2019.5.15 Travel Calendar
From May 17 to June 16
One of the country’s most popular theme parks is opening up its gardens for a flower-filled event to welcome the warmer weather. The 35th edition of the park’s Rose Festival features about one million roses of 720 different varieties in an area that’s about 20,000 square meters large. The garden is filled with different items, such as an arch decorated with roses to create a romantic ambience. Every Saturday, visitors will have the chance to make their own rose-scented perfumes for free. The program will be available four times a day on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors have to sign up on the spot.
For more information, go to www.everland.com.
Gokseong, South Jeolla
From May 17 to 26
Gokseong, most famous for its train village, annually holds a festival at the Rose Park located within the train village. For the ninth edition of the festival, more than 1,000 different types of roses from all around the world fill up an area that is about 40,000 square meters (430,556 square feet) wide to delight visitors with their beauty. There will be many photo spots throughout the garden adorned with roses for those who want to take some memorable photos to share with their friends and family. Attendees can also take a ride on a rail bike or participate in various hands-on activities. Many music performances and special events will also be available.
For more information, go to www.gokseong.go.kr/tour, or call 061-363-8379.
Flavours of New Zealand
Grand Hyatt Seoul in central Seoul
and Ananti Cove Resort in Busan
May 25 and June 8
The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, or “The Kiwi Chamber,” will once again host a set of wine festivals in Seoul and Busan this year under the theme “Flavours of New Zealand.”
Encouraging guests to reconnect with their favorite vintages and discover captivating new varieties, the 11th edition of the Seoul event will take place on Saturday, May 25 at the Grand Hyatt Seoul’s picturesque waterfall garden. The seventh edition of the Busan festival will occur on Saturday, June 8 at the Ananti Cove Resort - an idyllic coastal haven just north of Haeundae Beach. Both events will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
New Zealand wine has experienced a strong growth in the Korean market, with sales up 39.6 percent on year, to 5.2 million New Zealand dollars ($3.4 million) in 2018. This is nearly double the 2.7 million New Zealand dollars in exports to Korea in 2015, before the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries came into effect.
Both white and red New Zealand wines have become increasingly popular. White wine exports to Korea were up 46.5 percent, to 4.3 million New Zealand dollars in 2018, with New Zealand white wines surpassing Australian white wines to take fifth place by value of imports in Korea. Red wine exports to Korea are up 24.5 percent during the same period, to 840,000 New Zealand dollars - more than double the annual amount sold since the FTA came into force in December 2015.
In creating a pure New Zealand experience, both venues will offer a superb Kiwi-themed gastronomic experiences coupled with the finest service, including a casual outdoor barbecue-style buffet in Seoul and a gourmet buffet in Busan. As a special treat, the Seoul event will feature a hangi - a traditional New Zealand Maori feast. Laying a hangi involves digging a pit in the ground and heating stones with a large fire. Food is then placed in baskets on top of the stones and covered with earth for several hours before lifting the hangi to be served.
This year’s Seoul festival will feature a grape treading photo zone as well, allowing participants to experience traditional winemaking first hand. Both venues will introduce a “Hidden Cellar Door,” where wine enthusiasts and industry specialists can discover captivating varieties new to the Korean market from over 10 wineries.
The festivals will offer raffles with many outstanding prizes, including hotel packages, gift sets and a grand prize of one economy return ticket to New Zealand from sponsor Singapore Airlines.
Tickets for the individual events are 120,000 won ($101) for Kiwi Chamber members, 140,000 won for non-members and 150,000 won in person. Group discounts are also available for 120,000 won per ticket for groups of eight or larger. For more information and registration, contact email@example.com or visit us at www.kiwichamber.com.
The St. Regis Macao
Through June 30
A selection of rare ingredients from the sea is now featured as part of the ocean-inspired eight-course “Stories of the Sea” set dinner menu, exclusive to The Manor at The St. Regis Macao.
The team of culinary artisans at The Manor have created a range of limited edition dishes showcasing the finest ingredients from the sea, including Baikal Caviar originating from Lake Baikal, one of the oldest and largest freshwater lakes in the world.
The signature dish of the Stories of the Sea menu is the “Glacier 51” toothfish, which consists of mixed Italian spices that are carefully spread on top of the skin of a pan-fried toothfish and expertly grilled to perfection until the skin slightly crisps. It is served together with Cloudy Bay clams cooked with butter and white wine. The “Glacier 51” toothfish is sustainably sourced from the deep, icy waters around Heard Island in the sub-Antarctic region of the Indian Ocean, more than 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) from Australia.
The limited “Stories of the Sea” eight-course set dinner menu features special dishes include Daniel Sorlut Oyster with Baikal Caviar, Hokkaido Sea Urchin with Ocean Trout Roe, Red Carabineros Prawn Blinis, Squash Soup with Bacalhau Fish Maw and Black Truffle, Spanish Octopus in Char Siu-style, and a Pont l’Eveque Cheese by Yves Bordier with Marzipan Cake, and Yoghurt Sponge with Yuzu Sorbet and Fish Chip to rounds off the entire voyage.
Optional paired beverage packages feature the finest French champagne and a range of wines from some of the best wine growing regions of the world are also available and have been designed specifically to highlight the freshness of the sea ingredients and enhance the flavour experience.
The “Stories of the Sea” set dinner menu is available from 888 Macau pataca ($110) per guest, or 1,288 per guest inclusive of the wine pairing.
For more information, visit www.themanormacao.com. For reservation, please call +853 2882 8898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Lee Sun-min, Yonhap