Mumbai: 27th March 2012: Jinhae Gunhangje is known as the most famous cherry blossom festival. To be held for ten days beginning on April 1st, the Jinhae Gunhangje will introduce tourists to the beautiful cherry blossoms across Changwon in Korea.
Selected as a special event for the Visit Korea Year Campaign, the festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Under the slogan of “Gunhangje- Past and Future 50 Years,” the festival will begin with various events on its eve and will proceed towards the commemorative, memorial, thematic, special and connected events.
Over 2 million tourists come from all over the world to walk along the tree-lined streets and picturesque mountain paths.
This year, it will be vibrant and splendid in terms of programmes and the size than ever before. The city is preparing a Hallyu star concert by inviting K-pop idol groups for the celebration. It will also hold “2012 Jinhae Multimedia Fireworks on the Sea” as a feature and present the “Yeojwacheon Light Festival”.
The festival offers a variety of events including a grand parade commemorating the victory of Admiral Yi Sun-sin the general of the Chosun Dynasty in addition to the breathtaking beauty of the cherry blossomed-lined streets.
The city will also hold the “International Military Band and Honor Guard Festival” under the theme “Echo of Naval Port, Melody of the Future.” About 660 players in 12 bands, including the armies, navies, air forces and marines of various countries and the U.S. Eighty Army, will take part in the festival.
Mr. Jae Sang Lee, Director, Korea Tourism Organization said, “We are determined to promote Gunhangje to become a global festival on the occasion of its 50th anniversary and the Visit Korea Year Campaign.”