Jeollanam-do, or the Southern Jeolla Province, Jeonnam in short, is the least populous district in mainland Korea, excluding Jeju Island. The capital city of the province, Yeosu houses only up to 300,000 people. Along the beaches of the province lies several islands which are both isolated, and inhabited.
Yeosu was famous for hosting the International Yeosu Expo back in 2012, and the night-beach of Yeosu has always been a popular, romantic destination for couples. Other notable cities include Boseong, for its Green Tea plantations and farms. Finally, Goheung City was famous for being the launch destination for the Naro-ho Space Rocket, the first ever Satellite Rocket fired by Korea into Space.
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Busan Fireworks Festival (부산 불꽃축제)
Busan Firework Festival
The Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every fall season along Gwangalli Beach. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colorful fireworks make this one of Busan's most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. Although people flock to the beach for a closer view of the festivities, nearby Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, Dongbaekseom Island, and Igidae Coastal Park also offer great views of the fireworks. Cost: Free (Separate fees may apply to some activities) Transportation: Geumnyeonsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1 & 3. Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5.
Deoksugung Palace Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony (덕수궁 왕궁수문장교대의식)
Get a glimpse into Korean tradition by watching the Deoksugung Palace guard-changing ceremony! This ceremony is a year-round tradition similar to the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace and offers a rare opportunity to experience royal culture. The royal gate is opened and closed at pre-determined times, and the gatekeepers in charge of guard duty hold a shift changing ceremony three times a day. The Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony is a highly recommended event for tourists. Take photos of the guards wearing tradional and colorful Korean garb with the stunning background of Deoksugung Palace! Performance Times: Year-round 11:00-11:40 / 14:00-14:40 / 15:30-16:30 * No performances on Mondays *Performance may be canceled due to weather Cost: Free Duration of Performance: 30 minute Transportation City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 2. Go straight 100 m to arrive at Daehanmun Gate on the right.
Oktoberfest (Namhae German Village)
October 3rd - 5th Venue: German Village 92, Dogil-ro, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 남해군 삼동면 독일로 92 독일마을) Come experience a food and beer festival like never before! Germany’s famous Oktoberfest takes place annually in Korea’s German Village every October. The festival offers much to see and do such as a Latin dance performance, German wine tasting, and lots of opportunity to try German food and beer. Take in the scenery of the beautiful village comprised of traditional German white-walled, red-roofed homes and buildings. This mix of Korean and German culture is truly a unique experience!