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    Turtle Ship old with RoK Navy new in...
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    View of festival from Jinhae Tower
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    Blossoms along the river boardwalk
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    View of festival from Jinhae Tower

    by DSwede Updated Apr 21, 2009

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    Jinhae Tower is built on top of the small mountain (90m elevation) near the city center of Jinhae. It therefore awards you with wonderful 360-degree panoramic view of the city.

    There is an elevator that offers you a lift to the 2nd and 4th floors. But if you want to visit any of the other balconies, you will have to use the stairs.

    The Tower (28m tall) is built like a mast, to honor the naval history of the city. The Japanese originally built a monument here in 1927 to memorialize their victory in the Russo-Japanese war. But the Koreans tore that down in 1945 and constructed the current tower in 1967.

    The tower is also home to Jinhae City Museum.

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    Turtle Ship old with RoK Navy new in background

    by DSwede Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    Admiral Yi Sun-shin first built these ships in 1591. While this ship is only a replica dating back to 1980, it was modeled after the historic reports and research by Korea's finest minds.

    These ships were wooden hulled, but had an iron top shell, thereby giving it the namesake of a "Turtle". They might have been bulky and slow compared to other ships of the time, but they were impressive armed and even more impressively armored.

    The small tour allows you to enter and walk around inside the ship. It might take 30~40 minutes to walk from the city, but is only a short ride by taxi or bus.

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    by Tom_Fields Written Nov 29, 2006

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    This has always been a naval city. It's home to the Korean Navy and a US naval installation. One of the local landmarks is the big statue of Admiral Yi Sun-shin. During the 1592 Japanese invasion, he led a fleet of Korean warships that decisively defeated the enemy fleet. These were called "turtle ships", due to their sturdy armor. They were the world's first ironclad warships--more than two centuries before they appeared in the West. Admiral Yi is Korea's greatest national hero. The Cherry Blossom Festival pays homage to his memory.

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    by DSwede Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Jinhae is the site of the Republic of Korea's (RoK) largest naval base on the southwest coast. There has been a long naval history in this area, dating back centuries to the days of the armored "Turtle" ships all along the southern coast (including Yeosu).

    For a long period of Korean history, the Japanese were in control of the lands. One of the things that they did during this time was to import the Cherry Blossom trees, which were indigenous to Japan.

    In Korea's retaliation and defiance after gaining independence from Japan's rule, the vast majority of Japanese influenced evidence was removed, including nearly all the Cherry Blossoms. Most blossoms in the rest of the country were planted in the last few decades.

    However, Jinhae, being the site of the military Naval headquarters kept the largest population of Cherry Blossoms on the Korean peninsula as a testament of the past and as a verifiable wartime appropriation.

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