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What’s Going on This Month: January 2020

Happy New Year or 새해 복 많이 받으세요 in Korean. It’s finally the new year and we hope you can visit Korea in 2020. If you are lucky enough to be visiting Korea this January, you can expect snow and minus temperatures; travelers would therefore be wise to pack a warm coat. The winter snow in Korea, however, looks absolutely stunning and is certainly worth braving the cold and venturing outside for. We’ve gathered info below on the best festivals happening in Korea this January. Read on to find out what’s happening!

Yeongdong Dried Persimmon Festival (영동곶감축제)

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Dates: 10th January 2020 ~ 12th January 2020

Location: (Eng) 122, Yeongdonghwanggan-ro, Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do (Kor) 충청북도 영동군 영동읍 영동황간로 122

Admission: Free

Persimmon is a heavy fruit with a kind of sweet tropical taste. They are very popular throughout Korea, especially when eaten dried. Yeongdong County (영동군) is in North Chungcheong Province, and is the largest fruit producer in Korea. It is especially famous for its persimmons. As such, every year, a festival is held there to eat and celebrate the dried persimmons grown. Buyers from all over Korea flock to the festival to taste the persimmons and to get their hands on the fresh produce. To visit the festival and try the persimmons for yourself, its very simple. You can simply take a train from Seoul Station to Yeongdong Station. The festival is about an 8 minute taxi ride from the station. Just let the taxi driver know you want to go to ‘Yeongdong Gymnasium’ (영동 체육관).

Seoul Salon Du Chocolat (서울 살롱 뒤 쇼콜라)

©서울 살롱 뒤 쇼콜라, VisitKorea, 26.10.19, english.visitkorea.or.kr

Dates: 10th January 2020 ~ 12th January 2020

Location: (Eng) 513, Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 강남구 영동대로 513

Admission: 10,000 KRW

If you love chocolate, Seoul Salon Du Chocolat is a must visit for you. The number one festival for all things chocolate is held every year at many locations around the world. In Korea it is held each year at COEX in Gangnam, Seoul. As well as a lot of things to buy and eat, the festival showcases innovative uses of chocolate through mediums such as the Chocolate Fashion Show and other performances based around chocolate. There are also chocolate seminars discussing the history and production of chocolate, and the chocolate-growing industry. The festival is easily reached from Samseong Station (삼성역) on Seoul Subway Line 2, which will take you directly into COEX.

Busan Sunrise Festival (부산해맞이축제)

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Dates: 1st January 2020

Location: (Eng) 264, Haeundaehaebyeon-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan (Kor) 부산광역시 해운대구 해운대해변로 264 (우동)

Admission: Free

Although Lunar new year is a more significant celebration to most Koreans, nowadays many like to celebrate the changing of the gregorian new year as well. A tradition in Busan is to go to Haeundae early in the morning to watch the sunrise on the beach. Celebrations start the evening before on the 31st with a bell-ringing ceremony in Yongdusan Park, followed by fireworks and musical performances. Finally, everyone finishes up the celebrations by watching the beautiful sunrise on the beach. It’s totally free to attend, so if you find yourself in Busan over the new year, it’s worth staying awake for.

E-World Starlight Festival (이월드 별빛축제)

©이월드 별빛축제, VisitKorea, 26.10.19, english.visitkorea.or.kr

Dates: 16th November 2019 ~ 1st March 2020

Location: (Eng) 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu (Kor) 대구광역시 달서구 두류공원로 200

Admission: Tickets can be purchased at www.eworld.kr

E-World is a theme park in Daegu built around Woobang Tower. The park opened in 1995 and is modelled in the style of a European village. Since them, E-world have hosted their ‘Starlight Festival’ on an annual basis. The park is decorated in a carnival like fashion with hot-air balloons, roses and over ten million lights where the lights create a romantic atmosphere that looks extraordinary at night. We therefore recommend visiting at night for the best experience. It’s a great place to spend a romantic evening with your partner; many Koreans even propose at the festival amongst the beautiful lights. E-world can be reached easily by subway. The closest stop is Duryu Station (두류역) on Daegu Subway Line 2.


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Lizzie Shiers

Writer, Visual Effects ATD and Physicist who lived in South Korea from 2016-2018

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