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Essentials with JD # 268 ** SEOLLAL – LUNAR NEW YEAR 2017**


Incase you are staying home or traveling around the country here are some updates for the Lunar New Year.

Between January 27th to 30th and February 10tht o 11th a total of 24 cultural events are scheduled at a number of local organizations and facilities.

The Gwangju National Museum will host various folk games such as yutnori, top-spinning and the Korean traditional game of hakeysack, known as jegi.The National Gwangju Science Center will remain open during the holidays to host a variety of experience programs.

Individual neighbourhoods including Dong-gu’s Greenway Park, Shinam village in Seo-gu District, and Nam-gu’s Dukam Village will all play host to traditional festivities.

If you are travelling outside of the city the newly opened SRT trains will be discounted by 40% for the long weekend. Gwangju Songjeong Station to Suseo, Seoul will cost just 24,000 won and takes about 2 hours.  Check out for more – the site is only in Korean so you might want to ask a friend for some help.

For those wanting to take the bus – be warned traffic jams are usual but Kumho Bus Lines has added an extra 2,800 express buses and 900 non-stop buses for the holiday. Journeys out of Gwangju to Seoul could take around 3-5 hours on average depending on time of departure.

The best way is to download the Kobus app to check ticket availability in real time or visit their website.  


Take care and stay warm,



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