Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hampyeong Butterfly Festival

During the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival the whole town of Hampyeong is a “veritable butterfly town,” covered with butterfly-themed lights and decorations. A medley of butterfly-themed events and programs shed some lights on one of nature’s most beautiful and delicate creatures, all while providing fun for the whole family. In addition to numerous exhibition halls featuring butterflies, insects, and water plants, there is even a “hands-on” area where visitors can see and touch a variety of animals and plants!
The festival is a great opportunity for children to learn about nature in a fun, interactive environment.

-From Seoul Central City Terminal, take a bus headed towards Hampyeong.(The bus is available 8:35, 14:30, 16:40 / est. travel time of 4hrs 20min.) From the Hampyeong bus terminal, you can either walk (10 minutes) or take a taxi (5 minutes) to the Expo Park.
-During the festival period (April 23 to May 9), Korail will run the KTX bullet train from Seoul to Hampyeong six times a day. The train leaves Seoul’s Yongsan Station bound for Hampyeong at 7:20 a.m., 9:10 a.m. and 11 a.m. It leaves Hampyeong Station for Seoul at 3:18 p.m., 5:08 p.m. and 7:18 p.m. The travel time between the two cities is about three hours. For more information, contact the Gwangju branch of Korail at (062) 525-4835 or visit (Korean only).

Places to Visit
Hampyeong Expo Park- the main festival venue. Here, visitors can learn about butterflies through a wide range of exhibits featuring butterflies both as fossils and as living creatures. There will also be displays featuring other insects and rare animals such as red bats.
Cheonsubyeon Park- there is a petting zoo and various outdoor activities such as traditional Korean folk games etc. ,
Hampyeong Ecological Park- Visitors to this park won’t want to miss seeing the miniature of the Dokdo islets that sits in the middle of Lake Daedong.
Korean Artifacts Museum- a three-story museum that has more than 1,000 artifacts.The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day and is closed on Mondays. Admission costs 2,000 won ($1.80) for adults and 1,000 won for children and teenagers. For more information, contact the museum at (061) 320-3853.
Mopyeong Hanok Village- is located in the Mopyeong area, where the district of Mopyeongheon was originally located during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). Visitors can stay overnight in the village in one of the dozen hanok that operate as guesthouses. Most of these offer a one-night stay for around 50,000 won for a double occupancy room.

For general information about the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival, contact the Hampyeong County Office’s culture and tourism department at (061) 320-3733.


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