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Chinhae Cherry Blossom Festival


Cherry blossom. Photo by Jen Kanetsky

Apr 2009 (annual)
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When the local cherry blossom is in full bloom, a city-wide celebration takes over the port of Chinhae. Traditional musicians play all over town, alongside performances of well-known folk dances.
The festival honours the famous Korean naval hero, Admiral Yi Sun-shin, who helped defeat the Japanese invasions of Korea over 400 years ago. There is a street parade for Admiral Yi in which the Navy March is followed by hundreds of people in folk costumes carrying cherry blossom.

This is a great time to be in this seaside city, as thousands flock here from all over the country. Don't miss the impressive Air Show, not to mention the folk games and sports contests which take place all over town.
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