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AFRICA
ROUND UPS

Safari Planner 10/10
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
BAHRAIN
Secret Formula • 10/08
BOTSWANA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ETHIOPIA
Northern Treasures 11/10
Riding Modern Wave 0708
Endearing Ethiopia • 01/ 07
Cover feature • 02/ 02

JORDAN
Historical Days & Arabian Nights 7/10
KENYA

Make a Dash for Kenya 6/10
A Great Adventure 3/10
Kenya’s Annual Epic 11/09
Kenya’s Big Five Appeal 7/09
Selling Safaris 1/09
Safaris (cover) • 06/ 08
Under the Stars • 12/07
...and Tanzania • 09/07
Ecotourism Nation • 06/ 07

MOROCCO
Morocco Mosaic 9/10
Marrakesh, so Magically 10/09
Unlimited Appeal 10/08
Millions in Visitors • 01/ 08

Large & Lovely • 08/ 07
Off the Beaten Road • 02/06

QATAR
Flourishing in the Desert 11/10
SOUTH AFRICA

Open for Business! 710
Soccer in 2010 10/09
ASTA IDE 2009 1/09
Re-Invents Itself • 05/ 08
Wine Harvest • 07/ 07
Western Cape • 03/ 07

TANZANIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Safaris Without Borders 1/10
Classic safaris • 09/08
Its Own Mission • 05/ 08
No longer little sister • 09/07

TUNISIA
A Taste of Tunisia • 05/06 UGANDA
Emerges from Shell• 08/06
ZAMBIA
Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07

ZIMBABWE

Southern Africa’s Diversity 5/10
Classical Deviations • 10/07


ASIA
AUSTRALIA
Natural Wonders 12/10
Ten Things To Experience in Sydney 8/10
From Culture to Nature 12/09
Aussie Outback 1/09
Melbourne's Wild Side• 0708
Driving Business • 02/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07
Stellar Attractions • 02/ 07

CHINA
Beijing Your Way COV 1/11
Hotel Boom Continues 10/10
Voluntourism 7/10
Tthe Real China COVER 1/10
Beijing Hotel Boom 11/08
Reaches for the Moon • 03/ 08
Tourism Wave • 11/07
Guangzhou • 03/ 07

COOK ISLANDS
Live out your dream 09/08
The latest Hot Spot • 12/07
Paradise Contention • 10/07

FIJI
Fiji’s Many Faces 9/10
Tropical Touchdown 10/08
Smile You're on Fiji • 02/ 08
Tropical Getaway • 01/06

INDIA
A Bright Future 10/10
Awestruck in India &
New Travel Products for 2010-11
Expands Tourism Territory 3/10
Cultural Journey 12/09
Mumbai Revisited 3/09
Kochi: Calm, Complex 12/08
Sacred to Sublime • 08/08
Mumbai's Bollywood • 05/ 08
Driving Business • 12/07
Madyha Pradesh • 07/ 07
Maharashtra • 06/ 07
What's New • 05/ 07

JAPAN
Neo-Ryo 11/10
2010 is Visit Japan Year 5/10
Jeju’s Enticing Mix 12/09
Luxury Travel Forum 1/09
In and out of Tokyo • 08/ 08
KOREA
Ceramic Arts 9/10
Historic & Cultura 5/10 COVER
48 Hours in Seoul 11/09
Traveling to Korea to Eat 10/09
Affordable Seoul 1/09
New Arts Center • 09/08
Sancturay in Temples • 12/07

Jeju Island • 02/ 07
ASTA Expo • 01/ 07

LAOS
Cave City Opens • 04/ 07
MACAU
Beyond Gaming • 01/ 08
Taking a Bow • 07/ 07

MALAYSIA
Sizzling Malaysia 3/10
Sight seeing • 02/06
NEW CALEDONIA
The Secret is Out • 07/08
NEW ZEALAND
A Taste of Wine Country
Bumped Ski Season 08/09
Discounted Five-Star 3/09
Luxury & Adventure • 04/ 08
Hidden Secrets • 08/ 07

SINGAPORE
What Makes Singapore Hot for 2010? 01/10
Singapore Corners SE Asia Market 10/09
Value and Deals 7/09
TAIWAN
Lantern Festival 3/10
Warm Welcome • 03/06



THAILAND
Welcomes Visitors Back 8/10

City Chic to Rural Respite 5/10
Asia’s New Island of Tourism 3/10
Elephant Back Riding • 08/06

Exotic Bangkok • 02/06
VIETNAM

Luxurious Adventure • 09/07

CARIBBEAN
ROUND UP FEATURES

Caribbean Family Holiday 11/10
Summer Deals 5/10
Passion in Paradise 1/10
ANGUILLA
Happy in Eastern Carib 12/10
A Sliver of Shangri-La
Big Agent Plans for 2010 10/09
Branding of Anguilla 11/08
New Celebrity Status • 04/ 08
Winter Curtain Call • 01/ 08
Secret is out • 05/ 07 cover

Off-Posh Prices • 04/ 07

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
The Beach is the Beginning 10/10
The Sandy Sister 02/10
Spread Carnival Fever 7/09
Festive Side 09/08
Wedding Bells- 07/08 Cover
Tropical Paradise • 05/ 08

Blessed with Beauty • 09/ 07
Twin Deals • 06/ 07

ARUBA
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Divi"s Inside Edge 12/08
BARBADOS
A Blue Sky Holiday 6/10
The Bajan Macation • 04/ 08
BAHAMAS
Cable Beach • 06/08
BONAIRE
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
CAYMAN ISLANDS

CITE Report on Caymans 7/09
CITE Report • 09/ 07

CURACAO
Easy as A-B-C: Selling the Dutch Islands 810
Onsite Report 4/07
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Five Star Race • 0608
La Romana • 11/07
New hot Spot • 0107

GRENADA
Moves into Tourism
GUYANA
Land of Many Waters • 04/06
JAMAICA
Tie The Knot In Jamaica 0111
Jamaica on a Roll 710
The Heart of Jamaica 11/09
Luxury in Jamaica 11/09
Committed to Tourism • 8/08
Cool Green • 02/ 08

Waterparks • 10/07
Hidden Charms • 03/ 07

MARTINIQUE
Isle of Flowers • 05/ 07
Living Well • 02/06
PUERTO RICO
Beyond the Surf, Sand...3/10
Golfing 08/09
Star-Studded 12/08
SAINT MARTIN
Paassionate & Plaayful
Taste of Europe 12/08
Upper Market • 07/08
SMART Report • 07/ 07

ST. KITTS
Caribbean’s Sweetheart 910
Expansion Plans • 03/ 08
ST. LUCIA
The Newest Edge 12/09
For Kids & Grown-Ups 10/08
Almond Smugglers • 09/ 07

From Golf to Marinas • 06/06

ST. VINCENT &

THE GRENADINES

Island Hopping • 03/ 08
TURKS & CAICOS
Gold Coast 10/09
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

America’s Caribbean 3/10
Team Spirit 12/08

EUROPE
ROUND UPS

Jewish Heritage 0111
Central Eastern Europe 03/10

AUSTRIA
Vienna Tops the List of Best Cities To Live In 6/10
Waltz through Vienna 11/09
Vienna: Hip & Festive 3/09
Vienna's Passion 10/08
Vienna Culture • 05/ 08
Along the Danube • 04/ 08

New Properties • 09/ 07
atcb Unites Region • 06/ 07
Vienna Happenings • 03/ 07

BELGIUM
River Towns 12/10
FLANDERS for the Casual Connoisseur 9/10 COVER
FLANDERS
Cultivating a
Taste for Finer Things 3/10
FLANDERS Antwerp 12/09FLANDERS: Stellar Sites 10/09
Arrive as a Visitor, Leave as a Belgian 08/09
Belgian Hotels • 07/08
Wallonia • 10/07

BRITAIN
Trail Back to London 3/10
Weekend in London 12/08
Top Hotels 06/ 08
Liverpool • 04/ 08
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107

BULGARIA
Central Eastern Europe 03/08
CANARY ISLANDS
Classics in Canaries • 01/08 Sunny Canaries • 11/ 06
CROATIA
A Country for All Seasons 910
Croatia’s Adriatic Coast 3/10
Europe’s Newest Riviera 4/09
Something big in 2009 • 09/08
Wine Country • 04/ 08

Cultural Circle• 10/07
Heart & Soul • 04/ 07

CYPRUS
Highlights From the Birthplace of Beauty Cover Nov. 2010
Cyprus thru Centuries 1/10
Golden Anniversary 10/09
Cypriot Primer 10/08
From Wine to Water 6/08
Loving the Island • 10/07
Cool Cats • 09/ 07


CZECH REPUBLIC
Gentle Evolution Cover 7/10
Bohemian Attractions 12/09
Footsteps of princes 10/08
For Young at Heart • 08/ 07

DENMARK
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Culture & History • 01/06
FINLAND
Helsinki By Design 810
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Not just in Summer 10/08
Helsinki's New Face • 04/ 08
Rauma • 05/06

FRANCE
Design Hotels In Paris 11/10
France’s Big Summer Festivals
Still Among Top Five 1/09
Rhone Alpes Region • 02/ 08
ASTA in Lyon • 12/ 07
Eurostar Paris/London • 1107


GERMANY
Promoting Health & Wellness 10/10 Cover Feature
Mainz and Much More 6/10
Designs on creative Germany 3/10
Oberammergau Passion Play 08/09
GTM ’09 Visits Northeast 7/09
Networking in Bavaria • 09/08
Beating the Euro • 04/ 08
Posh Palaces • 03/ 08

Automotives • 03/ 07
What Not to Miss • 02/ 07
Dusseldorf • 09/06
GREECE
Northern Escapades 10/10
Greek Suppliers • 08/08
Greek Cruises • 02/08
Island Trio • 08/ 07

GREENLAND
New Access • 05/ 07
HOLLAND
Rembrandt & Tulips • 01/06
HUNGARY
High End Value, Old World Ambience 5/10
Budapest Live Arts 12/08
Celebrating Budapest • 04/ 08

IRELAND
Go where Ireland Directs your 310
Finding Yourself • 03/ 08
Dublin • 11/07
Foynes SeaPlanes • 10/07

ITALY
Salerno, Amalfi Coast 11/10
Get Lost in Erice, Sicily 5/10
The Veneto 1/10
Tuscany 03/09
Roman Revival1/09 Cover
Ri mini celebrates 11/08
Deals & Sunshine 09/08
Affordable Italy 6/08
Western Sicily • 01/ 08

Abruzzo • 07/ 07

LITHUANIA
Close up at Vilnus • 08/ 07
MALTA
Historic Tempos 12/08
Many Faces • 05/04

NORWAY
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
Stavanger • 04/ 08

In the fjords • 01/06

POLAND
Fall In Love With Warsaw 810

Top Summer Destination 510
Old cities Revisited 11/08
New Found Power • 04/ 08
Gdansk • 05/ 07

Krakow • 02/06

PORTUGAL
Azorean Journey 0111
What’s New in Portugal? 9/10
Invests for Tomorrow 10/09
Heritage Travel 1/09
Affordable Luxury • 07/07
Hosts Wine Tasting • 10/07

Out of Lisbon • 11/07
ROMANIA
Town and Country 11/09
CEE Round up • 03/08

Great Value • 06/06
RUSSIA
Siberia and the Trans-Siberian: The Mother of Rail Rides 07/09
St. Petersburg • 07/08
W inter Festivals • 11/07
St Peterburg • 02/ 07

SCOTLAND
Scotland's Spirit • 12/07
Glasgow with Style • 0706

SLOVAKIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
10 Reason to Visit • 10/04
SLOVENIA
CEE Round up • 03/08
SPAIN
Road to Santiago 3/10 Cover
Valencia Shimmers 11/09
Barcelona & Costa Brava
Discover Galicia 1/09
Barcelona 12/08
Great Off Season Value 10/08
Andalusia (Cover) • 08/08
Malaga's Culture• 05/ 08

Zaragoza • 01/08

Iberia's Capitals • 12/07
Prado's Debuts • 11/07
Cutting Edge Madrid • 08/ 07
Valencia • 04/ 07

SWEDEN
Scandinavian Smorgasbord 810
SWITZERLAND
Eye on Premium Prize 7/09
Cultural Lavaux • 02/08
Basel, Fribourg • 09/ 07
Basel Quietly Classy • 05/ 07
Scenic Postbus • 01/ 07

TURKEY
Cave Hopping in Cappadocia
Turkey’s Treasures 12/09
Seductive Istanbul 5/09
Hideaway 'St. Tropez' 11/08
Land of Sunrise • 05/ 08
Endless Mysteries • 07/ 07

UKRAINE
Top Ten Sights • 07/ 07

LATIN AMERICA
Round Up Feature
Live The Dream 1210
S. & C America • May 2008
ARGENTINA
Summer Escapes 0111
Maté to Malbec 810
24 Hrs in Buenos Aires 12/09
From A to C • 11/07
Learning to Tango • 10/05

BELIZE
Accessible Inland/Island Vacations 810
Belize Cruises 1/10
Heritage Groups • 02/08
Family Adventure • 07/ 07

BOLIVIA
May 2008
BRAZIL
Big, Fat Party in Brazil 10/09
Heart & Soul • 08/08
Bossa Nova Beaches • 03/08
Carnival • 09/07
Agent's Bargain • 05/ 07

CHILE
Comunas to Cordillera 710
Atacama Desert Gets Hotter 3/10
Chilean Surprises 11/09
From A to C • 11/07
Isla Negra • 07/0
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COLOMBIA
Islas del Rosario 5/10
Cartagena Day Trips 08/09
Takes Giant Leap • 12/06
COSTA RICA
Natural Wealth 9/10
Eco Tourism at the Source7/09
Green Pot of Gold • 07/08
T he Greening • 10/07
A Front Runner • 03/07

CURAÇAO
Down Under • 04/ 07
ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS
Best of Both Hemispheres 710
Visiting Paradise 08/09
Secret Pacific Coast 3/09
Ever Changing 11/08
Traveling Mindfully • 01/08

Fragile & Focused • 08/ 07

EL SALVADOR
New World (Cover) • 11/ 07
GUATEMALA
Meet me at the fountain 12/08
Land of everlasting Spring 05

HONDURAS
Hello to Honduras 2/05 Cover
May 200
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MEXICO
Colonial Mexico 10/10
Fulfilling Your Basic Needs 6/10
The Soulful Side 12/09
Los Cabos for Luxurious Adventure 7/09
Hotel Chains 12/08
Uncommon Retreats • 0708
Report from Tianguis • 6/08
Puerto Vallarta • 12/07
Yucatan Glory Days • 07/ 07
Yucatan Peninsula • 05/ 07

NICARAGUA
May 2008 Round Up
Natural Beauty • 01/06

PANAMA
Growth Spurt • 0/ 07
Boca del Toro • 05/06

PARAGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
PERU
Amazon Odyssey: 11/10
Ancient Powers • 0908
Machu Picchu • 4/ 08
Festivals • 04/ 07

URUGUAY
May 2008 Round Up
VENEZUELA

May 2008 Round Up

THE MIDDLE EAST
DUBAI
Dubai’s Shifting Reality 3/09
EGYPT
Enduring Appeal 12/10
Beyond the Pyramids 810
Ancient Times, Modern World 4/10
Tourism Growth 12/09
Captivating, Affordable 12/08
Gaining Marketshares • 08/08
The Future is Now • 4/ 08

Touring • 11/07
Alone & Neighbors • 6/ 07
Temple Trekking • 7/06

ISRAEL
COVER: Negev Desert 12/10
Acre’s Old City 10/10
Exploring The Eco-Way
Israel Young and Old 11/09
Return to Little Screen 11/08
Spotlight on Haifa • 09/08
Sweet Secrets • 6/08
Eilat in Winter • 3/08
Beyond the Bible Belt • 1/ 08
Wine Routes • 11/07
Beyond Spiritual Ties • 9/ 07
Promises & Potential • 5/ 07

JORDAN
Plans for Next Millennium 7/09
New Sporting Life 3/09
The Royal Way... • 2/ 08
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Oman–An Arabian Odyssey 910
Dubai Sands & Seas 12/08
Business in Dubai • 2/ 07
US

CANADA, HAWAII
ROUND UP SPAS
Dude Ranch Summer Deals 5/10
When Healing is More than Skin Deep
1/10
ALASKA
Fairbanks • 02/ 07
CALIFORNIA
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country 910
San Francisco • 01/ 08
Los Angeles • 01/ 07
CANADA
72 Hours in Montréal 710
Discover Quebec 7/09
Canadian Rail • 02/ 08

COLORADO
Vail’s Green Approach • 10/08
Supreme in Snow • 01/ 08

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA
Perfect Weekend in DC 5/10
Gaylord National Park 11/08

FLORIDA
Orlando’s Attractions
Orlando’s Eternal Appeal 11/09
Orlando • 09/08
Naples • 03/ 08

Palm Beach • 11/07

HAWAII
Star Studded Courses • 04/ 08
Aloha Appeal • 08/ 07

LOUISIANA
New Orleans Child’s Play 8/09
New Orleans • 05/ 08
MAINE
Northeast Foliage 810
MAUI

Unforgettable Maui 5/09
NEVADA
Las Vegas, New & Renewed 6/10
Las Vegas • 04/ 08
Mandalay Bay • 12/07

Downtown Las Vegas • 07/ 07

NEW YORK
New York Deals 12/09
Big Apple Waterfalls • 08/08
TENNESSEE
Nowhere but Nashville 070
WASHINGTON
San Juan Island Adventure 11/10
WISCONSIN

Scenic Vacationland 1/09

CRUISE
ANTARTICA

In style in Antartica • 02/ 08
ASIA
China’s Heavenly River With Viking River Cruises 12/09
Yangtze River Rises to Star Status 08/09
China Yangtze River • 01/ 08

Viking River Cruises • 12/07
The South Pacific • 06/ 07

EUROPE
Ships & Itineraries Update 5/10
River Cruising • 03/08
Louis Cruises • 02/08
River & Canals • 03/07
The Danube • 01/07

LATIN AMERICA
Cruising Latin Beat • 11/07
WORLWIDE
Oasis Overtakes the Seas 1/10
Celebrity’s Solstice 1/09
Short & Sweet 09/08
High Seas Holiday • 09/07

SPECIAL INTEREST • SKI
WORLDWIDE

Passion for food 05/07
GOLF
Off Shore Courses • 10/07
RAIL
Europe Rail Travel 6/08
SAFARIS
African Safaris 3/10
African Safaris 6/08

SKI
Skiing the Northeast 12/10
Best US Ski-Cations Without the Crowds 11/09
Colorado • 01/ 08
Snow in right places • 12/ 07
Western USA • 9/07


May 2013 FEATURE

Korea’s Festivals & Fun Filled Events

by Katie Hultgren

There are so many reasons to visit Korea, and in 2012, over eleven million people did so. Travelers to the country can visit high-tech Seoul to marvel at the newest developments, dine on fantastic Korean cuisine, and enjoy shopping and city tours. Others will have interest in seeing some of the ten UNESCO World heritage sites throughout the country, offering insight into the religion, history and culture of Korea, all set in a beautiful natural landscape. Those seeking culture and enrichment will enjoy the numerous museums and musical or theatrical performances. Every visitor should make time during their stay to participate in at least one of the magnificent festivals taking place in Korea throughout this year.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have designated 42 festivals as the “2013 Culture Tourism Festivals of Korea.” These festivals were selected based on the results of expert evaluations, and on-site assessments, and are grouped into four categories: Premier Festivals, Top Festivals, Outstanding Festivals and Up-and-Coming Festivals.
Though each of these festivals is unique and offers participants and spectators an amazing experience, here we will provide an overview of the two premier festivals, and two must-visit festivals suggested by Julia Kim, director of the Korea Tourism Organization in New York.

Gimje Horizon Festival
October 2 - October 6, 2013
Located on the west coast of Korea, in North Jeolla Province, Gimje is host to an annual harvest festival. Known as the place where the sky meets the ground, people can see the horizon in this landlocked area, and this event is appropriately named The Gimje Horizon Festival. Held every October, this event celebrates the harvest season. Most activities are related to the harvest of rice, and feature agricultural and cultural events and presentations. The intent is to educate visitors about Korean traditional rice culture, and share the history of farming in this region.
Each year, the Gimje Horizon Festival hosts a wide range of programs, including Samullori, composed of 4 dancing musicians, each playing a different percussion instrument representing an element of weather. Samullori is an evolution of ‘nong-ak’, a farming village band. At the festival, there are many contests, including a rural landscape drawing contest, a tug of war using a huge rope made out of rice straw, kite flying, and rice cooking competitions. Celebratory performances include a street parade, Ssireum (wrestling), and a traditional wedding. Nearby stalls sell traditional food, treats and beverages.


Jinju Namgang
Yudeung
(Lantern Festival)
October 2013
The Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival, is held each year along the Namgang River in Jinju-si Gyeongsangnam-do. The festival dates back to the Jinjuseong Battle (1592) when lanterns were used as military signals, and as a way for family members to keep in touch with those outside of the Jinjuseong Fortress. After the war, people continued the tradition of floating lanterns down the river to pay tribute to those who were lost during battle. Over time, this tradition developed into the Jinju
Namgang Festival.
Hundreds of lanterns are spread throughout the festival grounds. They are beautiful, and their shapes represent the nation’s traditions and symbols (tigers, traditional instruments, Korean dances, etc.). Stories of Korean history and legends are told through lantern displays. One section of lanterns is shaped like animals, and another section features lanterns representing over 30 countries from around the world, including the Statue of Liberty (USA), the Sphinx (Egypt), a kangaroo (Australia), the Trojan horse (Turkey), and a windmill (Holland).
In the “Tunnel of Wish Lanterns,” lanterns bear the written wishes of festival visitors. In the evening, people have the chance to make their own lanterns and send them down the Namgang River. When the lanterns are lit, scenes from the Jinjuseong Battle (fencing, martial arts on horseback, etc.) come to life. From the floating bridge on Namgang River, visitors can see the breathtaking glow of the lantern lights all across the river.
Jinjuseong Fortress (where the festival takes place) is one of the major tourist attractions in Jinju. By day, visit Chokseongnu Pavilion and the Jinju National Museum located inside the fortress. There is also a spectacular fireworks show, celebratory outdoor performances, and traditional food shops offer the opportunity to enjoy a Jinju specialty, broiled eel.


Boryeong Mud Festival
July 19 - 28, 2013
The Boryeong Mud Festival was first held in July 1998, and has now turned into an exciting event that attracts visitors from all over the world. It is held for approximately two weeks each summer at Daecheon swimming beach. The mud is from the Boryeong mud flats and is rich in minerals, offering health benefits in addition to a lot of muddy fun. Originally, the festival was conceived to promote a range of cosmetics that were produced using mud from the Boryeong mud flats.
This festival features many playful and fun events including mud wrestling, a mud king contest, and mud sliding on a hundred foot super mud slide. Festival participants should expect to get muddy, and those who do not are put into a “prison” until they get some mud on their bodies. While covered with mud, there is the chance to join in many games, cavalry battles and to try to make a human pyramid. Contests include body-painting, and mud sculpture competitions. After a day of mud-filled fun, participants can rinse off at the beautiful beach. In the evening after the sun goes down, there is a fantastic fireworks display, colorful street parades, cultural performances and concerts. Boryeong City has abundant resources and beautiful scenery with mountains and beaches. Visitors to the region are also encouraged to sightsee at some of the nearby 78 big and small islands, see Muchangpo, a man-made beach featuring a sea road, and more.

18th Busan International Film Festival
October 3 - 12, 2013
The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is held annually in Haeundae-gu, Busan, South Korea, and is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia, attracting visitors from around the globe. The goal of the festival is to encourage the appreciation and promotion of the art of cinema. The first festival, held in 1996, was also the first international film festival in Korea. The focus of the BIFF is to introduce new films and first-time directors, especially those from Asian countries.
The festival appeals to young people, both in terms of the large youthful audience it attracts and through its efforts to develop and promote young talent. There are red-carpet events, attracting legions of happy and excited fans hoping to get a glimpse of their
favorite actors.
In 2011, the festival moved to a new permanent home, in the Busan Cinema Center. The Busan Cinema Center was designed by Austria-based architecture collective Coop Himmelblau. The Cinema Center includes a 4,000-seat outdoor theatre; four indoor screens under an LED-covered roof; media center; archive space; and conference rooms; allowing the festival to include industry forums and educational activities. The festival presents over 300 films from 70 countries, and boasts a wide array of special events, outdoor performances and participatory programs.


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