The Jinhae “Gunhangje” (Naval Port Festival), Korea’s most famous cherry blossom festival that boasts a half-century history this year, seeks to jump into becoming a world-class festival. Changwon said it would hold the 50th Jinhae Gunhangje in Jinhae District for 10 days from April 1 under the theme, “flower-environment-global.”
Under the slogan of “Gunhangje _ Past and Future 50 Years,” this year’s festival will start with various events on its eve and proceed toward commemorative, memorial, thematic, special and connected events. The city will activate a task force for the successful hosting of the festival next month and start preparations in earnest.
Considering 2012 is the “Visit Korea Year,” the city is preparing a hallyu star concert by inviting K-pop idol groups to celebrate the event. It will also hold “2012 Jinhae Multimedia Fireworks on the Sea” as a feature and present the “Yeojwacheon Light Festival” in the famous cherry blossom village as a special event.
Timed with Gunhangje, 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.
Ahead of the festival, the city is preparing the “Gunhangje” (Familiarization) Tour from March 13 to 17 by inviting 35 tourism agencies from China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea.
“The city will stage major campaigns to attract tourists for this year’s naval port festival,” said an official. “We are determined to promote Gunhangje to become a global festival on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.”