2019.11.13 Travel CalendarSeoul Lantern Festival
Cheonggyecheon, central Seoul
Through Nov. 17
Cheonggyecheon in central Seoul will become an extravaganza of light with about 30,000 lanterns illuminating the autumn nightscape in the middle of the city.
Visitors will enjoy many more lanterns than last year, with the exhibition starting at Cheonggye Plaza and spanning a 1.2-kilometer (0.7-mile) section along the stream to Supyo Bridge.
For more information, go to www.seoullantern.com or call (02) 3788-0856.
Indian Food Festival
Millennium Hilton Seoul, central Seoul
From Nov. 15 to 21
Cafe 395 guests will be treated to a cornucopia of Indian delights in addition to Cafe 395’s regular buffet offerings, prepared by the highly acclaimed and accomplished Chef Ganga Ram. With his illustrious over three-decade career, Chef Ram will introduce Rajasthan-style Indian food to guests.
The Indian state of Rajasthan is known for its unique cooking styles that have been influenced by its extreme climate conditions, so the use of dried lentils, beans, milk and buttermilk is common. One signature Rajasthani dish, Dal Baati Churma (lentil curry with hard wheat rolls) has garnered international popularity among foodies. Cafe 395’s impressive buffet, including the Indian dishes, is priced at 94,000 won ($80.84) per person at lunchtime and 99,000 won per person at dinnertime.
Millennium Seoul Hilton: (02) 317-3000
Namdaemunro 5-ga, Jung District
Seocheon-Gunsan Geumgang Migratory Birdwatching
Gunsan, North Jeolla
Korea is a bird watcher’s heaven this time of years as thousands of migratory birds stop in the region while making their way south for the winter. The Geumgang Migratory Bird Observatory and Geumgang Marsh Ecological Park in Gunsan, North Jeolla and Bird Village in Seocheon, North Jeolla, offer visitors an exciting chance to see the birds up close.
Visitors will have the chance to take field trips to observe migratory birds up close, watch movies about migratory birds and enjoy cultural events, symposiums and exhibitions. Guided bus tours are also available. The bird watching corridor, known as Tamjohoerang in Korean, built on the embankment of the Geum River, is the only facility of its kind in Korea.
For more information, go to gmbo.gunsan.go.kr or call (041) 952-9525.
Park Hyatt Seoul, southern Seoul
Through Nov. 30
The Timber House, the premium music bar at Park Hyatt Seoul, presents the November Ramen Festival, a celebration of body- and soul-warming ramen noodle dishes and premium liquors to enjoy during the cold winds of late autumn. The seasonal promotion features a menu of Donkotsu, Curry, Spicy Miso, Nagasaki and Tantanmen ramen dishes, accompanied by beverages including sparkling wine, sake and premium draft beers. Beverages are available in unlimited servings during happy hour, priced at 69,000 won per person, while a la carte menu items are priced at 33,000 won, including tax. The sublime combination of rich homemade broth and chewy noodles offers the perfect, delicious way to beat the cold weather of the approaching winter.
Happy hour brings a choice of one bowl of ramen (Donkotsu, Spicy Miso, Tantanmen, Curry or Nagasaki), accompanied by unlimited servings of alcoholic beverages. Ramen dishes are served with salad garnished with fresh yuja, rice balls filled with chicken, mayonnaise and teriyaki sauce, homemade pickles, and pickled ume (green apricots). Meanwhile, refreshing beverages offer the perfect accompaniment to the rich flavors of ramen at a happy hour featuring unlimited servings of The Timber House’s signature sparking wine, sake and premium draft beer, on weekday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Happy hour is priced at 69,000 won per person.
For a leisurely ramen experience at any time of day, the a la carte menu offers a selection of five ramen dishes, all featuring rich homemade broth with a base of stock made from handpicked ingredients. Donkotsu Ramen brings the rich flavors of slowly infused chicken feet and pork leg bones, while Curry Ramen uses two varieties of Japanese curry to yield irresistibly deep curry aromas. Spicy Miso Ramen combines miso soybean paste with gochujang chili paste and doubanjiang chili bean sauce and a garnishing of spicy chili tempura, while Nagasaki Ramen brings together rich beef bone broth with blue crab, seafood and vegetables for a refreshing flavor, and Tantanmen Noodles are served in a full-bodied sauce of pork and chicken broth, soy sauce and smooth peanut paste. Ramen dishes are priced at 33,000 won each.
The Timber House is a specialist vinyl music bar boasting a collection of more than 2,000 LPs. Professional DJs play live sets in a variety of music styles every evening from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday, while a menu of champagnes, wines, cocktails and sakes plus sushi, sashimi, izakaya-style dishes and other Japanese cuisine offers the perfect accompaniment to authentic vinyl sounds.
Park Hyatt Seoul: (02) 2016-1100
606 Teheran-ro, southern Seoul
New flight launched
Between Incheon, Korea, and Gold Coast, Australia
From Dec. 8
Jeju Air will have a new code-share flight in between Incheon and the Gold Coast, three times a week. In partnership with Jetstar Airways, Jeju Air will have the new routes available. The operation of the flights will be done by Jetstar so that Jeju Air will keep its original business model in which it focuses more on short- and mid-range flights while trying the new idea. The two agreed on terms to cooperate in May. Jetstar, established in 2004 by Qantas Group, is a major low cost carrier in Australia. It runs about 80 routes in and out of Australia and New Zealand to other cities in the Asia Pacific.
Flights from Incheon depart for the Gold Goast on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 11:15 p.m. to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Flights from Gold Coast leave on the same days at 11:35 a.m. to arrive in Incheon at 8:15 p.m.
To celebrate the new launch, Jeju Air is selling an all-inclusive ticket for 298,000 won. The earliest ticket is available for March 27.
The first 100 guests to buy a ticket and share their purchase online, can win a chance to use the JJ Lounge at the Incheon International Airport for free.
For more information, go to www.jejuair.net
Turkey to go
Grand Hilton Seoul, northwestern Seoul
Through Dec. 31
The Grand Hilton Seoul presents “Turkey to go” and the “Thanksgiving gala Dinner” as to-go products with roasted turkey cooked by hotel chefs ahead of American Thanksgiving in November. Roasted turkey will be sold until Dec. 31 at the premium bakery, Alpine Deli, on the hotel’s LL floor. Since the turkey itself is about 6 kilograms (13 pounds), about 10 times bigger than chicken, the chefs have put a lot of effort into cooking it. The roasted turkey comes with side menu items such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts and stuffing, and it will feed up to eight people. Reservations are required at least two days in advance, and the price is 250,000 won.
In addition, the hotel will hold a Thanksgiving gala dinner on Thursday, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving specialties such as prime rib steak and roast turkey will be served along with over 100 existing buffet items including Korean, Western and Japanese cuisine. In particular, the roast turkey will be served with side menu items, such as mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, giblets and stuffing, and a live cutting station will be provided as well. Moreover, a glass of red wine and white wine are added to make an even more enjoyable Thanksgiving. The price is 100,000 won.
Grand Hilton Seoul: (02) 3216-5656
Yeonhui-ro 353, western Seoul
COEX Aquarium, southern Seoul
From Nov. 14 to Dec. 31
To support those applying to college this year, COEX Aquarium is offering a 50 percent discount to all those with an identification card that shows that they took the College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CSAT) this year or a receipt that proves that they applied for college through early action admissions. It doesn’t matter whether you are currently are a student or not. The CSAT test will be held on Nov. 14. A full-priced ticket costs 28,000 won.
The first 2,020 visitors will also get a special gift.
For middle and high school students, the aquarium offers a 40 percent discount on tickets to those who bring their school ID card to the aquarium.
For more information, go to www.coexqua.com or call (02) 700-7200.
* Most of the travel calendar is culled from the Yonhap News Agency and written by Korea JoongAng Daily.