SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- The following are major cultural and tourist festivals to be held in South Korea in March.
* Gorosoe (Painted Maple Sap) Festival
When: March 8
Where: Namwon, North Jeolla Province
The sap of the painted maple, called "gorosoe" in Korean, is believed to have medicinal effects. The sap is collected from mid-February to mid-March from areas including Mt. Jiri's Baemsagol Valley, Dalgung, Banya Peak and Jungryungchi. Festival events include mountain spirit worship, mountaineering competitions and gorosae drinking. The sap is said to be effective in curing stomach and lung diseases, high blood pressure, neuralgia, arthritis, eczema, constipation, postpartum ailments and other conditions.
For more information, call 063-620-4705 or visit the website at http://jiriroad.namwon.go.kr
* Jeju Fire Festival
When: March 7-9
Where: Saebyeol Oreum area, Jeju
The Jeju Fire Festival is an event to pray for good health and a good harvest in the coming year. The festival offers a number of hands-on events where visitors can participate in folk games and traditions, and you can also enjoy the sights of Jeju Island's stunning natural environment. For more information, call 064-728-2752 or visit the website at http://buriburi.go.kr.
* Tongyeong International Music Festival
When: March 28-April 3
Where: Tongyeong Arts Center, Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province
The 12th annual Tongyeong International Music Festival is scheduled to run from March 28 through April 3 at Tongyeong Arts Center under the theme of "Seascapes." The festival will present various performances by established and up-and-coming artists and winners of ISANGYUN Competition. The festival began in 2000 to honor Yun Isang (1917-1995), Korea's greatest composer of contemporary music, who was born in Tongyeong. For further details, call 055-645-2137 or go to www.timf.org.
* Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival
When: March 22-30
Where: Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province
Various performances will be held for more than a week in the southern village of Daapmyeon in Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province. Wines and food made from "maehwa," or Japanese apricots, will be displayed and sold amid the beautiful scenery of the coastal village. For more information, call 061-797-3714 or visit the website at http://www.gwangyang.go.kr/gymaehwa.
* Uljin Snow Crab and Red Snow Crab Festival
When: Feb. 28-March 2
Where: Hupo Port, Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province
Snow crab, or "daegye," is a specialty of Uljin, a coastal county in North Gyeongsang Province located some 330km southeast of Seoul. Festival programs include free tastings of snow crab dishes, ship tours and cooking demos. For more information call 054-789-6852 or visit http://ujcrab.uljin.go.kr.
* Sansuyu (Cornus officinalis) Flower Festival
When: March 22-30
Where: Mount Jiri, Gurye, South Jeolla Province
The hot spring district of Mount Jiri will be bathed in a sea of yellow in March as blooming sansuyu flowers cover the mountain. Some 40 events will be held during the festival. The program includes rituals for a good harvest, performances of Korean vocal music, farmers' music and dances, as well as demonstrations of traditional cultural arts from around the world. Wine and cake making using the sansuyu flower will also be available.
For more information, call 061-780-2727 or visit Gurye county's homepage at www.sansuyu.go.kr.
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