[Travel Bits] Festivals, curiosities across Korea

Gokseong International Rose Festival

The Gokseong International Rose Festival will be held from May 21 to June 6 at Seomjingang Railway Village in Gokseong, South Jeolla Province.

The annual event showcases a total of 1,004 types of roses from around the world to delight flower-loving visitors, providing splendid photo opportunities.

Visitors can enjoy the vibrant beauty of roses from a railbike or participate in a hands-on activity.

Various programs have been prepared to entertain visitors, including music concerts ranging from folk, classical, trotting to electronic dance music.

Tickets cost 5,000 won for adults and 4,500 won for children under 13.

Updated information is available at www.gokseong.go.kr.

Gochang Green Barley Field Festival

The Gochang Green Barley Field Festival runs until May 15 at the Hagwon Tourism Farm area in Gochang, South Jeolla Province.

The annual festival celebrates the growth of barley in the region, considered more valuable than rice.

Visitors can enjoy the vast barley field by walking along the path and take photos in front of the rapeseed flower field.

On-site programs including traditional Korean folk games, fish catching, and barley-related dining experience are available.

Fees vary by program.

More information can be found at www.gochang.go.kr.

Yeoncheon Paleolithic Festival

The Yeoncheon Paleolithic Festival will be held until Oct. 18 in various areas of the Jeongok-ri prehistoric site in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province.

Sponsored by Yeoncheon, the festival showcases relics from the Paleolithic age that remain in the small county of Gyeonggi Province.

The event aims to provide an insight into Korea’s Paleolithic history through different games and educational programs and introduce Korea’s prehistoric cultures.

Ranging from the Paleolithic BBQ to the Archaeological Academy, programs are open to visitors of all ages.

The entrance fee is 1,000 won and 500 won for adults and children, respectively. The ticket for the on-site experience varies by program.

Updated information is available at www.festival.yeoncheon.go.kr.

Wonju Hanji Festival

The Wonju Hanji Festival runs until May 15 at the Wonju Hanji Theme Park in Wonju, Gangwon Province.

“Hanji” means Korean traditional handmade paper.

This year’s Wonju Hanji Festival takes place in a hybrid offline and online format.

The event offers the opportunity to discover the tradition and history of Hanji.

In addition to the indoor exhibition and Hanji lantern exhibitions, the festival offers various offline programs, including Hanji crafts and finding personal colors with Hanji.

Visitors of all ages are welcome.

More information can be found at www.wonjuhanji.co.kr.

Hueree Hydrangea Festival

The Hueree Hydrangea Festival will run until May 31 at Hueree Nature Park on Jeju Island.

Visitors can walk around the park near South Korea’s highest peak, Hallasan, and enjoy the spring breeze.

The annual festival showcases Jeju Island’s splendid scenery and colorful hydrangeas with photo zones. For children, there is horseback riding and a small parade of Jeju black pigs.

Admission fees vary by age and program.

Updated information is available at www.hueree.com and www.visitjeju.net/en.

By Lee Si-jin (sj_lee@heraldcorp.com)

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