Mmm~ The smell of fresh autumn air at the fall festival!
Catch onto the fall festival at?the 37th Piagol Autumn Colors Festival will be held from November 2 in?Gurye for 2 days. On November 2, the festival will start with autumn colors ritual ceremony to pray for a safe and peaceful nation. On November 3, there will be a variety of experiences and performances such as autumn colors healing concert, 1 night 2 days camping tour on Jirisandulegil (trail). The trail is located in Mt. Jiri?which is the most popular mountain in Korea. Many tourists visit this mountain throughout all four seasons. Although there are lots of trails to be able to get a scenic view of the autumn colors, 1 km autumn colors trail from Pyogomakteo to Samhongso is the most well-known trail for hikers. During the festival free shuttle buses will be running and the admission fee for Yeongoksa?(temple) is exempted. Therefore traffic congestion and visitors complaint about paying admission fee will be solved. Also it will help the local merchants’ business.
제37회 지리산피아골단풍축제가 11월 2일부터 2일간 구례군 토지면 일원에서 개최된다. 첫째날인 2일에 국태민안과 태평성대를 기원하는 단풍제례를 시작으로 3일에는 관광객들과 함께 즐기는 단풍힐링콘서트, 특별행사로 캠핑체험을 할 수 있는 지리산둘레길트레킹 1박2일 캠핑투어 등 다채로운 체험 및 문화공연행사가 준비되어 있다. 또한 축제기간 동안에 행사구간 무료셔틀버스를 운행하고 연곡사 문화재 관람료 면제 등 내외부관광객을 위한 서비스를 제공할 예정이다. 김종철 지리산피아골단풍축제추진위원장은 ‘셔틀버스운행 및 연곡사 문화재관람료 면제로 교통체증과 관람료 징수에 따른 관광객의 불만을 해소함은 물론 지역상가 활성화에도 도움이 될 것’이라고 말했다. 한편, 지리산피아골단풍축제는 매년 10월말이나 11월 초에 성대히 개최되는 전통있는 구례군의 대표축제로 표고막터에서 삼홍소로 이어지는 약 1km구간의 울긋불긋한 단풍터널은 피아골에서도 최고의 절경으로 손꼽히는 명소이다.
Mt. Jiri is the most popular mountain with many visitors coming all four seasons. Visitors can see and feel the mountain’s different color coats as the seasons change. The vibrant colors that the mountain shows off are the reasons to why visitors to come back time after time. It is first designated as a national park, one of 8 great views and one of 5 best mountains in Korea. It has the second highest peak, Cheongwangbong (1,915m) including about 100 other high, middle and low peaks. You can see many the regions of Namwon, Jinju, Gokseong,?Gurye and?Hamyang on the top.
* Nearby attractions to see autumn colors
Samseongung Palace: As part of the founding myth, it has Hwanin, Hanwanung and Dangun who are the gods of foundation of Korea. People here follow Tao’s thinking and teachings. They wake up, train themselves by Tao’s rule, have morning ceremony, have Seonsik (light meal) and learn traditional martial arts like archery and fencing in the morning. They set up Sotdae (a pole to pray) or work in the farm in the afternoon and study the Tao’s rule in the evening. They reenact Korea’s first kingdom, Gojoseon. There’s Gachoendaejei (a ceremony to pray to the god in heaven) during the autumn season (usually from middle of October to end of October). Visitors can see martial arts at Gachoendaejei.
Sangrim: Only one place among the beds of the fallen leaves is preserved as Korea’s National Monument. It has about 20,000 kinds of plants and was artificially made 1,100 years ago as the first artificial forest.