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[Travel Bits] Festivals, sights across Korea

By Lee Si-jin

Published : Dec. 16, 2022 - 09:01

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Suseong Light Art Festival, Daegu

The fourth edition of the Suseong Light Art Festival started Dec. 9 and runs through Jan. 2, 2023 at Suseongmot Lake in Daegu.

Ranging from a school project created by Light Art School students from 5 to 19 years old to works from professional artists, the festival is set to display various creations to entertain visitors.

A total of 300 light-bearing drones will present a light art show and hands-on activities for the tourists of all ages will be prepared as well.

The event is free.

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Haeundae Lighting Festival, Busan

One of Busan’s most famous winter festivals got underway on Nov. 18 and runs through Jan. 24, 2023 at areas around Haeundae Beach in the southeastern city.

Under the theme “Again, Haeundae: Sea of Light,” the festival features various light fixtures, lanterns and media art on display to entertain those who stop by.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll around Haeundae Beach, Haeundae Market, Gunamro Square and the areas of Oncheon-gil.

Lights turn on at 5:30 p.m.

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E-World Illumination, Daegu

E-World Illumination kicked off Nov. 19 and runs through Feb. 28, 2023 at E-World in Daegu.

The festival features 10 million lights covering areas around E-World and 83 Tower.

A 15-meter-tall Christmas tree and a garden of 100,000 light-emitting diode roses make for memorable photo zones for visitors as well.

Admission is 11,100 won per person on weekdays and 17,900 won per person on weekends.

The event starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

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Sonata of Light, Wonju

The Sonata of Light is a special 3D nighttime light show taking place at Oak Valley in Wonju, Gangwon Province.

With 3D mapping software, the resort's promenade and golf course become stages for a 3D light show at night, creating a romantic, fairy-tale atmosphere.

The event offers an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the show while on a leisurely 40-minute stroll on the walking trail.

The show runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are 20,000 won for adults and 15,000 won for children. Tickets can be booked on local e-commerce platforms Naver Booking and Tmon.

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Anseong Smelt Festival

The Anseong Smelt Festival is scheduled to run from Dec. 24 to Feb. 5, 2023 in areas near Dume Lake in Anseong, Gyeonggi Province.

Hoping to provide a memorable winter experience, the festival features various programs, including smelt fishing, ice sledding and various photo zones featuring snow flowers.

Smelt fishing is only available during the weekends and on public holidays.

The festival opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. daily.

Admission is 10,000 won per person. Children under 13 are admitted free of charge.

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