15 Korean festivals to check out in October

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Photo by Chloe Evans on Unsplash

15 Korean festivals to check out in October

haps Korea Magazine

October is one of the busiest times of the year in South Korea for festivals as the leaves turn their autumn hue and the weather cools down considerably after the long summer heat subsides.

By no means all of the festivals around the country, here is a look at 15 of the best you’ll want to check out this month.


Festivals around South Korea in October

Seoul International Fireworks Festival

Date: October 1 – 5

City: Seoul

Location: Yeouido Hangang Park

One of the largest festivals each fall, fireworks are the main draw along the Han River.


Seoul International Dance Festival

Date: October 2 – 20

City: Seoul

Location: Seoul Arts Center CJ Towol Theater, Sogang University Mary Hall Grand Theater, CKL Stage, Korea Cultural House KOUS

The International Dance Festival is a representative arts festival in Korea which brings top talent showcasing local and international artists.


Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

Date: October 3 – 6

City: Suwon, Gyeonggi-do

Location: Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

A fantastic way to look back in time at the UNESCO Heritage site with lots of events and activities for everyone.

Gangneung Coffee Festival

Date: October 3 – 6

City: Ganneung, Gangwon-do

Location: Gangneung Ice Arena

Coffee lovers have united each year since 2009 to enjoy coffee-related events along with the cities culture.


Gangjin Celadon Festival

Date: October 3 – 6

City: Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do

Location: Areas of Gangjin Goryeo Celadon Kiln Site, Daegu-myeon, Gangjin-gun

Chosen as one of the best festivals in the nation, the festival features great historical significance along with introducing Goryeo celadon.


Jarasum International Jazz Festival

Date: October 4 – 6

City: Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

Location: Jarasum Island

Enjoy world-class jazz artists amongst the island’s beauty at this three-day festival.

Jeonju Bibimbap Festival

Date: October 9 – 12

City: Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do

Location: Jeonju Hanok Village & Korean Intangible Cultural Heritage Hall

The home of bibimbap, the Jeonju Bibimbap Festival celebrates the local delicacy each year.


Jeju International Experimental Arts Festival

Date: October 9 – 20

City: Seogwipo, Jeju

Location: Jeju Tamnara Republic, Seogwipo Cultural Battery Station, Hyeopjae Beach, Chuidaseon Resort, Hongik Jeju Hotel

The only experimental arts festival in Korea, domestic and international artists flock to Jeju to provide fantastic performances around the city.


Namdo Food Festival

Date: October 11 – 13

City: Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do

Location: Gangjinman Bay Ecology Park

Food and agriculture products make up this fun festival along with cultural performances and a food market.

Itaewon Global Village Festival

Date: October 12 – 13

City: Seoul

Location: Itaewon Special Tourist Zone

Held every fall, this massive gathering of cultures brings food, parades, events, and fun.


Yeongju Punggi Insam Festival

Date: October 12 – 20

City: Yeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Location: Namwoncheon Stream in Punggi-eup

One of the biggest ginseng regions in the country gets together to celebrate with performances and exhibitions.


Seoul Silver Grass Festival

Date: October 18 – 24

City: Seoul

Location: Haneul Park

Enjoy a beautiful night stroll amongst the lit up lush Eulalia grass along the Han River.

Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival

Date: October 25 – November 3

City: Iksan-si, Jeollabuk-do

Location: Jungang Sports Complex

Tons of activities and products related to chrysanthemums are on display at the yearly festival in Iksan.


Geoje Island Flower Festival

Date: October 26 – November 3

City: Geoje, Gyeongsangnam-do

Location: Geoje-si Agriculture Development Complex

Enjoy fall at its best on the beautiful island with this event full of flowers and activities for the family.


Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival

Date: October 26 – November 10

City: Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do

Location: Masan Fishery Market and areas of Cheong-dong and Odong-dong

One of the biggest chrysanthemum regions in Korea, Masan has celebrated the flower each year since 2000 with this large festival.

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