Check out these fab Korean fests!
This was last updated Sept. 16
Yangyang Songi Festival (Pine Mushroom Festival)
Date: Sept. 26 - Sept. 29
Location: Yangyang Namdaecheon Stream Event area, Yangyang Market, Yangyang Songi Valley Natural Forest
Introduction: Yangyang Songi Festival offers handson programs to enjoy Yangyang songi mushrooms that naturally grow on Taebaeksanmaek Mountain Ridge. These local specialties feature a strong mushroom scent and thick texture thanks to the low percentage of moisture compared to other region’s mushrooms, making it possible to preserve them for a long time. At the festival, visitors can participate in a farming experience through the mushroom picking program. The program also allows foreign visitors
to learn about the nutritious effects of Yangyang songi mushrooms.
From Seoul Express Terminal, take an express bus to Yangyang Bus Terminal.
- The venue (Namdaecheon Stream) is within 10 minutes’ walking distance of the bus terminal.
Homepage: festival.yangyang.go.kr (Korean only)
Seogwipo Chilsimni Festival
Date: Sept. 27 - Sept. 29
Location: Seogwipo Jaguri Park area and Chilsimni Food Specialized Street
Introduction: Seogwipo Chilsimni was originally the name of a 27 km-long strip of land from Seongeup Village to Seogwipo Harbor on Jeju Island. However, over the years it has come to mean “homeland” for Jeju residents. The Seogwipo area is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jeju due to its beautiful ocean landscapes. The festival’s program includes folk performances rooted in Jeju’s history, legends, and natural environment. There is also a variety of ocean sports activities, which are very popular with visitors.
From Jeju International Airport, take Airport Limousine Bus 600. Get off at New Kyungnam Tourist Hotel Bus Stop. Walk 500m towards Chilsimni Park.
Homepage: i70ni.com (Korean only)
Hongseong Hero Festival
Date: Sept. 27 - Sept. 29
Location: The area of Hongjuseong Fortress, Hongseong-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Introduction: Hongseong is a provincial capital of Chungcheongnam-do. Its old name was “Hongjumok,” ruling 16 counties between Pyeongtaek and Seocheon. With this history, it is an important traffic center throughout the west coast of Chungcheong-do and it features abundant agricultural, fishery and meat products as well as warm-hearted people. Hongseong is also the hometown of many historical figures including General Choi Yeong, a great commander during the late Goryeo dynasty; Seong Sam-mun, a scholarofficial fighting against injustice; Han Yong-un who was a resistance fighter against Japanese influence with his fidelity and integrity; Kim Jwa-jin who won the Battle of Cheongsanni against Japan; Han Seong-jun who was a Korean folk dancer and a master dancer of Joseon; and Lee Eung-no who is famous overseas as a modern artist. Hongseon
Hero Festival welcomes visitors with various programs.
Take an intercity bus or express bus from Central City Terminal, Seoul Nambu Terminal, or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Hongseong Bus Terminal. Walk towards the Hongseong Bus Stop. Take Bus No. 120 to GwangcheonTongDari Bus Stop. Walk approximately 387 meters to Hongseong County Office.
Homepage: www.herofestival.co.kr (Korean only)
Donggang International Photo Festival
Date: Until Sept. 29
Location: DongGang Museum of Photography and nearby outdoor exhibition spaces, Yeongwol Culture & Arts Center, areas of Yeongwol
Introduction: DongGang International Photo Festival is an annual event that offers DongGang Photography Award Exhibition based on traditions and dignity. It is comprised of Main Exhibition, DongGang Photography Award Exhibition, International Open Call, Photojournalists Exhibition, Gangwon Province Photographers Exhibition, Yeongwol County Photographers Exhibition, Elementary School Photo Diary Exhibition, Street Installation Exhibition and Workshop (Yeongwol Photo Tour Program, Continuing Education Exhibition, Artist Talk, Elementary Students Workshop).
Visitors can enjoy ten exhibitions and workshops during the festival period from early-July to late-September.
From Seoul Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Yeongwol Bus Terminal (approx. 2 hr).
Take a taxi from Yeongwol Bus Terminal to Donggang Museum of Photography (approx. 5 min).
Homepage: www.dgphotofestival.com (Korean only)
Bonghwa Pine Mushroom Festival
Date: Sept. 27 - Sept. 30
Location: Bonghwa Sports Park, Songisan Mountain area
Introduction: Bonghwa’s songi (pine) mushrooms are regarded as a special delicacy as they grow only on the very best types of pine trees called Chunyangmok Pine Trees. They can be stored for long periods of time. At the Bonghwa Pine Mushroom festival, visitors will be able to observe the mushrooms in their natural habitat, and get the chance to harvest them. They will also be able to sample various alcohols and specialty dishes made from the delicious pine mushroom.
- From Dong Seoul Terminal, take an intercity bus to Bonghwa Terminal.
- From Bonghwa Bus Terminal, it is a 5min-walk to the festival grounds.
Homepage: bonghwafestival.com (Korean only)
Chuncheon Puppet Festival
Date: Sept. 28 - Oct. 3
Location: Area of Chuncheon Puppet Theater
Introduction: Chuncheon Puppet Festival first began in 1989 as a local event and has now developed into the largest puppet festival in Korea that attracts performers and visitors from all over the world. Apart from stage performances, diverse art
experience programs are prepared to entertain both children and adults alike.
- Sangbong Station (Seoul Subway Line 7 or Jungang Line or Gyeonchun Line) → Chuncheon Station, Exit 1.
- ITX train: Yongsan Station → Chucheon Station, Cheongnyangni Station → Chuncheon Station, Exit 1.
From Chuncheon Station Exit 1, take a bus 30, 31, 32, 33, 33-1, 36, 37, 38 or 39 (located across the street).
Get off at Cheongsonyeon Suryeongwan Bus Stop.
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Chuncheon Intercity Bus Terminal.
- From Gangnam Express Bus Terminal (Central City Terminal), take a bus to Chuncheon.
From the bus terminal, walk toward at Onui Intersection and take Bus 150 in front of Electronics Land.
Get off at the Chuncheon Puppet Theater Bus Stop.
Homepage: www.cocobau.com (Korean, English)
Daejeon Saturday Festival
Date: Until Oct. 5
Location: In the areas of Daejeon Sky Road and Daejeon Jungang Market
Introduction: Daejeon Saturday Festival guarantees five different fun including things to eat, things to see, things to enjoy, things to buy, and things to play. Held every Saturdays from 18:00-23:00, visitors can enjoy a night out at the market.
Daejeon Station (Daejeon Subway Line 1), Exit 1.
Baekje Cultural Festival
Date: Sept. 28 - Oct. 6
Gongju: Areas of Geumgangsingwan Park
Buyeo: Areas of Gudeurae Plaza
Introduction: Baekje Cultural Festival first started in 1955 to commemorate the three loyal subjects of the Baekje era, namely Seongchung, Heungsu, and Gyebaek through a Samchungje rite. The festival aims to bring the history and culture of the Baekje era to life, taking place at UNESCO-recognized sites.
- To Gudeurae Plaza(Buyeo-gun) From Buyeo Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Gudeurae Plaza (구드래광장, 5-10min).
- To Geumgang Singwan Park (Gongjusi)
Take an intercity bus to Gongju Intercity Bus Terminal.
Geumgang Singwan Park is located 500m from the bus terminal.
Homepage: www.baekje.org (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Gangneung Coffee Festival
Date: Oct. 3 - Oct. 6
Location: Gangneung Green City Experience Center e-zen
Introduction: The Gangneung Coffee Festival held its first event in 2009 as part of a project in making Gangneung a city of coffee. The festival celebrates the emerging coffee culture of Gangneung-si, which in recent years has welcomed in famous coffee chains and artisan coffee shops. The festival celebrates the scenic city’s past and present culture with a variety of
coffee-related events such as exhibitions, photo exhibitions, coffee-making and coffee bean-roasting experience programs. Coffee entrepreneurs can also sign up for on-site seminars about the coffee industry.
- To Gangneunghang Port
1) From the Gangneung Intercity / Express Bus Terminal, take Bus 221. Get off at Anmok (the last stop) and walk to the festival grounds (10-min walk).
2) From Gangneung Station, take Bus 223 to Anmok (the last stop).
Take a taxi from Gangneung Bus
Terminal to Gangneunghang Port (20min).
Homepage: www.coffeefestival.net (Korean only)
Jarasum International Jazz Festival
Date: Oct. 4 - Oct. 6
Location: Area of Jaraseom Island in Gapyeong
Introduction: The Jarasum International Jazz Festival is held every October on the beautiful Jaraseom Island in Gapyeonggun,
Gyeonggi-do. During the festival, world-famous jazz artists come together to delight audiences with the smooth vibes of live jazz.
As a Green Life Honorary Ambassador, the festival is also passionate about environmental protection. In order to share the external growth with the community, the festival holds Gapyeong Band Contest, publishes Gapyeong Restaurant Guidebook, and produces Jazz Makgeolli and Jazz Wine made from the region’s products.
Take an intercity bus to Gapyeong.
- It is a 10 min walk from Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal.
Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line).
- It is a 15 min walk from Gapyeong Station.
Homepage: www.jarasumjazz.com (Korean, English)
Goyang Autumn Flower Festival
Date: Sept. 28 - Oct. 13
Location: Goyang Ilsan Lake Park
Introduction: With autumn flowers peaking in the garden and flower art work in the indoor exhibition hall, visitors can take in the autumn feeling to the fullest with various performances, flower market and traditional experiences.
Jeongbalsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 2. Walk for approx. 5 min to arrive at Ilsan Lake Park.
- Get off at Lake Park Bus Stop.
- Bus No. 33, 88A
- Get off at Lake Park Management Office Bus Stop.
- Intercity Bus No. 3000
- Airport Bus No. 7300, 7400
Homepage: www.flower.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Itaewon Global Village Festival
Date: Oct. 12 - Oct. 13
Location: Itaewon Special Tourist Zone
Introduction: The Itaewon Global Village Festival, held every fall, brings together a fun mix of Korean traditions and foreign cultures and stands out as one of the most internationally diverse celebrations of Seoul. It is indeed a fantastic multicultural event where people learn about and experience different cultures. A range of events take place during the festival beginning with an opening ceremony, K pop performances, and traditional dance from home and abroad as well as the Global Food Festival which runs throughout the weekend.
Itaewon Station or Noksapyeong Station (Seoul Subway Line 6).
Homepage: www.itaewon.or.kr (Korean only)
Walk with a King
Date: Until Oct. 26
Location: Gyeonggijeon Shrine in Jeonju Hanok Village
Introduction: Walk with a King is held every Saturday from May 4 to October 26 with exception of August 3 and August 8. 100 person tour include special view of Gyeongggijeon Shrine with music and tea. A special tour guide will take you around the beautiful city of Jeonju.
Transportation: From Jeonju Bus Terminal, walk to Keumam Plaza Bus Stop and take Bus No. 165, 375, 380, 970, or 1000 and get off at Jeondong Catholic Church.Hanok Village Bus Stop. Walk approx. 10 min. Performance Times: 20:00-21:40
Moonlight Tour at Changdeokgung Palace
Date: Until Oct. 27
Location: Changdeokgung Palace
Introduction: As part of the Creation of Living Palaces project, the Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour offers a unique
opportunity to witness and experience palatial beauty. The tour begins from the main gate, Donhwamun Gate, and continues on for approximately two hours through Injeongjeon Hall, Nakseonjae , and Huwon (“Secret Garden”).
Initially built as a royal villa, Changdeokgung Palace became the central governance compound during the Joseon Dynasty after the former principal palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, was burned to the ground during the Japanese invasion in the 16th century. In addition to its political significance, the palace is known for its aesthetics and architecture, set against breathtaking natural scenery. In 1997, UNESCO designated Changdeokgung Palace as a World Cultural Heritage site.
- Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3.
- Go straight from the exit about 350m to reach Changdeokgung Palace on the left.
- Jongno 3 (sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 7.
- Go left out of the exit and walk approx. 550m along Donhwamunro Street to reach Changdeokgung Palace ahead.
- From Yongmun Station, take Bus No. 7-4.
- Get off at Yongmunsa Bus Stop.
Take Bus 7025, 109, 151, 162, 171, 172,
Mindungsan Eulalia Festival
Date: Sept. 27 - 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: www.jeongseon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival
Date: Oct. 26 - 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.
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: www.changwon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
NOTE: Festival dates and info subject to change.
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