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[Travel Bits] Festivals, sights across Korea

March 3, 2023 - 09:01 By Lee Si-jin

Nonsan Strawberry Festival

Nonsan Strawberry Festival will take place from March 8 through March 12 at various areas of Nonsan Citizen Park in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province.

The event promotes Nonsan strawberries, providing opportunities for tourists visiting the city to enjoy them and the beautiful surroundings in which they are grown.

The five-day festival offers various hands-on activities, including strawberry jam making, strawberry picking and more.

Visitors can also enjoy delicious strawberry-themed desserts as well.

Hueree Maehwa and Canola Flower Festivals, Jeju

The Hueree Maehwa Festival, which kicks off on Feb. 24, runs through March 24 at Hueree Natural Park on Jeju Island.

Maehwa is plum blossom in Korean.

The park, near Mount Halla, offers a chance to stroll, relax and enjoy the early spring.

The annual festival highlights Jeju Island’s splendid scenery and its beautiful plum blossoms, among many other flowers blooming in the spring season. It offers multiple photo zones for families and friends to take memorable pictures.

The Hueree Canola Flower Festival, which runs through March 31, is held alongside the Maehwa Festival for the spring flower lovers across the globe.

The event is open to people of all ages, and admission fees vary by age.

Sonata of Light, Wonju

The Sonata of Light is a permanent, 3D nighttime light show taking place at Oak Valley in Wonju, Gangwon Provice.

With 3D mapping software, the resort's promenade and golf course become stages for a 3D light show at night, creating a romantic and fairy-tale atmosphere.

The event offers an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the show while on a leisurely 40-minute stroll on the walking trail.

The show runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are 20,000 won for adults and 15,000 won for children. Tickets can be booked on local e-commerce platforms Naver Booking and Tmon.

Royal Culture Festival

The ninth edition of the Royal Culture Festival is set to be held from April 29 to May 7 at the five Royal Palaces, Jongmyo Shrine and Sajikdan Altar in Seoul.

The event allows visitors to experience the important cultural heritage of Korea through unique performances, exhibitions and hands-on programs.

The festival takes place twice a year, in spring and fall.

Jeju Fire Festival

The Jeju Fire Festival will be held at Saebyeol Oreum in Aewol-eup on Jeju Island from March 9-12.

The annual festival is a reinterpretation of “bangae,” the oldest nomadic culture in Jeju, where people pray for riches and health by burning off the old grass and killing vermin in the fields.

The shimmering flames provide a stupendous view for visitors.

In an attempt to hold a safe festival, all the programs of the Jeju Fire Festival -- opening ceremony, lighting the flames and more -- require a reservation via the festival’s official website to attend.

There is no admissions fee and the event is open to visitors of all ages.

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