Spring is in the air

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KOREA Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion ( KTO) will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the up­com­ing MATTA Fair, high­light­ing the spring flower fes­ti­vals of South Korea ( March to May), and giv­ing away re­demp­tion gifts for travel en­thu­si­asts.

Korea’s 2016 spring flower fes­ti­vals and at­trac­tions:

The cool fresh air, re­fresh­ing scent and the scenic breath­tak­ing view. Imag­ine a hol­i­day filled with colour­ful fresh blooms in spring. South Korea is a coun­try blessed with at­trac­tive nat­u­ral land­scap­ing. With so much to see and visit dur­ing spring, here are pic­turesque sug­ges­tions to help you plan your hol­i­day. See Bu­san in full bloom on the scenic route of Dal­maji- gil, a wind­ing trail that runs from Hae­un­dae to Song­jeong. With a fan­tas­tic seashore view, Dal­maji- gil is nick­named Street of Cul­ture, thanks to the art gal­leries and unique cafes along the trail. Nearby is Moon­tan Road which en­tices cou­ples to take a ro­man­tic 30- minute walk on its me­an­der­ing path.

With the ar­rival of spring, tourists flock over to wit­ness the flo­ral at­trac­tions. A pop­u­lar spot is the Cherry Blossom Fes­ti­val in Jin­hae, just a 40- minute drive away from Bu­san.

Ev­ery year, this fes­ti­val wel­comes vis­i­tors to its charm­ing town with a lively pa­rade and spec­tac­u­lar flo­ral dis­play which at­tracts over two mil­lion vis­i­tors an­nu­ally. Set on a moun­tain­ous stretch of the south­ern Korean coast­line, Jin­hae boasts spec­tac­u­lar sights of bloom­ing cherry blossom trees along the 1.5km board­walk of Yeo­jwacheon Stream and the 800m- long Gyeonghwa rail­way track on both sides.

An­other pop­u­lar cherry blossom spot is Bo­mun Lake, lo­cated at the east of down­town Gyeongju. The Bo­mun Tourist Town caters to the need of in­ter­na­tional tourist with a ho­tel, golf re­sort, shop­ping mall, an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence room as well as other leisure and amuse­ment fa­cil­i­ties. Along the lake is a long walk­way with many cherry trees that come alive in pink come spring. Not far off away from Gyeongju, ap­prox­i­mately an hour’s drive away, would be Daegu. Rec­om­mended places to visit would be e- World, Suseong Lake and Pal­go­ngsan Moun­tain.

Lo­cals par­tic­u­larly be­lieve that the cherry tree in e- World blooms early and fore­tells the blooms of all other cherry trees in Daegu. While on Pal­go­ngsan Moun­tain, catch your breath as you see a mes­meris­ing sight of heav­ily blos­somed cherry trees on the wind­ing roads.

Over at the Sun­cheon­man Bay Gar­den, at Je­ol­lanam- do ( south of Je­olla Prov­ince), see the pic­tureper­fect spread of colour­ful flow­ers.

Lo­cated at the north of Je­olla Prov­ince is Maisan, take a hike up and wit­ness the beauty of Mother Na­ture at the Maisan Pro­vin­cial Park, es­pe­cially in spring where the cherry blos­soms are bloom­ing and the moun­tain is cov­ered with bright pink aza­lea flow­ers.

If you’re ad­ven­tur­ous, take a drive along Jeongun­gado, a 40km- long road which con­nects Jeonju and Gun­san in Je­ol­labuk- do. It is well known as the long­est cherry blossom road in South Korea with trees lined on both sides of the road. And while you’re there, don’t miss the Gun­san Cherry Blossom Fes­ti­val.

At Gang­won- do, which is well known for its’ Nami Is­land, one can head over to check out the Gangne­ung Cherry Blossom Fes­ti­val, a ma­jor fes­ti­val hap­pen­ing at Gyeongpo Beach. While tak­ing in the sur­round­ing scenery, one can also en­joy art­work and make your own hand­made items.

Jeju Is­land is lo­cated at the south­ern part of the penin­su­lar and a Unesco World Her­itage Site.

It is also fa­mous for yel­low canola ( also called rape­seed) flow­ers. In spring, the is­land is decked with bright canola petals and vis­i­tors can get a lovely view from atop Seongsan Ilchul­bong Peak or Seopjikoji.

The Jeju Canola Flower Fes­ti­val also at­tracts a high num­ber of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional tourists an­nu­ally.

Other than that, you may also take part in the Jeju Canola Walk­ing Fes­ti­val on March 19 and 20 at Jeju Jung­mun Tourist Com­plex. Also not to be missed dur­ing spring in Jeju Is­land would be the Jeju Food and Wine Fes­ti­val 2016 tak­ing place from May 12 to 14 at Jeju’s Hay­att Re­gency. Eleven renowned chefs will come to­gether to present var­i­ous cuisines us­ing Jeju’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­gre­di­ents.

Apart from all the above, there are also other spring fes­ti­vals and des­ti­na­tions worth keep­ing a look­out for. At Hwang­mae­san in Hapcheon- gun, some­time in May, there is the Hwang­mae­san Royal Aza­lea Fes­ti­val that fea­tures stun­ning royal aza­leas at their full bloom. Be­sides that, aza­leas can also be spot­ted at Maisan Pro­vin­cial Park of Ji­nan- gun, Mount Yeongch­wisan in Yeosu along the south coast of the Korean penin­sula, as well as Hal­lasan Moun­tain in Jeju Is­land.

Cus­tomers can en­quire for more travel in­for­ma­tion at the Korea Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion Booths No. 1161- 1184, Hall 1, PWTC KL. Fair at­trac­tions also in­clude gift re­demp­tions for travel pack­age buy­ers. There will also be sev­eral stage per­for­mances and events through­out the three- day fair.

Re­demp­tions

i) Korea Pack­age Pur­chasers: Lug­gage Bag Or­gan­iser by KTO

ii) Pack­ages with Jeju: Pass­port Holder

iii) Pack­ages with Bu­san: Hand­phone Stand

– Bu­san trans­porta­tion pass card ( at least two nights’ stay in Bu­san) * While stocks last * Terms & con­di­tions ap­ply

For more in­for­ma­tion on Korean tourism, visit www. visitko­rea. or. kr. De­tails on ex­clu­sive pro­mo­tions for Malaysians are avail­able on www. visitko­rea. com. my or by con­tact­ing 03- 2143 9000. Find it on Face­book – Korea Plaza KL.

Moon­tan road on Dal­maji hill.

A pop­u­lar cherry blossom spot is Bo­mun Lake, lo­cated at the east of down­town Gyeongju.

The Tun­nel of cherry blos­soms at Jin­hae.

Lo­cals par­tic­u­larly be­lieve that the cherry tree in e- World blooms early and fore­tells the blooms of all other cherry trees in Daegu.

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