Photo credit: (top right) Gwangalli Eobang Festival
The mild temperatures typically make April a very popular month for festivals in Korea. Among the major festivals worth attending include the Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival in Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do; the Busan Lotus Lantern Festival and the Gwangalli Eobang Festival in Busan; and the Ganghwa Dolmen Culture Festival in Ganghwa-gun, Incheon.
The Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival will be held from April 10 to April 13 at the Daegaya Museum and around the Goryeong-eup area. One of the festival’s main attractions is the dramatic historical reenactment depicting the Daegaya (AD 42–562) people as they weathered hardship and distress and ultimately defended the crown. Other programs include activities which allow visitors to experience firsthand and learn the history of Daegaya such as an armor and costume experience, making archery bows, making pottery and more!
The Busan Lotus Lantern Festival will take place from April 18 to 27 at Yongdusan Park, Gudeok Sports Complex, and the Gwangbok-ro area. The festival will showcase colorful lanterns in a wide range of shapes and themes including animals, animation characters, and giant balloon displays. A variety of fun events and activities are also scheduled during the festival.
The Gwangalli Eobang Festival will be held at Gwangalli Beach in Busan from April 25 to 27. "Eobang" was the name of the cooperative fishermen's union of the Suyeong region in Busan where the fishing industry was particularly active. Visitors can catch fish with their bare hands, try some water sports, and participate in the Eobang fishnet dragging, which is the festival’s most famous event.
The Ganghwa History Museum is well known for its annual Ganghwa Dolmen Culture Festival, which will run from April 26 to 27 this year. Thematically focusing on the island’s dolmens at the Ganghwa Dolmen Site, which have been designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the festival offers programs and games where visitors can learn more about the lifestyle and culture during the prehistoric times.
Courtesy of the Festival of Daegaya Experience Promotion Committee, Busan Lotus Lantern Festival, Gwangalli Eobang Festival, and Ganghwa-gun Culture and Tourism