KOREA:The season's last ethnic festival in the...


September 19, 1992


The season's last ethnic festival in the city takes place today only with performances by Korean entertainers and demonstrations of Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art form.

But don't go to Festival Hall, a frequent ethnic festival venue. This one's several blocks north, at Hopkins Plaza. If the music doesn't steer you in the right direction, the lingering smells of food will. Tempt your taste buds with kolbi (marinated ribs), kimchi (marinated, very spicy cabbage) and mando (fried dumplings).

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission: free.


Now that the weather's cooling off a bit, here's a tip on a fun, interesting way to see the Inner Harbor and the landmarks, museums and architectural wonders all around it.

Walk it. For 6.2 miles -- or if you're feeling peppy, an optional 7.4 miles. There's a formally laid-out trail to follow, a volksmarch (German for "people's walk") open to all.

Sponsored by the Baltimore City Life Museum and the city's Star-Spangled Steppers Volksmarch Club, this walk takes you such places as the Shot Tower, the Bromo Seltzer Tower, the Peale Museum, Edgar Allan Poe's grave, Babe Ruth's birthplace, the Flag House, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Little Italy.

You start at the Baltimore City Life Museum, 800 E. Lombard St. (except Mondays, when the museum is closed) -- between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Enter the museum through the courtyard (in the back) to sign up and get a copy of the route.

You can walk free at your own pace, although the sponsors ask you to sign in so that they know you've been there. If you want to explore some of these points of interest, that's OK. If you want a souvenir, the price is $5, and the "award," as volksmarchers call it, is a 4-inch-square tile with a picture of the new Orioles baseball stadium. It makes a nice coaster.

Volksmarching -- non-competitive and suitable for a family, as long as participants can walk (or be pushed in a stroller) 10 kilometers -- started in Germany to promote fitness and spread some years ago to this country. The Baltimore-Washington area has a number of clubs.

For more information on this downtown walk, call the City Life Museum: 396-3523 or 396-4545.

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