[Travel Bits] Festivals, curiosities across Korea

Pinocchio and the Little Prince Starlight Festival

The 1st Pinocchio and the Little Prince Starlight Festival will run until March 13 at Italian Village and Petite France in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province.

The event lets visitors experience a bit of overseas travel via the flea market lined with European antiques, traditional Italian homes and more.

Aside from the splendid lighting, the festival offers various cultural programs, including music box shows, a puppet show, a circus with mimes, a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, and an “Adventures of Pinocchio” puppet show.

Admission is 19,500 won, 17,000 won, and 13,000 won for adults, teens, and children, respectively.

More information on www.pfcamp.com or www.pinovinci.com.

Light Sonata

Sonata of Light, a special 3D night lighting show, runs until December 13, 2023 at Oak Valley in Wonju, Gangwon Province.

Using 3D mapping software, the resort’s boardwalk and golf course became the stage for a 3D lighting show at night, creating a romantic fairytale atmosphere in space.

The event offers the opportunity for a 40-minute stroll on its footpath while enjoying the show.

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

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

Hueree Plum Blossom Festival
The Hueree Plum Blossom Festival is set to kick off on Feb. 18 and run until March 20 at Hueree Nature Park on Jeju Island.

The park, near South Korea’s highest peak, Hallasan, offers a chance to stroll, relax, and enjoy the early spring breeze.

The annual festival highlights Jeju Island’s beautiful scenery and plum blossoms with photo zones. For children, there is also horseback riding and a small parade of Jeju black pigs.

The event is open to people of all ages and admission fees vary by age and program.

Updated information is available at www.hueree.com or www.visitjeju.net/en.

E-World Miracle Winter Night

E-World Miracle Winter Night runs until February 28 at E-World in Daegu.

The festival includes a garden of 10,000 LED roses, a 15-meter tall Christmas tree and 100 Instagram-ready photo zones.

Although all activities are still hidden and socially distanced, visitors can still enjoy rides and attractions in the E-World theme park.

Ticket prices vary by age.

Updates are available at www.eworld.kr.

Garden of Morning Calm Lighting Festival
The Morning Calm Garden Lighting Festival will run until March 14 at the main garden of the Morning Calm Garden in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province.

The event is the first lighting festival in Korea to combine a natural environment with dazzling lights.

Eco-friendly LEDs shine throughout the garden to entertain visitors with colorful lights and highlight the beautiful landscape.

The garden lights up after sunset and operates until 9 p.m.

Although the festival is open to visitors of all ages, admission fees vary by age.

Updated information can be found at www.morningcalm.co.kr.

By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])

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