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By Korea Herald
  • Published : Sept 23, 2016 - 14:40
  • Updated : Sept 23, 2016 - 14:41
Seoul International Fireworks Festival 

The Seoul International Fireworks Festival is an annual event of extravagant firework displays by firework masters from home and abroad. It attracts more than a million spectators every year.

Celebrating its 16th year, one of the most anticipated autumn festivals in Seoul is taking place outside the Yeouinaru Station at the Han River Park.

Prior to the firework show, visitors will also be able to enjoy various live performances and hands-on cultural programs.

The 16th annual Seoul International Fireworks Festival will take place on Oct. 8. Programs will start at 1 p.m. with the fireworks display starting at around 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.hanwhafireworks.com.


Moonlight Tour at Suwon Hwaseong


Similar to that of the Seoul palaces’ nighttime palace openings, the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress will soon be open to visitors who want to take a nighttime stroll in the historic structure.

On selected dates until Oct. 16, the Suwon Cultural Foundation will open the UNESCO World Heritage Suwon Hwaseong and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace to the public for a special nighttime program known as “Moonlight Tour at Suwon Hwaseong.” Participants can enjoy various programs such as poetry readings and traditional performances.

Tickets are listed at 20,000 won and must be purchased in advance at interpark.com.


2016 Changdeok Palace Moonlight Foreigners Tour


Changdeok Palace Moonlight Tour, one of Seoul’s most popular palace tours, returns once again this year allowing guests the special opportunity to wander around the place grounds under the moonlight.

Typically closed off to the public at night, the annual event allows a limited number of visitors to explore the gorgeously lit-up Changdeok Palace grounds in a special guided tour. Allowing only 100 international guests per tour, the palace will host its annual nighttime palace festivities on selected days until Oct. 16. It should be noted that Koreans are not permitted to join the foreigner-exclusive tours. Tickets to the event cost 30,000 won and must be purchased in advance at interpark.com.


Nighttime walk in Jeonju


One of the country’s most traditional cities Jeonju is gearing up to host its first “Walk in Jeonju (Heritage Night and Heritage Story)” nighttime sightseeing and walking tour event.

On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Jeonju’s historic Hanok Village will welcome local and international visitors to attend its unique nighttime festivities. The upcoming event will include free outdoor performances, movie screenings and light shows as well as moonlight tours to some of the city’s most popular attractions.

Some of the other festivities in Jeonju will include performances of Korean traditional dancing along the picturesque Jeonjucheon River, Korean traditional opera about the history of Jeonju and an art installation at the historic Pungnammun -- the only remaining gate of the Jeonju Fortress.

For more information, visit www.jeonju-night.kr.


Busan Fireworks Festival


The annual Busan Fireworks Festival is gearing up for its 12th edition which kicks off festivities on 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 www.bff.or.kr.