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In festival time, something for all

May is a month of festivals for everyone. The health-conscious can head out to the Jirisan Herb Festival in South Gyeongsang province from tomorrow through May 11. You can sample herb teas and dishes, get free diagnoses from the area’s famous herbal doctors and tour local herbal medicine markets.
Aspiring entomologists will love encountering little creatures at the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival in South Jeolla province. The region boasts 14 million rare insects and butterflies.
On May 5, 8 and 11, strawberries in a South Chungcheong province farm will be ripe and ready for the whole family. You can make delicious shakes with the berries you just picked!
Starting today, in downtown Seoul, the annual Lotus Lantern Festival begins near the Jogyesa Temple in Insa-dong. The Korean Buddhist festival has gone exotic this year by joining with the Thai Lotus Lantern Festival. Thai massage and dance along with pad thai, Thai curry with hom mali rice, spicy soup and other delicacies sound just fantastic!

by Ines Cho
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