Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Magical nights under a full moon Night sky the main attraction at scenic area

Magical nights under a full moon
                             Night sky the main attraction at scenic area

when a full moon rises, a white glow lights up the faces of people looking skyward on Haewoljeong Pavilion, Dalmaji Road. This scene plays out countless times each year, as the curvy road that winds along the sea between Haeundae Beach and Songjeong Beach becomes a top destination when the moon shines bright.

The best spot to see the moon in all its glory is from Dalmaji Road where the night sky seems to shine a little brighter. Many people say this is one of the country’s best scenic experiences. It’s a great spot to visit during the day or night anytime of the week. But the best time is when there’s a full moon, when families, couples and friends descend on the area.

The biggest day of the year for this part of the city is Feb. 17, also known as Jeongwol Daeboreum, or “full moon” day of the lunar year.

Many locals see the full moon as a symbol of richness and peace, which is why Feb. 17 is so special to them. On Jeongwol Daeboreum, you can see the largest full moon of the year.

The tradition is to burn daljip made with bamboo and wood from pine trees while women dance and sing songs. This is called ganggang suwollae (or Korean circle dance), and to get a taste of it you should head to Dalmaji Road.

The street and pedestrian walkways here are well organized, and the forest trail ? dubbed Moontan Road ? is nice as well. Dalmaji Road connects to Songjeong starting from Haeundae Mipo and then past Cheongsapo and Gudeokpo.

The beginning of the road is located in an area of Haeundae that is famous for its hot springs, which provide warm water heated naturally. The area is also home to hot spring saunas that are popular with Koreans and Japanese tourists.

You can soak up a bit of history as well: Legend has it that a queen in the Silla Dynasty cured a disease that had plagued her for years by sitting in the hot springs here.

On Feb. 17, there’s even a Dalmaji Hot Springs Festival at Haeundae Beach from noon until nightfall. During the festival, you can also watch the traditions of daljip and ganggang suwollae or play yutnoli, neolttwigi (or Korean jumping game) and other traditional games.

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