Check out these fab Korean fests!
published: July 15, 2018
This was last updated July 15
Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
Date: Until July 15
Location: Area of Seodong Park (Gungnamji)
This festival celebrates the beautiful lotus flowers and highlights the importance of preserving wild flowers. Although the festival’s program contains many events related to lotus flowers, making paper lotus flowers and making lotus flower soap are two particularly popular programs with international visitors. Various other popular tourist destinations are located nearby the festival grounds, including several Baekje (18 BC-660 AD) cultural historic sites such as the Baekje Wangneungwon (royal mausoleum), Nakhwaam, and the Baekje Historical Museum.
From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Buyeo.
From Buyeo Intercity Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Gungnamji.
Homepage: www.lotusfestival.kr (Korean only)
Boryeong Mud Festival
Date: July 13 - July 22
Location: Daecheon Beach area (Mud square)
Of the numerous festivals in Korea, Boryeong Mud Festival attracts the largest number of international visitors. During the festival period, tourists flock to the area to experience the benefits of Boryeong’s mud while having a blast. Fully immersed in both the mud and the festival’s great atmosphere, visitors enjoy mud wrestling, mud sliding and even swimming in the giant mud bath. Visitors feeling particularly energetic can try the marine mud-training course, whilse those looking for something more relaxing can chill in the mud massage zone. In the evening, music and fireworks continue to have the party going at the beach.
- From Seoul Central City Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Boryeong. From Boryeong Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Daecheon Beach. (10min intervals)
- From Yongsan Station or Yeongdeungpo Station, take a train to Daecheon Station. From Daecheon Station, take a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach.
Daegu Chimac Festival
Date: July 18 - July 22
Location: Areas of Duryu Park in Daegu
Daegu Chimac Festival celebrates what Koreans love to enjoy, chicken with beer, and will take place at Duryu Park in Dalseo-gu, Daegu. The term “chimac” is a portmanteau of chicken and maekju (meaning “beer”). With over 880,000 visitors in 2015, and one million visitors during the festival of 2016, the number of total visitors continue to increase as this festival steps up to become one of the most significant events in Korea. This year’s festival will include music and cultural performances, making the entire festival overflow with youthful energy.
From Seoul Station, Yeongdeungpo Station or Yongsan Station, take the train to Dong Daegu Station or Daegu Station.
Duryu Station (Daegu Subway Line2), Exit 14. Walk straight for approx. 637 m toward Duryu Park.
From Daegu Station or Dong Daegu Station (Daegu Subway Line 1), transfer to Line 2 at Banwoldang Station.
Homepage: www.chimacfestival.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Date: July 20 - July 22
Location: Place Camp Jeju
Jjan Festival first kicked off in 2017 as Jeju Islands’ first beer festival. Jjan festival offers an opportunity to chill out with a refreshing beer at hand surrounded by Jeju Island’s scenic environment.
From Bus Stop Platform 2 in front of Jeju International Airport Gate 2, take Bus No. 101, 111, 112.
Get off at Seongsan Transit Bus Stop.
Walk for approx. 662 , to Place Camp Jeju.
Homepage: bit.ly/2k8vnJr (Korean only)
Hangang Summer Festival
Date: July 20 - 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)
Pohang International Fireworks Festival
Date: July 25 - July 29
Location: Yeongildae Beach areas
The Pohang International Fireworks Festival is held at Yeongildae Beach in Pohang, which is also known as the “City of Light and Fire.” The festival features a fireworks competition, a parade of lights, street performances, and a range of hands-on activities. It is usually held around the end of July.
Take a train from Seoul Station to Pohang Station.
Take a bus from Gangnam Express Bus Terminal to Pohang Express Bus Terminal.
- Hyeongsangang Riverside Sports Park
Get off at Hyeongsan Rotary Bus Stop Bus No. 101 or 175
- Yeongildae Beach
Get off at Yeongildae Beach Bus Stop
Blue Bus: 101, 105, 130, 131, 200, 700
Green Bus: 176, 600
Homepage: www.phcf.or.kr (Korean only)
Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival
Date: July 27 - Aug. 2
Location: Jangheung Tamjingang
River and Cypress Forest Woodland
Jangheung is a small county in Jeollanam-do that is located near the sea of Boseongman Bay, and by the big lake created by Jangheung Dam and Tamjingang River.
The Jangheung Jeongnamjin Water Festival (also called the Jeongnamjin Aqua Festival) is held each year around the end of July. Unlike conventional festivals with exhibits, performances and shows, the Jeongnamjin Water Festival aims to offer something different by having summer and water-themed events where visitors can enjoy a multitude of fun and exiciting summer games and activities.
From Seoul Central Bus Terminal, take an express bus bound for Jangheung (approx. 5hrs travel time).
From Jangheung Bus terminal, take the Jangheung-Woodland bound bus.
– Get off at the Woodland bus stop (2 stops, approx. 10min).
– A 5min walk from the bus stop to Pyeonbaek Forest Woodland.
Homepage: festival.jangheung.go.kr (Korean only)
Geumgang Yeoul Festival
Date: July 28 - July 29
Location: Areas of Geumgangnori Madang, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Known for beautiful mountains and a rich countryside atmosphere, the areas of Geumsan, Chungcheongnamdo is the venue for the Geumgang Yeoul Festival held every year as summer festival for family vacations. The festival offers various water activity, farming experience, and traditional folk performances, emitting a special joy of the festival. Nearby attractions include an auto-camping site in Sutong-ri and Yonghwa-ri perfect for a summer getaway.
From Seoul Express Bus Terminal to Geumsan Intercity Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus.
Walk right from the exit and take a left at the four-way intersection, walking on the right-hand side near Geumsan Church.
Take a bus bound for Geumsan-Buri (Mulpe, Sinchon) at Sangri Bus Stop (first stop after the church) and get off at Pyeongchon-ri Village Community Service Center Bus Stop. (14 bus stops away)
Hwacheon Tomato Festival
Date: Aug. 2 - Aug. 5
Location: Area of 6, Munhwamaeul 1-gil, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do
The Hwacheon Tomato Festival is held annually over four consecutive days in August in the area of Culture Village in Sanae-myeon, Hwacheon-gun. Starting off with a pre-event on the eve of the opening, it is followed by various exhibitions, hands-on programs, performances including tables with seating for one thousand people, finding a tomato gold ring, let’s play with tomato, tomato summer festival, tomato soccer, children’s swimming pool, and other varied programs related to tomatoes. Tomato sales and other programs will give excitement to every visitor.
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Sachang-ri Bus Terminal.
From the terminal, walk toward Sanae-ro for about 450 m and the venue will be on the left.
(Travel time: 2 hours)
- From Chuncheon Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Sachang-ri, Sanae-myeon.
Homepage: www.tomatofestival.co.kr (Korean only)
Chuncheon Art Festival
Date: Aug. 7 - Aug. 11
Location: Festival Theater Momzit, Dam Small Library
Chuncheon Art Festival was created with the idea of holding a festival in a new style, featuring events that focus on providing opportunities for artists, performers, and theater staff. The festival also has ‘talent donations’ where performers freely give of their skills for the enjoyment of festival-goers. The festival grew from Chuncheon Dance Festival in 2002, where all of the staff and performers participated for free and like today didn’t charge for visitors to view their performances.
The festival moved venues to the Festival Theater Momzit in 2011, which allows a wider range of programs from indoor performances to outdoor movie screenings and workshops. Since a lot of artists’ shows are of a high level, the festival has become known as one of the best summer festivals in Chuncheon.
Get off at Culture & Art Center Bus Stop.
Bus No. 18, 18-1, 31, 32, 36, 37, 38, 81-1, 92
Homepage: www.ccaf.or.kr (Korean only)
Date: Aug. 9 - Aug. 11
Location: Jeonju Sports Complex Parking Lot
Gamaek Festival held its first event in 2015 with an aim to become a “kind festival” by revitalizing the local economy, securing small business markets, promoting community bonding, and contributing to the society. The festival venue changed in 2017 from its previous location to accommodate more people,
From Jeonju Station Bus Stop (in front of Jeonju Station), take Bus No. 79, 72.
Walk for approx. 700 m to Jeonju Sports Stadium.
Homepage: blog.naver.com/gamaek (Korean only)
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
Date: Aug. 10 - Aug. 12
Location: Penta Park
Pentaport Rock Festival is a rock festival ardently supported by not just local rock fans, but by music fans worldwide. The festival takes place normally in early August, in Songdo City. Overseas rock bands will be playing in the lineup with local rock musicians for an energetic rock bands will be playing in the lineup with local rock musicians for an energetic rock music festival that’s out of this world!
Int’l Business District Station (Incheon Subway Line), Exit 1
Bus No. 9 → Get off at Songdo 2 Dong Community Service Center
Bus No. 6-1 → Get off at International School
Bus No. 908 → Get off at Prugio Habor view
Bus No. 92 → Get off at Canal Walk (4D)
Bus No. M6405 → Get off at Central Park Station
Homepage: www.tomatofestival.co.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)
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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