of spring blossoms in South Korea – cherry blossom (벚꽃 or Sakura in Japanese), yellow cornelian cherry flowers (산수유꽃) and magnolia (목련). This April, we followed those countless beautiful blossoming spring flowers to travel around South Korea, from Seoul to Busan. Spend the precious family time in this lovely atmosphere.
4th time to Korea…but first time with my fam.
How to go there?
This time we bought 3-day KR pass for the traffic between Seoul and Busan. Basically, there are three types of train from seoul to Busan. The fastest and most expensive one is KTX, which only takes around 2’hr 40min but costs 48,800KRW.
KR Pass is a really good deal for foreigners to travel, which allowed you to unlimited use all kinda trains, including KTX. What’s more? There are discount for 2+ people. The way to use it is pretty easy as well. Just book the ticket on the website, and bring it to the information counter in Seoul station with passports to change the real ticket. With this ticket, you can start the ulimit crazy train tour in Korea.
What to see?
There are several places I will recommend for spring visit in Korea.
1. Dalmaji-gil Road, Haeundae ,Busan (해운대 달맞이길, 부산)
It is my first time to Busan! People said Busan is like my hometown Kaohsiung, which is also in the south, with beach and nice weather! It took us lots of time to find the hostel, since it was in a freaking small alley inside Haeundae market.
Our first stop was Dalmaji-gil Road , recommended by a local lady. We took taxi there and walked all the way down from the top. Cherry blossoms are all around along the road. The view was truly amazing. After cherry blossom, i will recommend you to take a walk around Haeundae, the beach side.
2. Jinhae – Jinhae Gunhangje Festival (진해군항제)
That’s the key destination of our trip. Jinhae hold this world-class cherry blossom festival in the early April every year. Jinhae is a small naval port village nearby Busan. It took us around 1.5 hrs to go there from Busan bus station.
The first spot we went was Gyeonghwa Station (경화역). The railway station was already out of services in 2015, however, rows of cherry blossoms tree along have made it a famous spot in April.
And then we went to Jehwangsan Park (제황산공원), which is located on the Jehwangsan mountain in Jinhae. There is a tower in the top , but you hv to walk 365 stairs to reach there.lol Well.. there are cable car service still, for lazy people. :D.
We walked all the way to the Naval Base of Korea Naval Academy. This place is not open to public, only during this festival.
Romantic Road was our last attraction today. I will recommend you to come here at night, with all decoration and lantern lighten up.That view must be amazing and romantic for sure. 😛
3. Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival, Seoul (영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제) –#RK여행
In the mid of April, there was a spring celebration on Yeouido Road. If you visit Seoul only, this festival is the first choice for sure. And it is really easy to reach , since there are plenty stations around – Dangsan Station, Yeouinaru Station, Yeouido Station or National Assembly Station.
I was here with my Korean friend and enjoyed a precious morning with those beautiful blossom. We saw a TV show shooting, but those are senior singers who I never heard before. There were many street stands around selling different kinda food. Everything looks so yummy for a hungry person like me. 😛 My sis bought a round cookie made by sugar only. I remembered we made this in the chemistry course in school, kinda special to see this in Korean festival.
4. Traditional Palaces Tour in Seoul (경복궁, 창덕궁)
Well.. there is no specific time to visit Korea Palaces. Since I am kinda fascinated by those traditional architectures, how can i miss the chance to take some photos here in spring? This time we went to two different palaces- Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung.
Gyeongbokgung(경복궁) was built in 1935 Joseon Dynasty, which was the main royal palace before. One of my fav walk in Seoul is from Gwanhuangmun Plaza(광화문광장) with the statue of the Admiral Yi Sun-sin and King Sejong, all the way down to the main gate Gwanhuangmun (광화문), and end it up in Gyeongbokgung Palace. Everyday except Tuesday, you can also see the changing of Korean traditional guards at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Changdeokgung(창덕궁) was another palace built in Joseon Dynasty. This palace was added to the UNESCO World Heritage and stated as an outstanding example of the Far Eastern palace architectures and beautiful garden design. My sister came up the idea of wearing Korean Tradition clothes-Hanbok (한복). Changdeokgung is just nearby the traditional village Bukchon Hanok Village(북촌한옥마을) which is easy to find some shops for Hanbok renting. For me, it was really embarrassed to wear this! I don’t even want to post my pics on IG. But my sis said it was the best look i had, that i should wear Hanbok everyday. What the..
What to eat
My final note..
Hey, it’s too tired to travel with family. I was kinda worried that my parents would think this place is boring and the food tastes bad. I was with Naver map all the time, checking where/how to go. I was so tired of planning and everything during this trip! But everything is worthy after seeing their happy smile. 🙂
Next time, i gonna bring them to Cambodia…must be a big challenge for sure!!