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Busan Galmaet Gil Walking Festival 2013 Set for This Weekend

The 5th Gamaet·Gil Walking Festival will take place around Busan from October 4-6, 2013. The event will include coastal and forest walks, as well as Galmaet·Gil walks in each of Busan’s 15 gu (districts) and one gun (county), and a photo exhibition.

The festival aims to promote the fame of the Galmaet·Gil footpaths as new tourist attractions in Busan, and to encourage locals and tourists alike to learn about the local history, culture and ecological environment, by taking a gentle stroll along the paths.

Galmaet·Gil are specially designated footpaths around Busan. The name combines two words: galmaegi, meaning ‘seagull’ and gil, meaning ‘path’. To promote the city’s beautiful footpaths, the Galmaet·Gil symbol and logo are used on the Galmaet·Gil information boards, footpath maps and signs.

With a total combined length of 263.8km, the nine Galmaet·Gil trails are each divided into two or three shorter segments, and include beautiful stretches of coastal, riverside, forest and downtown paths all around the city.

Festival Details

? Period: October 4 – 6, 2013 (3 days)

? Venues: Around Busan City

? Programs:

Citizens’ Galmaet·Gil Walks 

? Romantic Walk Galmaet·Gil trail #2-1

? Date & Time: (Friday) October 4, 2013, 9:30 am – 3 pm.

? Gathering Place: Suyeong River APEC Naru Park

? Course: APEC Naru Park ? Haeundae Beach ? Mipo ? Dalmaji Eoul Plaza (8.4 km)

? Green Walks across Busan’s 15 districts and 1 county

? Date & Time: (Saturday) October 5, 2013, 9:30 am – 3 pm

? Venues: Galmaet·Gil trails in Busan’s 15 districts and 1 county

Main Walking Course: Galmaet·Gil trail #2-2 (13.8km)

Oryukdo Sunrise Park ? Gwangalli Beach ? APEC Naru Park

? About 7,000 participants expected

? Walk Galmaet·Gil trail #8-2 with the handicapped

? Date & Time: (Sunday) October 6, 2013, 9:00 am – noon

? Gathering Place: Suyeong River APEC Naru Park

? Course for the handicapped: APEC Naru Park ? Suyeong 1-gyo ? Suyeong 3-gyo (2.6 km)

Course for the regular citizens: APEC Naru Park ? Suyeong 1-gyo ? Seweol-gyo (10km)

Galmaet·Gil and Road of Korea Photography Exhibition

? Period: October 4, 9:00 am – October 6, 1:00 pm

? Venue: Near center stage in APEC Naru Park

True and False Quiz

Make a short, three-line poem starting with the words Gal, Maet, Gil in order

? Date & Time: October 5, 2013 4 pm – 5:30 pm

? Venue: Center stage in APEC Naru Park

For more details, please visit the website at (currently only in Korean) or call (051) 505-2224~5

Source: Busan City News




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