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Jeonju Bibimbap Festival (전주비빔밥축제)

Jeonju Bibimbap Festival (전주비빔밥축제)

36744     2019-09-27

95, Seohak-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-63-231-8969

Bibimbap was one of the top three foods during the Joseon period and it is thought to be the most favorite Korean meal among foreigners. In particular, Jeonju Bibimbap is considered one of the best foods in Korea. It is a nutritious and healthy food comprised of rice with bean sprouts, one of 10 famous foods in Jeonju. Jeonju's bibimbap is decorated with five colors and witholds five tastes that come from 30 different ingredients including gingko, pine nut, chestnut, walnut and fresh seasonal vegetables. It has a balanced nutrition, packed with carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals alike. It is considered the perfect food embracing the ancestor’s wisdom and scientific theory.

Jeonju is the center of Korea's delicious cuisine and its representative food is Bibimbap. Jeonju Bibimbap Festival is held in the area around Jeonju Hanok Village and Korean Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall.

Seoul Kimchi Festival (서울김장문화제)

Seoul Kimchi Festival (서울김장문화제)

20727     2019-09-25

110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-337-9894

First held in 2014, Seoul Kimchi Festival connects traditions and modern living through the Kimjang (making kimchi) culture and aims to become a site of harmony and sharing of Korean culture with international visitors. The festival shows all about the Kimjang culture and provides a chance for visitors to directly experience it. There are varied programs including sharing Kimjang for people in need, Seoul Kimjanggan, Kimchi Market, Kimchi Sangsang playground, and others related to kimchi-making.

Daejeon Science Festival (대전 사이언스페스티벌)

Daejeon Science Festival (대전 사이언스페스티벌)

6539     2019-09-25

169, Dunsan-daero, Seo-gu, Daejeon
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-42-250-1273

Daejeon Science Festival takes place in the heart of Korea's science and information technology hub. The festival provides a chance for visitors to experience advanced technology as well as increase their imagination. In addition to science, the festival also includes elements from the field of literature for a well-rounded chance to learn and explore. Children will especially love the many hands-on activities available during the festival.

Namdo Food Festival (남도음식문화큰잔치)

Namdo Food Festival (남도음식문화큰잔치)

27223     2019-09-24

510, Nampo-ri, Gangjin-eup, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-61-430-3334

Namdo Food Festival is held in the area of Gangjinman Bay Ecology Park. This festival introduces a food exhibition hall that comprises of a variety of representative food in Namdo, and an event offering various healthy foods. Other events include parades, food contests, sampling, agricultural products sales market, food ingredients hall, food market and cultural art performances alike to entertain visitors.

Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival (산청한방약초축제)

Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival (산청한방약초축제)

22082     2019-09-24

45-6, Donguibogam-ro 555beon-gil, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-55-970-6601~5

This festival celebrates the herbs of Jirisan Mountain, which are commonly known to have great medicinal properties, making this the perfect event for visitors eager to improve their health through natural remedies.

At this festival, visitors will be exposed to a wide variety of Korea’s medicinal herbs and medical traditions. Along with many other exciting events, visitors will even be able to sample traditional Oriental medicinal food made from herbs. Visitors can take home their favorite herb or remedy at a low cost with some herbs able to grow at home!

Gangneung Coffee Festival (강릉커피축제)

Gangneung Coffee Festival (강릉커피축제)

19656     2019-09-24

102, Surigol-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-647-6802

The Gangneung Coffee Festival held its first event in 2009 as part of a project in making Gangneung a city of coffee. The festival celebrates the emerging coffee culture of Gangneung-si, which in recent years has welcomed in famous coffee chains and artisan coffee shops. The festival celebrates the scenic city’s past and present culture with a variety of coffee-related events such as exhibitions, photo exhibitions, coffee-making and coffee bean-roasting experience programs. Coffee entrepreneurs can also sign up for on-site seminars about the coffee industry.

Seoul Silver Grass Festival (서울억새축제)

Seoul Silver Grass Festival (서울억새축제)

30814     2019-09-24

95, Haneulgongwon-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay) • For more info: +82-2-300-5574

The World Cup Park was established on Nanjido, whose name means the island of "abundant orchids and gromwells." The island was once a wonderful ecosystem where flowers flourished season in and season out, and migrant birds came to visit every year.

Unfortunately, Nanjido was used as a landfill site between 1978 and 1993 and the once beautiful ecosystem became a smelly place full of trash and sludge. However, the Landfill Recovery Project began in 1996, once again restoring life to the barren wasteland. Plants and animals returned to the area and it was christened the World Cup Park in May 2002. Each of the five divisions of the World Cup Park (Pyounghwa Park, Haneul Park, Noeul Park, Nanjicheon Park, and Nanji Hangang Park) represents an aspect of the radical transformation of Nanjido back into an ecological haven.

Haneul Park (Sky Park) is full of lush Eulalia and home to the Seoul Silver Grass Festival, held every year in October when the grass is in bloom. Although the park is open to visitors during the daytime, the park is usually closed at night to reduce the negative effects of visitors on the native plants and animals. During the festival, however, the park remains open until 10 p.m. and the entire grounds are aglow with light. Visitors not only get a beautiful view of the city lights and Hangang River, but can also enjoy the variety of events and performances offered during the festival period.

Hyoseok Cultural Festival (평창 효석문화제)

Hyoseok Cultural Festival (평창 효석문화제)

35892     2019-09-24

157, Ihyoseok-gil, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-33-335-2323~4

Hyoseok Cultural Festival is held to commemorate modern Korean writer Lee Hyo-seok and his popular novel "When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom," which demonstrates the connection between human life and the beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of Bongpyeong. In fact, Bongpyeong is the author's hometown, and appears frequently in his novels. The cultural festival commemorates Lee Hyo-seok's novel and offers a chance for visitors to tour Lee Hyo-seok's birthplace and memorial hall.

Hoengseong Hanu Festival (횡성한우축제)

Hoengseong Hanu Festival (횡성한우축제)

18355     2019-09-18

47, Munhwacheyuk-ro, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-1522-1099

Every year, a hanu (Korean cattle) festival takes place in Hoengseong county, where the climate and the environment are said to be perfect for raising cattle. The festival attracts a large number of people, who come to try Hoengseong hanu beef at affordable prices as well as deodeok (mountain bellflower), another specialty of Hoengseong. In addition to food sampling, the festival holds diverse agricultural experience programs.

National Museum of Korea Chuseok Event (국립민속박물관과 함께하는 한가위 큰마당)

National Museum of Korea Chuseok Event (국립민속박물관과 함께하는 한가위 큰마당)

3592     2019-09-18

37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-2-3704-3127, +82-2-3704-4524

The National Folk Museum of Korea Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) celebration event features abundant hands-on programs and exhibitions, perfect for all visitors regardless of age or nationality. Various programs are prepared for the event, including seasonal customs, folk games, traditional art programs, and more, to make a special and memorable Chuseok holiday.

Anmyeondo Beach Shrimp Festival (안면도 백사장대하축제)

Anmyeondo Beach Shrimp Festival (안면도 백사장대하축제)

10137     2019-09-18

91, Baeksajang 1-gil, Anmyeon-eup, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-10-2433-2283

Anmyeondo Beach Shrimp Festival is held in Anmyeondo Port, an area home to wild tiger prawns. Tourists and residents can enjoy various programs like the opening ceremony, celebrating performance, fireworks, and hands-on programs including shrimp-catching, mudflat exploration, and tourists’ talent contests as well.

Korean Medicine Bio Fair in Jecheon (제천한방바이오박람회)

Korean Medicine Bio Fair in Jecheon (제천한방바이오박람회)

1507     2019-09-18

19, Hanbang expo-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) • For more info: +82-43-647-2695

Korean Medicine Bio Fair in Jecheon is aimed to promote the excellence of Jecheon Korean medicine bio-industry and focus on business strategies for the international market such as bids for Jecheon, export contracts, and others. During the expo period, business meetings related to the Korean medicine bio-industry and trading consulting, and an academic forum for natural substances will be held to activate interaction between domestic and international cutting-edge technology, items, and acknowledge and upgrade the level of Jecheon when it comes to the Korean medicine bio industry.