Springtime is in full bloom here in Korea, and that means that the cherry blossoms are, too. And in true Korean fashion, there is a festival to celebrate it. Knowing that the beauty of these flowers is fleeting, my friends and I decided to attend the first day of the Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival takes place in Jinhae, a small country-side town located near the city of Changwon.
The Cherry Blossom Festival
Getting to Changwon from Jinju is easy enough. There is a bus leaving every 45 minutes, and it only takes about an hour to get here. Not to mention it costs less than 6,000 won each way. From Changwon, my friends and I took a taxi to the festival. Although we had heard about some taxi drivers price gouging festival goers, we were lucky that it did not happen to us.
We arrives around 10 a.m., and the cherry blossoms were everywhere. Not only did the trees line the streets leading to the festival, but the entirety of the park where the festival is held was in full bloom.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is free to attend, which meant we didn’t spend much money outside of transportation to the festival, snacks, and a late lunch after leaving the festival. Of course, I got a potato on a stick because they’re my absolute favorite festival food.
Our time at the festival mostly consisted of taking photos. How could you not when everything is covered in beautiful cherry blossoms?
It also included catching up, since we hadn’t had a chance to get together in a few months. Even though we all live in the same city, we’re incredibly busy with our own lives.
After the Festival
After spending over three hours in the sunshine, enjoying the cherry blossoms, we headed back to Changwon. The plan was to get Mexican food for lunch at a restaurant called Todos. There was a bit of a wait, but the street had a lot of craft venders selling their goods. We got to walk up and down the street perusing the homemade goodies while we waited.
I’m always happy when I can order a full meal at a restaurant in Korea, and Todos did not disappoint. My friends and I shared an order of guacamole, which made me miss affordable avocados. For my meal, I had an avocado salad and a mojito. Overall, it was a delicious meal, and I will definitely be going back to Todos.
We finished up our cherry blossom adventures at a cafe. It was nice to just sit and catch up, even though that’s what we spent the majority of the day doing. Having the chance to get away with friends was much-needed. It also reminded me of how much time has already passed in Korea and how little time I have left with them. Just like the cherry blossoms, our time together is fleeting.