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Camellia octopus festival
The camellia forest (natural monument no. 169) in Maryang-ri, Seo-myeon is home to the Camellia Octopus Festival which pairs the scarlet camellias with freshly caught octopus from the nearby sea. As a festival where residents offer homemade stir-fry, sashimi, seasoned dried vegetable dishes, and hot pots at the food court, this is a popular event among epicures who cannot resist the sublime taste of fresh octopus. The festival also features diverse programs appealing to all five senses, including flower viewing for camellia and sunset viewing, fresh fish market, octopus catching experience, and other cultural events.
Natural halibut/snapper festival
The natural halibut/snapper festival held at the Maryangpo-gu of Seomyeon allows visitors to enjoy fresh halibut sashimi at affordable prices alongside the salty breeze of the ocean. The festival includes a food court which provides fresh halibut/snapper and fish stew, as well as a marketplace for fisheries products. The festival also features unique events such as catching halibut with bare hands, children’s halibut fishing, karaoke, and talent show.
Hansan Mosi Festival
The Hansan Mosi Festival kicked off in 1989 to spread awareness on Hansan Mosi, a special product of the Seocheon region, and to preserve traditional culture and encourage harmony among residents. The festival consists of demonstration of the Jeosan Paleup gilssam (ramie weaving), Mosi gilssam contest, Mosi dyeing, and other experience and cultural events that promote the excellence of Hansan Mosi. almost importantly, the event is an invaluable forum to pass down traditional culture by spreading old folk songs that were popular among Mosi craftsmen and were sung during the weaving process. The festival also features a marketplace that sells quality Mosi fabric, Mosi clothing, and Mosi craft at cheap prices as well as other Mosi-related food such as Mosi tea and Mosi rice cakes. The festival is also registered under the UNESCO intangible heritage list.
Hongwon Port gizzard festival
Gizzard sashimi helps with hangovers, improves the skin, and is well liked by everyone. There is an old saying in Korea that states, “a runaway daughter-in-law will come back home at the smell of roast gizzards,” attesting to the delicious aroma that stimulates the appetite. Gizzard is a healthy dish where 100g yields 71g of water, 5g of protein, 2g of fat, 2g ash, with 120kcal. Moreover, the fat content is less than 2%, making it a popular choice for health buffs and people on a diet. The festival offers various cultural events and exhibits, and visitors can purchase freshly caught gizzards, crabs, shrimps, and other fisheries products.
Geumgang bird-watching tour
Geumgang bird-watching tour for migratory birds
The river mouth of Geumgang river is home to hundreds of thousands of wintering birds including Baikal teals, whooper swans, and mallards which present a breathtaking view. Especially, the herd of Baikal teals inspire awe in anyone who caught a glimpse of such scenery. Yubu-do, an island located at the southernmost region of Seocheong-gun, boasts a diverse ecology. It is also registered as a Ramsar wetland and a site for the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EEAFP) as a habitat for Oystercatchers - birds registered as natural monument no. 326 - and other rare migratory birds. The Seocheon bird ecology exhibit hall also offers an opportunity to explore a wide variety of migratory birds for all four seasons.
Taken from the ‘Ggol’ from ‘ggolddugi’ (short arm octopus) and ‘gap’ from ‘gapojingeo’ (cuttlefish), the Ggolgap Festival is a celebration that couples fresh seafood with plentiful entertainment. The festival offers various fresh raw fish fillets and tasting events to promote the delectable flavors of Seocheon’s seafood, while the seafood and dried fish shops offer quality products at affordable prices.
Chunjangdae Music Fiesta
The Music Fiesta at the Chunjangdae beach during the peak of summer presents another precious memory of joy to the visitors who have come to savor the experience at the beach. Starting with the eve of the festival, the fiesta offers 2 days of fun with youth singing festivals, special performances by well-known artists, singing competitions, jazz dance, and celebratory fireworks. The winners of the youth singing festival are awarded with cash prizes and certificates from the Singer Association of Korea, which can serve as an invaluable foothold for young hopefuls who dream of becoming a musician someday.