October 30, 2018 11:58
The annual chrysanthemum festival in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province kicked off last Thursday and will run until Nov. 9. The flower festival offers pleasure to the senses of visitors from all over the nation, and for free.
More than 110,000 chrysanthemums were used this year to make some 9,500 flower works for the event.
Changwon was the first city to grow chrysanthemums for commercial purposes in 1961, and represents some 13 percent of the country's chrysanthemum farms, producing the largest amount of the flower.
The main entrance of the festival features a 7.5-m high flower bell arch which serves as the landmark of the event and celebrates the 120th anniversary of the opening of Masan port in the city.
Since 2009, the festival has beaten its own Guinness World Record by having more flowers bloom from a single chrysanthemum. This year, a single stem containing 1,520 blossoms stands at the center of the venue in a 4-m high observatory overlooking the sea.
Various programs are being offered to help visitors enjoy the festival to the fullest. They include a tour of the first commercial farm for chrysanthemums and an event to catch eels in a chrysanthemum fishbowl.
The festivities come to climax with a firework show which lights up the city on Friday evening.
The festival has drawn increasing numbers of visitors each year since its launch in 2000, with the figure at some 1.5 million last year.
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