Some of the usual, some of the new, going on this weekend….here in Gwangju. And I’m super excited! (Especially about numbers 4, 5, and 6)
1) SATURDAY, SPRING HIKING WITH PEDRO IN JANGHEOUNG!
This Saturday, Pedro will take hikers to Jangheoung, located approximately a 2 hour drive from Gwangju. In 2007 the city became Asia’s first designated “slow city”, part of the Slow Food movement started in Italy in 1999. It is well-known for Korean beef among Korean people and also for it’s mountain Cheongwan-san, one of the top 5 mountains in jella-do. Apparently, it’s not very (723 M) but it is pretty rocky. And, on a clear day, Halla-san onJeju is visible from the top.
Pedro’s trip will include panoramic views from the top of Cheongwan-san, a trip to the local Saturday Market, a taste of the best Korean beef or street food by the river. To sign up for the trip, visit the event page on Facebook or text Pedro at 010 9592 9993.
2) THE JINDO SEA PARTING IS ON SUNDAY THIS YEAR!
Jindo island is famous for Jindo dogs, as well as the “Moses Miracle”: it’s annual Sea Parting Festival. Once a year when the tide gets very low, it creates a long land bridge (2.8 km) in the middle of the ocean between the main Jindo island and the smaller Modo island. The natural land road is open for a little while, and then closes up quickly.
Pedro’s trip will leave Sunday morning and go to Jindo for the day, just for the festival. Highlights include playing in the mud and free seafood scavenging on the parted waters! Go to the event page on facebook or text Pedro today to sign up.
3) GWANGJU SPRING FLOWER SHOW 2014
The show is starting this Friday and goes until April 6th at the Kimdaejung Convention Center. I went to the show two years ago and it was really incredible. There were many stalls and exhibits and a vast array of colors and flowers. It’s a very kid-friendly event, and while there I saw large groups of tiny preschoolers wearing vibrant and matching shirts, which was almost an exhibit unto itself. It is a really kid-friendly event.The event also had lots of plants and crafts available for sale, including homemade jewelry and Turkish ice cream and it’s a great place to buy gifts for others or fun trinkets for yourself. The show is open every weekday except Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on from Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Directions: By Bus, 38, 64 or 1000, get off at the Kimdaejung Convention Center Bus stop, or by Buses 19, 20, 38, 62, 64, 69 or 1000, get off at the Kimdaejung Convention Center( Mareuk) Subway Station Bus Stop.
4) GWANGJU CHOIR STARTUP!
If you have any desire to be a part of a choir comprised of members of the Gwangju community, come to the First Alleyway restaurant this Saturday at 2pm for a discussion of repertoire choices, confirmation of the rehearsal time and most importantly finding out what YOU want from the choir. The choir will be led by Heather Aitkin and Caitlin O’Neill with the Gwangju Performance Project. This choir is the first one of its kind, so if you’re interested please stop by, or visit the new facebook page for more information.
5) VOLUNTEER TO HELP ORGANIZE THE GIC LIBRARY WITH JOEY NUNEZ
Joey Nunez is the current GIC Coordinator in charge of the GIC Library, and is in need of volunteers willing to help organize. Joey says “At this time, all I need are people to come in whenever they are available. My office hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and I can show you or anyone else what can be done to help me.” All those interested can e-mail him at: email@example.com with their names and availability. Thanks in advance!
6) GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL starring every famous person ever AT GWANGJU CINEMA
This amazing film, which I saw last weekend, will be playing at the Gwangju Cinema behind NC Wave downtown 7:30 every night this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And if Wes Anderson isn’t enough to get you out to see the the film, do it for Ralph Fiennes,AdrienBrody , Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilde Swinton, Owen Wilson.
Have a great weekend!