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Changwon

Country
Korea
State
Gyeongsangnam-do
City
Changwon
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

Gimhae International Airport is 35 km away from the Changwon.It is 50 minutes away from changwon city hall.

By Train

Gyeongjeon Line: Gwangju-Samnangjin.This line stretches along the southern coast and links Jeolla and Gyeongsang regions.Usually, this line is regarded as a set of branch lines, which feed local traffic into adjacent major lines.Changwon city has 9 train stations.

By Road

Namhae highway 10, Guma highway 102, Changwon boulevard, woni boulevard, gongdan boulevard, Road 5, Road 25, Road 2.Changwon Cross-Country Bus Terminal Station, Masan Cross-Country Bus Terminal Station and Jinhae Cross-Country Bus Terminal Station.

By Bus

Buses connect Changwon to most of the other cities in Gyeongsangnam-do via the Express bus terminal.Some buses connect with Changwon at the Namsan terminal in the south part of town, including buses for Busan.Express buses connect directly to Seoul several times a day.To Busan: Buses to Busan mainly arrive in Sasang-gu in Busan at the Seobu bus station.The fare is about 3500 Won.Its a short walk to the Sasang subway station from Seobu.

By Ferry

Masan port is main port in changwon city.Changwon port is sub port of Masan port.Jinhae port is a port of Korea Navy.Pusan New Port is new port in Korea.It is located between Busan and Jinhae.

Key places to visit
Changwon Festival, Gagopa flower festival, Jinhae gunhang festival, Korea Naval Academy Museum, Jinhae’s Naval Port Festival, Junam Reservoir


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Places to Visit

Changwon Festival

A global parade festival takes place at Changwon.Changwon is the environmental capital of the Republic of Korea that the world has already recognized and the first planned city where the environments and the people coexist! Now a global festival takes place at Changwon, which is becoming one of the foremost cities in the world, with the spirit and the passion of 510,000 citizens.Changwon Festival 2008 is pursuit of the global festivals such as Nice Carnival, Rio Carnival and Menton Carnival in succession to Free Festival 2007.The fantastic panorama for two days! Indulge yourself with impression, joy, and shout of delight from three factors of 'Parade' that holds all dreams of the world, 'Fireworks' that is so splendid, and 'Congratulatory Concert' that is filled with joy.We invite you to the fantastic world at Changwon, where the environments, the high-tech industries and the culture are mixed.

Gagopa flower festival

Since its inception in 1960, chrysanthemum farming in Masan has proliferated, accounting for 13% of nationwide chrysanthemum farming.The Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival presents numerous exhibitions, cultural programs, food tasting, and many more.Chrysanthemum flower art exhibition, chrysanthemum flower industry promotion, chrysanthemum flower tea program, chrysanthemum flower delicacy tasting, Guinness Book Record challenge, etc.Take an express bus to Masan Express Bus Terminal.Leave the terminal through the exit by the GS25 convenience store.Cross the street, turn left and walk 100m to the city bus stop.Take Bus 703 and get off at Jeil Girls High School.Cross the street and walk 250m towards the harbor.

Jinhae gunhang festival

The Jinhae Gunhang Festival, held annually since 1963, is one of the most famous cherry blossom events.The Jinhae area is an outstanding sightseeing destination in the springtime, when it is flooded with tourists who come to witness the spectacular blossom-filled streets.The origin of the Jinhae Gunhang Festival goes back to 1953, when a statue of the famous Korean Admiral Yi Sun Shin was erected at Bukwon Rotary.This marked the first annual memorial service in honor of the admiral.Today, the festival features assorted cultural, artistic, and athletic programs, providing visitors with plenty of things to see and enjoy, in addition, of course, to the cherry blossoms.The Jinhae Gunhang Festival kicks off the evening before the 2-week festival begins with a breathtaking fireworks display and a ritual in commemoration of Admiral Yi Sun-shin. Visitors will be thrilled by the sight of a parade of marchers dressed in traditional military uniforms carrying huge banners and pulling large carts, performances of traditional Korean instruments and nongangnori (Korean traditional folk music, which farmers play and enjoy with their neighbors).

Korea Naval Academy Museum

is located in the premises of the Naval Academy, located adjacent to the Jinhae Naval Base.The museum was renamed as the Naval Academy Museum in January 1976, expanding the existing exhibition center of Admiral Yi Soon-shin's relics.The museum has three separate exhibition rooms and a souvenir shop.The museum houses over 4,800 relics, including three treasures.Korea's shipbuilding technology has greatly developed over time.Iron rods strengthened the structure of ships while charging tactics became quite common during battles.The Turtle Ship was a newly created sea tank originated from spear ships and firearms and a wood board covered warship.The front part of the ship was shaped as a dragon head, where the mouth served as a gun port.Two additional gun ports opened on the top and bottom of the head.The rear was shaped as a tail with a gun port placed underneath.There were six gun ports on both sides of the back plate.Hyeon and Hwang shot large fire arrows and are estimated to have had a shooting range of 300 meters.Seung shot fire arrows dipped in gun powder and was used to attack nearby ships.Seung was light in weight with a range of up to 200 meters.Most enemy ships attacked by these cannons were badly damaged or burnt and sank during naval battles.

Jinhae’s Naval Port Festival

Korea’s biggest spring flower festival of them all is nearly upon us From April 1st through the 10th, 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.Festival organizers have put together helpful information in English for the event.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.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.

Junam Reservoir

is an important bird migration site and the largest in Korea.During the peak winter season, an average of 30,000 to 40,000 birds a day can be seen there.There is a birdwatching festival there each year.The water level is kept constant throughout the year and the water surface does not freeze over in winter. There is also an abundance of great duckweed and hornwort that provides a natural, relaxing setting. Junam Reservoir is a well-known destination in Changwon and gives you the chance to experience the exciting wildlife and breathtaking nature of Korea.Every November, these birds fly into the reservoir to spend a winter where there is warmth and abundance of food, joining the living national treasures of the swan, white-naped crane, and the Eurasian spoonbill. The sheer size and makeup of the reservoir provides ideal living conditions for the birds as well as numerous photo opportunities.Take the local bus at Changwon Train Station.Get off at the entrance of the Junam Reservoir and walk 10 minutes from the entrance.

Right Time to Visit

October - February
April - September

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