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This was last updated Oct. 29


Busan Fireworks Festivall

Date: Nov. 2
Location: Gwangalli Beach
Introduction: Busan Fireworks Festival takes place every autumn 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, Dongbaekseom Island, and Igidae Coastal Park also offer great views of the 
Geumnyeonsan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 1 & 3.
Gwangan Station (Busan Subway Line 2), Exit 3 or 5.
Homepage: (Korean, English)


Cheongsong Apple Festival

Date: Until Nov. 3
Location: Area of Yeongjeoncheon Stream in Cheongsong-eup
Introduction: Cheongsong Apple Festival is held in October and November every year to promote the excellent quality of apples 
grown in the area. Cheongsong, said to be a clean area, has the perfect conditions for superior tasty and quality of apples, from being surrounded by mountains with an average altitude that is quite high, providing a huge daily temperature range to the fact that there are no industrial factories in the area. The festival offers various unique events to entertain visitors and the market sells qualified apples for a low price.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Cheongsong. Take a taxi to the festival venue. 
Homepage: (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)


Grand Chrysanthemum Festival

Date: Until Nov. 3
Location: Hampyeong Expo Park
Introduction: Grand Chrysanthemum Festival started in the autumn of 2004. Various chrysanthemum art pieces create a 
beautiful autumn ambience while the festival grounds are filled with diverse programs.
From Seoul Central City Terminal, take a bus to Hampyeong Bus Terminal. From Hampyeong Terminal, it is a 10min-walk to the festival venue (Expo Park).
From Yongsan Station, take a train to Hampyeong Station.
- Take Bus 100 or a taxi to the festival venue.
Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival

Date: Until Nov. 3
Location: Jungang Sports Complex
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.
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 four-way intersection. Turn left at the intersection and go straight for about 15 min. The venue will be on your left.
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.
Homepage: (Korean only)


Seoul Kimchi Festival

Date: Nov. 1 - Nov. 3
Location: Areas of Seoul Plaza and Mugyo-ro
Introduction: First held in 2014, Seoul Kimchi Festival connects traditions and modern living through the Kimjang (making kimchi) culture and aims to become a site of harmony and sharing of Korean culture with international visitors. The festival 
shows all about the Kimjang culture and provides a chance for visitors to directly experience it. There are varied programs 
including sharing Kimjang for people in need, Seoul Kimjanggan, Kimchi Market, Kimchi Sangsang playground, and others 
related to kimchi-making.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5)
City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2)
Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Gimhae Buncheong Ceramics Festival

Date: Until Nov. 3
Location: Gimhae Buncheong Ceramic Center
Introduction: Gimhae Buncheong Ceramics Festival celebrates the unique Korean Buncheongsagi (a grayish-bluepowdered 
celadon). The festival will kick off with the opening ceremony where a traditional kiln will be fired up to promote and develop the tradition of Buncheongsagi. Visitors can enjoy varied programs such as Buncheongsagi meets cooking, making my own celadon, 7 methods experience of Buncheongsagi, the making of a huge celadon (3m-horseback riding figure), flying a wish balloon, Japanese celadon dance performance, and many more. Major programs are the 7 Buncheong method experience, spinning wheel experience, making my own celadon, soil stacking contest for families, soap making, hanji (traditional Korean paper) craft and coiling experience.
From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gimhae. From Gimhae Bus Terminal, take Bus 44 and get off at Jinrye Nonghyup. The festival venue is about 400 m away from the bus stop.
From Royal Tomb of King Suro Station (Busan Gimhae Light Rail), Take Bus No. 44 to Jinrye Nonghyup.
Homepage: (Korean only)


Mindungsan Eulalia Festival

Date: Until Nov. 10
Location: Mindungsan Mountain area, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
Introduction: The Mindungsan Eulalia Festival takes place in the Mindungsan Mountain area. Some of the events held include weekend mountain climbing, talent contests, Arirang singing contests, eulalia music concerts, a Mindungsan Gate ball competition and eulalia photo exhibition. Hands-on programs at the festival include a local food program, post card sending, mountain horseback riding and much more.
- Take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Mindungsan Station (Mugunghwa Line).
- Exit Mindungsan Station and follow Mureung1-ro Street for about 1.5 km (or take a cab) to reach Jeungsan Elementary School where the trail going up to the mountain starts.
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus heading to Jeungsan.
- From the bus stop, follow Mureung 1-ro Street for about 1.5 km (or take a cab) to reach Jeungsan Elementary School where the trail going up to the mountain starts.
Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival

Date: Until Nov. 10
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 cuttingedge 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.
Local Bus
Take Bus 703 from Masan Express Bus Terminal and get off at Jeil Girls’ High School.
Cross the street, and walk 250m towards the harbor.
Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Seoul Photo Festival

Date: Until Nov. 10
Location: Buk Seoul Museum of Art
Introduction: Seoul Photo Festival is held with the participation of citizens of Seoul and Seoul Museum of Art. The festival consists of series of workshops and exhibitions held at Buk Seoul Museum of Art, Changdong Photo Art Gallery area, and SeMA storage facility. The workshops are aimed to evaluate and communicate with local photo art galleries as well as to explore 
the current state of the changing environment and society and its effect on photography.
City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2)
Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2)
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5)
Get off at City Hall Station Bus Stop.
- Green Bus: 1711, 7016, 7022
- Blue Bus: 103, 150, 401, 402, 604
- Village Bus: Jongno 09, Jongno 11
Homepage: (Korean only)


Seoul Lantern Festival

Date: Nov. 1 - Nov. 17
Location: Cheonggye 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 1.3 km Cheonggyecheon Stream with various things to see stretching all the way from Cheonggye Plaza and Supyogyo Bridge.
• 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.
Blue bus: 101, 150, 163, 402, 405, 504,
Green bus: 1711, 7016, 7017, 7021,8000
Circular bus: 92S tour
• Samilgyo
Euljiro 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 3), Exit 1, 2, 3, or 4,
- Walk straight for 10 mins.
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
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.
Blue bus: 163
Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Korea Sale FESTA

Date: Nov. 1 - Nov. 22
Location: Throughout the country
Introduction: Korea Sale Festa is the first global shopping tourism festival in Korea. Events, special offers, and Hallyu festivals will be available for everyone to enjoy, including international visitors.
Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)


Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival

Date: Nov. 22 - Nov. 24
Location: Areas of Imjingak Plaza & Pyeong-hoa Nuri Park
Introduction: Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival is held in Paju Imjingak Resort 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: (Korean only)


E-World Starlight Festival

Date: Nov. 16 - Mar. 1
Location: Areas of E-World and 83 Tower
Introduction: 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 200-meter long 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. Turn left and walk straight for approx. 330 m. Cross the street to E-World.
Homepage: (Korean only)


NOTE: Festival dates and info subject to change.

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