Check out these fab Korean fests!
published: August 17, 2018
This was last updated Aug. 17
Hangang Summer Festival
Date: Until Aug. 19
Location: Hangang River and Parks
Hangang Summer Festival, also called Hangang Mongttang Festival, is a large-scale riverside culture festival, and the representative summer festival of Seoul. It consists of about 80 programs including camping, water leisure sports, circus, music concert, movie concert, street performances, bike-riding, paper-boat sailing, fire art, traditional performances, night market, and others, organized by the Hangang Project Headquarters, and various civic organizations. Every type of visitor can enjoy the festival in Hangang Park with the multitude of programs.
The festival takes place at multiple locations around Hangang River, therefore taking public transportation (subway or bus) is strongly recommeded during the event period.
Homepage: www.phcf.or.kr (Korean only)
Yeongdong Grape Festival
Date: Aug. 23-26
Location: Yeongdong Gymnasium area, Wine Korea, farming experience village
Located in the center of Korea and the southernmost part of Chungcheongbukdo, Yeongdong-gun County is a suitable place to grow fruits, due to the large difference in temperature day and night and the long amount of sunlight. Featuring the nation’s largest grape orchards, Yeongdong-gun makes up 12.8% of grape productions through the nation and 69.7% through Chungcheongbuk-do.
From Seoul Station, take a train to Yeongdong.
Taxi from Yeongdong Station to the festival venue (Yeongdong Gymnasium).
Homepage: www.ydft.kr (Korean only)
Songdo Beer Festival
(Songdo World Culture Tourism Festival)
Date: Aug. 24 - Sep. 1
Location: Songdo Moonlight Festival Park
Songdo Beer Festival aims to become one of the world’s best beer festivals equal to that of Germany’s Oktoberfest and China’s Qingdao International Beer Festival.
Int’l Business District Station (Incheon Subway Line 1), Exit 5.
Walk for approx. 500 m to the event venue.
Homepage: www.songdobeer.com (Korean only)
Everland Summer Water Fun
Date: Until Aug. 26
Thanks to its annual water festival held during the hottest time of the year since 2005, Everland is one of the most popular summer attractions. The festival is packed with various programs like water shows, light shows, and game activities for visitors to enjoy
Jeondae/Everland Station (YongIn EverLine), Exit 3.
- Take the shuttle bus to Everland (available 05:30-23:30).
1) Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Yangjae Station: Bus 5002
2) Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo Station, Songpa Station, Jamsil Station, Gangbyeon Station: Bus 5700
3) Sadang Station, Nambu Terminal (via Bundang and Gwangju): Bus 1500-2
4) Gangbyeon Station, Gangdong Station (via Gwangju): Bus 1113
Homepage: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Goesan Red Pepper Festival
Date: Aug. 30-Sep. 2
Location: Sports Complex, Mini football field, Culture & Sports Center, Dongjincheon Stream area
Goesan Red Pepper Festival is held during harvest season to promote the excellence of peppers grown in Goesan, a major production area of Korea. The festival has numerous
programs, including pepper-picking and barehanded fishing contests, pepper recipe competition, pepper cooking contest, and garden pepper planting. Brightly colored and full of flavor, Korean peppers are a particularly popular agricultural product. This is a fun festival where visitors can taste or buy Korean peppers, and talk with farmers.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Goesan Terminal. From Goesan Terminal, take a taxi to Sports Complex. (Jonghap Undongjang) (5min)
Homepage: www.goesan.go.kr (Korean only)
Hyoseok Cultural Festibal
Date: Sep. 1-9
Location: Area of Bongpyeong-myeon Culture Village in Pyeongchang-gun
Hyoseok Cultural Festival is held to commemorate modern Korean writer Lee Hyo-seok and his popular novel “When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom,” which demonstrates the connection between human life and the beauty of nature through the dazzling scenery of Bongpyeong. In fact, Bongpyeong is the author’s hometown, and appears frequently in his novels. The cultural festival commemorates Lee Hyo-seok’s novel and offers a chance for visitors to tour Lee Hyo-seok’s birthplace and memorial hall.
Take an intercity bus to Jangpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal.
Bus From Jangpyeong Terminal, take a local bus bound for Bongpyeong or Phoenix Park shuttle bus.
Homepage: blog.naver.com/gamaek (Korean only)
Herb Island Light Festival - Lighting & Illumination
Date: Until Oct. 31
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)
Seoul International Music Festival
Date: Until Nov. 11
Location: Seoul Arts Center, Lotte Concert Hall, etc.
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.
Seoul Arts Center
Nambu Terminal Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 5.
Homepage: www.simf.kr (Korean only)
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