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Title Experience Jeollanam-do Province During “2008 Visit Gwangju Jeonnam Korea” Year
Name KTO Toronto Date 01/26/2008 Hit 9439

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Experience Jeollanam-do Province During“2008 Visit Gwangju Jeonnam Korea” Year

Toronto, Canada. February 5, 2008. – The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) is pleased to announce that this year is “2008 Visit Gwangju Jeonnam Korea” year. Rich in Korean folk customs and traditions the province of Jeollanam-do, or Jeonnam in short, and the capital city of Gwangju are inviting visitors from around the world to experience all that the province has to offer throughout 2008.

Located in southwestern Korea, the region of Jeollanam-do has much to offer visitors from major festivals, national parks, and amazing coastlines. For individuals and groups, Korea’s high-speed train, the KTX is ready to whisk travellers from Seoul to the southern most city in this province – Mokpo in under 3 ½ hours. The region is famous for its well preserved cultural practices, lush green tea plantations, its November Kimchi Festival in Gwangju city, special regional dishes and fresh seafood. To connect with nature, one will find the magnificent Mt. Jiri, Korea’s second highest mountain and first national park a pleasure.

A few festivals unique to Jeollanam-do, the Yeongdeung “Moses’ Miracle” Festival is to be held in May this year. This is when a land bridge appears connecting the Islands of Jindo and Modo with some highlights being folk plays, performances and strolling along the 2.8 km. land bridge. Another would be the Gwangju Kimchi Festival in November. It celebrates everything about kimchi from culinary contests, performances to demonstrations and tasting the many varieties of kimchi.

For a glimpse at Korea’s very well preserved past – visit the Naganeupseong Folk Village. The centerpiece is certainly the castle, where one can view the whole village – still home to about 100 families. Korea is also known for green tea – the majority of which originates from the Boseong Green Tea fields. The mountain valleys are filled with green tea fields and cedar trees, definitely worth the visit for all the senses.

For more information, visit www.namdokorea.com or KTO’s website at www.tour2korea.com.

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Media Contact:
Frank Creasey
Communications Manager
416-348-9056 ext. 224 or 1-800 868-7567 ext. 224
E-mail: creasey@knto.ca Website: www.tour2korea.com