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Festivals Calendar - February 2016

All News 09:00 January 31, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) -- The following are the major cultural and tourist festivals to be held in South Korea in February.

* PyeongChang Trout Festival

When: Dec. 18-Feb. 14

Where: Odaecheon, PyeongChang, Gangwon Province

PyeongChang is an alpine county and a haven for winter sports with an abundance of snowfall. Throughout the winter season, the county holds a festival of snow, ice and trout fishing on a 33,000-square-meter lot situated 700 meters above sea level. For more information, call 033-336-4000 or visit www.festival700.or.kr.

* Anseong Bingeo Fishing Festival

When: Jan. 16-Feb. 14

Where: Dume Fishing Place, Anseong, Gyeonggi Province

Anseong is a good one-day trip destination for residents in the capital area as the city is located just about 77 kilometers south of Seoul. During the festival, visitors can enjoy fishing for smelts (bingeo) on a frozen reservoir, as well as ice sledding, snow toboggans and various Korean folk games. For more information, call 031-674-4528 or visit http://dmfestival.co.kr.

* Cheongpyeong Trout Festival

When: Jan. 10-Feb. 21

Where: Cheongpyeong, Gyeonggi Province

Cheongpyeong is a town about one hour east of Seoul in Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi Province. It is a popular destination for Koreans as it is situated on the banks of a beautiful lake with dramatic mountains surrounding it, populated by resorts focusing particularly on water sports. Visitors can enjoy trout fishing and various winter sports like snowmobile riding. For more information, call 031-585-9449 or visit http://www.cpfestival.net.

* Namdangli Cockle Festival

When: Feb. 5

Where: Namdang Port, Hongseong, South Chungcheong Province

Egg cockle is called "saejogae" (bird clam) in Korean as the meat inside looks like a bird's beak. It is as big as a child's fist and its outside resembles a blood clam. Cockles are known to have the best taste between December and February. In particular, cockles caught in the Cheonsu Bay area are rich in protein, iron and taurine, so they have become a specialty of the region. Festival programs include cockle gathering, a competition for separating meat from the shells, a singing contest for tourists and a fireworks display. For more information, call 041-630-1378 or visit http://tour.hongseong.go.kr.

* International Snow Crab Festival

When: Feb. 27-March 1

Where: Hupo Port, Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province

Snow crab, or "daegye," is a specialty of Uljin, a coastal county in North Gyeongsang Province, located some 330 km southeast of Seoul. Festival programs include free tastings of snow crab dishes, ship tours and cooking demos. For more information, call 054-789-6851 or visit http://www.uljin.go.kr.

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