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[Travel Bits] Festivals, sights across Korea

Everland Rose Festival

Launched in 1985, the long-running Everland Rose Festival opens every year in May. This year it continues until June 16. At a 20,000-square-meter rose garden, visitors can see various kinds of flowers while enjoying the amusement park.

It is held inside Everland, South Korea’s largest theme park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, and is open to visitors of all ages.

To find out more about the event, including admission fees and how to get there, visit for information in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese.

‘Walk with a King’ at Jeonju Hanok Village

Jeonju Hanok Village is holding the “Walk with a King” tour every Saturday through Oct. 26, with the exception of Aug. 3 and 8.

The tour is open to up to 100 people. A guide will take you around the beautiful city of Jeonju, including a spot that offers a special view of Gyeongggijeon Shrine.

Admission fees are 10,000 won per person, and the hours are from 8 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. It is open to visitors of all ages.

For more information in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese, call the travel hotline at 1330.

Hanbok for foreigners at Coex Aquarium

Coex Aquarium is holding an event that offers foreign visitors the chance to try on Korean traditional costume, or hanbok, free of charge.

The year-round event is being held Mondays to Fridays, from noon to 6 p.m. at Garden of Korea in the aquarium. It is available exclusively for foreigners.

Hanbok available at the event are styled after those worn by royals of the Joseon era.

For more information on Coex Aquarium in Korean, English, Chinese or Japanese, visit 

Herb Island Light Festival

The Herb Island Lighting & Illumination Festival features a romantic ambience created by lighting. It comprises a pink wish tunnel, sparkling buildings, the Santa Village, photo zones and other twinkling places for visitors to enjoy.

It continues until Oct. 31, and fees are 6,000 won per person.

The festival is open to visitors of all ages.

For more information in Korean, English, Chinese, visit

Gangneung Danoje Festival

The Danoje Festival includes rituals such as the Daegwallyeong Guksa Seonghwangje (a tribute to Monk Beomil, believed to protect Gangneung) and Yeongsinje (a deity greeting ritual).

Folk performances, ssireum wrestling, swing riding, and tug-of-war competitions follow these rituals. During the Danoje Festival, visitors are also invited to participate in various events: watching a traditional wedding ceremony, making surichui rice cake and washing one’s hair in iris-infused water.

The event is free of charge, and continues until Monday.

For more information in Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, visit