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[December]Let’s go to Gyeonggi-do! “Sparkling Winter Festivals”

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“Sparkling Winter Festivals”

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#1. Romantic Illumination in Everland

– Period: November 14, 2014 – March 1, 2015

– Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do

– For Inquiries: 82-31-320-5000

– Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 (as of December / monthly hours subject to change and visitors recommended to refer to the website prior to visit)

– Website: http://www.everland.com

Everland hosts the Romantic Illumination Festival full of lighting decorations. The Magic Garden, transformed into a garden of light, will showcase lighting decorations resembling sparking jewels as well as the Proposal Photo Spot that will captivate loving couples with a giant heart sign and angel wings. In addition, the Magic in the Sky Season II, a multimedia fireworks show armed with new visual presentations and special effects, will unfold until December 28th this year.

The Rose Garden turned into Romantic Avenue will demonstrate an arched water fountain covered with splendid bulbs, Carriage of Light, and stunning street lights. Visitors will encounter a giant 12m-high fir tree at the entrance of the festival venue; Mistletoe Photo Spot will convey to visitors the legend that kissing a lover could lead to eternal love. The Music Lighting Show will flash in time to the tune of Christmas carols.

One of the most popular events during the festival is expected to the Ever Milk Way that will turn over 120,000 LED bulbs and hundreds of thousands of lighting decorations into a sparkling Milky Way. The festival will also host the White Christmas Parade spraying artificial snow to the tune of Christmas carols, with the sparkling of a 13m-high Christmas tree. The festival operates between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. in November.

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#2. Herb Island Fireworks Festival in Pocheon

– Period: November 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015

– Address: 35, 947beon-gil, Cheongsin-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon, Gyeonggi-do (Sinbuk-myeon)

– For Inquiries: 031-535-6494

– Website: http://herbislandnew.cafe24.com/herbisland/

– Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. for weekdays and Sundays and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. for Saturdays and national holidays

– Programs

– Cooking Santa: Herbal Apple Jam / Herbal Oil and Vinegar

                                Christmas Cookie / Christmas Cake

– Gift Santa: Christmas Wreath / Christmas Candlestick / My Own Christmas Tree

– Preparing Christmas Cards: to be delivered on December 24, 2014

– Wearing a Christmas Elf Costume and Taking Photos (for children)

The festival offers splendid lighting festivities in which couples can cement their love, friends make unforgettable memories, and family members experience happiness.

Millions of LED bulbs will decorate the festival and every building, structure, and garden on Herb Island will be covered with stunning light that is yet to be seen anywhere else. 

The Santa Village, home to the 300m-long tunnel with pink-lighted Christmas wishes, will greet visitors with over 300 Santa grandfathers and grandmothers. Take pictures with Santa as only imagined in fairy tales!

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#3. Lighting Festival at the Botanical Garden BCJ

– Period: November 28, 2014 – March 2015

– Address: 166-1, Changman-ri, Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do

– Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 (December to February)

– Website: www.bcj.co.kr

Located in Gwangtan-myeon, Paju, this is huge natural art space (130,000m2) showing elegance of four seasons in Korea. Over 1,400 rare trees, shrubs, water plants, and flowers decorate the garden. Part of the garden is produced in a European garden style, conveying the beauty and atmosphere of the Western garden.

Diverse attractions and beautiful surroundings have made the garden appear in numerous TV dramas (My Love from the Star, Boys before Flowers, Deep-Rooted Tree, City Hunter, and Master’s Sun), commercials, and movies, attracting many international visitors thanks to the popularity of Hallyu (Korean Wave) across the world.

In winter, the garden hosts the Lighting Festival, a state-of-the-art lighting show in which dazzling light dances in tune to music, thanks to the connection between light and 3D sounds.

This year’s festival theme is “Byeokchoji, Light Dances!” and winter outdoor plays. During the day, a huge pond (10,000m2) will provide visitors with an opportunity to enjoy sledding, curling, arrow-throwing, Yutnori (a popular traditional game), and Jegichagi (a popular outdoor game), capture smelt and trout, fly kites, and spin tops. The festival also offers other fun programs in which visitors can make candles, paint pottery, and roast and eat potato or sweet potato.

Between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m., dynamic, splendid light shows unfold and the 150m-long Firefly Wow Tunnel at the entrance of the festival venue greets visitors. Visitors can write wishes on an elegant lantern and hang it along the tunnel.

The Music Garden hosts performance art through which lighting gently dances to the tune of music. The garden also houses diverse photo zones surrounded by large Christmas trees and various animal and plant sculptures and fall foliage covered with LED lighting create an elegant atmosphere for visitors.

The Garden of Light boasts Fountain of Light, Glob of Light, and other unique attractions. The Aurora Plaza creates a wave of light thanks to the connection between trees decorated with one million bulbs along 100m and 3D sounds.

During the festival, visitors will receive a 1,000 Won discount coupon, which they can use for every facility and amenity in the venue including restaurants, cafes, gift shops, and the Winter Playground.

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#4. Bucheon Light Festival

– Period: – December 31, 2014

– Address: Aiins World, Giljuro-1, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do

– For Inquiries: 1800-5490

– Hours: 17:00 – 24:00

– Website: http://www.bucheonlightfest.com

Aiins World in Bucheon reproduces world famous buildings led by Wonder Works (a top miniature producer in the world) and its detailed handmade artistry.

It also introduced the 3D Projection Show for the first time in Korea. Diverse visual contents are projected onto the surface of buildings.

The festival will showcase world-class buildings with splendid night lighting. The festival houses a photo zone offering visitors with an opportunity to take pictures with famous buildings in the world surrounded by dazzling lighting and make unforgettable memories.

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