2019.4.10 Travel CalendarDaegaya Festival
Goryeong, North Gyeongsang
April 11 to 14
The Daegaya Festival highlights the ancient culture of the Daegaya, a mysterious kingdom that existed some 1,500 years ago on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula.
Visitors will be able to experience the life of the Daegaya people by making huts, clothes and bowstrings in the style of those used by people at the time.
Visitors will also have the chance to view rock art painted by prehistoric inhabitants and experience ancient tombs and metalwork produced by the Gaya Kingdom.
More information is available at fest.daegaya.net or by calling 054-950-6424.
Shinan County, South Jeolla
April 12 to 21
Shinan, a county made up of over 1,000 islands situated off of Mokpo on the southwest coast, is an ideal area for growing tulips due to the area’s abundant sunshine and fertile soil.
Imja-myeon in Shinan County is home to 10 hectares of tulips, the largest tulip-growing area in South Korea. At this time of year, Imja-myeon is filled with three million tulip bulbs from 73 different tulip species. Programs include making flowerpots, horseback riding and cycling.
For more information, call 061-240-8880 or visit the website at tour.shinan.go.kr.
Yeongwol County, Gangwon
April 26 to 28
The festival is the main festival of Yeongwol, Gangwon. It was established in memory of the Joseon Dynasty’s King Danjong, who fell victim to his uncle’s ambition to take the throne.
In addition to ritual services for Danjong, various cultural and art performances, traditional folk games and exhibitions are slated for the three-day period.
For information, call 033-370-2226 or go to www.danjong.co.kr.
Restaurant Soigne, Seocho District
Through early May
Restaurant Soigne, known for changing its entire menu every three months, has unveiled its first tasting menu of 2019, titled “Aroma.”
Chef Lee Jun, who is best known for his take on Korean-inspired French cuisine, was inspired to create items on the menu while researching herbs and spices.
The Aroma menu is split into different aromatic groups: earthy, fruity, floral and more. Dishes include an earthy, beetroot and mushroom combination with taleggio cheese foam and horseradish, as well as a quail roulage main with orange and ginger glaze, black garlic, dark chocolate and a saffron and sweet potato mousse.
“One of my favorite dishes from this menu is the rosemary ice-cream with olive oil and carrot cake,” says Chef Lee. “It sits right in the middle of ‘herb’ and ‘spice.’”
Soigne, which opened in 2015, is the only fine-dining restaurant in Seoul to completely change its menu every season.
“Aroma” marks the restaurant’s 20th menu. Last year, the restaurant served dishes using the themes “Cuisine of the Three Coasts,” “Korean Wild Greens, Namul,” and more.
The “Aroma” menu will run until early May, and the more detailed date will be notified later. Lunch at Soigne starts at 75,000 won ($66), and dinner is priced from 148,000 won.
A vegetarian menu is also available. Reservations can be made via the website, www.soignerestaurantgroup.com or call (02) 3477-9486.
Through May 6
Everland, one of the country’s most popular theme parks, has opened a new flower trail right by some of its biggest attractions in order to offer a variety of options for people looking to see spring flowers. The trail is about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) long, and is lined with flowers planted on an area covering about 33,000 square meters.
This year, the trail focuses on maehwa, the plum flower, which goes into full bloom every spring. There are about 11 different types of maehwa planted, alongside some other trees and spring flowers as well.
It takes about 40 minutes to walk the entirety of the trail.
There will be a tour program available for free for those who want to know more about the flowers all along the trail. The free service is only on weekdays and until April 19.
With the opening of this trail, Everland plans to become a must-visit spot to go see flowers from early to late spring: it starts with a tulip festival to signal the start of the season, then continues with maehwa, cherry blossoms and roses.
The theme park has worked for about three years to put together the flower trail.
For more information, go to www.everland.com or call (031) 320-5000.
The Flower: Romance Charging Station
U-Plex Hyundai Department Store’s Sinchon branch, Seodaemun District
Through May 31
You do not need to go out of the city to enjoy flowers welcoming the warm spring season.
Hyundai Department Store’s Sinchon branch is gathering many florists to decorate the shopping center. Fresh flowers will be used to decorate 22 different rooms under four different themes, and visitors will find many picture-perfect scenes throughout the department store.
The exhibition, which runs until May, will change flowers every month to show the variety of plants available in Korea - protea ice queen from South Africa will welcome visitors in March; diamond roses from India, will be on display in April; and the rainbow tulip will fill up the store in May.
Couples, friends and families can take photos in front of different flowers and become inspired for their next floral bouquets.
Florists will be on hand and working at the department store to show visitors how florists make floral installations. The flower exhibition will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesdays to Fridays, and until 10 p.m. on weekends. It will be open from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays.
Admission for adults is 12,000 won and 9,000 won for teens. Tickets are available on Ticket Link, Ticket Monster and Naver Reservation.
For more information, visit www.flowerdate.net or call 070-8831-5888.