Wansan Park, Jeonju

If you look for the King Cherry Blossom and colorful Royal Azaleas, Wansan Park in Jeonju is the best place to visit. Since it’s located just next to Jeonju Hanok Village, you can reach this place after you spend some hours in the famous Hanok Village, only 30 mins by walking.

F86A2395F86A2376F86A2592F86A2720F86A2794F86A2571F86A2798F86A2366F86A2453F86A2625F86A2615F86A2834F86A2518.JPGF86A2829F86A2363F86A2663F86A2563

King Cherry Blossom is another type of Cherry Blossom flower, but the flower is more pink, bigger and has more petals.

F86A2392F86A2349F86A2617F86A2487F86A2348F86A2857

Royal Azalea in Wansan Park has some two colors, the red and pink one.

F86A2509F86A2514F86A2516F86A2572F86A2586F86A2593

Something you can’t forgot is taking good photos.

F86A2664F86A2407F86A2565

F86A2424F86A2464F86A2495F86A2527F86A2554

[TIPS]

    • You can get to Jeonju by taking public bus from Express Bus Terminal to Jeonju city which is available every 10 mins
    • If bus terminal is too far from your area, the easier way to travel is joining oneday shuttle bus to Jeonju organized by Trazy where they have pick up points on popular area such as myeongdong, hongdae and dongdaemun. Click here Travel with Trazy
    • Once you arrive to Jeonju City (by your own) or to Jeonju Hanok Village with Trazy, read my instruction bellow.

[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • Walk from Bus Terimal to Geumam Gwanjang Intersection (금암관장사거리) for about 5-10mins, and take right and you will find bus stop. Take bus 165.
  • Get off at Nambu Market Bus Stop (남부시장). As soon as you get off, go to your left and keep going straight until you see a river and bridge.
  • (If you wanna visit after spending time in Jeonju Village, you can go to a big road next to Jeoju Cathedral, and turn left, towards a river and bridge)

IMG_0350

  • As you find the bridge, you will see small hill on your right.

IMG_0348

  • Find the entrance to the hill (steep stairs) and Wansan Park is just behind that hill.

IMG_0349

  • Take the stairs and as soon as you reach the top, take left, go straight untill you find way down exit, and take left again and you will see the entrance of the Wansan Park on your right.

IMG_0347.JPG

Visited on April 25th, 2017

FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM RUFUSAZARYA

Jinhae (2017 updated)

Everyone knows that Jinhae city is the most beautiful place in Korea for seeing cherry blossom. It’s super recommended for travellers who come to Korea during late March until April 1st week to visit this city. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival itself held between April 1 – 10 everyear. Why it’s so pretty? The whole entire is city is PINK as cherry blossom grows everywhere.

Gyeonghwa Station

Gyonghwa Station is used to be train station where cherry blossoms trees grow along the rail way. They also put the real train during Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival to make it more beautiful.

IMG_0357IMG_0279IMG_0204IMG_0174IMG_0190IMG_0114IMG_0106

If you are a photographer and like to take perfect picture, you can come to this place at the dawn and use long exposure when it’s still dark. I arrived at 5.15am in the morning and took some best shots.

IMG_0013IMG_0024IMG_0029

Yeojwacheon Stream

The 2nd must visited place after Gyeonghwa Station when you are in Jinhae is Yeojwacheon Stream where you can see the cherry blossom tree along the stream for about 1 km long.

IMG_0433IMG_0418IMG_0401IMG_0438IMG_0444IMG_0481IMG_0561IMG_0501

IMG_0516

Jinhae Inland Water Ecopark

At the end of Yeojwacheon Stream, they have a park with small lake called Jinhae Inland Water Ecopark.

IMG_0508IMG_0521IMG_0528IMG_0531IMG_0548

Jinhae Naval Base Command

You ca also take a stroll to the left side of Yeojwacheon stream (5 mins walking) to visit the Jinhae Naval Base Command area where you can also see chery blossoms

IMG_0460IMG_0670IMG_0684

Jinhae District Office

Jinhae is a perfect place to explore cherry blossom spot as the whole city has it. I went to the Jinhae District Office area, 30 mins away from Yeojwacheon or 20 mins away from Gyeonghwa Station by bus 307. They have cherry blossom trees around the area.

IMG_0593

Just next to the district office, there is a way uphill where you will find baseball court,

IMG_0618

If you keep walking uphill you will see a pink hill, full of cherry blossom

IMG_0616

IMG_0612

Wood Culture Experience Centre (목재문화체험장)

Keep walking from Jinhae district office and take the left way in the intersection to visit the Wood Culture Experience Centre.

IMG_0623IMG_0627

Jinhae Dream Park

My cherry blossom adventure is not finished yet as I explore the Jinhae Dream Park and the surrounding, next to the culture centre to take some best photos.

IMG_0632IMG_0646IMG_0655IMG_0659

Photoshoot in Jinhae

Jinhae is also perfect place to take photoshoot, beauty shoot, couple shoot, even prewedding photos

IMG_0305IMG_0311IMG_0348IMG_0349

Are you ready to explore Jinhae city?

I already wrote the detailed direction, tips and itenerary of Jinhae trip in my previous post. You can click here

visited on April 4th, 2017

FOLLOW ME on INSTAGRAM rufusazarya

Andong

 Introducing Andong

Andong is the capital of North Gyeongsang Province. Andong is famous for the original dish Andong Jjimdalk, which recently you can also find everywhere in Korea. Andong is also famous for its Hahoe Folk Village (korean traditional houses village) and the International Maskdance Festival which held in October every year.

img_0326

Andong City is the first destination for the 2016 WOW Korea Supporters 2nd Trip on October 1-3.

Hahoe Mask Museum (하회동 탈 박물관)

Together with Andong Hahoe Folk Village, Hahoe Mask Museum is also UNESCO World Heritage Site and Important Folklore Material No. 122. over the world. This museum displays not only masks from Korea, but masks from all over the world.

img_0055

img_0058

This museum opens everyday from 09:30-18:00 with 2000 won entrance fee for adult.

img_0059img_0066

You can also experience making your own korean traditional mask using colorful clas based on your creativity. I tried making my own mask TWICE because it was soo much fun. You can have this experience only with 5000 won.

img_0102

img_0110

[HOWTOGETTHERE]

  • Bus 46 bound for Hahoe Village (하회마을) from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Station (bus 46 runs 10 times a day from 06.20-18.20)
  • Get off at the museum (ask the driver to drop you off at the museum (Tal Bangmulgwan))

*more info

Andong Hahoe Folk Village [UNESCO World Heritage] (안동 하회마을)

 

Hahoe Folk Village is an area of Korean traditional houses where you can feel the atmosphere of Korea in the old times. Hahoe Folk Village is the home to descendants of the Ryu clan of Pungsan from  Joseon Period.

img_0146

img_0116

img_0133

Hahoe Folk Village was getting more famous after Queen Elizabeth of England visited this village on April 21, 1999.

img_0165

Hahoe Folk Village is also famous for its cherry-blossoms lined trees which are pinky during spring time. In October, the lined trees are just green, but still pretty isn’t it?

img_0217

[HowToGetThere]

  • Bus 46 bound for Hahoe Village (하회마을) from Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Station (bus 46 runs 10 times a day from 06.20-18.20)
  • If you visit Hahoe Mask Museum first, you can reach Hahoe Folk Village by walking for 5 minutes.

[Tips]

  • Visit here on early April for the pink cherryblossoms
  • This place is similar to the famous Korean Folk Vilage in Jeju Island, so you can visit this place as alternative.

*more info

Andong Jjimdak Street (안동 찜닭 골목)

Another famous spot in Andong city is the Jjimdak street where you can find so many restaurants selling the original Andong Jjimdak.

img_0235

Andong jjimdak is a variety of jjim (a Korean steamed or boiled dish), made with chicken, various vegetables marinated in a ganjang (Korean soy sauce) based sauce.

img_0240
[HowToGetThere]

  • From Andong bus terminal, take bus 11 and get off at 신통의원 (Sin-tong-e-won) bus stop for  22 mins.
  • From Andong station, you can walk for about 500 meter (10 mins)

[Tips]

  • You can order the nonspicy one if you don’t like spicy
  • Eat together with some other friends (1 portion is for 4 people, cost around 25.000 won)

 

International Andong Maskdance Festival

The annual festival offers you more than 50 events and hands-on experience program such as the performances of Korea’s traditional mask dances, maskdance performances form other countries, world mask competition, maskdance learning, mask making, and many moreimg_0278

img_0292

img_0307img_0303

img_0266

The most important thing of a festival in Korea is the food tents.

img_0269

I was so lucky as I managed to see the fireworks as I came on the first day of festival for the opening ceremony.

img_0283

*more info

visited on September 30th, 2016

FOLLOW ME on INSTAGRAM rufusazarya