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Are you visiting South Korea during the Spring? There’s so much to do and see! Koreans are taking festivals very seriously, and you should too! For every weekend you will have multiple choices and you have to make up your mind what festival to attend – close to Seoul, traditional or flower festivals. No matter what you chose, I promiss you will have lots of fun, lovely memories and plenty of good food.

One of the best ways to experience real Korea is by the numerous festivals, taking place all year round at every possible corner of the country. Some are related directly to the awakening nature, celebrating the blossom of spring flora, others commemorate historical events and traditions reflecting Korean lifestyle and culture. A lot celebrate food and lots of it. 

Korean people enjoy outdoor activities. As soon as winter cold months are gone, everybody is out, enjoying the sun, the excellent weather, and if there’s no air pollution, the blue sky. Spring is perfect for getting out of the city and exploring the countryside. It’s easy to travel by KTX or bus, and most festivals are easy to access. 

If you are planning a trip to Korea, consider some of the festivals I’ve listed below. There’s much more happening, and it’s almost impossible to list all the events taking place every spring in Korea. Some of the festivals are very popular and thus overcrowded, others are quite nice but just picking up in attendance. No matter what festival you will choose to attend, I’m sure you will enjoy it, Koreans will treat you well, and there will be plenty of food to enjoy besides the very diverse experiences each festival offers. Be prepared to be surprised by things you might not have seen before.

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March Festivals

Gwangyang Maehwa Festival |광양매화축제

Apricot and plum bloom earlier than the cherries, so this might be the earliest spring festival to attend. Seomjingang Village, on the left bank of Seomjingang River, is covered by hundreds of plum trees. The terrain is a bit hilly, so be ready to go up the hill a bit. Once you are up the hill, a fantastic view of the picturesque festival sight. Walk alongside the blooming trees. There are several routes to explore the area. There’s a beautiful Korean style pavilion in the middle of the village as well several terraces with great views to the whole area. Do not miss to try some delicious dishes made with green plum (maesil)

Gwangyang Maehwa Festival Hanok House
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival Hanok Houses
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival Plum Jars

Festival Dates:
March 6-15, 2020

 

Address:
55, Jimak1-gil, Daab-myeon, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 광양시 다압면 지막1길 55

How to get there:
Express bus: from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Gwangyang Bus Terminal.

Festival shuttle: there is a shuttle that goes to the venue several times a day. Look for a banner at Gwangyang Bus Terminal for an updated schedule.

Taxi: Approx. 30 min from Gwangyang Bus Terminal

Gurye Sansuyu Festival | 구례산수유꽃축제

The festival takes place every year at Jirisan Mountain hot springs area. The festival area is covered with yellow cornelian cherries and is a perfect setting for early spring selfies with the beautiful yellow background of the booming trees. The festival runs under the theme of “Finding Everlasting Love.” You will see lots of Korean couples who found love to do photo sessions to make their love everlasting. Major program activities besides traditional music and dance performances are Cornus fruit liquor making and Cornus fruit makgeolli tasting.

Festival Dates:
March 14-22, 2020

 

Address:
45, Sanggwan 1-gil, Sandong-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 구례군 산동면 상관1길 45

How to get there:
Express/Intercity Bus
Take a bus from Seoul Nambu Terminal to Gurye.

 

Local Bus
Take a Nongeochon Bus bound for Jungdong from Gurye Bus Terminal and get off at Jeongsan Bus Stop

Eungbongsan Mountain Forsythia Festival | 응봉산 개나리축제

If you are looking for a place with amazing views of the Han River and the city of Seoul, April is the right time to climb up and enjoy forsythia, royal azalea, and cherry blossoms. There’s a cultural program running during the festival days such as balloon art, children’s choir performances, drawing contests, etc. Eunbongsan mountain is famous for its dramatic sunsets with picturesque views to Han river bridges and connecting busy motorways.

Festival Dates: 
End of March or early April

 

Address:
서울 성동구 응봉동 응봉산
Eungbong-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul

How to get there:
Metro: Take a metro to Eungbong Station (Gyeongui-Jungang line), get off exit 2, and walk towards the mountain.

Bus: Any bus that goes to Eungbong Police Office. Then find the stairs that go up to the Octagonal Pavillion.

Everland Tulip Festival | 에버랜드 튤립축제

Everland is one of the biggest and most beautiful amusement parks in South Korea. They have seasonal festivals, of which the Tulip Festival draws a lot of visitors. Alongside the massive tulip gardens with over 1 million flowers from 100 varieties, over 90 different bulbs are on display surrounded by art sculptures. Rare tulip types are also nicely arranged in the Four Seasons Garden. Expect exciting and colorful performances as parades, kid’s experiences, even fireworks. The 26 meter-tall Flower Magic Tower is a popular spot for romantic photoshoots. There is also an LED garden with various experiences accompanied by music if the flower garden is not enough.

Festival Dates:
Mid of March till the end of April


Address:
199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199

 

Price:
One day ticket: ₩56,000, children ₩44,000
Night ticket: ₩46,000, children ₩37,000 (enter after 3PM)

How to get there:
Subway
Everland/Jeondae Station, Exit 3 (Yongin EverLine)
Then take the shuttle bus to Everland

 

Bus
Bus No. 5002 from Sinnonhyeon, Gangnam and Yangjae Stations
Bus No. 5700 from Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo, Songpa, Jamsil, Gangbyeon Stations
Bus No. 1500-2 from Sadang, Nambu Terminal
Bus No. 1113 from Gangbyeon Station, Gangdong Station

Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival | 청도소싸움축제

Surprisingly or not, Korea has a 100-year long history of bullfighting. The outpost for that tradition these days is Cheongdo Bullfighting Stadium. There, every March, over 100 bulls participate in the bullfighting competition. Interestingly enough, there are competing bulls from Japan as well. The festival program includes a US rodeo with members of the US armed forces.

Festival Dates:
March TBA

Address:
Cheongdo Bull Fighting Stadium (청도 소싸움 경기장)
693-2 Samshinri, Hwayang-eup, Cheongdo-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

How to get there:
take the train from Dongdaegu or Daegu Station to Cheongdo

Yeongdeok Snow Crab Festival | 영덕대게축제

Yeongdeok is known for its snow crabs, and there’s no better place for a snow crab festival. The snow crab used to be a delicacy served to Korean kings. Hence, no doubt, it’s quite popular among Koreans. At the festival grounds, there’s plenty to do – get on a snow crab fishing boat, participate in a snow crab cooking competition, or sample the taste of different Korean snow crab dishes.

Festival Dates:
TBA

 

Address:
108 Yeongdeokdaege-ro, Ganggu-myeon, Yeongdeok-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

How to get there:
TBA

April Festivals

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival | 진해군항제

One of the biggest spring festival attracting over 2 million people every year. The whole city of Jinhae is covered with blooming cherries, but the best spots for cherry blossom spotting are Yeojwacheon Stream, Gyeonghwa Station Cherry Blossom Road, the Victory Parade (reenactment of the victory march held by Admiral Yi Sun-sin after winning a battle in the Imjin War), Jehwangsan Park and Korea Naval Academy and Naval Base Headquarters (opened to visitors only during the spring festival season).

Book 1-day Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival trip from Trezy (Mar 27~Apr 6).

Festival Dates: 
March 27 – April 6, 2020

 

Address:
Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 창원시 진해구 통신동

How to get there:
Express/Intercity Bus
Intercity bus to Jinhae from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal

 

Local Bus
Changwon ↔ Jinhae: 150, 751, 752
Masan ↔ Jinhae: 160, 162, 760
Jinhae Line: 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 309, 315

Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival | 화개장터 벚꽃축제

Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival is an up and coming cherry blossom festival. If you do not like the crowds of popular festivals like Jinhae or Yeouido, you might like that one. It has more local flavor but has lots to offer. One of the best do-not-miss spots for cherry blossoms is the 4 km-long ’Simri (10-ri) Cherry Blossom Road’. Around the Hwagae Traditional Market, you can attend cultural performances and try out local food.

Festival Dates:
Early April, 2020

 

Location:
6, Wontap 1-gil, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 하동군 화개면 쌍계로 58

How to get there:
Express/Intercity Bus
From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Hadong.
– Get off at Hwagae Terminal.
– From Hwagae Terminal, cross Hwagaegyo Bridge.
– Go straight 100m to arrive at Hwagae Market on the right.

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival | 진도 신비의바닷길축제

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival takes place once a year in Jindo Island, Jeollanam-do province. The Miracle Sea Road, usually under seawater, is a 2.8km strip between Hoedong-ri, Gogun-myeon, and Modori, Uesin-myeon. During the festival period, the low tides (tidal harmonics) make the narrow path to Modri Island walkable two times a day. More than a million tourists participated so far in the procession resembling Red Sea crossing lead by Moses in Biblical times. The low tide may occur during the night or early morning. That makes participating in the crossing even more mysterious and exciting. Rich cultural programs and various food experiences accompany the event.

Festival Dates:
April 8 – 11, 2020
Two times a day, for exact timing check local announcements

 

Address:
Areas of Modo-ri, Uisin-myeon and Hoedong-ri, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 진도군 고군면 회동리 및 의신면 모도리 일원

How to get there:
Express/Intercity Bus
Take a bus to Jindo Bus Terminal from Seoul Central City Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal.

 

Bus
From Jindo Bus Terminal, take a bus bound for Gagye-Hoedong or Songgun-Hoedong and get off at Hoedong Bus Stop.

Gwangalli Eobang Festival | 광안리 어방축제

Gwangalli Eobang Festival is a traditional fishing village festival, held annually at Gwangalli Beach in Busan. “Eobang” in the festival title comes from a fishing organization with the same name, serving the naval forces and fishermen during the Joseon Dynasty. Eobang musical performance is the highlight event at the festival. The production is staged right on Gwangalli Beach with the beautiful Gwangandaegyo Bridge in the background. Do not miss also fishing folk village reenaction, depicting the life and culture of the local fishermen activities. Bare-hand fish catching and sushi contest experiences are also part of the festival program. Stay after sunset for beautiful fireworks and amazing views to light in colorful lights bridge.

Festival Dates:
April 24-26, 2020

 

Address:
219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
부산광역시 수영구 광안해변로 219 (광안동)

How to get there:
Subway
Gwangan Station, Exit 3, or 5 of Busan Subway Line 2. Gwangalli Beach is a 600m walk from the subway station.

Goryeong Daegaya Festival | 고령대가야체험축제

Named by one of the ancient kingdoms on the Korean Peninsula, Daegaya (AD 42-562) had a highly developed culture and was famous for their farming and still making technology. Gayageum (가야금 – a twelve-stringed traditional Korean harp) was invented there and became an essential part of the Korean classic music instrument set ever since. The program of the festival is vibrant. There are historical musical performances, folk music, and dances, various kids’ experiences divided into art, culture, craft, and future zones. An exciting adventure is the night visit to the royal burial sites.

Festival Dates: 
April 2-5, 2020

 

Address:
1216, Daegaya-ro, Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 고령군 대가야읍 대가야로 1216

How to get there:
Intercity/Express Bus
Take a bus to Goryeong Intercity Bus Terminal from Seoul Nambu Terminal.

 

Taxi
take a taxi for approx. 5 min from Goryeong Bus Terminal to the festival grounds

Taean Tulip Festival | 태안 세계튤립축제

Taean Tulip Festival is one of the top 5 worldwide tulip festivals. It prides to be one of the biggest by size and variety of tulips in the country. There are different zones with unique arrangements of the flowers and complemented with stunning sculptures. A Secret Garden, newly introduced, is designed to bring even more pleasure and create more spots for amazing photo memories.

Festival Dates:
April 14 – May 11, 2020 

Address:
Korea Flower Park
400, Kkotjihaean-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 태안군 안면읍 꽃지해안로 400

 

Admission fee:
Adults: ₩12,000
Kids: ₩9,000

How to get there:
Bus
Take an intercity bus to Taean Intercity Bus Terminal from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal
From Taean Intercity Bus Terminal, take a village bus bound for Gomseom and get off at Morenon bus stop.

Taean Flower Festival | 태안 백합꽃축제

Taean Nature World in Nam-myeon is home to Taean Flower Festival. The festival combines various cultural events and flower markets. During the festival, different spring flowers are expected to bloom: Daffodils (Narcissus), Hyacinths (Hyacinthus), candytuft, Scilla, Muscari, Peonies, lilies and dwarf flowers. There will be a rabbit, tortoise, and festival character village on site. Various experience programs, such as making soap bubbles, feeding animals, making masks, and face painting, will be offered.

Festival Dates: 
April 1 – 27, 2020

 

Address:
Taean Nature World
200, Mageompo-Gil, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 태안군 남면 마검포길 200

 

Admission fee:
Adults: ₩9,000
Kids: ₩7,000

How to get there:
Bus
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal or Central City Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Taean Bus Terminal.
From Taean Bus Terminal, take a taxi to the festival venue.

Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival | 영암 왕인 문화 축제

Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival commemorates the noble acts of Dr. Wangin, an educator that traveled to Japan 1,600 years ago to spread Korean culture and art. The festival grounds are set at the Historical Site of Dr. Wangin and Sangdaepo Historic Park. This year the program of the festival rich in festive activities – a parade to inaugurate the event, cultural performances, play experience events as well as accompanying events such as Chanchanam Sightseeing Tour, Dogaksa Temple Temple Stay & Gulim Village Hanok Stay

Festival Dates:
April 2- May 4, 2020

 

Address:
440, Wangin-ro, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 영암군 군서면 왕인로 440 (군서면)

How to get there:
Bus
From Seoul Central City Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Mokpo. From Mokpo Bus Terminal, take a local bus bound for Yeongam and get off at the Historical Site of Dr. Wangin Bus Stop.

 

KTX
From Yongsan Station, take a train bound for Mokpo Station.

Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival | 영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제

Almost 2,000 Korean cherry trees along Han Riverbank at Yeouido make one of the most attended spring festivals in Seoul. Held in mid-April, when the area is full of bloom and sents. Azaleas, spireas, and forsythia compliment the beautiful cherry trees and create a perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a pinky photo session. There are lots of booths alongside the festival grounds offering local products or exciting experiences.

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

Festival Dates: 
Mid-April

 

Address:
Yeouiseo-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 영등포구 여의서로

How to get there:
Subway
Dangsan Station, Exit 4, Subway Line 2 or 9
Yeouinaru Station, Exit 1, Subway Line 5
Yeouido Station, Exit 5, Subway Line 5 or 9
National Assembly Station, Exit 1 or 6, Subway Line 9

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival |석촌호수 벚꽃축제

Seokchon Lake is a beautiful spot all year round, but when the cherries bloom, it’s magical. The spectacular Lotte Tower, standing proud above all at the bank of the lake, makes every picture even more beautiful. There are lovely benches along the lake, and if you are happy, you can claim one under the blooming cherries. A section of the cherry trees is led in colorful lights in the night. You can also enjoy different performances, exhibitions, and hands-on activities by the lake. 

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

“Cherry blossom by night”

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

“Cherry trees reflecting in the lake”

Festival Dates: 
Mid-April

 

Address:
148, Jamsil-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 송파구 잠실로 148 (잠실동)

How to get there:
Subway
Jamsil Station, Exit 2 or 10, Seoul Subway Line 2 and 8

Garden of Morning Calm Spring Flower Festival | 아침고요수목원

Garden of Morning Calm is the oldest private garden in Korea. Every season turns this stunning place into an explosion of colors, aromas, and emotions. Spring is my favorite time to visit the garden. There is so much to see and do, so make sure to plan a whole day out. Just walk around, and you will be amazed how gorgeously this garden is landscaped. There are a coffee shop and bakery at the premises, as well as a Korean food court and traditional tea house with breathtaking views to a pavilion in a pond.

Garden of Morning Calm Pavilion with Pond
Garden of Morning Calm in the Spring

“The Garden in the Spring”

Garden of Morning Calm in Spring

“Spring green”

Festival Dates: 
April – May

 

Address:
432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432

 

Admission Fees: 
Adults: ₩9,500
Teenagers: ₩7,000
Children: ₩6,000

How to get there:
By Bus
From Dong Seoul, Bus Terminal take a bus bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, or take Bus No. 1330 at Cheongnyangni Transfer Center (in front of Lotte Department Store) and get off at the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal (travel time: about 1hr 45min)

From Cheongpyeong Terminal, take Bus 31-7 to the Garden of Morning Calm. Alternatively, take the Gaypeong City Tour bus.

Subway
Cheongpyeong Station, Exit 1, Gyeonchun Line
Take a taxi or a local bus to the Garden of Morning Calm.

Goyang International Flower Festival | 고양 국제꽃박람회

The International Horticulture Goyang Korea or Goayng International Flower Festival, as it’s known, has a long history. The festival is held at Ilsan Lake Park and features flower outdoor and indoor exhibitions. Last couple of years the festival got super popular so it might happen the day tickets are sold out. Just the outdoor show can take hours to cover, and it’s beautiful and overwhelming. On top of that, you can enjoy unique and rare plant exhibitions and horticulture installation done by renowned flower artists. On the alley close to the lake, there are art and culture performances and a food court.

Goyang Flower Festival Flower Woman
Goyang Flower Festival Installation
Goyang Flower Festival Installation

Festival Dates: 
April 24 – May 10, 2020 

 

Address:
595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 고양시 일산동구 호수로 595

 

Admission Fees:
Pre-reservation – ₩8,000
On-site ticket – ₩12,000
Special discount & foreigners – ₩8,000

How to get there:
By Subway
Jeongbalsan Station, Exit 1 or 2, Seoul Subway Line 3
– Pass through Ilsan Cultural Park towards Ilsan Lake Park (500 m).

 

By Bus
Take any bus that goes to Lake Park Bus Stop

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival | 경주 벚꽃축제

One of the best places if you are in love with cherry blossoms. There are plenty of cherry trees along with the Royal tombs, as well as in the vicinity of Cheomseongdae Observatory and Donbu Historic Site Area. More cherries can be found in the park in front of and around the Hilton Hotel Gyeongju at Bomunho Lake.

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

Festival Dates:
Early April 

 

Address:
140-25, Cheomseong-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 경주시 첨성로 140-25 (황남동)

How to get there:
By Bus
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal.

 

By KTX/SRT
From Seoul Station (KTX) or Suseo (SRT) to Singyeongju Station.
Take any bus that goes to Gyeongju.

Hampyeong Butterfly Festival | 함평나비대축제

For nature lovers, the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival offers an excellent experience. Tens of thousands of butterflies roam over the massive gardens of Hampyeong Expo Park. The festival prides itself on being environmentally friendly. Massive amounts of free-flying butterflies are being released over the festival grounds for the visitors to have a chance to see and experience first hand. Beautiful gardens are decorated with large sculptures of dung beetles and ladybugs. In the ecology hall, you can see over 60 butterfly species that are native to Korea, as rare and beautiful butterfly species. A variety of ecological and agricultural experience programs, as well as traditional plays, are part of the festival program. It’s Jeolla so expect lots of good K-food too.

Festival Dates:
April 29 – May 10 

 

Address:
27, Gonjae-ro, Hampyeong-eup, Hampyeong-gun, Jeonnam (1153-1, Suho-ri)

 

Admission Fees: 

₩7,000 Adults; ₩5,000 Youth; ₩3,000 Children

How to get there:

From Central City Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Hampyeong Bus Terminal.
Take a local bus or ta Hampyeong Expo Park.

Royal Culture Festival | 궁중 문화축전

What could be a better venue for a festival but the 4 royal palaces of the Joseon dynasty? The Royal Culture Festival helps you experience what life in the royal palaces was when they have been the heart of the Joseon Kingdom. The program includes military demonstrations, royal court gugak music, and cultural performances, masked parade at Gwanghwamun Square, traditional Oriental medicine experience at Changdeokgung Palace, and pansori performances at Deoksugung Palace, to mention a few.

Royal Culture Festival in Seoul
Royal Culture Festival Military Reenactment
Royal Culture Festival Folk Dance

Festival Dates: 
25 April – 3 May, 2020

 

Address:
The Five Royal Palaces and Jongmyo Shrine
161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 사직로 161 (세종로)

 

 

How to get there:
Gyeongbokgung Palace
– Gyeongbokgung Station, Seoul Subway Line 3

Changdeokgung Palace
– Take bus 100, 102, 104, 90S tour bus or 91S tour bus

Changgyeonggung Palace
– Take bus 100, 102, 104, 90S tour bus or 91S tour bus

Deoksugung Palace
– City Hall Station, Seoul Subway Line 1 or 2

Jongmyo Shrine
– Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station, Seoul Subway Line 1, 3 or 5

May Festivals

Ulsan Onggi Festival | 울산옹기축제

Onggi (옹기 in Korean) stands for earthenware, which was and still is extensively used for tableware and food storage in Korea. No doubt the largest onggi village in the country, Oegosan Onggi Village, is the host for the Ulsan Onggi Festival. The festival promotes local products and gives visitors the chance to learn more about the onggi history, craftsmanship, and modern usage. Hands-on experiences like onggi making, clay play as well as folk performances, are the highlight of the festival. What would be a Korean festival without food, do expect lots of delicious food as well?

Festival Dates: 
May 3-5, 2020

 

Address:
Area of Oegosan Onggi Village
23, Oegosan-gil, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
울산광역시 울주군 온양읍 외고산길 23

How to get there:
Express Bus
Take an express bus to Ulsan Express Bus Terminal from Seoul Express Bus Terminal

 

Bus
Across from Ulsan Express Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 507 or 715 and get off at Gosan Village Bus Stop.

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival|대구약령시한방문화축제

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival celebrates a 350-years tradition of herb medicine preparation. Daegu Yangnyeongsi (herb medicine market) built a reputation as a global hub for herbal medicine, where herbal remedies from China, the Middle East, and Europe were prepared and sold. The program of the festival is super rich in celebration activities like parades and traditional performances. What might be most appealing to foreign visitors is to learn and try out different herbal remedies and experience oriental medicine practices like acupuncture.

Festival Dates:
May 1-5, 2020


Address:
51-1, Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
대구광역시 중구 남성로 51-1 (동성로3가)

How to get there:
Subway
Banwoldang Station, Exit 16 or 18, Daegu Subway Line 1 or 2
Jungangno Station, Exit 1, Daegu Subway Line 1

Yeoncheon Paleolithic Festival | 연천 구석기축제

Yeoncheon Jeongok-ri Paleolithic Festival is held every year in Jeongok-ri in Yeoncheon, at a Paleolithic era site. This festival raises awareness about Paleolithic history and offers interactive educational games and programs. It’s mostly family-oriented, so if you happen to travel with kids, that might be a great event to attend.

Festival Dates:
TBA

Address:
1510, Yangyeon-ro, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 연천군 전곡읍 양연로 1510

How to get there:
Subway + Bus
Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1. Cross the street, and take Bus No. 39, 39-1, 39-2, 53-1 or 53-5 and get off at Jeongok Prehistory Museum Bus Stop. Cross the road to arrive at Yeoncheon Jeongok-ri Paleolithic Festival.

Damyang Bamboo Festival | 담양대나무축제

Damyang Bamboo Festival celebrates the beauty and the practicality of the bamboo plant in the Korean lifestyle. Visiting the bamboo forest is really nice, but it might be a bit busier during the festival days. As part of the festival program, there is a bamboo fair where you can buy products made of bamboo. Various music performances that you can watch while enjoying delicious snacks. There is also a bamboo cutting sword competition. You can learn how to make Daetongsul, a bamboo bottled traditional liquor). Kids can try to catch fish with bamboo baskets or ride a Bamboo Raft.

Damyang Bamboo Festival Hanok Observation Deck
Damyang Bamboo Festival Bamboo Forest
Damyang Bamboo Festival Fish Catching Game

Festival Dates:
April 30 – May 5, 2020

 

Address:
Areas around Juknokwon
119, Jungnogwon-ro, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 담양군 담양읍 죽녹원로 119 (담양읍)

How to get there:
Bus
From Yongsan Station, take a train to Gwangju Station. From Gwangju Station, take Bus No. 311 to Juknokwon.

Miryang Arirang Festival | 밀양 아리랑대축제

Miryang Arirang Festival is created to promote Koren culture via various art performances. Thousands of amateur and volunteer performers, dancers, and singers join the program of the festival. The festival is named by the Arirang national folk song, registered in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The festival was first conceived in 1957 and has become a benchmark folk festival with an unmatched festival program.

Festival Dates:
May 14 -17, 2020

 

Address:
Areas of Yeongnamru Pavilion and Miryang riverside
324, Jungang-ro, Miryang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 밀양시 중앙로 324 (내일동)

How to get there:
By Train
Take a train to Miryang Station from Seoul Station
From Miryang Station Bus Stop, take Bus No. 1 and get off at Yeongnamru Pavilion Bus Stop.

 

By Bus
Take an express bus to Miryang Intercity Bus Terminal from Seoul Express Bus Terminal.
Upon arrival, cross the street, take Bus No. 1 and get off at Yeongnamru Pavilion Bus Stop.

Everland Rose Festival | 에버랜드 장미 축제

Everland Rose Festival features over 1 million roses planted on 20,000 m². The rose garden is organized with lots of care and offers lots of photo zones. To better experience, the beautiful rose areas, make sure to go in the morning when the garden is not so busy, and the rose scent is strong.

Festival Dates:
Mid May

 

Address:
Everland
199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199 (포곡읍)

How to get there:
Subway
Everland/Jeondae Station, Exit 3 (Yongin EverLine)
Then take the shuttle bus to Everland

Bus
Bus No. 5002 from Sinnonhyeon, Gangnam and Yangjae Stations
Bus No. 5700 from Pangyo, Segok-dong, Suseo, Songpa, Jamsil, Gangbyeon Stations
Bus No. 1500-2 from Sadang, Nambu Terminal
Bus No. 1113 from Gangbyeon Station, Gangdong Station 

Lotus Lantern Festival (Yeon Deung Hoe) | 연등회

Lotus Lantern Festival has over 1200 year tradition in celebrating Korean Buddhist heritage. The festival is usually kicked off with Exhibition of traditional lanterns at Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple, and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Eoullim Madang or Buddhist Cheer Rally happens at Dongguk University Stadium, where participants in the parade get together to celebrate and watch the spectacular performances of various dance groups. The highlight of the festival is the lantern procession that starts at Dongdaemun Gate and goes all the way to Jogyesa Temple in central Seoul. The Lantern Parade is attended by thousands of participants with lanterns from every Buddhist temple in Korea and broad international Buddhist representation from Asian countries.

Seoul Lantern Festival Procession DDP
Seoul Lantern Festival
Seoul Lantern Festival Procession

Festival Dates:
24 – 26 April, 2020

 

Address:
Jong-ro Street, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jogyesa Temple, Bongeunsa Temple
55, Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 우정국로 55

How to get there:
By Metro
Jogyesa Temple
Jonggak Station, Exit 2, Seoul Subway Line 1

Bongeunsa Temple
Bongeunsa Station, Exit 1, Seoul Subway Line 9
Samgseong Station, Exit 6, Seoul Subway Line 2 (pass through COEX mall)

Jongno Street
Jonggak Station, Seoul Subway Line 1

Dongguk University Stadium
Dongguk Univ. Station, Exit 6, Seoul Subway Line 3

Boseong Green Tea Festival | 보성다향대축제

Boseong is proud of being the largest tea producer and birthplace of the tea industry in Korea. The Boseong Green Tea Festival is held every year at the fantastic Korean Tea Cultural Park. You can pick tea leaves free of change and even learn how to dry it out. Boseong tea market on the festival grounds offers tea products and farm goods from the region, try traditional Korean food, and enjoy various experiences. One of the highlights of the festival is the tea-drinking ceremony, where local ladies dressed in hanbok serve green tea and explain the art of Korean green tea. There is a charming Green Tea Museum and tea shop with one of the best green tea brands from Boseong.

Boseong Green Tea Festival Tea Picking
Boseong Green Tea Festival Tea Fields
Boseong Green Tea Festival Tea Ceremony

Festival Dates:
TBA

 

Address:
Korean Tea Cultural Park
775, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 775

How to get there:
By Bus
Take an intercity bus to Boseong from Seoul Express Bus Terminal. From Boseong Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take a Boseong-Gunhak route bus and get off at Daehan Dawon bus stop.

Seoul Drum Festival

Seoul Drum Festival is a performing arts festival with a long tradition. Drums play a unique role in Koren traditional music and culture. Every year the festival features artists from Korea and abroad for exciting no-verbal performances. There’s a citizen involvement program that allows young and old to perform on the stage. Various experiences are also available during the two-day festival. 

Festival Dates:
TBA

 

Address:
TBA

How to get there:
TBA

Seoul Rose Festival | 서울 장미 축제

Jungnangcheon Stream is home for the Seoul Rosee Festival every May. Jungnang-gu Rose Tunnel is over 5 km long and is covered with various types of rose flowers. The program includes a rose parade, jazz concert, hanbok and wedding fashion show, and multiple experiences. Parallel to the rose tunnel, there is a food street with vendors offering local products and refreshments.

Seoul Rose Festival
Seoul Rose Festival
Seoul Rose Festival Roses

Festival Dates:
May 15 – 31, 2020

 

Address:
Seoul Rose Park (Mukdonggyo(Bridge) – Gyeomjaegyo(Bridge))
Taereung Station, Exit 8, Line 6

How to get there:
TBA

Seoul Grand Park Rose Garden Festival | 서울대공원 장미 축제

The Seoul Grand Park Rose Festival will take place at the Rose Garden of the park every year from mid till the roses are still blooming. If you take the cable car from the main entrance of the park, you will have a fantastic view of the rose garden on your left. The rose garden is beautifully landscaped, with over 38,000 rouse plants from 179 species. There are rose promenade and sculptures that complement the beautiful flowers.

Seoul Grand Park Rose Garden Dutch Windmill
Seoul Grand Park Rose Festival view to Lift
Seoul Grand Park Rose Garden

Festival Dates:
Mid May to June

 

Address:
102, Daegongwongwangjang-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 과천시 대공원광장로 102 (막계동)

How to get there:
By Subway
Seoul Grand Park Station, Exit 2 Seoul Subway Line 4

Seoul Jazz Festival | 서울재즈페스티벌

The Seoul Jazz Festival is a 2-day music event that takes place in Seoul every May. It attracts famous jazz artists from all over the world in a celebration of sound and rhythm. This year the festival will be on the grounds of Seoul Olympic Park. It will feature artists like Marcus Miller, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Alessia Gara, Bishop Briggs, Emily King, and many more. If you are a jazz lover, this is the spring festival you need to attend.

Festival Dates: 
23-24 May, 2020

 

Address:
Olympic Park
424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 송파구 올림픽로 424 (방이동)

 

Price: 
2-Day Pass – ₩255,000

How to get there:
By Subway
Olympic Park Station, Exit 3, Seoul Subway Line 5
Mongchontoseong Station, Exit 1, Seoul Subway Line 8

Gyejoksan Mountain Barefoot Festival | 계족산 맨발 축제

Gyejoksan Mountain Barefoot Festival in Daejeon lets participants take off their shoes and run or walk barefoot along the 14.5-kilometer mountain trails and red clay paths. With 13 years of history, it’s one of the signature festivals in Daejeon, letting attendees enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery. Clay is known to have significant health benefits, and walking barefoot on it can reduce stress and improve your general health.

Festival Dates: 
Mid May, TBA


Address:
Hwangtot-gil Area in Gyejoksan Mountain in Jang-dong, Daedeok-gu, Daejeon-si

How to get there:
From Daejeon Bus Terminal, take Bus 611, 616, or 701 to Daedeok-gu Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled (대덕구장애인복지관) Bus Stop.
Transfer to Bus 74 to Jangdong Nature Recreational Center (장동지구산림욕장) Bus Stop.
Follow the signs for Gyejoksanseong (계족산성) for 400m to arrive at the festival venue.

Chuncheon International Mime Festival | 춘천 마임축제

Chuncheon International Mime Festival is easy to attend if you happen to be in Seoul. As the name of the festival suggests, it’s a mime performance, so there’s no chance you will not understand what the play is about if you don’t even know what 감사합니다 is. Chuncheon is famous for its Dakgalbi (a stir-fried spicy chicken dish), there’s even Dakgalbi street with famous restaurants that serve this delicious Korean meal.

Festival Dates: 
May 20 – 27, 2020

 

Address:
112, Chuncheon-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
강원도 춘천시 춘천로 112 (효자동)

How to get there:
By Train+Bus
Namchuncheon Station, Exit 1, Gyeongchun Line.
Take Bus No. 9 to Yaksa Apartment Bus Stop. Find your way to Festival Theater Momzit.

 

By Bus
Take an intercity bus to Chuncheon Intercity Bus Terminal

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One of best things about South Korea - festivals! Spring abounds with various festivals, in Seoul and all over Korea. A very complete guide to spring festivals in #southkorea #festivals #spring #koreatravel
Very compete list of spring festivals in South Korea. Detailed information on festival activities, what to expect, how much does it cost and how to get there.
Very compete list of spring festivals in South Korea. Detailed information on festival activities, what to expect, how much does it cost and how to get there. Best festivals in South Korea during the Spring season.

Comments:

  • Vimal Bhatia

    February 22, 2020

    Wonderful insight into Korea we don’t know. Great detail and pictures.

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  • Alex

    February 22, 2020

    I totally missed Korea when I was in Asia, for no particular reason. This post is making me want to go back!

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  • Nomads RTW

    February 23, 2020

    You were not kidding with the very complete information. Great job Chris. Also, love the shots, they look soft but sharp! Great info if we happen to fly to Korea 😀

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  • Kez

    February 23, 2020

    Wow! There are so many festivals going on in South Korea during the spring. The drum festival sounds like an interesting one.

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  • tarun d

    February 24, 2020

    Wow! I honestly didn’t know there were so many festivals happening in South Korea during the spring season! If I wanted to attend them all, how many days would I need to stay in the country?

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