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[Travel bits] Round up of travel news

By 이우영

Published : May 27, 2016 - 17:57

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Ulsan Grand Park Rose Festival

Ulsan Grand Park Rose Festival has launched its 11th annual rose garden festivities. Held every year since 2005, this year’s festival exhibits roughly 3 million roses in a 44,737-square-meter rose garden. Visitors will have the opportunity to marvel at a wide range of premium rose species, which have been planted throughout the park’s expansion garden areas including the Cupid Garden, Venus Garden, Rose Hills and various themed gardens.

Aside from the diverse rose species on display, festivalgoers can also enjoy viewing a variety of animals at the park. The Ulsan Grand Park Rose Festival will be held until May 29.

Everland Rose Festival

The nation’s largest outdoor amusement park, Everland, is hosting its annual Rose Festival, which will be held until June 12. The theme park, located in Yongin just outside of Seoul, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and is currently flooded with roughly one million roses scattered throughout the park’s luscious garden areas.

The highlight of this year’s Rose Festival is the newly established “Shakespeare Garden,” which features special storyboards of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Sonnets” on select days, honoring the 400th anniversary of the bard‘s death.

Every weekend during the festival period various live performances, including a show by a Beatles tribute band as well as a performance of “Hamlet” the opera, will be staged For more information, visit

2016 Changdeokgung Moonlight Tour

One of the city of Seoul’s most popular palace tours, this year’s 2016 Changdeokgung Moonlight Tour will allow guests the special opportunity to wander around the place grounds under the moonlight.

Typically closed off to the public at night, the annual event allows a limited number of visitors to explore the gorgeously lit-up Changdeokgung grounds in a special guided tour. Allowing only 100 guests per tour, the palace will host its annual nighttime palace festivities on selected days until June 22. It should be noticed that there are separate dates and tours for Korean and non-Koreans. Non-Koreans are not permitted to join a Korean tour and vice versa. Tickets to the event cost 30,000 won and must be purchased in advance at 

Moonlight Tour at Suwon Hwaseong

Similar to that of the Seoul palaces’ nighttime tour openings, the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress will soon be available to visitors who want to take a nighttime stroll on the historic structure.

From May 21 to July 17, the Suwon Cultural Foundation will open the gates to the UNESCO World Heritage Suwon Hwaseong and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace to the public for a special nighttime program known as “Moonlight Tour at Suwon Hwaseong.” Participants can enjoy various programs such as exploring the palace, attending poetry reading and watch various traditional performances.

Tickets are listed at 20,000 won and must be purchased in advance at 

Boryeong Mud Festival

One of the country’s most highly anticipated festivals of the year, the annual Boryeong Mud Festival attracts the largest number of international visitors of all the country’s top festivals.

Not only can visitors enjoy a myriad of energetic and wild actives such as mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the mega mud tub, but festival participants can also take part in the marine mud-training course for some added competition and fun as well as enjoy a relaxing mud massage.

In the evening, visitors can head to the beach for a lively outdoor party atmosphere with live music and fireworks.

This year’s festival will be held from July 15 to 24.