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The Monthly 10 July

1. July 17th – July 20th

Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival

Celebrate the beautiful lotus flower and learn about the importance of preserving wild flowers. There will be many activities to participate in which revolve around the lotus flower, but two particularly notable programs are paper lotus flower and lotus flower soap making. Visitors can also take advantage of the proximity to more popular tourist destinations located near the festival grounds, including several Baekje cultural historic sites such as the Baekje Royal Mausoleum and the Baekje Historical Museum. Seodong Park. Times vary according to schedule. Free. buyeotour.net, 041-830-2921

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Photo courtesy of Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival

2. July 2nd – July 4th

NANOtech Exhibition

The 12th International Nanotech Exhibition in Korea is the largest of all nanotechnology events. It will attract as many as 8,000 visitors. Two hundred-thirty exhibitors from 40 countries will display 380 booths. The exhibition will focus on powder manufacturing, dispersion & mixture, precision array (optics, machinery, and electronic parts), and electronic printing. COEX. nanokorea.or.kr

3. July 4th – July 9th

World Taekwondo Culture Expo

There will be over 2,000 athletes from 31 countries participating in seminars and competitions full of kicks, flips, and the slaughter of helpless wooden boards. Public attendees and taekwondo practitioners are encouraged to attend and participate in the various events at the expo. Muju Dome Stadium and Muju Resort. Times vary according to schedule. W300,000 (First 1,000 applicants). W500,000 (Next 1,000 applicants). wtcexpo.net, 063-250-8350

4. Through July 8th

Gwanghwamoon International Art Festival

The Gwanghwamoon International Art Festival hopes to increase public knowledge and appreciation for art and culture. Visitors can see art exhibitions, enjoy performances, and try their hands at different kinds of arts and crafts. Programs include ceramics, silver handicrafts, leather handicrafts, and more. The festival continues to make an effort to deliver more programs and activities for visitors every year. Exhibition Hall of Sejong Center, Gwanghwarang, Gwanghwamun Square, Cheonggye Square. Times vary according to schedule. No exhibition on Tuesdays. W8,000 (Indoor event, Adults). W5,000 (Indoor event, Middle, High School Students). Free (Outdoor event). giaf.co.kr, 02-2723-9484

 

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Photo courtesy of Gwanghwamoon International Art Festival

5. July 18th – July 27th

Boryeong Mud Festival

Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the largest gatherings of international visitors in Korea.Tourists from all over come to experience the beneficial properties of the Boryeong mud. Enjoy the great atmosphere and activities like mud wrestling, mud sliding and swimming in the mud mega tub. Visitors with tons of energy can try the marine mud-training course, and those looking for something more relaxed can check out the mud massage zone. In the evening, experience music and fireworks on the beach. Daecheon Beach. 10 am – 10 pm. W10,000. mudfestival.or.kr, 010-5438-4865

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Photo courtesy of Boryeong Mud Festival

6. Begins July 18th

Dong Gang International Photo Festival

The Dong Gang International Photo Festival, an annual festival which began in 2002, will be held in and around the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon-do Province. This festival showcases various themes of photo exhibitions and will appeal to all visitors’ tastes and interests. The Dong Gang Photography Workshop will feature lectures by photographers and theorists alike. The workshop is aimed at the general public, as well as professional photographers. Various locations in Yeongwol-gun. Times vary according to schedule. W3,000. dgphotofestival.com, 033-375-4554

7. Begins July 25th

Taebaek Sunflower Festival

Guwau Village, located in Taebaek, Gangwon-do, will be host to a celebration of the area’s colorful wildflowers and endless fields of sunflowers. Taebaek is home to the largest sunflower patch in Korea. Festivalgoers can gaze upon a five kilometer stretch of vibrant sunflowers. Besides the sunflower patch, visitors can enjoy a petting zoo, small concerts, and documentary screenings. 280 Hwangja-dong, Taekbae-si, Gangwon-do. Times vary according to schedule. W5,000. sunflowerfestival.co.kr, 033-553-9707

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Photo courtesy of Taebaek Sunflower Festival

8. July 25th
The View from Here / Caliban’s Premiere Screening
“The View from Here” will premiere alongside a short film called “Caliban’s” for one night only at Seoul Cinema. The former follows an expat couple struggling with sex and addiction. Viewers called the film, “layered and deep” and “excellently acted.” In its first ever public screening, “Caliban’s” is a dark satire about a restaurant that serves taboo delicacies to the 1%. Cast and crew will be in attendance and a short Q&A will follow. Email [email protected] for tickets. Seoul Cinema. 8 pm – 10 pm. W10,000. fb.me/itsallmudoutthere, 010-5701-5309

 

9. July 22nd – July 27th

The 15th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival

The Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) is one of the five major animated film festivals in the world. It will include an exhibition, character fair, and the animated film festival. Times and admission varies, so check the website for more information. Exhibition: COEX. Animated Film Festival: CGV Myeongdong & Seoul Ani-Cinema. Times and prices vary according to schedule. sicaf.org, 02-3455-8436

 

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Photo courtesy of SICAF

10. July 26th

Road FC Flyweight Title Match

Wonju recently hosted the 2014 Road Fighting Championship on May 31st at the Chiak Stadium. An event full of energy and excitement, the first ever flyweight (groups together all competitors 125 lb, or 57 kg, and below) title match will be held in Gumi, Gyeongsang-do. Competitors Song Min-jeong and Jo Nam-jin will face off. With blood, sweat, and ring girls, this is an event not to be missed. Don’t worry if you can’t make it in person. A live Internet stream is available for $9.99, beginning at 8 pm via ustream.tv/roadfc. For information, visit roadfc.com.

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Photo courtesy of Corey Doughty

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