Annual Festivals, Korea
For information on any of the festival listed below, you can either check out their websites (not all have info in English) and/or visit What's Going On on Korea4Expats.com. You can also contact 82-2-1330 (from outside Korea) or 02-1330 (from within Korea).
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival in Gangwon-do combines winter sports such soccer games on ice, snow and ice sledding and fishing activities such as trout ice-fishing and trout-lure fishing. Website: www.narafestival.com
Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival (sometimes March depending on the Lunar Calendar) on Jeju lasts for three and features a wide variety of events, including a light show illuminating Mount Oreum.
Apricot Blossom Festival (gwangyang maehwa) in Maehwa Village in Gwangyang, Joellanam-do The festival is scheduled for when the blossoms are expected to be in full bloom. Website: http://english.gwangyang.go.kr
Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival in Cheongdo-gun, Gyeonsangbuk-do featuring Korean-style bull-fighting (no bulls are killed). Website: http://bull.uiryeong.go.kr
Gurye Sansuyu Festival in the Hot Springs area of Jiri-san in Joellanam-do not only offers a chance to see sansuyu flowers but also to enjoy a variety of performances, hands-on events and fireworks. Website: http://www.gurye.net
Jeju Canola Blossom Festival on Jeju-do first began as a means of celebrating the canola flower's beauty and has now become one of Jeju Island major festivals. Website: http://tour2jeju.net
Goyang Flower Festival began in the 1990's and has become an increasingly popular annual event. It is held in Ilsan Lake Park just north of Seoul, which can be reach by public transit from Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, as well as by car (parking spaces may be limited). For directions, click here.
Hampyeong Butterfly Festival in Jeollanam-do offers spectacular views of tens of thousands of butterflies flying among the canola blossoms. Website: www.hampyeongexpo.org
Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival on Jeju-do is scheduled for when the cherry trees are in full bloom. Website: http://tour2jeju.net
Namwon Chunhyang Festival in Namwon, Jeollabuk-do has been held since 1931 and celebrates a famous Korean story of love and fidelity. Website: www.chunhyang.org/
Boseong Green Tea Festival in Jeollanam-do is a celebration of tea in the nation's largest tea-growing area. Website: www.boseong.go.kr/en/
Chuncheon International Mime Festival in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do where, each year, renowned artists from Korea and abroad give outstanding mime performances. Performances are held all day long on the weekend. Website: www.mimefestival.com
Damyang Bamboo Festival in Joellanamp-do originates froma local tradition in which the locals organised a feast featuring food and liquor made of any bamboo left over from the planting. Website: www.bamboofestival.co.kr/
Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival in Hadong-gun, in Gyeongsangnam-do treats visitors to a feat of wild teas. Website: festival.hadong.go.kr/
Hansan Mosi Festival (Ramie Fabric) in Chungcheongnam-do offers a chance to learn about the various styles of mosi and to enjoy a wonderful fashion show feature clothing made of ramie. Website: http://mosi.seocheon.go.kr/index.html
Icheon Ceramics Festival (into June) in Incheon, Gyeunggi-do celebrates Korea's long ceramics history. Website: www.ceramic.or.kr
Jindo Sea Parting Festival (into June) on Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do where every year a land bridge opens up between Jin-do and another small island. Thousand of people come each year for the festivities. Website: http://tour.jindo.go.kr/english/
Oriental Medicinal Herb Festival at Jirisan in yeongsangnam-do focuses on health and is aimed at promoting the benefits of the traditional medicines of Mt. Jiri and Sancheon. Visitors can experience unique and rare forms of hands-on treatments. Website: www.jirisanherbfestival.or.kr/
Muju Firefly Festival in Jeollabuk-do offers visitors the opportunity to experience what agricultural life is like
Boryeong Mud Festival in Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do celbrates therapeutic value of Boryeong mud in a whole range of fun and muddy ways. Website: www.mudfestival.or.kr.
Nangye Traditional Music Festival in Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheonbuk-do spotlights Gugak, traditional korean music. Website: http://nangye.yd21.go.kr/
Gangjin Celadon Cultural Festival in Gangjin, Jeollanam-do offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about and purchase celadon, Korea's traditional porcelain.. There are also all kinds of musical performances and cultural activities during the festival. Website: www.gangjinfes.or.kr/
Andong International Mask Festival in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do aims to promote and showcase Korea's mask dance culture, through various programs and performances. Website: www.maskdance.com/
Chungju World Martial Arts Festival in Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do offers exhibition performances and martial arts tournaments with martial artists from around the world. Website: www.martialarts.or.kr
Geumsan Insam Festival in Geumsan gives visitors an opportunity to not only sample some expensive ginseng for free but also to gather ginseng, prepare ginseng dishes, and lots more. Website: www.insamfestival.co.kr
Gimje Horizon Festival in Gangjin, Jeollanamdo provides visitors with a chance to experience Korea's traditional farming culture. Here's your chance to learn about growing rice first hand. Website: www.egimje.net
Jarasum International Jazz Festival in Gapyeong-gun, gyeonggi-do offers international jazz performances by well-known jazz musicians in an outdoor setting. Website: http://www.jarasum.net/contents/intro2.htm
Yangyang Song-I Mushroom Festival (late September or Early October) in Yangyang, Gangwon-do offers people a chance to explore the wonders of wild son-i (pine) mushrooms, so rare they are called the 'diamonds of the forest'. In addition to mushroom, the festival offers a variety of folk performances as well as a programs based on the specialties of the Yangyang area.
Busan Jagalchi Festival at the Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan offers tons of fish/seafood related things to see, eat and buy. Website: www.ijagalchi.co.kr/
Ganggyeong Salted Seafood Festival in Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do focuses on Korea's largest salted fish marketplace. Vistors can participate in making their own salted fish among other things. Website: www.ggfestival.net/
Gwangju Kimchi Festival in Gwangju-si celebrates Kimchi, but also offers visitors lots of other foods to try. Website: www.kimchi.gwangju.kr/
Icheon Rice Culture Festival in Incheon-si, Gyeonggi-do combines the experience of great quality rice that fed the royal court and the culture of harvesting rice. There's a reenactment of a parade where rice was prepared and presented to the king, as well as a variety of foods to try, including a huge iron pot rice bow from which thousands of people eat. Website: www.ricefestival.or.kr/
Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival in Jingu, Gyeongsangnam-do is a tribute to the 70,000 soldiers killed in the Jinjuseong Battle of the Imjin War of the 16th century. Website: http://festival.taebaek.go.kr/
Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival over the Namgang Waterfront across from Jinjuseong Chokseongnu is highlighted by an parade of lanterns filling the river with colourful light to create a spectacular view.
Namdo Food Festival in Naganeupseong Folk Village, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do an area reputed to have the best food in Korea. The food from a nationwide contest of professional chefs is auctioned off to the public. Website: www.namdofood.or.kr/
Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) in Busan offers a look into Asian films and their trends. Website:www.piff.org
Chungmugong Noryang Haejeon Seungcheopjae Festival in Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do celebrates General Lee Sun-Sun's victory during the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592. The festival exhibits the Turtle Ship and offers a reenactment of the famous battle. Website: www.namhae.go.kr/
Gunsan Intgernational Migratory Bird Festival at the Bird Observation Station in Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do is a must-do for everyone wanting to see the wild birds that migrate to the area for winter. Website: www.gmbo.kr/
Jeju Orange Festival in Seogwipo-si on Jeju Island is a celebration of Jeju's tangerines. Website: http://tour2jeju.net
Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival in Paju, Geyonggi-do gives visitors the chance to make their own soybean dishes, see how soymilk is made and taste traditional Koran soybean recipies such as soybean rice cakes, tofu, etc. Website: http://en.paju.go.kr
Southernmost Moseulpo Yellowtail Festival on Jeju-do gives visitors a chance to participate in cathing yellowtail (fish), enjoy a boat fishing tournament, low price on marine foods and a traditional prayer ritual for a bountiful catch. Website: http://tour2jeju.net
Note: 'do' refers to province or island
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