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[Travel Bits] Festivals, sights across Korea

Busan Fireworks Festival

The Busan Fireworks Festival is scheduled to run from Dec. 24-31 in areas around Gwangalli Beach in Busan.

The annual festival, which usually takes place in the fall, features high-tech laser light shows and a myriad of colorful fireworks.

While most people flock to the beach for a closer view of the fireworks, some people choose to enjoy the festival from nearby mountain Hwangyeongsan, the island Dongbaekseom and Igidae Coastal Park for a scenic view of the beach.

Updated information is available at www.bfo.or.kr.


Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival

The Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival will run from Jan. 1 to Feb. 13 at the Alps Village in Cheongyang-gun, South Chungcheong Province.

Sponsored and managed by the Alps Village Committee, the festival offers various programs, including sledding, ice bobsledding, ice fishing, a zip track, horseback riding, bare-hand fishing and more.

Visitors who do not wish to participate in the hands-on experience can also enjoy watching the ice fountain, ice artwork and ice cave.

The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The admission fee is 7,000 won and participation fees vary for individual activities.

More information can be found at www.alpsvill.com.


Incheon Romance Market Festival

The Incheon Romance Market Festival is running through Dec. 26 at the north square of Dongincheon Station and at the nearby market district.

The fourth edition of the event provides various programs, including a free black-and-white photo studio and classic movies -- “Dr. No” (1962), “The Magnificent Seven” (1960) and “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral” (1957) -- at Incheon Milim Cinema. Tickets are priced at 5,000 won.

Visitors can also enjoy local street food and purchase crafts at nearby markets.

More information can be found at www.romancemarket.co.kr.


E-World Miracle Winter Night

E-World Miracle Winter Night kicked off on Nov. 20 and is scheduled to run through Feb. 28 at E-World in Daegu.

This year’s festival features a garden of 10,000 LED roses, a 15-meter-tall Christmas tree and 100 photo zones for fresh Instagram posts.

While all activities will still be masked and socially distanced, visitors can also enjoy rides and attractions in the E-World theme park.

Ticket prices vary by age.

Updates can be found at www.eworld.kr.


Daejeon Science Tour

The Daejeon Science Tour started in late September and is scheduled to run through Dec. 31 at locations throughout Daejeon, including the National Science Museum, science lab and museum Nexperium, Content Korea Lab Daejeon and more.

This year’s science festival is an online-offline hybrid event.

Visitors can enjoy the Daejeon Science Tour’s three different themes: observing science in sci-fi films, studying science with experts and traveling around Daejeon with augmented reality technology.

Reservations are required three days before the visit and tickets cost 10,000 won.

More information can be found at dst.daejeon.go.kr.

By Lee Si-jin (sj_lee@heraldcorp.com)
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