Check out these fab Korean fests!
published: November 19, 2018
This was last updated Nov. 19
Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival
Date: Nov. 23 - Nov. 25
Location: Areas of Imjingak Plaza & Pyeonghwa Nuri
Introduction: Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival is held in Paju Imjingak every autumn to promote the excellence of Paju Jangdan soybean and boost the consumption of
agricultural specialty products and the regional economy. Therefore, the festival is held around the bean harvest season in November.
Munsan Station (Gyeongui Line)
From the station, take the shuttle bus to the festival venue.
From Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5) , Exit 6.
Upon exiting the station, make a u-turn, and turn left at the corner.
Go straight about 120m to the bus stop. Take Bus 9710 and get off at Munsan Station (Estimated travel time: 2hrs).
Homepage: tour.paju.go.kr (Korean only)
Seoul Dance Festival
Date: Until Dec.4
Location: Arko Arts Theater, Ewha Womans University Samsung Hall, etc.
Introduction: Seoul Dance Festival started in 1979 and is a representative dance festival in Korea, introducing Korean dance, modern dance, ballet and other genres of creative dance performance. The festival lasts for over one month, with performances by dance troupes from all over Korea and special invited performaning arts groups from abroad,
as well as university students majoring in dance and performing arts.
Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2. Take a left at the first alley for 50 m and walk ahead then the venue will be located on your left.
102, 104, 106, 107, 108, 109, 140, 143, 149, 150, 160, 162, 273, 301 - Get off at Hyehwa, Marronnier Park.
koreadanceassociation.org (Korean only)
Yeongdong Dried Persimmon Festival
Date: Dec. 14 – Dec. 16
Location: Areas of Hasang Parking Lot, Yeongdong, Chungcheongbuk-do
Introduction: Yeongdong is the largest fruitproducing center in Korea, it is even known as the Holy Land of Fruit, and during the Yeongdong Dried Persimmons Festival, fruit producers and customers alike gather to celebrate one of the region’s most famous fruits.
- From Seoul Station, take a train to Yeongdong.
* Train Schedule: 06:05-22:50, runs 26 times a day.
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Yeongdong (Okcheon).
* Bus Schedule: 14:00, 18:00
- From Yeongdong Station/Yeongdong Bus Terminal, take a train to Yeongdong. Take a taxi from Yeongdong Station to the festival venue (Yeongdong Gymnasium).
Homepage: www.ydft.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
E-World Starlight Festival
Date: Nov. 17 – Dec.31
Location: Areas of E-World and 83 Tower
E-World Starlight Festival is held with ten million lights in a large area around E-World and 83 Tower. Hot-air balloons, roses, and mask light decorations and other events are available at this carnival-like festival. The events start at night and large characteristic trees are decorated along the 200m Light Road, as well as a Umbrella Road, Carnival Road, and photo zone by 1,000 lights. Also, 10,000 LED roses cover the proposal stairs, creating a romantic and special ambience. This festival is beloved by young couples as part of a night dating course.
Duryu Station (Daegu Subway Line 2), Exit 15.
- Walk along Duryupark road about 307m.
- Take a left turn onto Yaoeeumakdangro rood
Homepage: www.eworld.kr (Korean only)
Herbs Island Light Festival
Date: Until Dec.31
Location: Pocheon Herb Island
Introduction: 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)
Busan Sunrise Festival
Date: Dec. 31 – Jan. 1 ,2019
Location: Bell-ringing event: Yongdusan Park / Sunrise event: Haeundae Beach
Introduction: Busan Sunrise Festival is an event for Busan residents and tourists to wrap up the end of the year and greet a new year. It is a representative winter themed festival of Busan, held December 31 to January 1 at Yongdusan Park and Haeundae Beach areas.
- Haeundae Beach
Haeundae Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5.
From Busan Station, take Bus No. 1001 or 1003 to Haeundae Bus Stop.
- Yongdusan Park
Nampo Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 1. Walk 10min following the signs for Yongdusan Park.
Homepage: www.bfo.or.kr (Korean only)
Haneul Park Sunrise Festival
Date: Jan. 1. 2019
Location: At the peak of Haneul Park (located within World Cup Park)
Introduction: The annual Haneul Park Sunrise Festival takes place at Haneul Park on January 1. Many people gather to the festival to bid farewell to the passing year and wish a happy New Year.
Transportation: Digital Media City Station (Seoul Subway Line 6, Airport Railroad, Gyeongui Jungang Line), Exit 4. Walk straight to Digital Media City Station Bus Stop and take Bus No. 7715. Get off at World Cup Park Entrance. Oil Tank Culture Park Bus Stop.
Homepage: parks.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)
Boseong Green Tea Plantation Light Festival (Jeollanam-do)
Date: Jan. 1. 2019
Location: Dec. 14-Jan. 13, 6-10 p.m.
Introduction: Boseong Green Tea Plantation, one of Korea’s most well-known tourist destinations, decorated with lights in a theme inspired by the animated “Frozen.” Tea field covered with white bulbs like snow; Botjae Dawon, Dahyanggak Pavillion Observatory; 3,000 won adult, free age 7 and younger.
Take an express bus to Gwangju from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal, then transfer to direct a bus to Boseong; +82-2-1330
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Date: Jan. 1 – Jan. 27, 2019
Location: Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheongun, Gangwon-do
Introduction: Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival takes place at Hwacheon county in Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, perfect for a winter getaway. Since 2003, the festival has been visited by a million people, making this festival more joyful. Varied festival programs include ice-fishing, ice sledding, bobsled, and other things to see and
- Safety devices prepared
- Medical Center in operation
- 119 Safety Center is located nearby.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Hwacheon. Hwacheon Stream and the festival grounds are about 10-min walk from the bus terminal.
Homepage: www.narafestival.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Animal & Heart Village Light Festival at Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land
Date: Until Jan. 31, 2019
Location: Starlight Village Photo Land
Introduction: Starlight Village Photo Land provides a beautiful and romantic light festival all year round in the theme of Annimal & Heart Villages. The Animal Village
is decorated with displays of over 200 animals from owls, cranes and swans to elephants, giraffes, lions, pandas and more. Set off on a wild safari adventure with your family or loved ones to create special memories. In Heart Village, lovebirds will enjoy the romantic atmosphere decorated with hundreds of hearts. Photo themes include a lovely
wedding and a propose zone.
Jungang Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1. Take Bus No. 5601 and get off at Ansan Cheongmundang Entrance Bus Stop. The village is across the street approx. 200m back.
Homepage: www.star1723.co.kr (Korean only)
Byeokchoji Botanical Garden Illumination Festival (Gyeonggi-do)
Date: Nov. 24-March 3, sunset-10 p.m.
Introduction: featuring Paju’s sole lighting festival close to nature with a theme of “Mirror country,” in which you can enjoy 1,420 species of plants and lights stretched out on the 32-acre garden, and also enjoy a filming spot that has been used in more than 100 dramas, movies, advertisements and music videos.
Samsong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8, cross the large intersection 80m ahead, take a Bus 703 at the bus stop, and get off at Gwangtan Samgeori Bus Stop, transfer to Bus 15 or 67 and get off at Domasan Elementary School Bus Stop; +82-2-1330.
Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm (Gyeonggi-do)
Date: Dec. 5-March 24, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays
Location: Garden of Morning Calm
Introduction: Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm is the biggest festival of lights in South Korea, covering 330,000 square meters illuminated by 30,000 lights.
Take a bus bound for Cheonggyeong Bus Terminal from Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal; 9,500 won adult, 7,000 won teenagers, 6,000 won children, free age 2 and youngers; +82-2-1330.
NOTE: Festival dates and info subject to change.
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