Fall Festivals in South Korea Celebrate Arts, Food

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SEOUL, South Korea -- Fall festival time is approaching in South Korea, and the country is gearing up for a full season that borrows from its Korea Cultural Heritage Year theme.

Highlights of the fall festival calendar are as follows:

* Kangjin Celadon Cultural Festival, an event during which tourists don the garb of traditional potters and fire their own ceramics, held Sept. 2 to 7 in Kangjin-gun.

* Kumsan Ginseng Festival, which celebrates the wildly popular medicinal herb. It

is held Sept. 19 to 23 in Kumsan-up.

* Ichon Ceramics Festival. The 10th annual staging of this event will be held Sept. 26 to Oct. 15 in Ichon.

* Andong Mask Dance Festival. There will be performances by 13 Korean masked-dance experts showing off their craft. The dates are Oct. 1 to 5 in the Hahoe Folk Village in Andong.

* Namdo Food Festival: A Banquet of Abundant Taste, which will include more than 500 native dishes and cultural events, such as a traditional wedding ceremony. It will be held Oct. 1 to 7 in Sunchon.

* Pusan Chagalchi Festival, which celebrates the maritime history of Korea's largest seaport. It will take place Oct. 6 to 9 in Pusan.

* Paekje Cultural Festival, which celebrates the ancient Paekje civilization and will feature about 60 cultural performances. The dates are Oct. 9 to 12 in Konju.

* Kwangju Kimchi Festival, which features the fermented cabbage, the national dish of Korea. It will be held Oct. 18 to 21 in Kwangju.

For more information, contact the Korea National Tour-ism Organization at (800) TOUR-KOREA. The KNTO has a Web site at http://www.knto.or.kr.

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