Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival to be held from October 25th to November 8th
In Masan Fishery Market Eel Street and Chang-dong/Odong-dong Area
Grand Spectacle of 1,520 Flowers in All Kinds of Masterpiece Variety to Win ‘Scent that Travels Heart’
“Fall in love with the scent of Changwon Chrysanthemum” The 17th Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival, the largest domestic event of single kind, will be held from October 25th to November 8th in front of Masan Fishery Market Eel Street in Happo-gu, Masan and Changdong/ Odong-dong areas. This festival, which attracted 1.37 million people last year, was chosen as the promising festival of Gyeongnam Province this year. The opening ceremony will be held at 6:30pm on the 24th, and will present various events such as ‘Chrysanthemum Scent’ conert. At 8pm on November 3rd, the festival will reach its peak as a multimedia fireworks will redden the Masan Bay on the seawaters in front of Masan Fishery Market Eel Street. The night lighting of Machang Bridge will also create a wonderful atmosphere.
The festival will also operate Chrysanthemum Festival Promotion Hall, Chrysanthemum Industry Promotion Hall, and Regional Specialty Item Promotion Hall. Visitors can observe the traces of Chrysanthemum Festival and main programs at once, as well as the old looks of Chrysanthemum Farm and festival pictures. Masan is the place where the domestic commercial chrysanthemum cultivation started; there was only a small number of cultivation farmhouses in the 1960s, but the flower started to be exported to Japan from 1972 and it now takes up more than 10% of the cultivation areas of the entire nation.
Various functional items such as chrysanthemum tea, chrysanthemum alcohol, Chrysanthemum rice, etc. will also be exhibited and sold. Chrysanthemum soap and chrysanthemum candle holder making experience event will be offered as well. 300 potted plants of chrysanthemum and wild flowers also draw attention.
The ‘Chrysanthemum Scent Contest’ will present 9,500 pieces of artwork in 10 fields with 105,000 chrysanthemums. The landmark work of festival will express the ‘Greater Power of Changwon’ by creating an image of mega city Changwon that stretches toward the world and the hand of a citizen that supports it. By creating a chrysanthemum work themed with ‘Let’s Go to Changwon Metropolitan City’, the contest will incorporate the dearest wish of Changwon citizens who wants the city to become ‘Changwon Metropolitan City’.