Monday, February 26, 2018

KOREA| 5 Things Happening in March: Festivals and More

Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival 2018 (1st Full Moon Festival)

Daeboreum(대보름) refers to the first full moon of the year by lunar calendar. Because moon symbolized prosperity for Korean ancestors, daeboreum day was a meaningful day to celebrate and make wishes for peace and successful harvest in a neighborhood.
Among many rituals and games Koreans do on this day, Daljib Taewugi(달집 태우기, burning a house of full moon) makes the most spectacular scene; Koreans gather together to burn Daljib, which is a large pile of straw and branches so as to drive out evil fate and pray for prosperity.
There are 2 Daeboreum festivals worth checking out this year: one by Buk-gu disctrict office and one by Dong-gu office. You can watch Daljib Taewugi ritual and also other events and performances.

Daeboreum Festival by Buk-gu disctrict office
■ Date: March 2, 15:00
■ Location: Geumho River Riverside Soccer Field 금호강 강변축구장
■ Address: 113-30, Joya-ro 2-gil, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 북구 조야로2 113-30
■ Admission: Free

Daeboreum Festival by Dong-gu disctrict office
■ Date: March 2, 16:00
■ Location: Under Ansim-gyo Bridge
*5min from Banyawol Station Exit 2
■ Admission: Free

Recreating March 1st Movement

March 1st Movement is one of the most significant Korean’s public displays of resistance against unjust oppression by Japan. The central place for the movement was Seoul and soon it spread to other regions including Daegu.
In Daegu, this non-violent movement continued on the 8th. People traveled through March 1st Movement Stair to Dongsan Museum. To commemorate the sacrifice and meaning involved with the resistant activity, 1,000 citizens will gather together recreate the scene. They will declare independence and march through the road. 

■ Date: March 1, 12:30 – 13:30
■ Location:
12:30 Jeil Church
12:45 CGV Cinema (Hanil) near H&M
13:00 Gukchabosang Memorial Park
■ Address(Jeil Church): 50, Gukchaebosang-ro 102-gil, Jung-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address(Jeil Church): 대구광역시 중구 국채보상로102 50

Starlight Cherry Blossom Festival

*Images: Eworld

Cherry Blossom season is coming soon! This year, this snow-like flower is expected to start blooming at the end of March. Starlight Cherry Blossom Festival at Eworld is a great way to enjoy. Roller coasters, events and cherry blossom themed snacks are all in one place! Moreover, it becomes more fantastical with countless lights reflected on the petals.
■ Date: Mar 25 – Apr 8
■ Location: Eworld
■ Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
■ Address: 200, Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
■ Address(KR): 대구시 달서구 두류공원로 200
■ Admission: For adults Entry 18,000 won/ Free-pass 37,000 won/Night Free-pass 21,000 won

Opera Universiade

Image: Daegu Opera House

An international collegiate festival, “Opera Universiade”, will take place in Daegu. Vocal music majors from 9 colleges ranging from Kyungpook University to University of Music and Perfroming Arts(Vienna) will perform Le Nozze di Figaro. From March 8 to 10, there will be one performance each day. The opera will be played in Italian by 8 vocalists carefully selected from auditions.

■ Date: March 8 – 10
19:30 on Mar 8 & 9, 15:00 on Mar 10
■ Location: Daegu Opera House
■ Address: 15, Hoam-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu, Korea
■ KR Address: 대구광역시 북구 호암로 15
■ Admission: 10,000won

Discounted Tickets for Flights (Seoul to Daegu)

The last date to fly to Seoul(Gimpo) from Daegu at discounted price is March 24. For the flights from now to March 24 costs 26,000 won(flat rate) including other taxes. Daegu – Gimpo flights are available around 8 in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. For Gimpo-Daegu flights, you can choose to travel among Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday at 6:55 in the morning.

■ Date: Now - March 24
■ Booking: Air Busan (website or application)

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