Get off base and enjoy the festivals!

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Get off base and enjoy the festivals!

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published: November 21, 2013

Many fun and interesting events are going on in Korea. Don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the cultural experience! (This was updated Nov. 21)

Hongseong Namdanghang Port Jumbo Shrimp Festival
Date: Until Nov. 26
Location: Namdang-ri, Seobu-myeon, Hongseong-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Introduction: Namdanghang Port, located at the west end of Hongseong, is a famous west coast port known for its exceptional seafood. Surrounded by the clean waters of Cheonsuman Bay, Namdahang Port is home to a wide array of sea life including blue crab, cockle and webfoot octopus. Namdanghang Port also draws throngs of visitors from early September to mid-October every year for the country’s largest Jumbo Shrimp Festival, which has been held since 1907.

A major jumbo shrimp party unfolds along the west coast of Korea from October to November, and as the shrimp are in season, this is the ideal period to enjoy the savory food. The Jumbo Shrimp Festival offers not only food but also various activities for visitors to take part in such as catching clam in the mud flats or even personally catching jumbo shrimp. It also holds a diverse range of events such as traditional rites (rituals for a big catch of fish), fishing boat parades, singing contests as well as hands-on experience programs for catching and peeling jumbo shrimp. Regional products are also sold, making it possible to purchase quality jumbo shrimp at low prices. With much to offer, the festival draws over 700,000 visitors each year.

Transportation: 
Train
– From Yongsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, Jungang Line), take a train bound for Hongseong(홍성).
* Train schedule: 5:45 a.m., 6:30 a.m., 7:35 a.m., 8:08 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 10:35 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:20 p.m., 1:35 p.m., 2:25 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 4:05 p.m., 5:35 p.m., 6:35 p.m., 7:55 p.m., 8:20 p.m.
Bus
– From Seoul Central City Terminal (Express Bus Terminal Station, Subway Line 3,7,9), take an express bus bound for Hongseong(홍성).
* Bus schedule: 6:40 a.m.-8:40 p.m., 2hr intervals
– From Hongseon Station (Janghang Line) or Hongseong Terminal, take Bus Hongseong-Galsan(Namdang)(Hongseong Station) (홍성-갈산) (남당)(홍성역) bound for Namdanghang Port(남당항).
* Bus schedule: 7:40 a.m.–8:30 p.m., run 11 times a day

Homepage: www.naepofestival.com (Korean only)
tour.hongseong.go.kr (Korean only)

Seoul Photo Festival
Date: Until Dec. 1
Location: Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul-si area
Introduction: The city of Seoul designated November as photography month and has been hosting the Seoul Photo Festival, an annual photo exhibition, since 2010. Photos taken by professional photographers, as well as photos by amateur photographers were selected through a contest and are displayed around Seoul for about a month. This year, the exhibition is held under a theme of ‘Village Community and Photo Archives’. The fact that photos by Seoul citizens and netizens around the country will be exhibited is the special feature of the exhibition.

Transportation: 
Seoul Museum of Art (서울시립미술관)
City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 1.
Go to the right and turn down the first street on your left before Deoksugung Palace.
Keep going for 5 minutes; the museum is on a small hill to the left.

Seoul Museum of History (서울역사박물관)
1) Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 7.
Upon exiting the station, turn around, and turn right at the 4-way Intersection.
Go straight about 500m to arrive at the museum on the right.
2) Seodaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4.
Go straight about 600m to arrive at the museum on the left.

Homepage: www.seoulphotofestival.com (Korean only)

Busan Port Lighting Festival
Date: Nov. 8 – Nov. 17
Location: Songdo Beach area , Busan
Introduction: During the annual Busan Port Lighting Festival, a myriad of lights illuminate the port area, while various performances and experience programs take place across the city. Some of the highlights of the festival include the hot air balloon station and the International Performance Arts & Art Camp, which stages several light and laser shows.

Transportation: 
1) Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 1.
Go to the bus stop 120m ahead.
Take Bus 9, 9-1, 26, 30 or 71 to Songdo Beach.
2) Jagalchi Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Go 70m forward, cross the street, and turn left.
Go to the Chungmudong Intersection bus stop 30m ahead.
Take Bus 9, 9-1, 26, 30 or 71 to Songdo Beach.

Homepage: www.lightingbusan.org (Korean only)

– Source: Korea Tourism Organization

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