The 2016 Jeju International Citrus Expo is on now through Nov. 13 at the Seogwipo Agricultural Technology Center in Seogwipo-si.
This event is organized by Jeju Special Self-Governing Province with over 200 companies from a dozen countries taking part in the promotion of its citrus fruit industry and their respective agricultural economies.
In the past, this was more a local event, but orange-producing countries now participate at production and government levels. Topics of discussion include the future of citrus production and the development of technologies to help grow their production.
Jeju is a main producer of citrus products for Korea, as well as exporting thousands of tons overseas to markets in North America and Europe. But challenges remain, as there is increasing competition from production markets such as Chile and China.
However, the Citrus Expo isn’t all just about issues related to business and regulations… it’s got a large line-up of fun activities to further inform the public about citrus fruits.
There’s a music concert, a flea market, citrus art exhibition, and even a citrus cooking competition for kids. We made candles and ate grilled mandarin orange… it’s perhaps an acquired taste.
From there, we explored the ample grounds of the venue, the Seogwipo Agricultural Technology Center.
The Center is surprisingly large. There are plenty of beautiful areas to enjoy over and above the Expo. As it happens, one of our “must do” activities was a hands-on mandarin orange picking program further inside the grounds.
Along the way we discovered some kiwi growing on site. It’s not every day you can see this…
More of the grounds…
Fortunately the sun came out and Hallasan Mountain came into view to the north.
Date/Times: Nov. 9 to Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entrance fee is 1,000 won but free for those under 12 and over 65. The ticket is valid for the entire duration of the Expo!
Address: 7413 Jungsanggandong-ro, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo (서귀포시 남원읍 중산간동로 7413)
How to get there: If you’re without a car, there are free shuttle buses which run from Seogwipo Industry Science High School and Jeju World Cup Stadium to the Seogwipo Agricultural Technology Center. They run every 20 minutes from the former and 40 minutes from the latter. Parking is somewhat cramped and limited, so the shuttle is a good option.
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