2018.11.28 Travel Calendar
Coex 3rd floor, Hall D
Through Dec. 1: The Asean-Korea Centre is hosting its third food festival to introduce the flavors of the 10 Asean nations, which include Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, and the Philippines. This time, the countries will show off dishes made with rice, a staple of most of the region’s dishes.
Before visiting the center’s food festival at Coex, make sure to check when the food will be available, and make sure to go as early as possible to avoid missing out before you get your hands on it.
Tickets are free for the first 1,000 people who visit Ticket Monster (www.ticketmonster.co.kr). The ticket includes the entrance fee as well as coupons for tasting food. One coupon allows individuals to taste four different dishes. Each country will present one rice dish and one dessert.
There will also be cooking demonstrations by chefs from each of the 10 countries as well as a chef from Korea. A variety of cultural performances will also be available to inspire people to visit the region.
For more information, call (02) 550-2615.
Through Dec. 31: Every year, Everland celebrates the winter season with its Christmas Fantasy festival. This year, the amusement park transformed its Magic Garden main stage into a place where everything sparkles. Dubbed the Bling Bling Gold Garden, the area has a tree that is about six meters (19.7 feet) high, as well as a Rudolph Village where there are about 50 different installations. Inside the Rudolph Village is a Santa House, where visitors can take photos with Santa Claus starting Dec. 3.
There is also a zoo close to the theme park’s main gate, and during the winter, 14 different animals will come out to play.
After dark, the zoo will be lit up so that visitors can continue to enjoy the animals, including penguins, regardless of the time of day.
The stores inside the theme park will sell many different Christmas items, including hats, cushions and stuffed dolls alongside winter clothing and gloves. Many different Christmas-themed desserts, such as snowman cakes, are available as well.
For more information, go to www.everland.com or call (031) 320-5000.
Hwacheon County, Gangwon
Through Dec. 31: Bundle up and head to Gangwon province to enjoy the snow and ice this winter. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, which first started in 2003, is back again to welcome those who want to make the most of the season.
Visitors can try their hand at ice fishing at one of the 12,000 holes made in the frozen Hwacheon Stream. The stream will be frozen about two meters deep and visitors can simply put their fishing lines into whatever hole they wish. Festival organizers add about one to two tons of fish to the stream every day, so almost everybody that comes can experience what it feels like to catch fish. Whatever you catch can be cooked on the spot, and other foods are also available to purchase.
Those who aren’t interested in fishing can choose to go sledding on the ice and snow. Family and friends can take photos together at a special section where many different ice sculptures are on display.
For more information, go to www.narafestival.com or call 1688-3005.
Petit France, Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi
From Dec. 1 to Feb. 28: The fifth edition of the Star Festival, which takes its theme from the French children’s book “The Little Prince,” will open its doors to guests looking to enjoy a foreign-looking land not far from home.
The theme park, which was built to resemble Montpellier, a city in southern France, will be covered with lights shaped like stars. The village will be covered in lights and the night will truly sparkle. There will be a tunnel of lights made to look like the planet the Little Prince lives on in the novel - a perfect spot to take photos.
To keep visitors of all age entertained, the themed park will prepare different virtual reality (VR) programs to transport people to France, as well as puppet shows for younger children.
For more information, go to www.pfcamp.com or call (031) 584-8200.
KOREA GRAND SALE
From Jan.18 to Feb. 28: Visit Korea Committee will host the nation’s annual festival of shopping, tourism, and culture - the 2019 Korea Grand Sale - in order to incite foreign tourists to visit Korea and spend more time during the winter months.
Throughout the event’s 43 days, the Korea Grand Sale will offer discounts, including on air and hotel fares. Jin Air is set to offer up to 85 percent off, while Jeju Air will offer an 80 percent discount. Ski park Vivaldi Park and Daemyung Resort are offering up to 75 percent off to use their facilities.
K-Travel Bus, a bus travel package available in English, is providing a buy one, get one free policy on its seven different routes to various regions in Korea, including Daegu.
The 10th Korea Grand Sale is set to be the event’s best edition. Through a collaboration with global tourism activity platform Klook, the event plans to present a special package that provides more attractive shopping advantages. For those customers who visit and shop in Korea, opportunities to win gift boxes or flight tickets to Korea will be available.
During the Korea Grand Sale, foreign visitors can also get a taste of Korea through various events and promotions. Over 60 hotel restaurants all over the country are participating in the “Korea Grand Tasting - Special Taste of Korea” in order to introduce Korean food to visitors.
“Korea Road Trip with Famous Chef” and “Cultural Wine Tasting with Wine Master” events will provide daily tours that present the history and culture of Korea through food and wine. Korean food cooking classes and other food-related events will be available as well as a chance to taste some temple food in cooperation with Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism’s Temple Food Experience.
For more information go to en.koreagrandsale.co.kr/index002.