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2019.8.7 Travel Calendar

Aug 07,2019
Night trip around relics in Suwon

Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon

Aug. 9-11

This special night event, hosted by the Suwon Cultural Foundation, allows visitors to tour through major cultural edifices along Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress, or Suwon Hwaseong, a Joseon-era fortification listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site. The tour after sunset allows visitors to savor the unique night view of Joseon-era cultural structures illuminated with special media art works.

For more information, go to culturenight.swcf.or.kr or call (031) 290-3571~5.

Tongyeong Hansan Battle Festival

Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang

Aug. 10-14

Hansan is an island in Tongyeong off the southern coast where the historical Hansan Daecheop, or Great Battle of Hansan, took place in July 1592. During the annual Tongyeong Hansan Battle Festival, actors re-enact the heroic sea battle where Korean naval ships led by Admiral Yi Sun-sin destroyed an invading Japanese armada.

Over 100 ships will take part in the re-enactment, which will be the highlight of the commemorative festival.

For more information, go to www.hansanf.org or call (055) 644-5222.

The Third Jeju Air Painting Competition


Through Aug. 15

Children under the age of 13 will get a chance to win flight tickets to Singapore, Saipan and more locations with their artwork. The painting competition allows passengers under 13 years old to paint the things they want to travel with. Paper and colored pencils will be provided on the plane. Flight attendants who have majored in art will review the submitted works and provide prizes to 120 artists. The winner will earn four round trip tickets from Busan to Singapore. The runner up will earn two round trip tickets from Busan to Saipan. Other prizes include flights from Incheon to Macau and Incheon to Vladivostok. All children who submit their works will receive a discount voucher for international flights as well as colored pencils. The result will be announced on the airline’s website on Sept. 2.

For more information, visit www.jejuair.net

Nonsan Tomato Festival

Geumgang University, Nonsan, South Chungcheong

Through Aug. 18

Inspired by the world-famous La Tomatina tomato festival in Spain, Nonsan has launched an annual tomato festival of its own. This year’s festival is titled “Being Red.”

Some of the eye-catching programs include a tomato throwing contest, a cooking competition and making champagne with tomatoes.

There will be free concerts for K-pop fans every weekend during the festival period.

Admission is 10,000 won ($8.23). For more information, call 1544-5236.

Summer Water Light Festival

Suncheon Bay National Garden, South Jeolla

Through Aug. 25

The city of Suncheon, dubbed the country’s ecological capital, has kicked off its annual summer-themed event at its iconic Suncheon Bay National Garden. This year’s Summer Water Light Festival features a water show, light gardens and a variety of food, music, games and entertainment programs for families to enjoy. The southwestern city launched the Visit Suncheon Year campaign this year, aiming to attract 10 million tourists.

A water show will be held in the garden’s lake at 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. each day, featuring exciting fountains and music.

From Aug. 2 to 4, a combination of DJ shows and a chicken and beer festival will be held, organizers said, noting family tourists will also be invited to enjoy a water gun competition, as well as a K-pop singing competition and dance event.

Three outdoor swimming pools will be available for children, while water and art gardens will also captivate visitors. The festival opens at 6 p.m. and runs through 10 p.m. during the festival period.

Admission is priced at 4,000 won for adults, 3,000 won for middle and high school students and 2,000 won for elementary school students. Children younger than 6 and seniors older than 65 are eligible for free entry. For more information, call 1577-2013 or visit http://garden.sc.go.kr.

Pocheon Idong Galbi Barbecue Festival

Doridol Village, Pocheon, Gyeonggi

Through Aug. 25

Every year, Pocheon, home to the beautiful Sanjeong Lake and other famous valleys, holds a festival dedicated to galbi, the all-time favorite dish for many Koreans and expats. Galbi refers to marinated beef ribs.

The main event of the barbecue festival is experiencing the taste of Pocheon. During the festival period, people are able to enjoy galbi at relatively low prices.

Visitors can also buy galbi to take home from the main venue of the festival.

One serving of Pocheon Idong Galbi is 500 grams (1 pound) and costs 20,000 won. An additional 12,000 won is charged for visitors who wish to grill the meat on the spot. The additional fee covers charcoal, grills, condiments, vegetables and other grilling tools. Nearby sightseeing places include Baekun Valley and Pocheon Art Valley, a park which features outdoor sculptures and Cheonju Lake.

For more information, call (031) 535-9958 or visit https://www.doridol.com.

Songdo Beer Festival

Pentaport Park, Incheon

Aug. 23-31

Held at Pentaport Park, with the capacity to accommodate more than 30,000 participants, the Songdo Beer Festival brings live concerts, fireworks and EDM parties to a beer and food festival. With free admission, the nine-day festival’s concerts will feature a lineup of solid musicians from many different music genres, including rock, hip hop and EDM.

For more information, go to www.songdobeer.com or call (032) 830-1000.

Marriott International, all-inclusive platform


Between 2022 and 2025

Responding to consumers’ growing desire for premium, worry-free vacations, Marriott International announced it is launching an all-inclusive platform to serve this increasingly popular vacation segment. The company also announced that it has signed contracts with hotel developers who plan to build five new all-inclusive resorts, investing more than $800 million and demonstrating their confidence in Marriott International’s scale, loyalty platform and operational expertise. The resorts are expected to open between 2022 and 2025.

Marriott International plans to further expand its all-inclusive portfolio in popular, leisure destinations worldwide with a mix of new-build properties and conversions of existing resorts, including properties currently in the Marriott International portfolio. The new platform will provide the company’s 133 million Marriott Bonvoy members the option to earn and redeem points for this convenient, pay-one-price concept. Marriott International’s newly signed management contracts are expected to deliver five all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean and Latin America that, combined, would offer more than 2,000 rooms.

The planned resorts include: 650-room Autograph Collection resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in 2022, as well as four spots in NIA, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Mexico spots include 240-room The Ritz-Carlton resort and 400-room Westin Hotels resort expected to open in 2023 as well as 300-room Autograph Collection resort and 500-room Marriott Hotels resort, anticipated to open in 2025.