|• Revised Romanization||Jinhae-gu|
Cityscape of downtown Jinhae, from Jehehwangsan Park
|Administrative divisions||15 dong|
|• Total||120.19 km2 (46.41 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,431.07/km2 (3,706.5/sq mi)|
Jinhae-gu (formerly known as Chinhae) is a district in Changwon City, South Korea. This region is served by the Korean National Railroad, and is famous for its annual cherry blossom festival every spring.
The city front is on a sheltered, island-studded bay, and is almost completely surrounded by mountains covered with pine trees.
The emblem of Jinhae contains a cherry blossom.
In December 2009, the city council approved a proposal to merge with Changwon and Masan, to form a yet-to-be-named city of over one million people. The city councils of the other two cities have also approved the merger, which would bring national funds to the metropolis through an existing law to aid cities of over one million population. The Provincial Council of South Gyeongsang Province must approve the merger. A decision is expected in the penultimate week of December.
The city is primarily supported by the Korean Naval personnel and their families or people working for the Republic of Korea Navy shipyard and base facilities. Today, Jinhae hosts major naval facilities of the South Korean Navy including Commander-in-Chief Republic of Korea Fleet (CINCROKFLT) and the Naval Academy.
Moreover, the city is also host to the only US Naval base in Korea, US Naval Fleet Activities, Chinhae.
Cherry Blossom Festival (Gunhangje)
Each spring the city hosts a ten day festival, variously promoted as the Military Parade Festival or the Cherry Blossom Festival. Each spring over a million Koreans and other visitors crowd into the town to view the cherry blossoms and to see the street performers, carnival stalls and street lighting as well as the military parades which commemorate the victory of Admiral Yi Sun Shin over a Japanese invasion attempt
- Cho Ji-hyun, "Three Cities in the South Go for Integration," the Korea Herald, December 12, 2009, pp. 1 and 4.
- See official festival site  accessed 10th April 2013 See also pamphlet 'The 51 Jinhae Gunhangje Pamphlet' Changwon, Festival Committee of Gunhanje, 2013.
Official Cherry Blossom Festival page (Gunghangje)