For the first time in over 2 years, I will be going on holiday. I have travelled to many countries around the world, however this time I intend to get to know Korea by visiting many of its attractions.
This month, I will be going to Jeju Island, the most popular holiday destination for Koreans. It is close, cheap, and beautiful, so why not? I will also be touring around Korea’s countryside. Even though the country is small, each city has their unique characteristics that I want to experience myself.
So, for those of you who will be going to Jeju Island, here are some events that you should check out.
Water Lily and Lotus Festival
Jeju Island is known for its great weather and beautiful scenery. It is a perfect place for plants to flourish. You can enjoy the beauty of some of the most attractive and iconic flowers of Korea at the Water Lily and Lotus Festival.
Running now until September 30th at Hallim Park, water lilies and lotus flowers grow from the mud and bloom beautiful white, yellow and pink petals.
This event is perfect if you like nature and photography, because there will be plenty of opportunities to take photos as you take a stroll down the water gardens.
There are plenty of things to see at Hallim Park; for instance the palm tree road, Jeju stone and bonsai garden, subtropical botanic garden and much more. There is also a folk village, children’s amusement park and outdoor resort facilities for everyone to enjoy. However, the most famous tourist sites in Hallim Park are the Hyeopjaegul and Ssangyonggul Caves, known to be the only two-dimensional caves in the world.
Other than Hallim Park, there are also beautiful sights in the area, such as Biyangdo Island, Hyeopjae Beach and Geumneung Beach. The park is located along the beach of Hallim-eup, so even after looking at the plants you can head over there for a dip.
For more information go to http://www.hallimpark.co.kr/
Glass Castle and Magical Forest
The perfect solution for a stuffy summer night is to go outside and enjoy the midnight views. Jeju has plenty of night time sights and activities open for visitors in the summer, such as Jeju glass castle and magical forest.
The ‘Jeju Glass Castle’ is a glass art theme park, where you can look at models and monuments made of glass, including a giant bejeweled beanstalk. At the exhibition hall, there are over 250 glass artworks on display made by internationally famous artists from Italy, the Czech Republic, Japan and more.
The outside exhibition aka ‘magical forest’ is a garden completely lit up with glass displays. As you walk along the 600m course, you can take pictures at designated picture zones, as well as admire the crystal tunnel, the world’s very first all-glass labyrinth, the world’s largest glass ball, largest glass diamond, a glass stonewall, and decorated plants.
Unfortunately, this facility is open for a limited time only, as it is until August the 31st. For more information you can go to http://www.jejuglasscastle.com/
Jeju Mokgwana Mini Concert
If you want to experience Korean traditional music you can attend the Jeju Mokgwana Mini Concert.
The Jeju Mokgwana (제주목관아) is the former Jeju government office, and the oldest remaining building in Jeju, built in 1448 (in the 30th year of King Sejong’s reign). However it was burned to the ground in 1434 and rebuilt shortly afterward.
At this location, a mini-traditional music concert will be held on Saturday August the 17th and Saturday September 10th from 7pm to 8:30.
At the concert, there will be a variety of performances, from orchestra performing classical pieces, to traditional Korean instruments, indie bands and a traditional fan performance.
For more information go to http://jejucc.kr/
The Night The Horse Runs Festival (말이 달리는 밤에)
Jeju Island is not only known for its beaches and plants, but also the animals. In fact, Jeju has many horses and has a big horse-riding community.
‘The Night The Horse Runs’ festival is currently running until Sunday August 28th at the Let’s Run Park (which is actually a racecourse and a horse themed amusement park).
This is a very interactive event, where you can take part in darts, caricature drawing, visit animals at the Jeju farms and swim at a mini water park.
There will also be dance and music performances at the concert on 26th, 27th and 28th, where you can watch indie bands, fire juggling, and a dance competition.
If this festival is not your style, the Let’s Run Park has plenty of other attractions too. You can go to the horse races and see the horses at the zoo.
For more information go to the Let’s Run Park site http://park.kra.co.kr/
Leisure and Sport Festival
If you are more the active type, this next event may be just for you. The 2016 Leisure and Sports Festival will be taking place from Friday August 26th to Monday October the 3rd, and takes place at various different locations in Jeju. The competition is for amateurs so anyone can apply.
It will kick off on the 26th with a national dance competition (dance sport, B-boy, Kpop), and the Mayor Cup Triathlon on the 26th and 27th, where you swim, cycle and run.
In September, there is a golf competition for individuals and couples and a national kite boarding and paddle boarding championship, inline hockey competition, and sea fishing
In October, surfers can show off what they’ve got at the national windsurfing championship.
For more information you can go the Official Jeju website http://www.jejusi.go.kr/
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