Enjoy the hot Korean summer!
Although Korea has an abundance of attractions throughout the seasons, the best time to visit Korea is in the summer, when the country is replete with events and festivals that are sure to please all your senses! From Seoul all the way to the surrounding Gyeonggi-do, dozens of festivities are in full swing, including various music concerts and theme parks equipped to fulfill your summer adventure. On June 20 and 21, a team of KTO staff members set out to capture and document some of the exciting events and sights at these places.
Whether you’re into natural attractions or man-made excitement, it will be easy to cross things off your to-do list thanks to dozens of choices to choose from. Read on to make your summer getaway even more unforgettable this year with these incredible places.
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Namiseom Island, an island full of fantasy, hosts a live concert every year with plenty of musicians performing at the campground. Visitors can enjoy the talented vocals of both popular and underground musicians while appreciating the gorgeous natural scenery around the island.
The giant dome-shaped roof of Lotte World allows visitors to enjoy the amusement park even during the rain, making it a very popular choice for thousands during Korea's summer rainy season. Rides at this famous park can have long lines twisting back and forth on the weekends. The park is great for all ages, as evidenced by the groups, families, and love birds you can see walking hand in hand, looking to create special memories. This year, the amusement park saw a sharp increase in visitors thanks to the Rio Samba Carnival, a special festivity held only during the summer.
This huge outdoor playground is open all year round; however one particular event that draws in the biggest crowd is Summer Splash & Fantastic Summer Night, which has become one of Everland's major seasonal festivals. The event started on June 19 this year, with visitors in raincoats trying to soak their neighbors with waterguns while water splashed from all directions.
A trip to Seoul isn’t complete without this!
Insa-dong, an area known for traditional items and cute accessories, was packed with visitors over the weekend, as per usual. Not only young Koreans taking in the traditional sights and smells, but also droves of international visitors flocked to its streets to experience Korea’s traditional relics.
Lined with famous clothing and cosmetics stores, it’s no wonder Myeong-dong’s nickname is the “Shopping Street.” On weekends, its alleys and streets are packed full of shoppers from morning straight on until evening.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, the residence of the monarch during the Joseon Dynasty, is known for its vast grounds and the orderly arrangement of its buildings. It’s a great place to take pictures of the gorgeous gardens and the lake, all within the palace grounds. On weekends, the palace is frequented by thousands of visitors, such as Koreans on family outings, and international tourists looking to learn about Korea’s traditional culture.
Gwanghwamun Gate offers a variety of cultural festivities every weekend. The most popular of these is arguably the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, which can be seen at 10:00, 13:00, and 15:00.
One of Seoul’s top traditional markets, Gwangjang Market is full of visitors looking to get a taste of traditions through Korea’s food markets. When the sun goes down, the place becomes full of pochang macha tents where foreign visitors can often be seen dining like locals as they feast on jeon and makkoli.
* Information may differ from content in this column, as this article is meant to be a rough guide based on travel writers’ observations on June 20-21, 2015.
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