Exclusive lighting festivals near Seoul
This is the season where nights are longer than days. A diversity of lighting festivals is ongoing at tourist attractions in Seoul and its metropolitan areas. If you are looking for some places to simply relax or spend a romantic time with your special one, don’t miss out this great opportunity of lighting displays that can only be experienced in the night!
Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) LED Rose Garden
At Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), an empty open space was transformed into a beautiful garden filled with a display of magnificent and technologically advanced LED roses. Known as the best attraction in Seoul to visit for couples, this is also a great place for nightscape photography. Once night fall, a total of 25,550 LED roses light up in the dark, with impressive skyscrapers serving as the backdrop.
There is a reason behind such a specific number of roses. In celebration of the nation’s 70th year of Independence, also known as Korean Independence Day (or Gwangbokjeol in Korean meaning ‘the day the light returned’), the number of roses on display corresponds to the number of days of independence Korea has enjoyed:365 (days) multiplied by 70 (years) is equivalent to 25,550 (roses).
- Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Lawn Garden area next to Yigansu Exhibition Hall)
- Directions: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5), Exit 1 and walk for about 5 minutes. / Dongdaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 7 and walk for about 6 minutes.
- Event period: April 18, 2015-February 29, 2016
- Operating hours: 19:00-24:00
- Website: www.ddp.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Little Prince Lighting Festival
Petite France is a Korea’s small version of ‘French Village’, and it is also recognized as a top filming location for many popular Korean dramas such as My Love from the Star (2013), Secret Garden (2011) and many more. However, this place is more than just a place filled with romantic air from these dramas, but a magnificent tourist attraction drawing people to see their Lighting Festival held on every winter season.
Many would come to appreciate the beauty of this beautifully lit garden, but not everyone knows there is some interesting facts: the LED lighting used for decorations in the Little Prince Lighting Festival was directly purchased from France, and the design was inspired from a small suburban city of Montpellier, located in the southern France. As soon as you step in the ground, you will see buildings and streets of the village wrapped around by the fairy lights, emitting exotic atmosphere throughout. Performances such as ‘Dominjun's Supernatural Powers', ‘Marionette’s Dance Performances’ and other exciting programs are lined up for all visitors to enjoy!
- Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
- Directions: From ITX Cheongpyeong Station / Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line), take the Gapyeong City Tour Shuttle Bus.
- Event period: November 21, 2015-February 29, 2016
- Operating hours: 09:00-20:00 (※ Lights will be turned on 24/7 throughout festival period)
- Admission: Adults 8,000 won / Teens 6,000 won / Children (36 months-elementary school) 5,000 won
- Website: www.pfcamp.com (Korean, English, Chinese)
World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival at the Bucheon Aiins World
Aiins World in Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do is a miniature theme park, especially popular among families. A total of 105 miniature famous architectures from 25 different countries including China’s Forbidden City, France’s Eiffel Tower, America’s Statue of Liberty and more are on display. Every other spot of the miniatures’ exhibitions serve as great photo zones for visitors to take pictures with as souvenirs from this theme park.
- Address: 1, Doyak-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Directions: Samsan Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 4, walk for about 17 minutes.
- Operating hours: November–February 17:00-23:00 / March-October 18:00-24:00 (Open all year-round)
- Admission: Adults 16,000 won, Children (ages 12 and below) 13,000 won
- Website: www.bucheonlightfest.com (Korean only)
Light Festival at the Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land
The Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land holds a theme of a colorful light festival, showcasing a variety of photo zone concepts with about 50 Van Gogh’s masterpieces for appreciation. The wedding photo zone, as well as the beautiful four-season garden are the top representative courses that must not be missed! Installed at every other corner of the place are the cute penguins, panthers, Santa Claus, Rudolph and other sculptures and lightings with each distinctive theme.
The highlight of the starlight festival officially begins when the night falls. At the entrance, a tunnel filled with stars, followed by a garden with multi-colored animals, as well as twinkling lights against a white background can be found. The White Love Road is also a well-liked section for families or love birds to take memorable photos at.
- Address: 1723, Suin-ro, Sangrok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Directions: From Jungang Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), take a taxi for about 9 minutes.
- Operating hours: Winter season (Weekdays, Sundays) 11:00-23:00 / Saturdays 11:00-23:30 / Summer season (Weekdays, Sundays) 11:00-24:00 (Open all year-round) / (* Lighting starts around 5:30 pm to 6 pm)
- Admission: Adults & Teens (Middle School & above) 5,000 won / Children 3,000 won ※ Separate charges for entering Mirror Maze:4,000 won
- Website: www.star1723.co.kr (Korean only)
Ilsan Hanok Village Jeongwa Light Festival
Opened in May of 2015, Hanok Village in Jeonghwa lights up the traditional Korean houses, or hanoks, in a five cardinal colored illumination. With 21 hanoks presently established, an additional 51 hanoks (mixture of thatched cottages and red clay-made houses) are expected to be constructed here, forming possibly the nation’s largest scale of hanok village. Though the hanok village has yet to be fully completed, LED lights embroidering the eaves of hanok and the delicate scent of pine trees are charming enough for tourists to enjoy a walk around.
- Address: 395-9, Sarihyeon-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Directions: Samsong Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 8. Take Bus No. 37 and get off at Saeteo Village Entrance Bus Stop. Walk for about 14 minutes.
- Operating hours: Fridays-Sundays 17:00-22:00 (October 24–December 12, 2015) / Mondays-Sundays 17:00-22:00 (October 21, 2015-February 29, 2016)
- Admission: Night-time (16:00-22:00) on weekdays: Adults 7,000 won / Children 4,500 won
- Weekends & public holidays: Adults 9,000 won / Children 6,500 won
- Website: www.jeongwa.co.kr (Korean only)
Beautiful Fairytale Light Festival at Provence Village
Provence Village is the filming location of popular Korean dramas My Love from the Star (2013) and The Girl Who Sees Smells (2015). As amazing as it is in the daylight, it’s even more attractive during the night time when the light festival with a theme of ‘Beautiful Fairytale’ is held.
At the nation’s first light tunnel (400 meters), fairytales such as ‘Hansel and Gretel’, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ and more come alive. Among that, the Little Mermaid Garden is made up of about 2 million LED lights, a top attraction not to be missed! Just like waves of the sea, the LED lights glows brightly, creating a fantastic atmosphere throughout the village.
- Address: 77, Saeori-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Directions: From Geumchon Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line), take a taxi for about 20 minutes.
- Operating hours: 17:00-23:00 (Open all year-round) (※ Subject to changes depending on severe weather and other unforeseen conditions.)
- Admission: 6,000 won / Free of charge for children ages below 7
- Website: www.provence.co.kr (Korean only)
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*This column was last updated on November, 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.
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