Hands up if you are curious of where the magnificent and tall Christmas trees are located in Seoul or Busan!
The ‘Korea Christmas Festival’ will be held at the Seoul Plaza, along with a tree lighting ceremony on November 27. This year, the Christmas tree will be lighted up in blue lines of LED lights and surrounded by LED roses beneath.
On the other hand, the Busan Christmas Tree Festival will kick off on November 26, at areas around Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Street. This year’s festival is themed “Happiness of Birth”, thus a huge ornament in the shape of a birthday cake will be hung on the gigantic Christmas tree, as well as other decorations and artificial snow are added to bring up the whole Christmas atmosphere.
Korea Christmas Festival
☞ Event period: November 27, 2016 / 18:00-19:00 (Christmas tree lights display will be available till January 8, 2017) * Main event is subject to changes without notice.
☞ Venue: Seoul Plaza
☞ Directions: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1,2) and Exit 5 or 6. Walk for about 1-2 minutes.
☞ Inquiries: Dasan Call Center +82-2-120 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolian
The Busan Christmas Tree Festival, Busan’s annual winter event, will be held in the Gwangbok-ro area of the Jung-gu District in Busan.
To add a more festive atmosphere, there will be concerts, a tree of wishes, street performances, collecting love coins, a photo and video contest, and many more.
– Daily concert, collaboration-concert, Christmas music concert
[Citizen’s participation event]
– Carol song contest, etc.
– Wish tree for the New Year
– Merry Christmas time (scene of snow)
– Auction event
– Discount event of Gwangbok-ro sellers
Korea has four distinct seasons, with each offering unique and beautiful landscapes. In the spring, forsythia, cherry blossom, azalea and many other flowers are in full bloom; in the summer, people travel in numbers to the coasts to enjoy their vacation on the beach; in the fall, the mountains put on a fascinating coat of crimson leaves; and in the winter, the land is covered with snow.
South Korea can come across as inscrutable at first glance. It’s a land of stark contrasts and wild contradictions; a place where tradition and technology are equally embraced; where skyscrapers loom over ancient temples; and where the frantic pace of life is offset by the serenity of nature. The country’s unique customs and etiquette can seem like a trap laid for foreigners, but arrive with a smile and a respectful attitude and you will be welcomed with open arms by some of the friendliest folk on the planet.
Koreans are fiercely proud of their country, and with good reason. The Korean peninsula has a storied history and this colourful heritage is woven into the fabric of this land. The capital, Seoul, is home to a number of historic highlights, including the spectacular Joseon-era Gyeongbokgung Palace, “the great south gate” of Namdaemun and the eerie Seodaemun Prison – all tucked away amid gleaming offices, giant shopping centres, world-class restaurants and hipster bars.
The rest of the country is also littered with fortresses, temples and palaces. Visitors will enjoy the grassy burial mounds of ancient kings in Gyeongju, the Seokbulsa Temple in Busan, which has been carved out of a rock, and the infamous demilitarised zone, a biodiverse no-man’s-land separating South and North Korea. It is a scary place, where acres of barbed wire are patrolled by heavily-armed guards on both sides, yet the tension is so trumped up it feels like you’ve stumbled onto a Hollywood film set.
But it’s not all about history. When it comes to nature, South Korea is wonderfully diverse, with spectacular national parks, remote sandy beaches, hot spring islands and rugged mountain peaks. Gastronomes are well catered for, too, but you may have to open your mind before your mouth; local specialities include kimchi (pickled cabbage) and makgeolli (rice wine).
South Korea can sometimes seem like the most foreign place on Earth; an unfathomable destination of curious customs, strange food and jarring paradoxes. Ultimately, that’s what makes it so exciting.