Saturday, April 9, 2011
Tulip, Slow-Walking festivals on Jeollanam-do islands this April.
The Cheongsando Slow Walking Festival(청산도슬로우걷기축제) is held each year on Wando county's Cheongsan island, probably the best-known of Jeollanam-do's much-publicized "Slow Cities" (paradoxical in times like this). There's an English-language overview here, though the highlights are the views of the sea and flowery hillsides. Buses run to Wando from Seoul, Gwangju, Gangjin, and Haenam, and from the Wando bus terminal you can catch a ferry to Cheongsan island (schedule here, in Korean). Now through April 30th.
From the official site's photo gallery.
The Shinan Tulip Festival (신안튤립축제) takes place from April 15th through 24th. It's held at Daegwang Beach (대광해수욕장) on Imja-do, an island of roughly 4,000 in Shinan county, one of the three counties in Jeollanam-do comprised entirely of islands. Imja-do is accessible by ferry from the terminal in Jido-eup (점암선착장), and Jido-eup is in turn connected to the mainland. The bottom of this page has ferry times and fees, in Korean. Buses make the two-and-a-half hour trip from Gwangju's bus terminal to 점암선착장---making several stops in between---each day at 6:45, 7:45, 8:20, 9:50, 11:30, 13:20, 14:25, 16:00, and 18:55, and buses from Mokpo head to Jido nearly once an hour, though in both cases make sure you check at the ticket counter and with the driver.