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Title TRAVEL KOREA BY TRAIN THIS FALL
Name KTO Toronto Date 08/24/2012 Hit 3623

 

 Travel Korea by Train this fall

 

Toronto, Canada.  August 24th, 2012.  Fall continues to be a favourite for travellers to Korea as it is a magical time to see the Autumn colours near its many palaces and temples and throughout the mountains.  It is also an exciting time to see some of Korea’s best festivals.

 

The fall leaves begin to change colour in early October through to mid/late November.  It’s peak is mid/late October to see the palaces and temples in contrast to the deep reds, bright orange and golden yellows of the leaves.  The weather has just begun to cool down where the days are warm and the nights are cool making it the perfect hiking season.

 

Train rides are the ideal way to see the countryside of Korea as well as all the major fall festivals.  A Korean rail pass is a great way to see as many or as few sites as you would like ranging in length from 1 to 10 days at economical rates. 

 

Busan is a great place to stop off on a rail journey, especially from October 11th through 14th, when the city celebrates the Jagalchi Festival.  Jagalchi Market is the largest seafood market in Korea and one of Busan’s most well-known tourist attractions.  With it’s slogan “Oiso! Boiso! Saiso! (“Come! See! Buy!” in the Busan dialect)” the huge size and bustling, lively atmosphere makes a visit to Jagalchi Market a unique experience for many visitors.  Small food stalls serve fresh inshore hagfish grilled on briquette fires along with other unusual sea creatures and sashimi-sliced fish at market prices.

 

After Busan, head to the west coast to Gimje for the Horizon Festival which takes place from the 9th to the 14th of October.  Gimje is known as the region where the sky meets the ground, hence the festival of horizon or 'jipyeongseon.' Every year, Gimje Horizon Festival hosts a wide range of programs including Samulnori (traditional percussion quartet) contest, rural landscape drawing contest, celebratory performances, street parade, Ssireum (wrestling), and traditional weddings.

 

The Gwangju Kimchi Festival is a great way to finish off your journey in Korea and only a hop skip and train ride from Gimje.  Running from the 13th to the 17th of October, the festival celebrates what could be called Korea's national food, kimchi. During the festival, visitors may sample a wide variety of kimchi, as well as participate in making their own.   Visitors will surely want to tour Gwangju, known as 'home of delicacies.' Thanks to its wide open plains and easy access to the West and South seas, Gwangju continues to cultivate bountiful products like rice and a variety of seafood, which are used as the basic ingredients for the region's diverse delicacies. Dine Korean to your hearts content in Gwangju!

 

Travel to Korea this autumn and you will have a truly memorable vacation and spectacular photographs to show off to your friends on your return home.

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For more information about Fall Travel to Korea, please contact the Korea Tourism Organization at

1-800-TOUR KOREA (868-7567) or 416-348-9056;

Fax: 416-348-9058; e-mail

randy@knto.ca; Website: www.visitkorea.ca