Reed Travel Features
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
* Pusan Chagalchi Festival, which celebrates the maritime
history of Korea's largest seaport. It will take place Oct. 6 to 9
* 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
For more information, contact the Korea National Tour-ism
Organization at (800) TOUR-KOREA. The KNTO has a Web site at