Check out these fab Korean fests!
published: August 21, 2018
This was last updated Aug. 21
Yeongdong Grape Festival
Date: Aug. 23-26
Location: Yeongdong Gymnasium area, Wine Korea, farming experience village
Located in the center of Korea and the southernmost part of Chungcheongbukdo, Yeongdong-gun County is a suitable place to grow fruits, due to the large difference in temperature day and night and the long amount of sunlight. Featuring the nation’s largest grape orchards, Yeongdong-gun makes up 12.8% of grape productions through the nation and 69.7% through Chungcheongbuk-do.
From Seoul Station, take a train to Yeongdong.
Taxi from Yeongdong Station to the festival venue (Yeongdong Gymnasium).
Homepage: www.ydft.kr (Korean only)
Songdo Beer Festival
(Songdo World Culture Tourism Festival)
Date: Aug. 24 - Sep. 1
Location: Songdo Moonlight Festival Park
Songdo Beer Festival aims to become one of the world’s best beer festivals equal to that of Germany’s Oktoberfest and China’s Qingdao International Beer Festival.
Int’l Business District Station (Incheon Subway Line 1), Exit 5.
Walk for approx. 500 m to the event venue.
Homepage: www.songdobeer.com (Korean only)
Everland Summer Water Fun
Date: Until Aug. 26
Thanks to its annual water festival held during the hottest time of the year since 2005, Everland is one of the most popular summer attractions. The festival is packed with various programs like water shows, light shows, and game activities for visitors to enjoy
Jeondae/Everland Station (YongIn EverLine), Exit 3.
- Take the shuttle bus to Everland (available 05:30-23:30).
1) Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Yangjae Station: Bus 5002
2) Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo Station, Songpa Station, Jamsil Station, Gangbyeon Station: Bus 5700
3) Sadang Station, Nambu Terminal (via Bundang and Gwangju): Bus 1500-2
4) Gangbyeon Station, Gangdong Station (via Gwangju): Bus 1113
Homepage: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Chuncheon Dakgalbi & Makguksu Festival
Date: Aug. 28 - Sep. 2
Location: In front of Chuncheon Station
Chuncheon Dakgalbi & Makguksu Festival is a local festival introducing local food representing Chuncheon. Its main foods, makguksu (spicy buckwheat noodles) and dakgalbi (spicy stir-fried chicken), became well-known and were developed into Chuncheon’s festival. Visitors can enjoy various events like Korean wrestling contests as well as abundant food. In particular, diverse hands-on programs for family visitors will be prepared.
Chuncheon Station (Gyeongchun Line)
Homepage: www.mdfestival.com (Korean only)
Goesan Red Pepper Festival
Date: Aug. 30-Sep. 2
Location: Sports Complex, Mini football field, Culture & Sports Center, Dongjincheon Stream area
Goesan Red Pepper Festival is held during harvest season to promote the excellence of peppers grown in Goesan, a major production area of Korea. The festival has numerous
programs, including pepper-picking and barehanded fishing contests, pepper recipe competition, pepper cooking contest, and garden pepper planting. Brightly colored and full of flavor, Korean peppers are a particularly popular agricultural product. This is a fun festival where visitors can taste or buy Korean peppers, and talk with farmers.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Goesan Terminal. From Goesan Terminal, take a taxi to Sports Complex. (Jonghap Undongjang) (5min)
Homepage: www.goesan.go.kr (Korean only)
Daejeon International Wine Fair
Date: Aug. 31 - Sep. 2
Location: KOTRA Daejeon, EXPO Hanbit Plaza
Daejeon International Wine Festival takes place every year, showcasing a variety of imported wines as well as domestically produced wines and traditional liquors. About 10,000 different wines can be seen during this festival. Asian Wine Trophy, a huge scale wine tasting event, and the Asia Wine Buyers Conference, which provides useful wine information, will be held altogether. In addition, various food and performance will be offered along with diverse festival programs.
Homepage: www.djwinefair.com (Korean, English)
Hyoseok Cultural Festival
Date: Sep. 1-9
Location: Area of Bongpyeong-myeon Culture Village in Pyeongchang-gun
Hyoseok Cultural Festival is held to commemorate modern Korean writer Lee Hyo-seok and his popular novel “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom,” which demonstrates the connection between human life and the beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of Bongpyeong. In fact, Bongpyeong is the author’s hometown, and appears frequently in his novels. The cultural festival commemorates Lee Hyo-seok’s novel and offers a chance for visitors to tour Lee Hyo-seok’s birthplace and memorial hall.
Take an intercity bus to Jangpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal.
Bus From Jangpyeong Terminal, take a local bus bound for Bongpyeong or Phoenix Park shuttle bus.
Homepage: blog.naver.com/gamaek (Korean only)
Jangsu Hanurang Sagwarang Festival
Date: Sep. 14 - Sep. 16
Location: Uiam Park and Jangsu-gun, Jeollabuk-do Province
Jangsu embraces the spirit of Uiam Joo (“Red”) Nongae’s spirit, who gave her life to kill the Japanese General responsible for taking over her city. The city specializes in red-colored agricultural products, making it unique that the local legendary figure, agricultural products and regional specialties are all red hued. It is well known as a major producer of Hanu (Korean beef) and Sagwa (apple). Accordingly, the theme of the Jangsu Hanurang Sagwarang Festival is “RED,” the first of its kind in Korea.
The festival promotes urban and rural exchange and high quality farm products and regional specialties. It also provides an opportunity for local residents to enjoy the fruits of their labor and share the joy of the harvest together.
Visitors are sure to enjoy the array of cultural aspects of the festival, in addition to a wide range of hands-on activities and sampling local food.
From Seoul Nambu Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Jangsu Bus Terminal.
From the terminal, walk toward Uiam Park (Dusan Park) for about 700m.
Homepage: tour.jangsu.go.kr (Korean only)
Jeju Haenyeo Festival
Date: Sep. 20 - Sep. 22
Location: Areas of Haenyeo Museum and nearby beach
Jeju Haenyeo Festival aims to celebrate and internationally promote Jeju Island’s unique heanyeo culture. As the festival takes place at the Haenyeo Museum, visitors will be able to learn all about haenyeo at a glance. Creative stage performances and hands-on activities revolve around the festival’s main theme, “Mother’s sumbisori, in the hearts of people all over the world.” Presentations of traditional and modern day haenyeo are well blended in an effort for the festival to grow and become an internationally celebrated festival.
Haenyeo Museum Entrance Bus Stop.
Bus No. 201, 261.
Homepage: www.visitjeju.net (Korean, English)
Sancheong Medical Herb Festival
Date: Sep. 29 - Oct. 29
Location: Donguibogam Village
This festival celebrates the herbs of Jirisan Mountain, which are commonly known to have great medicinal properties, making this the perfect event for visitors eager to improve their health through natural remedies.
At this festival, visitors will be exposed to a wide variety of Korea’s medicinal herbs and medical traditions. Along with many other exciting events, you will even be able to sample traditional Oriental medicinal food made from herbs. Visitors can sample herbs for free, and can take home their favorite herb or remedy at low cost. Some herbs can even be grown at home!
From Seoul Nambu Terminal, take an intercity bus to Sancheong.
The festival venue is a 10-min walk from Sancheong Bus Terminal.
Homepage: scherb.or.kr (Korean only)
Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival
Date: Oct. 1 - Oct. 14
Location: Areas of Jinju Namgang River and Jinjuseong Fortress
Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading the Namgang River. The highlights of the festival are the floating of lanterns carrying personal wishes of the citizens along the Namgang River, and the parade of lanterns created by the students themselves. In addition, the festival features gaejesik (lighting of lanterns in remembrance of the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle veterans), an exhibition of the world’s traditional lanterns, and many more participatory cultural programs.
Take an intercity bus to Jinju Intercity Bus Terminal.
Exit the terminal towards the river.
Turn right, and walk for 5min to arrive at the festival site.
Homepage: www.yudeung.com (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
Seoul International Dance Festival
Date: Oct. 1 - Oct. 19
Location: Seoul Arts Center Jayu Theater, Sogang University Mary Hall Grand Theater, ARKO Arts Theater Grand Theater, CKL Stage, D-Cube City Plaza
SIDance (Seoul International Dance Festival) is a regular international festival, hosted by Seoul Section of CID-UNESCO(president: LEE Jong-Ho). It is made through close tie and collaboration with government organs such as Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Seoul City, and Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture, as well as foreign governments and embassy of each country stationed in Korea. After elected as the executive director AAPAF(Association of Asian Performing Arts Festival) in 2004 and as co-president in 2006, it now represents Korean art scene, positioning as a representative performance art festival in Asia. By doing so, SIDance aims to foster exchange between dancers and performances, organizes co-production and tour and performs perfectly as a leading entity of cultural exchange. Moreover, by collaborating with international performance art festivals, such as Mexico Festival International Cervantino, France Festival Montpellier Dance, Singapore Arts Festival, etc., it is also taking the role of spreading out the excellence of Korean performance art throughout the world.
Seoul Arts Center
1) Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Take the shuttle bus or Bus No. 4429 to Seoul Arts Center.
2) Seocho Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 3. Take Bus No. 11 to Seoul Arts Center.
3) Yangjae Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 1. Take Bus No. 17 to Seoul Arts Center.
Sogang University Mary Hall
Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 6. Walk about 5-min to Sogang University.
Homepage: www.sidance.org (Korean, English)
Nonsan Gaggyeong Salted Seafood Festival
Date: Oct. 10 - Oct. 14
Location: Ganggyeong Port, Jeotgal Market, Jeotgal Exhibition Hall, etc.
Nonsan Ganggyeong Salted Seafood Festival is known for its freshest and finest quality, which is made with recipes handed down from from generation to generation, retaining the unique, authentic taste of salted fermented fish. All the ingredients are imported directly and prepared in modern facilities. Today, the market accounts for half of the nation’s total sales of salted seafood.
The festival was selected as one of the ten Outstanding Festivals in Korea, and originally started off in an effort to boost local economy and enhance the fish market merchants’ incomes in 1997 when the IMF financial crisis hit the nation. Salted fish merchants made the festival in a large-scale, getting bigger and better each year.
Especially since 2007, the festival has changed its official title to Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival. The festival has now established itself as a healthy fermented food item in the world food market, breaking away from the notion of being simply salted, preserved food.
From Ganggyeong Intercity Bus Terminal
Walk southwest along Gyebaek-ro for about 280 m. Turn right onto Daeheung-ro.
Walk about 450 m northwest and turn left onto Geumbaek-ro
Walk about 170 more meters to find the Ganggyeong Salted Seafood Pavilion on your right.
From Ganggyeong train station
Go straight out of the station (northwest) along Daeheung-ro (about 600m).
Turn left onto Geumbaek-ro and walk for about 170 m to find the Ganggyeong Salted Seafood Pavilion on your right.
Homepage: ggfestival.co.kr (Korean only)
Herb Island Light Festival - Lighting & Illumination
Date: Until Oct. 31
Location: Pocheon Herb Island
Herb Island Lighting & Illumination Fesitval features a romantic ambience created by splendid lightings. It is comprised of a pink wish tunnel, sparkling buildings, Santa Village, photo zone and other twinkling places for visitors to enjoy.
Take an express bus to Pocheon Intercity Bus Terminal.
Take Bus No. 57 bound for Sinbuk Oncheon (Sinbuk Hot spring) at the local bus stop outside the bus terminal.
Get off at Samjeong-ri and go straight on Samcheongol-gil Street to arrive at Herb Island.
Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1).
Take Bus 57, and get off at Samjeong-ri. Go straight on Samcheongol-gil Street to arrive at Herb Island.
Homepage: www.herbisland.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
Seoul International Music Festival
Date: Until Nov. 11
Location: Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Concert Hall, etc.
Seoul International Music Festival (SIMF), brings world-renown groups and performers to share classical music at its best to visitors and citizens alike. SIMF donates 5% of its profit to low-income citizens and also give them free tickets to concerts, so that they can have a chance to experience classical music live.
Seoul Arts Center
Nambu Terminal Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Homepage: www.simf.kr (Korean only)
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