Check out these fab Korean fests!

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Check out these fab Korean fests!

by: Stripes Korea | .
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published: October 17, 2018

This was last updated Oct. 17

Seoul International Dance Festival
Date: Until 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
Introduction: 
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.
Transportation:
Bus
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. 
Subway
Sogang University Mary Hall
Sinchon Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 6. Walk about 5-min to Sogang University.
Homepage: www.sidance.org (Korean, English)
 
Gwangju World Kimchi Festival
Date: Until Oct. 19
Location: Gwangju Kimchitown, kimchitown.gwangju.go.kr
Introduction:
Gwangju International Kimchi Festival is held to promote one of the famous locally produced specialties, Kimchi. The nation’s singular Kimchi themed park, Gwangju Kimchi Town is the venue for diverse kimchi-related programs like cooking experience, art gallery, kimchi market, and other entertaining events. Also, the Presidential Prize will be awarded for the ‘Kimchi Master Competition’ held along with various hands-on programs. Participants can take home kimchi that they made themselves at the festival.
Transportation:
Train
- From Yongsan Station or Seoul Station, take a train to Gwangju Station.
- From Gwangju Station, take bus Yongbong No. 83 or a taxi to Jungoe Park.
Bus
- From Seoul Central City Terminal or Dong Seoul Terminal, take a bus to Gwangju.
- From Gwangju Bus Terminal, take bus Sangmu No. 64 or a taxi to Jungoe Park.
Homepage: kimchi.gwangju.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
 
Icheon Rice Cultural Festival
Date: Oct. 17 - Oct. 21
Location: Seolbong Park area
Introduction: Icheon is famous for producing the best rice in Korea. In fact Icheon rice is so good that it used to be served to the kings of Korea in the past, and is still highly thought of today. The Icheon Rice Culture Festival celebrates its famous rice and also the local agricultural practices. Major events of the festival include a reenactment of the parade that transported rice to Hanseong (the old name for Seoul) for presentation to the king, and the huge rice cauldron that is capable of feeding thousands of people.
Transportation:
[Bus]
Gangnam Express Bus Terminal → Icheon terminal (60 minutes / every 30-50 minutes) Dong Seoul Express Bus Terminal Station → Icheon terminal (60 minutes/ 
every 15-20 minutes) Incheon Intercity Bus Terminal → Icheon terminal l (90 minutes / every 60 minutes) Suwon Intercity Bus Terminal → Icheon terminal (90 minutes / every 15 minutes) Seongnam Intercity Bus Terminal → Icheon terminal (60 minutes / every 30 minutes)
From Icheon Bus Terminal, take the free shuttle bus to the venue (Seolbong Park).
* Shuttle Bus Schedule: 08:30-20:30, 15 min intervals (weekdays) / 10 min intervals (weekends)
Homepage: www.ricefestival.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)
 
Busan Fireworks Festival
Date: Oct. 27
Location: Gwangalli Beach
Introduction: Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every October along Gwangalli Beach. The festival’s diverse programs of cultural events, high-tech laser light shows, and myriad of unique and colorful fireworks make this one of the area’s most popular festivals, drawing crowds of over 1 million visitors each year. Although most people flock to the beach for a closer view of the festivities, nearby Hwangnyeongsan Mountain also offers a great view of the fireworks.
Transportation:
Subway
Geumnyeonsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1 & 3.
Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5.
Homepage: www.bfo.or.kr (Korean, English)
 
Busan One Asia Festival
Date: Oct. 20 - Oct. 28
Location: Around Busan (Busan Asiad Stadium, Busan Cinema Center, Busan Citizen Park, Haeundae etc.)
Introduction: Busan One Asia Festival, Asia’s No. 1 Hallyu Fesitval, will be held in October for 9 consecutive days throughout the Busan area. The festival creates a memorable time for visitors with Asia’s best Hallyu concert, going beyond generations and genre. Also, it showcases Asian culture and Hallyu, uniting as a whole.
Homepage: www.sidance.org (Korean, English)
 
Yeongju Punggi Insam Festival
Date: Oct. 20 - Oct. 28
Location: Area of Namwoncheon Stream in Punggi-eup
Introduction: Yeongju is famous for Punggi Insam (ginseng), grown in the Sobaeksan Mountains and known for its superior quality. Yeongju Punggi Insam Festival includes various ginseng themed programs like ginseng-harvesting, wellbeing ginseng food cooking, exhibition, cultural programs and more. Punggi ginseng contains a high level of Saponin which is effective in regulating blood pressure, liver and intestine protection, anti-cancer effect, anti-diabetic effect, fatigue recovery, improvement of appetite and other aspects of  metabolism.
Transportation:
Bus
Across from the Yeongju Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus 22 or 27. Get off at Punggi Station or Punggi Taxi Bus Stop. The festival venue is a 5-min walk from the bus stop.
Homepage: www.ginsengfestival.com (Korean only)
 
Jeonju Bibimbap Festival
Date: Oct. 25 - Oct. 28
Location: Jeonju Hanok Village & Korean Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall
Introduction: Bibimbap was one of the top three foods during the Joseon period and it is thought to be the most favorite Korean meal among foreigners. In particular, Jeonju Bibimbap is considered one of the best foods in Korea. It is a nutritious and healthy food comprised of rice with bean sprouts, one of 10 famous foods in Jeonju. Jeonju’s  bibimbap is decorated with five colors and witholds five tastes that come from 30 different ingredients including gingko, pine nut, chestnut, walnut and fresh seasonal vegetables. It has a balanced nutrition, packed with carbohydrates, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals alike. It is considered the perfect food embracing the ancestor’s wisdom and scientific theory. Jeonju is the center of Korea’s delicious cuisine and its representative food is Bibimbap. Jeonju Bibimbap Festival is held in the area around Jeonju Hanok Village and Korean Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall.
Transportation:
Express Intercity Bus
Gangnam Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju (about 2 hours 40 minutes)
Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju (about 2 hours 30 minutes) 
Gwangju Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju (about 1 hour 30 minutes)
Train
Yongsan Station (KTX, Saemaul, Mugunghwa) ↔ Jeonju Station
Bus
- From Jeonju Station, take Bus No.12, 60 ,79, 109, 119, 142, 508, 513, 536 or 542
- Get off at Jeondong Cathedral (Hanok Village) Bus Stop.
- From Jeonju Intercity/Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 5-1 or 79.
- Get off at Jeondong Cathedral (Hanok Village) Bus Stop.
Taxi
Approx. 15-20 minutes from Jeonju Station or Jeonju Bus Terminal
Homepage: culture.changwon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Sancheong Medical Herb Festival
Date: Until Oct. 29
Location: Donguibogam Village
Introduction: 
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!
Transportation:
Bus
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)
 
Herb Island Light Festival - Lighting & Illumination
Date: Until Oct. 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.
Transportation:  
Bus
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.
OR
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)
 
Ikan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival
Date: Oct. 26 - Nov. 4
Location: Jungang Sports Complex in Eoyang-dong, Iksan-si
Introduction: The annual Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival is held every year from late October to early November at Iksan Jungang Sports Complex. The festival features an outdoor chrysanthemum exhibit, city agricultural hall, cultural performances, music fountain and many more as well as food.
Transportation:
Bus
From Central City Terminal, take an express bus bound for Iksan Express Bus Terminal (approx. 2 hr 50 min). Exit out from the bus terminal, walk left to take Bus 100 and get off at Jugang 1 Cha Apt. Bus Stop (14 bus stops; 24 min). Walk back toward the big fourway intersection. Turn left at the intersection and go straight for about 15 min. The venue will be on your left.
Train
Take the train from Seoul to Iksan (KTX) or from Yongsan to Iksan (KTX, Saemaeul, or Mugunghwa). From Iksan Station, cross the street and take bus 65 and get off at  Jungang Sports Complex (12 stops, 20 min).
Homepage: www.iksan.go.kr/gukhwa (Korean only)
 
Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival
Date: Oct. 26 - Nov. 8
Location: Masan Fishery Market (In front of Jangeo-geori) / Areas of Cheong-dong and Odong-dong
Introduction: Since its inception in 1960, chrysanthemum farming in Changwon (Masan) has proliferated, accounting for 13% of chrysanthemum farming nationwide. Masan has suitable requirements for soil, warm temperature, and cutting-edge technology for growing chrysanthemums. Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival has been held 
since 2000 to promote the excellence of Masan’s chrysanthemums and enhance the market.
Transportation:
Bus
- Take an express bus to Masan Express Bus Terminal.
- Leave the terminal through the exit by the GS25 convenience store.
- Cross the street, turn left and walk 100m to the city bus stop.
- Take Bus 703, and get off at Jeil Girls’ High School.
- Cross the street, and walk 250m towards the harbor.
Homepage: culture.changwon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Seoul International Music Festival
Date: Until Nov. 11
Location: Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Concert Hall, etc.
Introduction: 
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.
Transportation:  
Seoul Arts Center 
Nambu Terminal Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Homepage: www.simf.kr (Korean only)
 
Seoul Lantern Festival
Date: Nov. 2 - Nov. 18
Location: Cheonggyecheon Plaza to Supyogyo Bridge (1.2 km)
Introduction:
Since its inception in 2009, the annual Seoul Lantern Festival, one of the representative festivals in Seoul, is held throughout the period from the first Friday of November to the third Sunday of November. Every year nearly 3 million visitors can expect to see lanterns along the 1.3km Cheonggyecheon Stream with various things to see stretching all the way from Cheonggye Plaza and Supyogyo Bridge.
Transportation:
• CHEONGGYE PLAZA/GWANGGYO/JANGTONGGYO BRIDGE
Subway
- Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4 or 5.
- Walk straight for 3 mins.
- Euljiro 1-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 or 3.
- Walk straight for 5 mins.
Bus
Blue bus: 101, 150, 163, 402, 405, 504, 506
Green bus: 1711, 7016, 7017, 7021,8000
Circular bus: 92S tour
• SAMILGYO
Subway
Euljiro 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 3), Exit 1, 2, 3, or 4,
- Walk straight for 10 mins.
Bus
- Blue bus: 140, 163, 470, 471, 501, 701
- Direct bus: 1150, 5000, 5005, 5007, 7900, 9001, 9003, 9300
- Express bus: 8100
Red bus: M4101, M4102
• SEUNGYO
Subway
- Jongno 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3), Exit 12, 13 or 14,
- Walk straight for 10 mins.
- Euljiro 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 3), Exit 1, 2, 4 or 5.
- Walk straight for 10 mins.
Bus
Blue bus: 163
Homepage: www.seoullantern.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese,Chinese)
 
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.
Transportation:
Train
Munsan Station (Gyeongui Line)
From the station, take the shuttle bus to the festival venue.
OR
Subway
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)
 
 
NOTE: Festival dates and info subject to change.
 
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