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Baegungyegok Valley Dongjangkun Festival (백운계곡 동장군축제)

Baegungyegok Valley Dongjangkun Festival (백운계곡 동장군축제)

4869     2019-12-06

2381, Hwadong-ro, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-31-535-7242

Baegungyegok Valley Dongjanggun Festival in Pocheon offers various hands-on programs for families. It is located along the highway between Sejong and Pocheon, making this festival easily accessible. In addition, Pocheon is famous for I-dong galbi and I-dong makgeolli, as well as Il-dong Oncheon District, Sanjeong Lake, and Pocheon Art Valley.

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival (대관령 눈꽃축제)

Daegwallyeong Snow Festival (대관령 눈꽃축제)

22422     2019-12-06

119, Daegwallyeong-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-335-3995

The Daegwallyeong Snow Festival is held in the Hoenggye-ri area, which is located in Daegwanryeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do. The festival will be full of events for visitors to enjoy. Daegwallyeong Snow Festival first began in 1993 and thanks to its increasing popularity each year, the festival was selected as one of the top twelve cultural festivals in Korea in the year 2000. The festival's venue, Daegwallyeong, is often referred to as the Alps of Korea due to its 700 m high valley that receives heavy snowfall every winter.

Ulsan Grand Park Light Festival (울산대공원 장미원 빛축제)

Ulsan Grand Park Light Festival (울산대공원 장미원 빛축제)

698     2019-12-05

377, Nambusunhwando-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan
• 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-52-226-0301~2

Ulsan Grand Park Light Festival started in 2016 to provide citizen more enjoyment during winter. For the past two years, more than 250,000 visitors have come to the festival with over 40% of the visitors from outside of Ulsan.

This year’s festival will offer 5 different themes. The highlight of the festival is the 11m high star structure in front of the Rose Garden Fountain where amazing multimedia lighting show will be displayed.

Sokcho Sunrise Festival (속초 해맞이축제)

Sokcho Sunrise Festival (속초 해맞이축제)

4346     2019-12-05

186-2, Haeoreum-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-635-8827, +82-33-639-2545

Sokcho-si holds the Sokcho Sunrise Festival in the area around Sokcho Beach on the first day of the New Year. This year, the festival aims to provide a venue for the union of the locals and tourists, to deliver messages of hope and pride to citizens, and enhance the image of Sokcho as a tourist city full of positive energy to tourists. The festival offers many attractions and entertainment for visitors.

Seogwipo Penguin Swimming Festival (서귀포 겨울바다펭귄수영대회)

Seogwipo Penguin Swimming Festival (서귀포 겨울바다펭귄수영대회)

3487     2019-12-05

3039, Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-64-739-7201

Seogwipo-si is home to warm winter at the southernmost point of Jeju Island and holds the Seogwipo Penguin Swimming Festival to welcome each new year.

The festival aims to ring in the new year through boot camp activities making it an unusual festival that people really enjoy.

Jungmun Beach, one of the most popular beaches on Jeju Island, is the festival venue and there will be various programs and exciting activities.

Seoul International Book Fair (서울국제도서전)

Seoul International Book Fair (서울국제도서전)

17146     2019-12-05

513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-7333-8402

Seoul Book Fair first started as International Book Exhibition in 1954 and was recognized as an international book fair by the International Publishers Association in 1995. The book fair is held annualy at COEX, aiming to promote Korean publications abroad, strengthen competitiveness of the publishing industry, promote reading among the public, and allow the public to enjoy diverse cultures through literature.

Busan Sunrise Festival (부산해맞이축제)

Busan Sunrise Festival (부산해맞이축제)

28969     2019-12-03

37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-51-501-6051

Busan Sunrise Festival is an event for Busan residents and tourists to wrap up the end of the year and greet a new year. It is a representative winter themed festival of Busan, held December 31 to January 1.

Yeongdeok Sunrise Festival (영덕 해맞이축제)

Yeongdeok Sunrise Festival (영덕 해맞이축제)

2541     2019-12-03

Haesang Park, Samsa-ri, Ganggu-myeon, Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-54-730-6393

Yeongdeok Sunrise Festival is an annual overnight event that begins on New Year's Eve. This year, the festival is set to take place at Yeongdeok Samsa Marine Park under the theme of "Bell of Hope, Light of Life." Moreover, there will be various New Year's celebrations featuring a music concert sponsored by Taegu Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), sunrise watching, and diverse hands-on experience programs.

Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival (정동진 해맞이축제)

Jeongdongjin Sunrise Festival (정동진 해맞이축제)

13826     2019-12-03

Jeongdongjin2-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-640-5530, 5913

Jeongdongjin gets its name from the word jeongdong, which means due east in Korean, as it is exactly due east from Seoul's Gwanghwamun Gate. Its train station is known to be the world's nearest train station to the ocean. Watching the first sunrise of the year from Jeongdongjin will be a unique experience to begin the upcoming year.

Yangpyeong Icefish Festival (물맑은양평 빙어축제)

Yangpyeong Icefish Festival (물맑은양평 빙어축제)

6659     2019-12-03

55-2, Gopdani-gil, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-31-775-5205

Yangpyeong Icefish Festival takes place in Baekdong fishing site and Soomy Village from late-December to early-February. Residents are preparing for the festival to welcome all visitors including families, couples, groups and others. During the festival, visitors can eat warm fish cakes and roasted chestnuts. Aside from ice fishing, other traditional winter games and activities such as kite-flying, top spinning, sledding and jjinbbang-making (steamed bun with red bean filling) will be available.

During lunch, tteokguk (sliced rice cake soup), bingeohoe muchim (seasoned raw smelt salad) and bingeo twigim (deep-fried smelt) are available at the Women's Society of Soomy Land. One special trait of this festival is the offer of an all-inclusive experience package. After making a reservation, families can enjoy a full day of fun experiences from the moment they arrive until the time they head home with no additional fees to worry about.

Yangpyeong Icefish Festival can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages: Children will look up to their fathers’ as strong men, pulling their sleds around the snow-covered ice; couples will look back on the festival as a warm winter memory, walking hand in hand; friends and coworkers will remember the delicious food and joyful time they spent together.

To attend the festival, visitors can make a reservation on the festival's official website.

International Horticulture Goyang Korea (고양 국제꽃박람회)

International Horticulture Goyang Korea (고양 국제꽃박람회)

68929     2019-12-03

595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
• 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-31-908-7750

First held in 1997, International Horticulture Goyang Korea, an international flower exhibition, has attracted over 6.2 million visitors so far. The event is considered to be Korea’s representative international flower exhibition. The festival takes place at Ilsan Lake Park in Goyang from April to May with nearly 300 related organizations, groups, and companies from 36 countries showcasing flowers and various products made with flowers. Also, unique and rare plants exhibition, indoor garden decorated with flower art pieces, outdoor theme parks, making of flower plant experience, flower arrangement contests and other cultural events and performances are planned to add more joy to the flower festival. At night, lighting garden, LED performance, K-POP performance and other exciting events will also entertain visitors, creating the ambience of a joyful flower culture festival.

Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France (쁘띠프랑스 어린왕자 별빛축제)

Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France (쁘띠프랑스 어린왕자 별빛축제)

14644     2019-12-03

1063, Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-31-584-8200

Little Prince Lighting Festival of Petite France is held throughout the Petite France Park with beautiful lighting landscapes at nighttime. Pretty buildings and night streets as well as Christmas trees are decorated with sparkling lights like a fairy tale. Adding a more romantic mood to winter nights, various event like orgel performance & explanation, marionette performance, puppet performance, magic performance, plaster art experience, and wish tree event will be available for visitors to enjoy the festival throughout Petite France.