Check out these fab Korean fests!
This was last updated Feb. 10
Pyeongchang Trout Festival
Date: Until Feb. 16
Location: Areas of Odaecheon Stream
Introduction: The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchang-gun district. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs, and more. There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and visitors can try out sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, and sleigh trains. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant.
Trout farming first started in Pyeongchang due to its cold, clear waters. Trout offers plenty of nutrition and offers great taste and texture when prepared raw.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Jinbu Bus Terminal.
From Jinbu Bus Terminal walk for approx. 7 min to Odaecheon Stream.
Homepage: festival700.or.kr (Korean only)
Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival
Date: Until Feb. 16
Location: Area of Alps Village Festival Ground
Introduction: Chilgapsan Ice Fountain Festival features a large-scale ice fountain creating an Alps Castle where fairy tale characters are living together. The ice fountain and sculptures create a splendid ambience during the nighttime opening. This festival serves to create valuable memories for children and a romantic winter dating spot for couples alike. Located 5 minutes away, a suspension bridge over Cheonchangho Lake is famous as a filming location of the popular variety program “Two Days and One Night.”
From Central City Terminal, take an express bus bound for Jeongsan Bus Terminal.
From Jeongsan Bus Terminal, transfer to a local bus bound for Cheongyang-Jeongsan and get off at Cheonjang-ri Bus Stop.
Walk along the road in the same direction of the bus toward Cheonjangho Lake for 830m.
Homepage: www.alpsvill.com (Korean only)
Yangpyeong Icefish Festival
Date: Until Feb. 16
Location: Soomy Village
Introduction: Yangpyeong Icefish Festival takes place in Baekdong fishing site and Soomy Village from late-December to early-February. Residents are preparing for the festival to welcome all visitors including families, couples, groups and others. During the festival, visitors can eat warm fish cakes and roasted chestnuts. Aside from ice fishing, other traditional winter games and activities such as kite-flying, top spinning, sledding and jjinbbang-making (steamed bun with red bean filling) will be available.
During lunch, tteokguk (sliced rice cake soup), bingeohoe muchim (seasoned raw smelt salad) and bingeo twigim (deep-fried smelt) are available at the Women’s Society of Soomy Land. One special trait of this festival is the offer of an all-inclusive experience package. After making a reservation, families can enjoy a full day of fun experiences from the moment they arrive until the time they head home with no additional fees to worry about.
Yangpyeong Icefish Festival can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages: Children will look up to their fathers’ as strong men, pulling their sleds around the snow-covered ice; couples will look back on the festival as a warm winter memory, walking hand in hand; friends and coworkers will remember the delicious food and joyful time they spent together.
To attend the festival, visitors can make a reservation on the festival’s official website.
From Cheongnyangni Station, take a train to Yongmun Station. From Yongmun Station, take a taxi for approx. 8 min.
Nonsan Strawberry Festival
Date: Feb. 19 - 23
Location: Nonsancheon Stream and Strawberry Field
Introduction: Nonsan Strawberry Festival is held in Nonsan, the largest strawberry production region in Korea. Its rich soil and clean water and air give the region a perfect environment for growing excellent quality strawberries. It has been making its mark as a strawberry producer for 90 years, including 50 of which had full-scale production and shipment. The festival here helps elevate the regional economy and also functions to establish better communication among cities. Also, the festival is thought of as one of the most well-known festivals in Chungcheongnam-do, attracting a lot of domestic and overseas visitors. The festival takes place in the vicinity of Nonsancheon Stream and strawberry fields, and features various experiential programs like strawberry picking, strawberry cake baking, strawberry jam making, and other strawberry products events.
From Seoul Central City Terminal (Honam Line), take a bus to Nonsan.
From Nonsan Bus Terminal, cross the road.
Take Bus 515, 516, 601, 602, 701 or 712 to Daegyodong Bus Stop. From the bus stop, go straight for 100m to arrive at the Nonsan Stream and Strawberry Field.
Homepage: www.nonsan.go.kr (Korean only)
Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival
Date: Until Feb. 23
Location: Cheongpyeong Recreation Area for Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival
Introduction: Cheongpyeong Snowflake Festival located in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do includes fun activities such as catching
trout with bare hands, ice fishing, riding on tradition sleds and many other hands-on activities. Visitors who had paid admission to the fishing reservoir are also invited to watch the free circus performance offered.
Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), Exit 1. The festival venue is about 5-min walking distance away from the station.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Cheongpyeong. The festival venue is about 7-min walking distance from Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal.
Homepage: www.cpfestival.net (Korean only)
Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival
Date: Until Feb. 29
Location: Areas of Gapyeongcheon Stream in Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
Introduction: Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival offers various hands-on programs to tourists and participating residents of Gapyeongeup. Various events will be available during the festival.
Take a train to Gapyeong Station. Walk for approx. 15 min to the venue.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gapyeong Bus Terminal.
Walk for approx. 10 min to the venue.
- From Sangbong Station (Seoul Subway Line 7 or Jungang Line), transfer to Gyeongchun Line and get off at Gapyeong Station.
- Walk for approx. 15 min to the venue.
Homepage: www.가평씽씽송어축제.com (Korean only)
Iksan E-World Starlight Festival
Date: Until 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: www.eworld.kr (Korean only)
Jeju Fire Festival
Date: Mar. 12 – Mar. 15
Location: aebyeol Oreum
Introduction: Jeju Fire Festival is held to pray for good harvest and good health in the new year. Various folk games and hands-on programs are available, and the beautiful natural environment of Jeju Island makes the festival even more enjoyable.
From Jeju International Airport, take Bus 100 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal.
From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Pyeonghwaro Road.
Get off at Hwajeon Village.
* Shuttle buses available during the festival period.
* Transportation inquiries:
Tourism Policy Division (+82-2-64-728-2751), Air Traffic Division (+82-2-64-728-3191), Information Officers (+82-2-64-728-2021)
Homepage: http://www.jejusi.go.kr/buriburi/main.do (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm
Date: Dec. 6 - Mar. 22
Location: Main gardens
Introduction: Held at the Garden of Morning Calm, the Lighting Festival is the biggest festival of lights in Korea, covering 100 thousand pyeong illuminated by 30,000 lights. The gleaming lights add a festive glow to the garden during the winter season. The main gardens are Hakyung Garden, Hometown House Garden, Bonsai Garden, Moonlight Garden, Sky Path and Garden of Eden, with colorful lights adorning the trees. In the event of inclement weather, lights may be turned off for safety.
From Sangbong Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal take a bus bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal.
Take bus No. 1330 at Cheongnyangni Transfer Center (in front of Lotte Department Store). Get off at the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal. From Cheonpyeong Terminal, take a bus bound for The Garden of Morning Calm.
Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeonchun Line), Exit 1. Go left until you reach the 3-way intersection and turn right. Continue straight toward the Cheongpyeong Catholic Church. Pass by Cheongpyeong Elementary School, turn left, and you will see the Cheonpyeong Bus Terminal.
From the terminal, take a bus bound for The Garden of Morning Calm. Alternatively, take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus.
Homepage: www.morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival
Date: Apr. 2 – Apr. 5
Location: Areas around the Historical Site of Dr. Wangin
Introduction: Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival is held in early April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom to commemorate the achievement of Korea’s Dr. Wangin, who traveled to Japan over 1,600 years ago to spread Korean knowledge, culture, and arts. The festival takes place at Historical Site of Dr. Wangin and Sangdaepo Historic Park. Tourists and local residents can enjoy various events during the festival period.
From Seoul Central City Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Mokpo.
From Mokpo Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Yeongam and get off at the Historical Site of Dr. Wangin Bus Stop.
From Yongsan Station, take a train bound for Mokpo Station.
Homepage: wangin.kr (Korean only)
Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
Date: Apr. 8 – Apr. 11
Location: Hoedong-ri, Gogun-myeon, Jindo-gun
Introduction: Once a year at Jindo Island in Jeollanamdo, the sea mysteriously parts and visitors can walk through the sea from the main island to a smaller nearby island. This phenomenon is due to the buildup of pebbles and sand created over time with the tide, creating a 2.8-kilometer-long road measuring 40-60 meters in width that appears at extreme low-tide. The Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival takes place at the same time as this phenomenon. Visitors can enjoy walking along the sea road, gathering abalone and various other fun activities that make up the festival program. The spectacular sight of the sea parting is
widely known and about half a million visitors flock from all over the world just to witness this amazing event.
From Seoul Central City Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Jindo Bus Terminal.
- From Jindo Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Gagye-Hoedong or Songgun-Hoedong and get off at Hoedong Bus Stop.
- Walk for approx. 40m along the sea to reach the festival venue.
Homepage: tour.jindo.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Herb Island Light Festival
Date: Until Apr. 30
Location: Pocheon Herb Island
Introduction: Herb Island Lighting Fesitval features a romantic ambience created by splendid lighting displays. 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.
OR Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1). Take Bus 57, and get off at Samjeongri. Go straight on Samcheongol-gil Street to arrive at Herb Island.
Homepage: www.herbisland.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
Yeongju Korea Seonbi Culture Festival
Date: May. 1 - May. 4
Location: Seonbichon Village & Areas of Seocheon Stream
Introduction: The Yeongju Seonbi Culture Festival takes place from early to mid May every year at the Seonbichon Village and Korean Seonbi Culture Training Center in Sunheung-myeon, Yeongjusi. Yeongju Seonbi Culture Festival promotes Korea’s moral culture through idealogy of Seonbi. You will be able to restore your personal character with the knowledge of Seonbi’s basic values.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Yeongju.
From Gangnam Express Bus Terminal, take an express bus bound for Yeonju.
From Yeongju Bus Terminal, take Bus 53 bound for Sosuseowon Confucian Academy.
Homepage: seonbi.yctf.or.kr (Korean only)
Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
Date: May 1 – May 5
Location: Multiple locations in Yangnyeong-si, Daegu
Introduction: A tradition dating back 350 years, the Daegu Yangnyeongsi (herb medicine market) was an international market
where herbal medicines from China, Russia, Europe, and other regions were sold. The Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival displays medicinal herbs found in Korea’s mountains and offers visitors an opportunity to experience a wide range of relaxing and curative traditional medicinal procedures. The festival will be a fascinating event for international visitors who are interested in Korea’s medicinal herbs and the medical sciences and traditions of Asia.
Banwoldang Station (Daegu Subway Line 1 or 2), Exit 16 or 18. Jungangno Station (Daegu Subway Line 1), Exit 1.
- In front of (previous) Jeil Bank: Bus 349, 401, 650 , 518, 704, 106, 202, 1410, 503, 730, 706, 303, Express 2
- In front of Daegu: Bus 349, 401, 650, 518, 704, 106, 202, 410, 1909, 503, 730, 706, 303-1, Donggu (East Side) 1-1, Express 2
- In front of Hyundai Department Store & Dong-A shopping Mall: Bus 305, 405, 840, 414, 909, 609, Bukgu (North Side) 2
- In front of Hyundai Department Store & Dong-A shopping Mall: Bus 305, 405, 840, 414, 1609
Homepage: herbfestival.org (Korean only)
Ulsan Onggi Festival
Date: May 1 – May 5
Location: Area of Oegosan Onggi Village
Introduction: Ulsan Onggi Festival takes place within Oegosan Onggi Village, the largest onggi village in the nation, home to seven master artisans. The festival serves to promote this local product along with providing visitors with the chance to learn
more about it through various programs and hands-on experiences.
Across from Ulsan Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 507 or 715 and get off at Gosan Village Bus Stop.
Homepage: www.ulsanonggi.or.kr (Korean only)
International Horticulture Goyang Korea
Date: Apr. 24 – May. 10
Location: Ilsan Lake Park and Wondang Flower Complex
Introduction: First held in 1997, International Horticulture Goyang Korea, an international flower exhibition, has attracted over 6.2 million visitors so far. The event is considered to be Korea’s representative international flower exhibition. The festival takes place
at Ilsan Lake Park in Goyang from April to May with nearly 300 related organizations, groups, and companies from 36 countries showcasing flowers and various products made with flowers. Also, unique and rare plants exhibition, indoor garden decorated with flower art pieces, outdoor theme parks, making of flower plant experience, flower arrangement contests and other
cultural events and performances are planned to add more joy to the flower festival. At night, lighting garden, LED performance, K-POP performance and other exciting events will also entertain visitors, creating the ambience of a joyful flower culture festival.
- Jeongbalsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1 or 2
- Pass through Ilsan Cultural Park towards Ilsan Lake Park (500 m).
Get off at Lake Park Bus Stop.
- Bus: 33, 88A
- Intercity Bus: 3000
- Airport Bus: 7300, 7400
Homepage: www.flower.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Taean Tulip Festival
Date: Apr. 14 – May. 11
Location: Korea Flower Park
Introduction: Tean Tulip Festival offers excellent photo opportunities for both local residents and tourists alike with beautiful and vibrant tulips in full bloom. The festival venue is divided into sections, which are decorated in different themes, allowing visitors
to enjoy the sight of colorful tulips among creative and fun backdrops.
- From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Taean Intercity Bus Terminal.
- From Taean Intercity Bus Terminal, take a village bus bound for Gomseom and get off at Morenon Bus Stop.
Homepage: www.koreaflowerpark.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
NOTE: Festival dates and info subject to change.
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