Jinju Fortress – One of the Greatest Battles

Jinju, South Korea is one of the cities dotting the South Gyeongnam province with a two hours drive away from Busan and as of now, my current residence.

Jinju Castle:

Address: 

  • Gyeongsangnam-do, Jinju-si, Namgang-ro, 626
  • MAP


Contacts:

  • 055-749-2480

Website:

 Business Hours: (Close during Mondays)

  • 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri)
  • 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (Saturday, Sunday & Holidays)

Admission Fee:

  • ₩ 2,000
  • Jinju residents are free of entrance. Just bring and present your Korean ID or Korean Alien card.
Directions: 
  1. From Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal | 진주시위버스터미널
    A walking distance of 10 to 15 minutes. keep following the signs to Jinjuseong Fortress.
  2. From Jinju Express Bus Terminal or Jinju Station | 진주고속버스터미널. Take a cab to Jinjuseong Fortress (10 minutes).

A lthough, far from being a major city, this quite town was popularly known for having the greatest battles  of the Imjin war (1592-1598). It has been the focal point that guarded the Jeolla province against the invasion of Japanese. More with the story, (1952) two Japanese generals plotted to take over Jinju castle because this is the only way they could penetrate the road to Jeolla that would capture and seemingly attack the guerilla concealing the province. So much certainty of effortless triumph (Japanese), General Kim Si-min gave them the dose of their medicine in a surprise. Being outnumbered didn’t stop him from combating the enemies with 3,800 men versus 30,000 Japanese invaders. The enemies gained heavy casualties and after 3-days of battle, Kim Si-Min was hurt badly and unable to command his force. By 1593, with continuous militant persuasion, the fortress was finally under the Japanese occupation.

Like any historical architectures, it underwent restoration because of the severe damaged caused by war. The first remodeling happened during 1972 and completed during 2002. Right after that, it was opened to public for historical remembrance and city’s main attraction site.

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Directions for everyone
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General Kim Si-Min

I love flowers in every way. Their color attracts me and one of my favorite subjects in an autofocus shots.

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Archery Area. The skills used by Koreans during the war
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Drinking Fountain. The water source is from the mountain of Jinju. It’s clean and safe, though.

Unfortunately, we arrived right after the annual Lantern festival in Jinju. One of the biggest festival in Korea where tourists from other cities purposely visit Jinju just to witness the celebration. Despite that, colorful lanterns were still there scattering around the area and the spirit of HANGOVERness of the Lantern festival was so alive.

The pictures below depicts the greatest battle of Jinju Fortress, other than that, the culture and traditional practices of Koreans are being portrayed. It was morning when we visited the place and I wondered how nice and bright it would be during the night when those lanterns are being turned on.

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Outside the castle, Cheongcheon River flows in the west and Namgang River in the south and a pond lies between the castle and the trench dug during the war times. As a fortress to safeguard from the Japanese attacks, it blocked the Japanese from advancing toward Honam during the 25th year of Joseon Seonjo King’s reign (1592). ©imagineyourkorea

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These all for now guys. I hope you enjoy visualizing my snaps. If you learn something and have some questions in mind, kindly comment below! 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Jinju Fortress – One of the Greatest Battles

  1. I do envy you – you are such a good photographer and you take some lovely photographs. The flowers were beautiful and I really enjoyed seeing the two boxing Kangaroos of the raft in the river.There must have been a lot of work to create all of the floats. The siege of the fortress was excellent.

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