Festivals around Korea in May
May has an abundance of festivals around the country in which to explore the nation’s culture, nature, and traditions.
Here are a few top choices if you’re looking to go explore what festivals May has to offer around Korea.
Top festivals around Korea
Boseong Tea Festival
Date: May 2 – May 6
Location: Korean Tea Cultural Park, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Fields of green tea leaves make a perfect backdrop for the annual festival which has great hands-on experience centers and performances.
Jeonju International Film Festival
Date: May 2 – 11
Location: Film Street, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do
One of Korea’s rising film festivals, Jeonju International Film Festival runs for 10 days.
Yeosu Jinnam Geobukseon Ship Festival
Date: May 3 – 5
Location: Yi Sun-sin Square and downtown Yeosu, Jeollanam-do
A large fireworks display, tons of hands-on experiences and performances make this annual festival in Yeosu a must-visit.
Miryang Arirang Festival
Date: May 16 – 19
Location: Yeongnamru Pavilion and Miryang riverside, Miryang, Gyeongsangnam-do
A festival dedicated to Korea’s national folk song which was made a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.
Gokseong International Rose Festival
Date: May 17 – 26
Location: Rose Park at Seomjingang Train Village, Gokseong, Jeollanam-do
The popular train village serves host to this festival full of performances and many varieties of roses.
Jeonju Cultural Heritage Night Tour
Date: May 25 – 26
Location: Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeollabuk-do
The Cultural Heritage Night Tour features an abundance of Korean history under the night’s stars.
Chuncheon International Mime Festival
Date: May 26 – June 2
Location: Various Locations, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do
One of the top three in the world for miming, a variety of performances around the city revive the lost art.
Pohang International Fireworks Festival
Date: May 31 – June 2
Location: Hyeongsangang River Park, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do
A large fireworks festival and performances returns to the place known as the “City of Light and Fire”.
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