Get off base and enjoy Korean festivals!
Stripes Korea | .
published: August 15, 2017
This was last updated Aug. 15.
Hangang Summer Festival
Date: Until Aug. 20
Location: 11 different locations of Hangang River and Parks
Hangang Summer Festival, also called Hangang Mongttang Festival, is a large-scale riverside culture festival, and the representative summer festival of Seoul. It consists of about 80 programs including camping, water leisure sports, circus, music concert, movie concert, street performances, bike-riding, paper-boat sailing, fire art, traditional performances, night market, and others, organized by the Hangang Project Headquarters, and various civic organizations. Every type of visitor can enjoy the festival in Hangang Park with the multitude of programs.
The festival takes place at multiple locations around Hangang River, therefore taking public transportation (subway or bus) is strongly recommeded during the event period.
Homepage: hangang.seoul.go.kr/project (Korean only)
Cool Summer Music Festival
Date: Until Aug. 27
Location: Areas of Seoulland
Seoulland hosts ‘Cool Summer! Music Festival’ between late June and late August. The highlight is the large-scaled water gun fight held in World Plaza, where water streams are pouring from all directions to cool off the scorching heat. At night, various programs such as Music Survival, Chi-maek (chicken and beer) Night, and evening performances are available, making the whole day full of joy. Also, ‘Character Castle’ is open as a complex cultural healing facility comprised of a garden, character cafe, character exhibition hall, and resting area for visitors to relax in this natural area within the city.
Seoul Grand Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2.
Homepage: www.seoulland.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Everland Summer Water Fun
Date: Until Sept. 3
Thanks to its annual water festival held during the hottest time of the year since 2005, Everland is one of the most popular summer attractions. The festival is packed with various programs like water shows, light shows, and game activities for visitors to enjoy.
Everland will be open daily from 10:00 to 22:00 during the festival period, and extend its hours until 23:00 from mid-July to mid-August.
Jeondae/Everland Station (YongIn EverLine), Exit 3.
- Take the shuttle bus to Everland (available 05:30-23:30).
1) Sinnonhyeon Station, Gangnam Station, Yangjae Station: Bus 5002
2) Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo Station, Songpa Station, Jamsil Station, Gangbyeon Station: Bus 5700
3) Sadang Station, Nambu Terminal (via Bundang and Gwangju): Bus 1500-2
4) Gangbyeon Station, Gangdong Station (via Gwangju): Bus 1113
Homepage: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Namyangju Dasan Culture Festival
Date: Sept. 15 – Sept. 17
Location: Dasan Heritage Site and Dasan Ecological Park
Dasan Cultural Festival will take place in the area of Dasan Heritage Site and Dasan Ecological Park in Namyangju-si. The festival has been held annually since 1986 in memory of the spirit of Dasan Jeong Yakyong, a scholar of the late Joseon Dynasty whose hometown was Namyangju-si. During the festival, various performances and hands-on programs will be prepared for visitors.
Ungilsan Station (Jungang Line),
Go left for 200m and take Bus 56 to Dasan Heritage Site.
Get off at the Dasan Jeong Yak-yong Historical Site & Silhak Museum Bus Stop (14 bus stops).
The venue is located on the right side.
Cheongnyangni Station (Jungang Line & Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 4.
Transfer to Bus 167 and get off at Entrance to Dasan Jeong Yak-yong Historical Site. (60 bus stops away)
Walk 50m toward the Dasan three-way intersection and transfer to Bus 56 and get off at Dasan Jeong Yak-yong Historical Site & Silhak Museum Bus Stop. (2 bus stops away)
The museum will be on the right within 120m.
Time: 08:30-20:30 / Intervals: every 10 mins
Course 1: Sports Park in Joan-myeon -> Ungilsan Station -> Entrance of Yeonkkot Village -> Event venue -> Ungilsan Station -> Sports Park in Joan-myeon
Course 2: Neungnae 2(i)-ri Community Hall -> Entrance of Yeonkkot Village -> Event venue -> Neungnae 2(i)-ri Community Hall
Course 3: Entrance of Yeonkkot Village -> Event venue -> Entrance of Yeonkkot Village
Homepage: www.nyjdasan.or.kr (Korean only)
Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival
Date: Sept. 15 – Sept. 24
Location: 45-6, Donguibogam-ro 555beon-gil, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
This festival celebrates the herbs of Jirisan Mountain, which are commonly known to have great medicinal properties, making this the perfect event for visitors eager to improve their health through natural remedies.
At this festival, visitors will be exposed to a wide variety of Korea’s medicinal herbs and medical traditions. Along with many other exciting events, you will even be able to sample traditional Oriental medicinal food made from herbs. Visitors can sample herbs for free, and can take home their favorite herb or remedy at low cost. Some herbs can even be grown at home!
From Seoul Nambu Terminal, take an intercity bus to Sancheong (산청).
The festival venue is a 10-min walk from Sancheong Bus Terminal.
* Bus Info.
08:30, 11:00, 13:30, 14:40, 15:40, 17:40, 19:30, 23:00 (subject to change)
Homepage: scherb.facebook (Korean only)
Cultural Night Walk in Jeonju
Date: Until Sept. 16
Location: Jeonju Hanok Village/National Institute of Oral and Intangible Heritage
Visitors may find it even more interesting as they go through hundreds of hanok in the Jeonju Hanok Village under the bright moonlight. “Cultural Night Walk in Jeonju” is hosting for the first time this year after being selected by the Cultural Heritage Administration through a competition. A “Cultural Night Walk in Jeonju” offers rich contents and representative culture of Jeonju. Every street boasts meaningful cultural heritage, and every alleyway has a hidden story of Jeonju for visitors to enjoy.
Yongsan Station ↔ Jeonju Station
Inquiries: 1544-7788, 1588-7788
KORAIL Website www.letskorail.com
- Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju Bus Terminal
- Gangnam Central Park ↔ Jeonju Bus Terminal
- Gwangju Bus Terminal ↔ Jeonju Bus Terminal
Homepage: www.jeonju-night.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Gimje Horizon Festival
Date: Sept. 20 – Sept. 24
Location: Gimje-si (Byeokgolje; 벽골제)
Gimje Horizon Festival, held from late September to early October every year since 1999, takes place at Byeokgolje Reservoir, which is the heart of the Honam rice bowl. The festival aims to show the importance of Korea’s farming culture, which is a foundation of the nation, with the theme of sky and land meeting at the horizon. The festival also aims to promote the regional image and economy. Many dynamic and active programs are available for festival-goers to participate in before the golden horizon.
Take an express train to Gimje Station.
Take the festival shuttle bus from the Station to the festival venue.
(Shuttle bus schedule: 07:30-22:30)
Take an express bus to Gimje Bus Terminal.
Take the festival shuttle bus from the Terminal to the festival venue.
(Shuttle bus schedule: 08:00-22:00)
Homepage: festival.gimje.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Donggang International Photo Festival
Date: Until Oct.1
Location: Donggang Museum of Photography and nearby outdoor exhibition hall, Yeongwol Station, Cultural Art Hall, Large Hall of Yeongwol-gun County Office, Women’s Hall, areas of Yeongwol
Dong Gang International Photo Festival offers various exhibitions and educational programs to develop the Korean photo industry in Yeongwol, Gangwon-do to become the main area for photography. The festival also aims to promote Korea’s photography become an addition to the world’s trend through international interactions.
- From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take a bus to Yeongwol Bus Terminal (approx. 2 hr).
- From Yeongwol Bus Terminal, take a taxi to Donggang Museum of Photography (approx. 5 min).
Homepage: www.dgphotofestival.com (Korean only)
Gwangju World Kimchi Festival
Date: Until Dec 10
Location: Gwangju Kimchitown kimchitown.gwangju.go.kr
Gwangju International Kimchi Festival is held to promote one of the famous locally produced specialties, Kimchi. The nation’s singular Kimchi themed
park, Gwangju Kimchi Town is the venue for diverse kimchi-related programs like cooking experience, art gallery, kimchi market, and
other entertaining events. Also, the Presidential Prize will be awarded for the ‘Kimchi Master Competition’ held along with various hands-on programs.
Participants can take home kimchi that they made themselves at the festival.
- From Yongsan Station or Seoul Station, take a train to Gwangju Station.
- From Gwangju Station, take bus Yongbong No. 83 or a taxi to Jungoe Park (중외공원).
- From Seoul Central City Terminal or Dong Seoul Terminal, take a bus to Gwangju.
- From Gwangju Bus Terminal, take bus Sangmu No. 64 or a taxi to Jungoe Park.
Homepage: kimchi.gwangju.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
Chuncheon Lake Starlight Nation Festival
Date: Until Dec 31
Location: Uiamho Lake, Gongjicheon Sculpture Park, Uiam Park, Chuncheon MBC, KT＆G Sangsang Madang
To commemorate ten million visitors to Chuncheon since the beginning of operations on the Gyeongchun Line, Chuncheon Lake Starlight Nation
Festival will be held in the area of Chuncheon MBC Building and M Square from June to December for all tourists to enjoy.
- Namchuncheon Station
(Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1.
- Take Bus No. 8 and get off at Gongjicheon Sageori (four-way intersection) Bus Stop (about 10 minutes).
- Walk 150m to reach Gongchicheon Park.
To Uiam Park, cross the Gongjicheongyo Bridge and then the park will be located on the right side (about 680 m after the bus stop).
Chuncheon MBC is located next to Uiam Park within 430m walking distance.
Homepage: www.chmbc.co.kr (Korean only)
Bucheon Aiins World - World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival
Date: Until Dec 31
Location: Aiins World
Aiins World, the world’s best miniature theme park is hosting the second season of ‘World Nightview Fantasy Lighting Festival’. Located in Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, the theme park is easily accessible via public transportation as the nearest subway station is Samsan Gymnasium (Seoul Subway Line 7), making it an ideal destination to visit during the late evenings, after meal time.
Samsan Stadium Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 4 or 5.
Walk pass the Korea Manhwa Museum and continue walking straight for about 300m to arrive at Aiins World.
* Bus: 53, 59-1, 558 (Get off at Main Gate of Aiins World Bus Stop.)
Homepage: www.aiinsworld.com (Korean only)
Herb Island Light Festival - Lighting & Illumination
Date: Until Dec. 31
Location: Pocheon Herb Island
Herb Island Lighting & Illumination Fesitval features a romantic ambience created by splendid lightings. 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.
Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1).
Take Bus 57, and get off at Samjeong-ri.
Go straight on Samcheongol-gil Street to arrive at Herb Island.
Homepage: www.herbisland.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)