[Travel Bits] Round up of travel news from around the world

By Julie Kim Jackson
  • Published : Jul 22, 2016 - 17:44
  • Updated : Jul 22, 2016 - 17:48
K-Travel Bus summer promotion

Visit Korea Committee is conducting a summer promotion event for the K-Travel Bus service from July 18 to Aug. 31, offering travelers discounted rates.

Participants who reserve a trip with the K-Travel bus during that timeframe via its homepage will receive a discount coupon worth $30, as well as an additional $10 discount for international students who present a university/college or language school ID card.

A drawing will also be held for those who post reviews on their experience of the K-Travel Bus during the promotion period. Prizes include iPad minis, 100,000 won gift cards and cosmetics products.

Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival

The annual Daegu Chicken and Beer Festival is gearing up for another year of fried food goodness.

    For those looking for food to be the main component of their summer celebrations, there’s none better than the highly popular “Chimaek” (Korean shorthand for chicken and beer) festival. After its first launch three years ago, the event continues to grow in scale and has now become one of Daegu’s largest festivals. The promise of fried chicken and ice-cold draft beer was enough to attract roughly 1 million visitors last year, nearly double that of the previous year.

This year’s event will be held from July 27 to 31 and will feature a variety of programs including a laser lights show, movie screenings, a pool party and much more.

Busan Fireworks Festival

The annual Busan Fireworks Festival gearing up for its 12th year, kicking off its festivities Oct. 22 along Gwangalli Beach.

Along with its breathtaking fireworks display show, the festival will feature a myriad of diverse events, including live music and street performances. The annual festival is one of the city’s biggest and most popular events, attracting more than 1 million national and international visitors every year.

Although in the past the festival has been held for two days, this year’s festivities is slated to be held for one night only. For more information, visit

Busan Sea Festival

The annual Busan Sea Festival is gearing up for its 21st year, kicking off this year’s weeklong festivities on Aug. 1.

The festival was launched 20 years ago in an effort to promote the harbor city of Busan as a port-side tourist destination and was Korea’s first general ocean festival. The event has grown to be one of the city’s biggest festivals, offering visitors the opportunity to view and experience various cultural programs and performances. The festival will also feature a handful of star-filled concerts such as the Cass Summer Concert, Busan International Hip-hop Festival, the Busan International Rock Festival and the 7080 Family Love Concert.

Busan Sea Festival will be held on five beaches throughout the city: Haeundae, Gwangalli, Songdo, Dadaepo and Songjeong until Aug. 7. For more information, visit

Boryeong Mud Festival 

One of the country’s most highly anticipated festivals of the year, the annual Boryeong Mud Festival attracts the largest number of international visitors of all the country’s top festivals.

Not only can visitors enjoy a myriad of energetic and wild actives such as mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the mega mud tub, but festival participants can also take part in the marine mud-training course for some added competition and fun as well as enjoy a relaxing mud massage.

In the evening, visitors can head to the beach for a lively outdoor party atmosphere with live music and fireworks.

This year’s festival is being held from July 15 to 24.