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[Travel Bits] Festivals and sights across Korea

Chrysanthemum Exhibition of the Garden of Morning Calm

Visitors to the chrysanthemum festival can enjoy the blazing fall foliage of nearby Chungnyeongsan and the golden waves created by the pine trees, as well as the myriad fully bloomed chrysanthemums covering just about every corner of the 330,000-square-meter outdoor garden.
The festival runs through Nov. 24 and is open to visitors of all ages.
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Seoul Lantern Festival

The annual Seoul Lantern Festival, one of Seoul’s representative festivals, is held from the first Friday to the third Sunday of November. Every year nearly 3 million visitors can expect to see lanterns along the 1.3-kilometer stream Cheonggyecheon, which stretches all the way from Cheonggye Plaza to Supyogyo bridge.
It opens Friday and continues until Nov. 17.
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Busan Fireworks Festival

The Busan Fireworks Festival takes place Saturday along Gwangalli Beach. The festival offers cultural events, high-tech laser light shows and myriad unique and colorful fireworks.
Other areas to visit nearby include Hwangnyeongsan, Dongbaekseom and the Igidae Coastal Park, which offer great views of the fireworks.
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Cheongsong Apple Festival

Cheongsong Apple Festival is held until Nov. 3 to promote the high-quality apples grown in Cheongsong, North Gyeongsang Province.
The events include a cooking contest using local food and apples, a reenactment of the wedding ceremony of Prince Chungnyeong (1397-1450) and a seniors’ singing concert.
The hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Gimhae Buncheong Ceramics Festival

The Gimhae Buncheong Ceramics Festival celebrates the unique Korean Buncheongsagi (a grayish-blue-powdered celadon).
The programs include celadon making, a cooking showcase, wish balloon flying and a Japanese celadon dance performance.
It runs through Nov. 3, and admission is free of charge.
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