2019.12.11 Travel Calendar
Odae Stream in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon
From Dec. 21 to Feb. 2
Pyeongchang is a haven for winter sports thanks to its abundant snowfall. Throughout the winter season, the county holds a festival of snow, ice and trout fishing at a 33,000-square-meter (355,209-square-foot) lot situated 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level.
For more information, visit www.festival700.or.kr or call 033-336-4000.
Cheongpyeong Ice Flower Festival
From Dec. 21 to Feb. 23
Widely known as the Cheongpyeong Snowflake Ice Festival, the Cheongpyeong Ice Flower Festival offers visitors a chance to enjoy a day filled with winter sports. Visitors can grab a sled and feel the cool air hitting their cheeks as they zoom down a hill and also try their hand at ice fishing. The festival allows for those who catch a fish to cook it right away and enjoy a meal with friends and family.
The festival costs 15,000 won ($13) for adults and 12,000 won for children. For more information, go to cpfestival.net or call (031) 585-9449.
Villages and coastal areas surrounding Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak), Jeju Island
From Dec. 30 to Jan. 1
Events to greet the first sunrise of the new year will be held across the nation from Dec. 30 to Jan. 1. To catch a breathtaking sunrise from one of Jeju’s must-see attractions, the annual Seongsan Sunrise Festival on the southern resort island of Jeju is the place to go.
The festival’s highlight is when spectators get to watch the sun peaking out of the horizon on the morning of Jan. 1, while enjoying performances and taking part in an event where participants record their New Year’s wishes.
For more information, visit www.sunrisefestival.kr or call 064-760-4282.
Fall for Applicants
COEX Aquarium, southern Seoul
Through 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 a student or not. The CSAT test was held on Nov. 14. A full-priced ticket costs 28,000 won.
The first 2,020 visitors will also get a special gift.
Middle and high school students with their school ID cards can get a 40 percent discount on tickets to the aquarium.
For more information, go to www.coexaqua.com or call (02) 700-7200.
Haeundae Beach and Haeundae Square, Busan
Through Jan. 27
The Haeundae Lighting Festival aims to become one of the most important winter festivals at Haeundae Beach. This year’s 73-day festival, under the theme “Haeundae, the Sea of Light,” will feature various light works, including an installation that reflects waves of light on the sandy beach. The events at Haeundae Square will include a daily Christmas music concert, the installation of Christmas wish trees and a Christmas carol competition.
For more information, visit the website at www.haeundae.go.kr or call 051-749-4061~4.
Slovenia continues to be a destination for gastronomic excellence. Chef Ana Ro?’s restaurant Hi?a Franko is one to watch ever since she was awarded the title of Ambassador for Gastronomy Tourism from the World Tourism Organization, one of the specialized agencies under the United Nations.
The update came in time for the news about the arrival of the acclaimed Michelin gastronomic guide to Slovenia in 2020 and the revelation of the top Slovenian restaurants and chefs of the Gault & Millau culinary guide for 2020 hit the headlines.
On the basis of local and seasonal high-quality ingredients, unique culinary creations come to life in Hi?a Franko in Kobarid from the hands of top Slovenian chef Ana Ro?, exciting critics, foodies and people in culinary media.
Ro? swears by the “farm to table” philosophy. If she does not produce the ingredients in her own herb and vegetable garden, she gets them from local suppliers. She also loves combining traditional local dishes with modern cooking methods.
Gastronomy has contributed greatly to increasing global interest in Slovenia, particularly of global media, ever since Ana Ro? was featured in Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” and named World’s Best Female Chef in 2017.
For the past three weeks, Hi?a Franko was working out of the Hotel NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding in Madrid, Spain, where she and her team created a unique culinary experience for more than 650 visitors. Not only did her entire team move to Madrid, architects recreated the look of the Kobarid restaurant inside of the hotel to give visitors the most authentic experience possible to celebrate the chef.
The Garden of Morning Calm, Gyeonggi
Through March 22
Each winter, this large garden wears all kinds of colorful LED lights to show off a different charm of the nature that normally fills its space. The festival, which aims to show how nature and lights can make the night more special, is usually held between December and March.
Entrance to the garden is 9,500 won for adults, 7,000 won for middle and high school students, and 6,000 won for children over 36 month old.
For more information, go to morningcalm.co.kr or call 1544-6703.
For more information about the restaurant, go to www.hisafranko.com or call +386-5-39-41-20.