2019.7.10 Travel Calendar
Duryu Park, Daegu
From July 17 to 21
The Daegu Chimac Festival, which launched in 2013, attracts fans of chicken and beer, known as “chimac” in Korean.
“Chimac” or “chimaek,” a portmanteau of “chicken” and “maekju,” the Korean word for beer, is a favorite summer night meal for Koreans. It also became a craze among young Chinese after appearing in the mega-hit Korean TV series “My Love from the Star,” which was hugely popular in China.
Daegu has numerous poultry farms in the surrounding region and is the origin of several franchise brands that have made successful inroads into overseas markets.
Visitors can sample various brands of chicken, beer and side dishes from about 120 booths while enjoying concerts and other events.
For more information, call 053-248-9998 or visit www.chimacfestival.com
Jogye Temple, Jongno District, central Seoul
The Lotus Festival kicked off earlier this month at Jogye Temple, located in Jongno District, central Seoul. The title of the festival roughly translates to “The Scent of the Lotus that Awakens Me.”
The front yard of the temple is decorated with about 500 lotus pots. Along with an abundance of lotus flowers, the temple will also put on a display of about 20 lotus paintings of Korean artist Cyin Ju-uk.
Located near the Jonggak station line No. 1, Jogye Temple is accessible from downtown Seoul. For more information, call (02) 768-8500 or visit www.jogyesa.kr/user/jogye
Seoul City Tour Bus now offers a chance to look around the city while being served food. The bus takes tourists to many different spots around the city while also providing a meal, allowing visitors to make the most of their time while traveling. Similar services are offered in other popular travel destinations, such as Paris or London, according to the bus operator.
The trolley-style bus - unlike any other bus running in Seoul - is decorated to give off a restaurant-like vibe once you sit down. The tables are sturdy and equipped with specially made holders so that plates and cups will remain still throughout the trip. Tables for four or two people are available.
There are two programs available. The Day Pack takes riders to many popular tourist destinations around central Seoul including Gyeongbok Palace, the traditional Insa-dong neighborhood, the National Museum of Korea and Mount Namsan, where many go to get an unhindered view of the capital city.
It takes about six hours for people to complete the tour included in the Day Pack. The bus leaves at 10 a.m. at Gwanghwamun or Seoul Station, and finishes the trip at 4 p.m.
The Night Pack includes stops at places where people can enjoy the night view of the city, including the 63 Building in Yeouido, western Seoul, the Han River and Sungnyemun in central Seoul. The night bus leaves at 7:30 p.m. from Gwanghwamun and then returns to Cheonggye Stream Plaza two hours later.
To celebrate the launch of the two packages, special discounts will be available until July 25. The Day Pack costs 42,000 won ($36.30) for adults and 38,000 won for children, while the Night Pack is 32,000 won for adults and 27,000 won for children. The tour runs daily, if there are more than 20 people signed up.
Seoul City Tour Bus, which began operations in 2000, offers many different bus tour programs in 12 different languages. For more information, go to
www.seoulcitybus.com or call (02) 777-6090.
Skyline Luge Tongyeong
Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang
Since opening in 2017, the Skyline Luge Tongyeong has given over four million rides and was recently featured in Korea’s Top 100 Must Visit Tourist Spots - the only attraction of its kind to make the coveted list. Not one to rest on their laurels, Skyline Luge is continuing to enhance their facilities and services to deliver a premium experience to guests. It is a unique gravity-fueled ride in a cart that provides riders full control over their descent on tracks complete with twists, turns and tunnels.
This month, Skyline Luge plans to upgrade their chairlift from 32 to 41 chairs, increasing their capacity to 2,000 people per hour. The increased number of chairs is set to reduce queue times allowing guests more time to enjoy the luge.
The luge itself is also under development and will see the introduction of two new tracks this winter. Once construction is finished, Skyline Luge Tongyeong will become Korea’s largest luge, boasting four tracks that total over 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) in distance.
In addition, the attraction also recently launched its new online ticketing system.
Skyline Luge has also revealed that they will be opening up their second Korean site, Skyline Luge Busan, in 2021, in partnership with Lotte and GS retail at the new Osiria theme park. The company has also announced plans for additional luge developments in Asia and Europe.
Skyline Enterprises operates predominantly in the leisure and entertainment fields both in New Zealand and overseas, with businesses including Skyline Queenstown, Skyline Rotorua, Skyline Properties, The Helicopter Line, Mitre Peak Cruises, Christchurch Casino and Skyline International Luge.
Different types of tickets are available from combo tickets to family tickets. Those taller than 135 centimeters (4 feet 5 inches) are able to ride by themselves. Children between 85 and 135 centimeters tall must be accompanied by their parents.
For more information, call 070-4731-8473 or visit www.skylineluge.com/ko/tongyeong
From July 19 to 28
The 22nd Boryeong Mud Festival will be held at Daecheon Beach on Korea’s western coast. Boryeong is famous for its abundant natural resources and beautiful scenery, and Daecheon is one of the largest and best swimming beaches in the country, drawing more than 10 million visitors annually. The festival offers a chance to bathe in a massive mud tub, receive mud massages, compete in the Mud King contest and participate in a mud photo competition. Tourists will also be able to buy various mud-based cosmetics products at discounted prices.
For more information, call 041-930-0891 or visit www.mudfestival.or.kr
* Most of the travel calendar is culled from the Yonhap News Agency and written by Korea JoongAng Daily.