Check out these fab Korean fests!
This was last updated March 20
Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
Date: March 21- March 24
Location: Area of Hoedong-ri, Gogunmyeon, Jindo-gun
Introduction: Once a year at Jindo Island in Jeollanam-do, 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.
Take a bus from Seoul Central City Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jindo.
From Jindo Bus Terminal, take the Gagye-Hoedong or Songgun-Hoedong bus. Get off at Hoedong. Go 40m along the sea to reach the festival venue.
Homepage: jindo.go.kr/eng/main.cs (Korean, English)
Yeongdeok Snow Crab Festival
Date: March 21- March 24
Location: Gangguhang Port area
Introduction: Yeongdeok Snow Crab Festival is an annual event that celebrates local snow crabs, which were once served to the
kings. Among festival highlights, the Snow Crab Public Auction as well as the snow crab market are the most popular. In addition, visitors can ride a snow crab fishing boat, participate in a snow crab cooking competition, and sample various snow crab dishes for free.
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Yeongdeok. Taxi Approx. 10 min from Yeongdeok Bus Terminal.
Homepage: ydcrabfestival.com (Korean only)
E-World Starlight Festival
Date: Unril March 28
Location: Areas of E-World and 83 Tower
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 200m 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)
Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm
Date: Until March 31
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)
Hwagae Market Cherry Blossom Festival
Date: March 29 - March 31
Location: Yeonghoham Hwahap Multipurpose Plaza
When April arrives, Hwagae region looks as if it is carpeted in snow. In fact, it is the region’s beautiful white cherry blossoms that transform the landscape into a soft, downy wonderland. One of the most popular attractions of the festival is the Simri (10-ri) Cherry Blossom Road. It is also known as the “marriage road,” as legend says if lovers walk down this road while holding hands, they will get married and live happily forever. Apart from the stunning beauty of the cherry blossoms, there is a series of exciting seasonal programs and cultural events for visitors to enjoy.
- From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Hadong.
- Get off at Hwagae Terminal.
- From Hwagae Terminal, cross Hwagaegyo Bridge.
- Go straight 100m to arrive at Hwagae Market on the right.
Homepage: tour.hadong.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival
Date: April 4 - April 7
Location: Yeongam-gun (Historical Site of Dr. Wangin, Gurim Village, Yeongam Pottery Museum, etc.)
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 in Bongseondae 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.
From Yongsan Station, take a train bound for Mokpo Station (travel time: 3 hrs 20min)
Homepage: wangin.kr (Korean only)
Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
Date: April 11 - April 14
Location: Areas of Daegaya Historical Theme Park and Daegaya-eup
Introduction: Daegaya (AD 42-562) was a nation that inhabited the Korean Peninsula around the 4th Century. The nation was a sophisticated nation that even at this early age possessed extremely high standards of culture. They created the Gayageum (a twelve-stringed traditional Korean harp). Through the relics found in the area, the nation was thought to be a powerful force in
the area (now Gyeongsangnam-do). This festival offers various interactive programs to experience the nation with relic exhibition, wooden boatmaking and others. Also, tourists can experience the farming culture like harvesting strawberries from the nearby rural village.
From Seoul Nambu Terminal, take an intercity bus to Goryeong Intercity Bus Terminal.
Approx. 5 min from Goryeong Bus Terminal.
Homepage: tour.goryeong.go.kr/fest (Korean only)
Boseong Green Tea Festival
Date: May 2 - May 5
Location: Korean Tea Cultural Park & Boseong tea fields
Introduction: Boseong is considered the birthplace of the commercial tea industry and is the largest producer of tea in the country. At the Boseong Green Tea Festival, some of the most popular festival events (most of which are held out in the green tea fields) are the hands-on experience programs such as picking tea leaves, making tea, and sampling green tea snacks. Other events such as the tea exhibition & sale, and a number of celebratory performances are also scheduled to be held during the festival period.
- From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Boseong.
Or, from Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gwangju.
- From Gwangju U-Square Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Boseong.
- From Boseong Bus Terminal, take a Boseong-Gunhak route bus to Daehan Dawon.
Homepage: festival.boseong.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival)
Date: May 3 - May 5
Location: Jongno Street, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple
A festival with a history of a thousand years that wish the world happiness and well-being. By lighting lanterns at the Yeon Deung Hoe Festival, participants can brighten their own hearts as well as the world.
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 2.
Walk straight for approx. 200m to arrive at Jogyesa Temple.
- Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk straight for approx. 130m, and turn left at the Anguk Intersection. Walk straight for approx. 200m to arrive at Jogyesa Temple.
- Bongeunsa Temple Samgseong Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 6. Walk straight for approx. 600m, and turn left. Walk straight for approx. 150m to arrive at Bongeunsa Temple.
- Jongno Street
Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1)
- Dongguk University Stadium
Dongguk Univ. Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6. Walk straight for approx. 110m and turn left. Walk straight into the campus to the stadium.
(Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish)
Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival
Date: April 27 - May 6
Location: Mungyeongsaejae Open Set area
Introduction: Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival takes place at Mungyeongsaejae Open Set in Gyeongsangbuk-do, an area famous for traditional ceramics. The festival first started in 1999 and has gone on to become an premier festival recognized
by the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism. Visitors will be able to join in traditional tea ceremony and potterymaking
programs, operated by local artisans.
Take a bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Mungyeong Bus Terminal.
Take a bus bound for Mungyeong
Saejae and get off at Mungyeong Saejae Bus Stop.
Homepage: www.sabal21.com (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
Damyang Bamboo Festival
Date: May 1 - May 6
Location: 119, Jungnogwon-ro, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
Located within a 2.4 kilometers of bamboo forest, this festival is full of activities celebrating the beauty and function of the bamboo plant. More active visitors can test their skills during some of the festival’s scheduled river sports, such as ‘Log Rafting’ and ‘Water Bicycle’. After working up an appetite, visitors can please their appetite with some of Damyang’s famous cuisines and other world foods featured at the Cultural Experience Center. For additional sightseeing opportunities, visit some of the other attractions in the area, such as the Damyang Soswaewon, Damyang Gwanbangjerim, Damyang Jungnogwon, Metasequoia, and more.
- From Yongsan Station, take a train to Gwangju. From Gwangju Station, take Bus No. 311 to Juknokwon.
- From Central City Bus Terminal (Seoul), take an express bus to Damyang.
- From Damyang Bus Terminal, cross the road and take a Bongsan-Damyang route bus. Get off at the Juknokwon Bus Stop, and cross the road.
Hompage: www.bamboofestival.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Taean Tulip Festival
Date: April 13 - May 12
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. 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)
International Horticulture Goyang Korea
Date: April 26 - May 12
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)
Pohang International Fireworks Festival
Date: May 31 - June 2
Location: Hyeongsangang River Park 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.
[Train] Take a train from Seoul Station to Pohang Station.
[Express/Intercity Bus] Take a bus from Gangnam Express Bus Terminal to Pohang Express Bus Terminal.
[Bus] 1) Hyeongsangang Riverside Sports Park. Get off at Hyeongsan Rotary Bus Stop Bus No. 101 or 175
2) Yeongildae Beach. Get off at Yeongildae Beach Bus Stop
Blue Bus: 101, 105, 130, 131, 200, 700
Green Bus: 176, 600
Homepage: piff.phcf.or.kr (Korean only)
NOTE: Festival dates and info subject to change.
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