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[Travel Bits] Round up of travel news from around the worldBy 이우영
Published : Aug. 19, 2016 - 17:20
Water splash parade at Everland
Everland is paying tribute to the days of summer this year as the amusement park and resort play host to the Summer Splash and Fantastic Summer Night festival. The festival is jam-packed with various programs like splash parades, fireworks and a 3-D mapping show held every night.
During the day, guests can enjoy Jack’s Splash Parade, which sprays 84 tons of water from 40 water cannons and six floats, three times a day. Then later at night when the heat dies down, the park’s Rose Garden will be turned into a midsummer night’s dream paradise as the garden is transformed into a festival of lights. The garden will also feature 20 screens projecting visuals of famous impressionist art from Monet to Van Gogh and Hesse. The Summer Splash and Fantastic Summer Night festival is being held daily until Aug. 28.
For more information, visit www.everland.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 from Aug. 15 to 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.
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.
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 www.bff.or.kr.
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