Jurassic and fantastic: 3 events you shouldn’t miss around Asia-Pacific this month

Go for dinosaurs, zines, fried chicken and beer in Macau, Melbourne and Seoul

Dino Time in Melbourne

Zoos Victoria in Melbourne has teamed up with Erth Visual & Physical Inc to produce a walkthrough experience with animatronic prehistoric creatures. Until July 14, dinosaurs roam Dino Park in Melbourne Zoo, Zoorasic in Werribee Open Range Zoo (about 40 minutes’ drive from central Melbourne) and MegaBeasts in Healesville Sanctuary (about 1.5 hours from the city). Keep an eye out for the dino keeper waking the dinosaurs from their slumber and hold your breath as they walk and roar right next to you. Tickets are A$37 (about ₱1,345) per adult, while kids aged four to 15 can enter free on weekends and holidays (otherwise, their tickets are A$19/₱690). The experience is open from 9.30am to 3.00pm daily. zoo.org.au

Chicken and beer in Korea

In South Korea, chicken and beer are synonymous with a good time with friends and family — so much so that there’s even an annual festival dedicated to it: the Daegu Chimac Festival (from July 17 to 21), held at Duryu Park, Daegu, 2.5 hours away from Seoul by train. Get snacks from booths set up by the various local fried chicken brands, shop brand merchandise and stay for live K-pop and cultural performances. Tour packages covering entry and transfers between Seoul and Daegu (from about 2,195 per person) can be booked through online ticketing agents such as Klook and HaB Korea. chimacfestival.com

In the zine zone in Macau

Calling all zine fans and collectors and art enthusiasts! You have until July 12 to catch the See. Saw. Zine? Publish Yourself! festival in Macau, put together by Hong Kong-based art organization Zinecoop. Immerse yourself in grassroots Hong Kong and Macau art and culture through the works of artists and independent publishers. Unique merchandise offered alongside the thoughtfully crafted zines could also make for one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Head to Taipa Village Art Space to check it all out. zinecoop.org

This story first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Kate Alvarez

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