As the summer draws to a close, enjoy some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the big city but still be entertained in one of the country's popular southern cities. Many are famous for their scenic seas and mountains, but still serve as pleasant late getaway destinations as they offer a variety of art performances to enjoy.
◆ Movies in Busan
Busan is known for its love of cinema, as well as its sweeping beaches. This summer, the host city of one of Asia's most prestigious film festivals, the Busan International Film Festival, has been enlarging on its calendar of film-related events with a Disney retrospective, while also holding other cultural performances on the same stage. This is one of numerous events being held in the region to entertain residents, expats and tourists alike on balmy summer evenings.
Free screenings of classic Disney animations such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "Rapunzel" took place for three weeks from Aug. 7 under the banner "Summer Movie Night 2013" at the Busan Cinema Center in Haeundae. The event saw packed auditoriums at the outdoor theater, with couples and families lying on mats and munching on snacks as they unwound under tropical skies. A ban on alcoholic beverages did nothing to detract from the fun atmosphere.
The cinema center is famous for possessing the world's largest cantilevered roof, which is listed by Guinness World Records as measuring two and a half times the size of a professional soccer field. Huge rows of LED lights under the roof and a nearby swimming pool added to the unique ambience at the event.
The same venue will host another outdoor screening event until Sept. 10, with visitors able to enjoy movies and cultural shows including classical music concerts. For more information, visit the website www.dureraum.org.
◆ Opera in Ulsan
Ulsan is known in Korea as a city of art, and visitors can now head there to enjoy some free opera as "Tcheoyong" will be performed at Ulsan Culture Art Center on Sept. 6 and 7.
The original Korean opera premiered at the National Theater of Korea in 1987 and served as one of the headline events at this year's Korea Opera Festival in June. It will be played to promote the Tcheoyong Culture Festival in October and is open to adults and children aged 13 and above.
The art center's website has more details at http://www.ucac.or.kr.
◆ Traditional Dancing in Jinju
An event performing intangible cultural assets is being held in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province every Saturday until October.
Various performances including the city's popular sword and mask dances will take place at Choksuk Pavilion in Jinju Castle overlooking the Nam River. The venue was included on a list of 50 beautiful places to visit in Korea by CNN Go recently
For more information visit Jinju City’s website at http://english.jinju.go.kr/main