Tourist gems to visit dur­ing ‘Au­tumn Tourism Week’

The Korea Times - - WEEKENDER - By Anna J. Park an­na­j­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

The Korean gov­ern­ment has des­ig­nated 17 days from Sept. 12 to 29 as “Au­tumn Tourism Week,” aim­ing to boost do­mes­tic tourism, as well as in­bound tourists’ vis­its to Korea.

This Au­tumn Tourism Week will in­clude Chuseok, a Korean hol­i­day sim­i­lar to Thanks­giv­ing, which falls in the lat­ter half of next week.

Here are some of the rec­om­mended tour pro­grams that would-be trav­el­ers dur­ing the pe­riod should not miss.

Also, don’t for­get to visit vis­itko­re­aforme.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

The site ef­fec­tively helps for­eign tourists to de­vise tour plans on their own ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous themes, such as beauty and well­ness, K-pop, nightlife and food.

Sun­cheon

Sun­cheon City has been des­ig­nated as a cul­ture city of East Asia for 2020, a de­ci­sion made dur­ing last month’s meet­ing of the cul­ture and tourism min­is­ters of Korea, China and Ja­pan.

The city lo­cated in Korea’s south­east­ern South Je­olla Prov­ince was cho­sen along with China’s Yangju and Ja­pan’s Ki­takyushu.

The city boasts the beau­ti­ful Sun­cheon Bay Na­tional Gar­den and Wet­land Re­serve, which is one of the five big­gest coastal wet­lands in the world.

The re­serve also has the largest reed field in the coun­try, mak­ing the des­ti­na­tion a per­fect tourist at­trac­tion dur­ing the of au­tumn.

Sun­cheon Bay Na­tional Gar­den cov­ers 1.1 square kilo­me­ters and is home to count­less dif­fer­ent kinds of plants and trees.

The city also will host the Sun­cheon Bay In­ter­na­tional Orches­tra Fes­ti­val from Sept. 25 to 30, invit­ing many world-class clas­si­cal mu­sic artists, in­clud­ing Mae­stro Chung Myung-whun and pi­anist Lim Dong-hyek, as well as an ensem­ble mu­sic group from the Royal Con­cert­ge­bouw Orches­tra.

Vis­i­tors can en­joy the beauty of clas­si­cal mu­sic against the back­drop of the spa­cious and scenic Sun­cheon Bay.

DMZ Peace Trails

Ear­lier this year, the gov­ern­ment opened up three hik­ing trails inside the Demil­i­ta­rized Zone (DMZ) to the pub­lic.

The hik­ing trails will give tourists a rare glimpse into the pre­vi­ously un­ex­posed re­gions inside the bor­der area and the near­est parts of North Korea.

Cur­rently three tour pro­grams are avail­able at Goseong, Che­o­r­won, and Paju; each of these pro­grams is com­posed of both walk­ing and bus rid­ing.

Visit du­runubi.kr or dmz.go.kr to sign up. How­ever, the trails are cur­rently only open to Korean na­tion­als, due to se­cu­rity rea­sons.

For those who are not Korean na­tion­als but still wish to ex­pe­ri­ence eco-trails along the DMZ, they can hike along the Pyeonghwa Nuri trails.

The 184-kilo­me­ter trails al­low vis­i­tors to walk near the in­ter-Korean bor­der area, as well as en­joy na­ture that has been un­touched for the past seven decades.

The DMZ Bi­cy­cle Tour is also an op­tion this au­tumn on Oct. 27.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion will be lim­ited to the first 300 peo­ple who reg­is­ter at dmz. gg­tour.or.kr from Oct. 1.

Korea Art Week Tour

Artsy gallery lovers can en­joy var­i­ous ben­e­fits and dis­counts pro­vided dur­ing Korea Art Week, which runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 9.

Un­der the theme of “Art in Ev­ery­day Life,” this an­nual event mark­ing its fifth an­niver­sary this au­tumn will al­low spe­cial of­fers for bi­en­nales, art fairs and hun­dreds of mu­se­ums na­tion­wide.

Sev­eral types of “Art Week OnePass” dis­count tick­ets are avail­able. Vis­i­tors can buy a One-Pass ticket that al­lows vis­its to Gwangju De­sign Bi­en­nale, Cheongju Craft Bi­en­nale and Gyeonggi In­ter­na­tional Ce­ramic Bi­en­nale.

Other types of One-Pass tick­ets al­low pur­chasers to visit one of the bi­en­nales and the 2019 Korean In­ter­na­tional Art Fair (KIAF).

Pur­chasers of these passes can also buy train passes with spe­cial dis­counts.

Other than this, var­i­ous gal­leries and mu­se­ums na­tion­wide will hold spe­cial evening pro­grams and draw­ing fes­ti­vals. More de­tails about the art week pro­grams and One-Pass can be found at artweek.kr.

Well­ness / In­dus­trial Tours of Korea

If you are look­ing for more unique trips with spe­cial themes, how about travel fo­cus­ing on well­ness or in­dus­trial des­ti­na­tions?

The cul­ture min­istry has each cho­sen 33 tourist at­trac­tions on the theme of health and heal­ing, such as the herb gar­den of Farm Kamille lo­cated in Taean, South Chungcheon­g Prov­ince, and Park Roche Re­sort & Well­ness in Gang­won Prov­ince, where di­verse med­i­ta­tion pro­grams are avail­able.

The min­istry has also un­veiled 20 des­ti­na­tions of in­dus­trial tours. The 20 rec­om­mended spots were cho­sen out of some 470 in­dus­trial fa­cil­i­ties and tourist des­ti­na­tions, and these tours will pro­vide a glimpse into the dif­fer­ent sec­tors of a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries and the fun of travel.

All this in­for­ma­tion and more can be found at kto.vis­itko­rea.or.kr.

Cour­tesy of the Tourism Cen­ter of the Korean Penin­sula, Korea Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Pyeonghwa Nuri trails al­low vis­i­tors to walk near the DMZ. This photo was taken on Route 10 Go­rangpo-gil in Yeon­cheon, Gyeonggi Prov­ince.

Cour­tesy of IR Stu­dio, Korea Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Bye­ol­maro Ob­ser­va­tory, lo­cated in Yeong­wol County, Gang­won Prov­ince, pro­vides a per­fect venue to en­joy a ce­les­tial show dur­ing au­tumn nights.

Cour­tesy of Cho Seong-keun, Korea Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Sun­cheon Bay Wet­land Re­serve boasts a beau­ti­ful coastal wet­land along with the largest reed field in the coun­try.

Cour­tesy of Kim Ji-ho, Korea Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Gwangju Mu­seum of Art is one of nu­mer­ous mu­se­ums and gal­leries na­tion­wide that par­tic­i­pate in the pro­grams of the Korea Art Week Tour.

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