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[Korea] Chrysanthemum Season Celebrations Begin



Called "gukhwa" in Korean, chrysanthemums are typically planted in the spring and peak during the autumn season, when special events are held across the country.

In Korea, one of the most well-known uses of the popular flower is in "gukhwacha," tea made using dried chrysanthemum flowers that is said to have medicinal benefits. "Gukhwaju" is traditional liquor made from edible chrysanthemums infused in soju, while edible chrysanthemum stalks are a fresh ingredient found in several Korean side dishes.

Parks, temples and sidewalks are decorated with ornamental chrysanthemums during the fall season.


▲ Chrysanthemum display outside COEX


▲ Chrysanthemum display inside COEX


▲ Chrysanthemum display at Bongeunsa Temple


▲ Different types of chrysanthemum blooms


▲ Garden of Morning Calm Chrysanthemum Exhibit (photo courtesy: Garden of Morning Calm)


▲ Chrysanthemum display at Jogyesa Temple

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<Chrysanthemum Festivals in Korea>

Changwon Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival (창원 가고파국화축제)
Date: 10.25.2013 ~ 11.03.2013
Venue: Mansanhang Port in Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Info: Changwon Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival

Hampyeong Grand Chrysanthemum Festival (대한민국 국향대전)
Date: 10.25.2013 ~ 11.10.2013
Venue: Hampyeong Expo Park, Hwayang Park in Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Info: Hampyeong Grand Chrysanthemum Festival

Seosan Chrysanthemum Festival (서산국화축제)
Date: 11.01.2013 ~ 11.10.2013
Venue: Gagu-ri area, Gobuk-myeon, Seosan-si
Info: Seosan Chrysanthemum Festival

Cheongnamdae Chrysanthemum Festival (청남대 국화축제)
Date: 10.26.2013 ~ 11.17.2013
Venue: Cheongnamdae in Cheongwon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
Info: Cheongnamdae Chrysanthemum Festival (Korean only)

Geoje Island Flower Festival (거제섬꽃축제)
Date: 11.02.2013 ~ 11.10.2013
Venue: Geoje Agriculture Development Center in Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Info: Geoje Island Flower Festival (Korean only)

Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival (익산 천만송이 국화축제)
Date: 10.26.2013 ~ 11.03.2013
Venue: Iksan Central Park in Iksan-si, Jeollabuk-do
Info: Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival

Garden of Morning Calm Chrysanthemum Exhibit
Date: 10.05.2013 ~ 11.30.2013
Venue: Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Info: Garden of Morning Calm Chrysanthemum Exhibit

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Date 10/22/2013