Get off base and enjoy Korean festivals!
published: May 15, 2018
This was last updated May 15
Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
Date: Until May 19
Location: Area of Hoedong-ri, Gogunmyeon, Jindo-gun
Once a year at Jindo Island in Jeollanam-do, the sea mysteriously parts and visitors can walk through the sea from the main island to a smaller nearby island. This phenomenon is due to the buildup of pebbles and sand created over time with the tide, creating a 2.8-kilometer-long road measuring 40-60 meters in width that appears at extreme low-tide.
The Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival takes place at the same time as this phenomenon. Visitors can enjoy walking along the sea road, gathering abalone and various other fun activities that make up the festival program. The spectacular sight of the sea parting is widely known and about half a million visitors flock from all over the world just to witness this amazing event.
Take a bus from Seoul Central City Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jindo.
From Jindo Bus Terminal, take the Gagye-Hoedong or Songgun-Hoedong bus. Get off at Hoedong. Go 40m along the sea to reach the festival venue.
Homepage: tour.jindo.go.kr (Korean, English)
Miryang Ariang Festival
Date: Until May 20
Location: Areas of Yeongnamru Pavilion and Miryang riverside
Arirang is a national folk song that was registered in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. Arirang was created by a warrior monk during the Imjin War to express the principles and faithfulness of the Korean people under Sung Confucianism. There are many varieties of the song throughout each region, with changes happening continually over time. Miryang Arirang Festival celebrates this important intangible heritage through many programs and performances. Visitors can experience both the similarities and differences of the three major styles of Arirang (Miryang Arirang, Jeongseon Arirang, Jindo Arirang).
From Seoul Station take a train to Miryang Station. Take Bus No. 1 from Miryang Station Bus Stop. Get off at Yeongnamru Pavilion Bus Stop.
From Gangnam Express Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Miryang Intercity Bus Terminal. Cross the street to and take Bus No. 1 from Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop (by Dangok Pharmacy). Get off at Yeongnamru Pavilion Bus Stop.
Homepage: www.arirang.or.kr (Korean only)
Namwon Chunhyang Festival
Date: May 18 – May 22
Location: Gwanghalluwon Garden & Yocheon Stream areas
Namwon Chunhyang Festival celebrates the love between Chunhyang and Lee Mongryong, based on the famous Korean love story, Chunhyangjeon. This festival about the strength of love takes places every spring in Namwon, the setting of this classic story. The festival aims to spread the story not only around Korea but to international visitors as well, through hands-on experiences and moving performances.
Take a bus from Central City Terminal to Namwon Bus Terminal.
Take a train from Yongsan Station to Namwon Station. www.korail.com
- From Namwon Express Bus
Terminal or Namwon Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 211, 220, 230, or 281 to Chueo Samgeori Bus Stop.
- From Namwon Station, take Bus No. 133, 142, or 161 to Jaeil Bank Bus Stop.
Homepage: www.chunhyang.org (Korean only)
Yeoju Ceramic Festival
Date: Until May 22
Location: Silleuksa Temple area
Yeoju Ceramic Festival is held every year to promote and develop the Yeoju ceramic industry and raise the level of awareness for Yeoju ceramics.
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Yeoju Terminal
- From Yeoju Bus Terminal, take a local bus (bound for Silleuksa Temple) or a taxi to the festival venue.
Ulsan Grand Park Rose Festival
Date: May 18 – May 27
Location: Areas of Ulsan Grand Park
Rose Garden & South Gate Plaza
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-52-716-5007, +82-52-228-6159
Ulsan Grand Park Rose Festival has been held since 2005 and has on exhibit about 3 million roses in a vast rose garden (44,737㎡). In particular, premium rose species are widely planted. The festival offers diverse views of beautiful roses from themed gardens such as Cupid Garden, Venus Garden, and Rose Hills. Upon entering the rose garden,
visitors can see many birds and animals.
Take a bus from Gangnam Express Bus Terminal to Ulsan Express Bus Terminal.
Get off at Ulsan Grand Park South Gate Bus Stop. Bus No. 106 or 453.
Homepage: www.ulsanrosefestival.com (Korean only)
Gokseong International Rose Festival
Date: May 18 – May 27
Location: Rose Park of Seomjingang Train Village
Gokseong-gun, famous for the its train village, annually holds the Gokseong Rose Festival at the Rose Park located within the train village. Rose varieties from worldwide will
entertain visitors while offering perfect photo opportunities. Visitors can also appreciate the virbrant beauty of roses while taking a ride on a railbike or by participating in various hands-on activities.
Take a train from Yongsan Station to Gokseong Station The festival grounds are located across the river in Seomjingang Train Village.
Homepage: www.gokseong.go.kr/tour (Korean only)
Chuncheon International Mime Festival
Date: May 20 – May 27
Location: Jungang-ro, Festival Theater Momzit, Animation Museum, Seumusup Park, and Waterfront Park in Chuncheon
As one of 3 biggest mime festivals in the world, Chuncheon International Mime Festival will be held throughout downtown Chuncheon in Jungang-ro, Festival Theater Momzit, Animation Museum, Seumusup Park, and Waterfront Park in Chuncheon. The festival focuses on the genre of mine based on ‘body, movement, and image’ to
express various genres.
Namchuncheon Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1. Take Bus No. 9 to Yaksa Apartment. Go about 100m towards Nambu 4-way Intersection, and turn left.
Go about 200m forward to arrive at Festival Theater Momzit.
Take an intercity bus to Chuncheon. From Chuncheon Intercity Bus Terminal, go about 500m towards E-Mart. Outside Namchuncheon Subway Station, take Bus 9 to Yaksa Apartment. Go about 100m towards Nambu 4-way Intersection, and turn left. Go about 200m forward to arrive at Festival Theater Momzit.
Homepage: www.mimefestival.com (Korean, English)
Busan Port Festival
Date: May 25 – May 27
Location: Areas of Busan Port International Passenger Terminal & National Maritime Museum
Busan Port Festival has been held annually since 2008 to introduce one of the top five ports in the word, Busan Port, and offers a variety of programs, combined with Busan port-related industry, culture and education. Also, related corporations, organizations and universities take part in the festival to introduce the world-class port festival all
over the world. One of the outstanding programs featured at the festival is the Busan Port Tour, in which visitors get on a ship to see North Port. Another popular program
is the Embarkment Experience that displays a naval vessel and marine police vessel, both of which are rare to see.
Busan Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 10.
Take Bus 66 and get off at National Maritime Museum Bus Stop.
Homepage: www.bfo.or.kr (Korean, English)
Suwon Theatre Festival
Date: May 25 – May 27
Location: Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus
The annual Suwon Theatre Festival offers various entertaining performances set before the background of UNESCO World Heritage Site Hwaseong Fortress. The festival is a major performing arts event of Korea and has earned much recognition over the many years since it was first established in 1996.
Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, Bundang Line), Exit 4.
Get off at Hwaseong Haenggung Bus Stop. Bus No. 7-2, 60, 660, 700-2, or 1007
Homepage: stf.swcf.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanse, Chinese)
Gwanghwamun International Art Festival
Date: Until May 27
Location: Sejong Art Center, Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul Metro Art Center
Gwanghwamun Square is one of Korea’s distinct locations for wide variety of activities and histories that took place. The Gwanghwamun International Art Festival is designed
to increase public knowledge and appreciation for the arts and culture. In addition to the art exhibitions, visitors will also be able to enjoy various performances and try different kinds of arts and crafts such as ceramics, silver handicrafts, leather handicrafts, and more. The festival is also making a continuous effort to deliver more exciting programs and activities for the visitors’ enjoyment.
1. Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1 or 8. Walk 200 meters to Sejong Cultural Center. Exit 7, walk 300 meters towards Sejong Cultural Center.
2. Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1. Walk 350 meters towards Gwanghwamun.
3. Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Stay on the right side of Sejong-daero four-way street. = Bus Get off at Sejong Center Bus Stop from any of the following buses.
-Blue bus: 103, 109, 150, 401, 402, 408, 606, 607, 700, 704, 706, 707
-Green bus: 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, 7212
-Red bus: 1005-1, 1500, 5500-1, 550-2, 9000, 9401, 9703, 9710
Homepage: www.giaf.or.kr (Korean only)
Spring Festival of the Garden of Morning Calm
Date: Until May 27
Location: The Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm is one of Korea’s major botanical gardens, attracting about 700,000 tourists from home and abroad annually. The garden aims to promote the beauty of Korean flowers and plants to the world. They also play a huge role in developing Korea’s garden culture. Every year during The Garden of Morning Calm’s Spring Festival, the garden is covered with a rich tapestry of color from the thousands of flowers and trees in full bloom. From the promenade surrounded by a refreshing pine grove, to the 330,000㎡ flower garden, the entire arboretum overflows with nature’s beauty and grace. In addition, the garden holds a range of exhibitions, cultural events and educational programs during the festival.
From Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal take a bus bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal.
Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeonchun Line), Exit 1. Go left until you reach the 3-way intersection and turn right. Continue straight toward the Cheongpyeong Catholic Church. Pass by Cheongpyeong Elementary School, turn left, and you will see the Cheonpyeong Bus Terminal.
Take bus 1330 at Cheongnyangni Transfer Center (in front of Lotte Department Store) and get off at the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal. From Cheonpyeong Terminal, take a
bus bound for The Garden of Morning Calm.
Homepage: www.morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Seoulland Character Flower Festival
Date: Until Jun 6
Seoulland Character Flower Festival is a fun spring-time festival featuring popular children’s characters. The festival transforms the amusement park into a colorful garden with flowers of all types. Children will love to meet the characters and ride on the amusement park rides, while parents will enjoy the chance to get out and learn about
nature through the exhibitions and events. The highlight of the festival is the jungle-themed night parade!
Children’s Grand Park/Seoulland Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2.
Homepage: www.seoulland.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Korean Folk Village Variety Festival "Welcome to Joseon"
Date: Until Jun 24
Location: Korean Folk Village
The best cultural theme park in the nation, Korean Folk Village hosts the “Welcome to Joseon” Variety Festival each spring. Programs include parades and performances as well as hands-on activities and cast members wandering freely throughout the park to interact with visitors. Travel in time back to the Joseon Dynasty with the characters in a
interesting and real comedy act.
- From Sinnonhyeon Station (Seoul Subway Line 9), take Bus No. 5001-1. From Gangnam Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), take Bus No. 1560.
- From Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5. Take Bus No. 37 or 10-5.
- From Sanggal Station (Bundang Line), Exit 2. Take Bus No. 37 or 10-5.
- From Jukjeon Station (Bundang Line), take Bus No. 30 in front of Shinsegae Department Store.
Shuttle bus is available at Suwon Station and Sanggal Station. For more information, please refer to official website.
* Inquiries: +82-31-288-0000
Homepage: www.koreanfolk.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Herb Island Light Festival - Lighting & Illumination
Date: Until Oct. 31, 2018
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)
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