According to the Korea Meterological Administration we are in the perfect time for a fall hike in Mudeungsan National Park. With the first appearance of the fall colors having started on Oct. 20, the peak (80% of the leaves changed) fall foliage usually happens two weeks later, which is estimated at Nov. 3.
Coincidentally, here’s a historic chance to travel to the top of Mt. Mudeung. The summit has been closed permanently to the public since 1966 for security purposes, because of the air force station on its peak near Cheongwangbong. So, for one day on Oct. 25, the summit will again be open. The city of Gwangju has been celebrating this ‘opening summit of the Mudeungsan Mountain day’ since 2011 and, on May 14th of that year, opened up the Cheongwangbong area for the first time in 45 years, attracting a total of 240,000 visitors to the mountain during the 10 times it has been opened since then. The upcoming opening of the summit will include courses to Seoseokdae, Inwangbong, and Jiwangbong. If you are planning a visit to the mountain, bring your ID with you for admittance.
Mariya Haponenko is leading a Model Watercolor art class Oct. 25 from 12:15 P.M.-3 P.M. at the GIC Samho Center downtown. There are a variety of drawing mediums to choose from, and the participants will have a chance to draw a model decided y random lottery among the participants. Participation fee is 5,000 won. For more information check out the Facebook event page.
The Gwangju Culture Foundation is Hosting the 2014 Rainbow Festival on Oct. 25 from 4-7 P.M. at Suwan Lake Park in Gwangsan-gu. The focus of the event is to foster communication among multicultural members of the community and help them to settle in to Korean society. The Cultural Ministry, along with local communities and multicultural households, will welcome the participation of married immigrants, foreign laborers, North Korean defectors, and international students. Activities include Asian traditional food sharing programs, traditional attire experiences, folk game activities, folk dances, and music performances.
Enjoy a free outdoor performance of acoustic guitar music on Oct. 29 from 6:30-8 P.M. at the U Square Outdoor Stage 1. For more information, call 02-532-4407, or check out the venue website.
Song’s German Bar has started a new tradition of weekly movie nights with a showing of Oldboy this past Wednesday. Next week’s movie night of Oct. 29 is close to Halloween, so Mr. Song is currently taking suggestions of scary movies for attendees to vote on. The movies start at 10:30 P.M., and there is food available for 6,000 won, including sausages, mashed potatoes, and sauerkraut. For more information check out the venue Facebook page.
The Gwangju Design Center will host the ’2014 Bitgoeul Handicraft Fair’ from Oct. 30-Nov. 2 to promote values of handicraft items made in Gwangju and the growth of the local handicraft culture in the city. The upcoming fair will be feature exhibitions for ceramics, metal and wooden art, and fiber, paper and leather art, showcasing various handicraft items produced by local businesses. For more information and directions, call 062-611-5000, or check out the venue website.