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[September]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do

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        “Attractions to See in Gyeonggi-do While Enjoying the

2014 Incheon Asian Games!”

 아시아드 주경기장 준공식 개최(2014.05.07)

Q. What Attractions in Gyeonggi-do Do You Recommend for Traveling in September, during the 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014?

A. Gyeonggi-do offers an endless array of attractions for you while enjoying the Asian Games. While exciting sports events unfold across Incheon, convenient transportation will help you visit outstanding attractions in Gyeonggi-do. We recommend the following attractions and events in Gyeonggi-do in September when fall begins.

#1. 17th Asian Games Incheon 2014 

With the slogan of Diversity Shines Here, the Asian Games Incheon 2014 will be held between September and October. Offering diverse sporting and cultural events, this will be the 17th Asian Games.

Aiming to be the most exciting Asian Games to date for both Koreans and people across Asia, the Asian Games Incheon 2014 commissioned Korean superstar Hyun Bin (who starred in Secret Garden) as its official publicity ambassador.

To facilitate smooth public transportation during the event, Incheon City also established transportation transfer facilities across 46 locations within the city, connecting stadiums and tourist attractions.   

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[Information]

– Period: September 19– October 4, 2014 (16 days)

– Location: Incheon

– Participating Countries: 45

– Number of Sports: 36

– Slogan: Diversity Shines Here

– Mascot: Three Seal Siblings, Barame, Chumuro, and Vichuon

  • Barame: a messenger of “wind” with the ability to instantly move across difference spaces
  • Chumuro: a messenger of “dance” with the ability to bring fun and excitement to people
  • Vichuon: a messenger of “light,” bringing the light of hope to countries around the world

– Website: http://www.incheon2014.kr/index (Korean and English)

#2. Siheung Lotus Theme Park with over 100 Types of Lotus Flowers (1.5 hours from Incheon International Airport)

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This theme park is home to gorgeous lotus flowers blooming in the water. Just 1.5 hours from Incheon International Airport, the park offers over 100 different types of lotus flowers, blossoming in summer and lasting until fall.

Visitors don’t have to worry about visiting the park on a rainy day. Lotus flowers, a water plant, are more elegant to watch on a rainy day. With an umbrella and a pair of boots, visitors can enjoy a memorable fall trip amidst lotus flowers decorated by water droplets.

 Many visitors and professional photographers visit the park to capture the splendor of lush lotus flowers. Lotus flowers are vibrant in the morning and fade in the afternoon so that visitors may want to visit the park at the appropriate time. The park also hosts various events such as the Lotus Food Contest around the time that lotus flowers blossom. The best days to appreciate lotus flowers are between early July and early October.

 [Information]

– Hours: open year-round (best hours to observe lotus flowers: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

– Inquiries: +82-31-310-6221~5

– Website: http://lotus.siheung.go.kr/index.do (Korean)

– Location: Gwangokji-ro 139, Siheung-si, Gyeonggi-do

#3.  Bucheon Hanok Experience Village (1 hour and 20 minutes from Incheon International Airport)

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The village provides visitors with an exciting opportunity to experience traditional Korean culture. One of the most popular things to do in the village is to take pictures while wearing Hanbok (traditional clothing). Swings are also placed next to the village for fun experiences. Visitors can participate in diverse hands-on programs from making traditional food to appreciating traditional tea etiquettes. Traditional weddings are often held on weekends or national holidays as well.

[Information]

– Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

– Inquiries: +82-32-326-1542

– Website: http://www.bucheonculture.or.kr (Korean)

– Location: Gilju-ro 1, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

[Hands-on Traditional Culture Programs]

Programs

Hours

Costs

Traditional Tea

Half to one hour

3,000 Won

Rice Cake

One hour

10,000 Won

Gangjeong (Fried Traditional Snack)

One hour

10,000 Won

Yanggaeng (Sweet, Jellied Bean Paste)

One hour

10,000 Won

Earrings

One to two hours

15,000 Won

Necklace

One to two hours

15,000 Won for a pendant and 30,000 Won when including a pendant and string

Hand Mirror

One to two hours

15,000 Won

Silver Ring

One to two hours

20,000 Won

 


#4.  Special Fall Festival, the 2014 Pyeonghwanuri-gil Walking Event

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This fall, the 2014 Pyeonghwanuri-gil (also Pyeonghwanuri Trails) Walking Event will be hosted in Gyeonggi-do, starting in Paju on September 13th and, after that, in Yeoncheon and Gimpo every two weeks. The event will give an opportunity for visitors to walk along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which is the symbol of the divided country as well as the home of a rich, pristine ecological system.

The event also accompanies a special bike tour on the following Sunday to celebrate the opening of the Pyeonghwanuri-gil Bike Trail. Designed to provide visitors with an opportunity to better understand nature, culture, and history of the DMZ, visitors can walk as well as bike in areas normally prohibiting civilian access.

The event will be also run with themes, with Paju for music, Yeoncheon for books, and Gimpo for photos. The event will offer various fun programs for members of social walking clubs and family visitors with children. Such programs will include “busking” performances and “photo spots” reflecting the themes of the venues.

A certain amount of money will be accumulated as long as participants walk, and it will be donated to the DMZ Restoration Project, making the event a meaningful occasion for all.

Application for participation in the event can be made on the official event website (www.walkyourdmz.com). The number of participants for each event venue will be limited to 500 to 700 (first-come, first-served basis in terms of payment). The participation fee will be 10,000 Won. Participants will also receive souvenirs such as a hiking stick and backpack sponsored by TrekSta as well as an event participation certificate upon completing a route.

International visitors can participate in the event as long as they include at least two members and apply for the event as a group; the leader of the group processing the application must be Korean.

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[Information]

– Period: September 13 – October 12, 2014 (refer to the detailed information below)

– Location: DMAZ in Paju, Yeoncheon, and Gimpo in Gyeonggi-do

– Inquiries: 82-31-956-8310

– Website: http://www.walkyourdmz.com (Korean)

– Event Locations and Routes

Locations

Dates

Routes

Distance

Remarks

Paju

Saturday, September 13th

Pyeonghwanuri-gil Route No. 8: Bangujeong Trail

(Imjingak Pavilion → Unification Bridge → Chopyeongdo Island → Jangsan Observatory)

7km

Including the Civilian Control Line

Sunday, September 14th

Imjingak Pavilion → Unification Bridge → 64T → Imjingak Pavilion

17.2km

Yeoncheon

Saturday, September 27th

Pyeonghwanuri-gil Route No. 11: Imjin Jeokbyeok Trail

(Gunnam Flood Control Reservoir → Herb Village → Jusangjeolli Cliff)

8km

14km

 

Sunday, September 28th

Public Stadium → Youth Campground → Public Stadium

36km

Gimpo

Saturday, October 11th

Pyeonghwanuri-gil Route No. 1: Yeomhagang Iron Fence Trail

(Hamsang Park → Deokpojin → Buraedo Island → Hamsang Park)

7km

 

Sunday, October 12th

Sculpture Park → Munsusanseong Fortress → Check Point A → Mir Village → Check Point B → Sculpture Park

23.5km

Including the Civilian Control Line

 

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