Thursday, April 21, 2011
2011 Yeongsanpo Skate Festival (영산포홍어축제): April 22nd - 24th.
Short notice with this---an earlier search told me it was actually scheduled for last week---but the 2011 Yeongsanpo Skate Festival (영산포홍어축제) will take place in Naju from April 22nd through 24th. Skate (홍어, hongeo) is ray that when eaten raw tastes, and smells, sort of like a cleaning product, but which has a strong enough following to inspire festivals in Naju and Shinan county. You'll find a little more information on the festival from the Naju city announcement, in Korean, and you'll find buses that stop in Yeongsanpo from Gwangju, Suncheon, most towns in western Jeollanam-do, as well as from Naju itself.
A big catch a few years ago, from Naver via this post.
Naju has a lot of historical points of interest but doesen't get as much attention as Gyeongju or even Buyeo, but is worth a visit all the same. It used to be a major port city during Japanese occupation, and Yeongsanpo still has a few architectural reminders, the old lighthouse in the poster above being one of them.