Last weekend, I arrived all energised from an awesome two weeks in Jinju, South Korea. I went to Jinju admittedly for a two week summer camp where I worked with kids on an English immersion program and it was exhausting but with the energy of any YOLOite, I explored the place as much as possible!
Jinju is on the south coast, it is divided by the Nam River (NamGang) and that river is decorated by a beautiful Fortress and a host of iconic buildings, cafes and shops. I arrived in #Jinju by #KoreanAir at the local Sacheon Airport.
The arrival was somewhat complicated but not on the part of the airline or airport, just a very friendly taxi driver who totally forgot to give me a second to grab my suitcase before he sped off — but yes — this is Korea, after one hour of stress at the airport (after a coffee at the GNU Starbucks and another taxi ride to the airport) the very kind tourist office assistant had located the originally taxi based on my clear description of a black taxi with a mini airplane on top!
As it happens, Jinju is accessible by airplane, train and bus – I left by KTX but this was purely down to cost. My time in Jinju depended in the main on foot exploration but also the awesome 130 bus.
My favourite locations whilst in Jinju:
Jinju Fortress, a very impressive fortress that had faced partial destruction during the 1592 Japanese invasion. I explored the Fortress grounds in the evening when it seems most beautiful due to the way the site looks so splendid under the moonlight.
Of great importance for coffee-lovers is the Coffee street just across from the Emart found at the back of the Fortress. #CafePandan and #Cafe1404 are the places that I would certainly recommend as a place to catch up with yourself, thinking time, or simply rest and relax.
Walking through GNU
GNU: a beautiful campus
Cafe Pandan: delish
Jinju Shopping Street
Chocolate teat Cafe 1404
A local Cafe chain
Jinju Music Hall
arriving in Jinju
Beyond the coffee shops, I would highly recommend exploring the city by foot – you will find small galleries, shopping areas, the river itself lends itself as a wonderful place to re-energize!
So for me, Jinju was a place to touch base.
To relax, walk and explore.
For a cheap getaway flights with
KoreanAir range from 60,000KRW to 100,000KRW
KTX from 50,000KRW-90,000KRW