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  • Introduction

    2016 Cultural Tourism Festivals at a Glance!

    For the year 2016, the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism has selected 43 representative Korean cultural tourism festivals to be divided among four categories: 3 Premier Festivals, 7 Top Festivals, 10 Outstanding Festivals, and 23 Up-and-Coming Festivals. In addition to these, three former representative festivals: Boryeong Mud Festival, Andong Mask Dance Festival and Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival have been chosen as Global Festivals, as they are expected to increase the awareness of Korean tourism in the international arena.

    The festivals are selected based on the frequency of visits by international tourists in previous year. The three premier festivals are Gimje Horizon Festival, Jarasum International Jazz Festival and Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festival. Check out the list below for more festivals and details to look forward to in 2016!

    List of the 2016 Cultural Tourism Festivals

    List of the 2016 Cultural Tourism Festivals
    Global Festivals (3) Boryeong Mud Festival
    Andong Mask Dance Festival
    Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival
    Premier Festivals (3) Gimje Horizon Festival
    Jarasum International Jazz Festival
    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
    Top Festivals (7) Gangjin Celadon Festival
    Muju Firefly Festival
    Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival
    Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival
    Icheon Rice Cultural Festival
    Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
    Chungjang Memory Festival Korea
    Outstanding Festivals (10) Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
    Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
    Damyang Bamboo Festival
    Bonghwa Sweet Fish Festival
    Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
    Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival
    Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival
    Jeju Fire Festival
    Tongyeong the Great Battle of Hansan Festival
    Pyeongchang Hyoseok Cultural Festival
    Up-and-coming Festivals (23) Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival
    Gwangalli Eobang Festival
    Goesan Red Pepper Festival
    Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
    Daejeon Root of Filial Piety Festival
    Dongnaeeupseong Fortress History Festival
    Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival
    Mokpo Port Festival
    Boseong Green Tea Festival
    Seosan Haemieupseong Festival
    Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival
    Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival
    Yeongdeok Snowcrab Festival
    Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival
    Wanju Wild Food Festival
    Ulsan Onggi Festival
    Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival
    Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
    Chuncheon International Mime Festival
    Pohang International Fire & Lights Festival
    Hansan Ramie Cultural Festival
    Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival
    Hamyang Wild Ginseng Festival
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    2016 Global Festivals

    Boryeong Mud Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Visitors having fun at the Boryeong Mud Festival 】

    Unfolding the internationally recognized summer festival in Korea, this year marks the 19th year since the Boryeong Mud Festival was first introduced. The festival will be held for 10 days at Daecheon Beach, the largest beach on the western coast of the nation. As the name of the festival suggests, the theme focuses on the use of mud with facilities including mud slides, a huge mud bath and many other mud-related programs that are put in place for all international visitors to enjoy!

    • Period: July 15-24, 2016
    • Venue: Daecheon Beach, Mud Plaza

    Andong Mask Dance Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Performers wearing traditional Korean masks at a festival 】

    With the theme of tal (Korean traditional mask) and mask dancing, this is a unique cultural festival that was introduced by BBC and CNN. The festival will be held between the mask dance park and the center of the Andong Hahoe Folk Village, which is well-known for its preserved traditional houses that were once lived in by yangban(aristocrats) during the Joseon era.

    • Period: September 30 – October 9, 2016
    • Venue: Areas of Andong Downtown (Talchum Park, Andong Hahoe Folk Village)

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Lanterns light up the autumn night 】

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading the Namgang River. The lanterns were lit as a form of communication with their family members but were gradually seen as a form of honoring the men of merit who died during the war.

    • Period: October 1-16, 2016
    • Venue: Jinju Namgang River Area

    2016 Korea Premier Festivals

    Gimje Horizon Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Different scenes taken at the Gimje Horizon Festival 】

    Gimje Horizon Festival offers visitors a chance to experience Korea's agriculture as well as various traditional cultural performances. The festival highlights the beautiful natural environment of Gimje and the rice produced in the region. The expansive fields of Gimje are fertile and offer suitable conditions for growing rice. Gimje is also the largest granary in Korea. During the festival period, visitors can experience catching grasshoppers, harvesting rice, maneuvering a cart (usually driven by a cow or horse) and other exciting agricultural-related hands-on activities.

    Jarasum International Jazz Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Roberto Fonseca concert (Credit: Jarasum International Jazz Festival) 】

    The annual Jarasum International Jazz Festival is held in early fall on Jaraseom Island in Gapyeong. As an island formed in the Bukhangang River, Jaraseom Island offers various attractions such as riverside promenades, sports facilities, and natural recreational forests. The jazz festival attracts over 100,000 visitors from home and abroad every year. Visitors to the festival can enjoy smooth jazz tunes and also get a chance to meet some of the world's leading jazz musicians.

    • Period: October 1-3, 2016
    • Venue: Jaraseom Island Area in Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Gangwon’s representative winter festival 】

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a winter activity that revolves around sancheoneo (mountain trout), ice and snow. Every year, the festival draws about 1 million visitors and it is considered to be the nation's largest and most popular winter festival as a variety of programs and fun activities are offered. The most popular programs include ice fishing, ice soccer, and ice sledding.

    This page was last updated in October 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

    <Last updated October 17, 2016>
  • Festivals from January to June

    March

    Jeju Fire Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Representative festival of Jeju-do island 】

    Early in the New Year according to the lunar calendar, one of the many hills on Jeju Island is set ablaze to wish for a plentiful harvest and good year. The festival originated from Jeju's traditional farming custom of burning rice fields and vegetable gardens in early spring to exterminate pests so that the cows can feed on healthy grasses, and ease cultivation.

    • Period: March 3-6, 2016
    • Venue: Saebyeol Oreum Area in Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

    Yeongdeok Snowcrab Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Top food festival in Yeongdeok (Photo courtesy of Yeongdeok Snowcrab Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    The Yeongdeok Snowcrab Festival is a unique festival that holds snowcrab related activities for all visitors. A wide range of experiences including snowcrab fishing, Yeongdeok snowcrab racing, making of snowcrab-shaped soap, and a marketplace are also available in the festival.

    • Period: March 31 – April 3, 2016
    • Venue: Gangguhang Port Area in Yeongdeok-gun

    April

    Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Tourists at the Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival 】

    Jindo's sea-parting is a unique natural phenomenon that occurs every year. When the tide is low, a 2.8-kilometer-long and 40-meter-wide path between the mainland and a nearby island is revealed. Jindo Miracle Sea Festival is held when the tide differences are at their peak, rendering a natural stage for the festival's great selection of events. The festival is gaining recognition from overseas travelers as many visitors flock to the quiet town of Jindo-gun every year during the festival period.

    • Period: April 7-10, 2016
    • Venue: Hoedong-ri Area in Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival LINK

    【 Photo: A unique, history-themed festival 】

    Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival introduces and promotes Daegaya, an ancient kingdom around 1,500 year ago, known for its quality steel production. The festival presents a range of hands-on programs focusing on the region's rich history and rural background. An exhibition of relics from the Daegaya era shows the life and wisdom of the Daegaya people.

    • Period: April 7-10, 2016
    • Venue: Daegaya Museum and Daegaya Historical Theme Park Area in Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from Yeongam Wangin Cultural Festival 】

    The festival takes place in April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and it celebrates the achievements of Korea's Dr. Wangin, who was known for his travels to Japan over 1,600 years ago to spread knowledge, culture, and art. This festival is set in the beautiful landscape of Wolchulsan National Park and Dr. Wangin's achievements are celebrated with various performances and cultural events.

    • Period: April 7-10, 2016
    • Venue: Historical Site of Dr. Wangin, Gurim Village, Yeongam Pottery Museum Areas in Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Gwangalli Eobang Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Typical scene of fishermen with torches on fishing boats (Photo courtesy of Busan Suyeong-gu Office) 】

    The Gwangalli Eobang Festival is held every April in Busan’s famous Gwangalli beach area, an integrated and multipurpose venue where the Namcheon Minrak Live Fish Festival, Gwangalli Beach Festival and Namcheon-dong Fireworks Festival are also held. Various programs are available for visitors including fishing with nets, intangible cultural heritage performances and the scene of 30 fishing boats with torches forming a spectacular landscape at night.

    • Period: April 22-24, 2016
    • Venue: Gwangalli Beach Area

    Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Ceramics festival held in Mungyeong every spring 】

    Mungyeong has long had a flourishing ceramics industry owing to an abundant supply of sandy soil and firewood. Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival offers visitors an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the unassuming beauty of chasabal (traditional tea bowls). Tea and pottery-related hands-on programs are facilitated by local potters from the Mungyeong region.

    May

    Damyang Bamboo Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Dense forest of bamboo trees 】

    Damyang in Jeollanam-do is known throughout Korea for its bamboo. Damyang Bamboo Festival hosts a variety of hands-on activities such as bamboo drawing, traditional fishing with a bamboo basket, bamboo craft making and much more. Visitors can also sample alcoholic beverages brewed in bamboo stalks and try dishes made with bamboo shoots.

    • Period: May 3-8, 2016
    • Venue: Juknokwon and Gwanbangjerim Forest Areas in Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival LINK

    【 Photo: A unique festival to experience traditional Korean medicine (Photo courtesy of the Daegu Yangyeong-si Cultural Properties Preservation Committee) 】

    Yangnyeong-si in Daegu is known for its rich history and hanbang (traditional Korean medicine) culture. Designated as an official Culture & Tourism Festival in 2001, the festival has since become a signature celebration that promotes traditional Korean medicine worldwide. Throughout the festival, visitors can learn the history of traditional Korean medicine and experience traditional medical treatments.

    Boseong Green Tea Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Boseong, host of the largest scale green tea festival in Korea 】

    Boseong Green Tea Festival, the largest green tea festival in Korea, takes place at Boseong Green Tea Plantation, a well-known filming location and tourist site. Visitors to the festival will get a chance to pick tea leaves, make and sample green tea, make green tea snacks, learn traditional tea drinking etiquette and take part in a tea photo contest.

    • Period: May 4-8, 2016
    • Venue: Korean Tea and Sori Cultural Park & Boseong Tea Field Areas in Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Ulsan Onggi Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Get to know Korean food culture through onggi (Photo courtesy of Ulsan Onggi Festival Promotion Committee) 】

    The nation’s largest onggi (earthenware) distribution center can be found in Ulju-gun, Ulsan. The Ulsan Onggi Festival offers a fun array of hands-on programs which let visitors learn about how to craft pottery, and it also hosts exciting exhibitions and performances including traditional performances. Beautiful onggi are also available for sale to visitors who wish to buy one as a memento.

    • Period: May 5-8, 2016
    • Venue: Oegosan Onggi Village Area in Ulju-gun, Ulsan-si

    Chuncheon International Mime Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Performances at the Chuncheon International Mime Festival 】

    Chuncheon International Mime Festival is a leading performing arts festival in Korea and its fame has now spread across the globe. Each year, renowned artists from home and abroad give outstanding live performances. On the weekends of the festival period, performances are held practically nonstop!

    • Period: May 26-29, 2016 / October 29, 2016 (additional event)
    • Venue: KT&G Sangsang Madang Chuncheon and Waterside Park Areas

    June

    Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Top fiber festival in Korea 】

    Hansan Ramie Cultural Festival is held in Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, a region famous for producing ramie, a flax-like plant in which its fibers are used to weave cloth. Visitors can attend a fashion show featuring ramie fiber clothes, try on ramie clothing, or watch the creation of ramie fabric.

    • Period: June 3-6, 2016
    • Venue: Hansan Mosi Fabric Hall Area in Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

    This page was last updated in October 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

    <Last updated October 17, 2016>
  • Festivals from July to December

    July

    Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Korea’s first man-made pond, Gungnamji Pond 】

    Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival is held around Gungnamji Pond, an artificial pond constructed during the reign of King Muwang of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. – 660 A.D.). A performance based on the love between Prince Seodong (King Muwang's name in his youth) and Princess Seonhwa is the highlight of the festival. Events during the festival include face painting, lotus leaf tea sampling, lotus flower soap making, lotus flower photo and painting exhibitions, and a variety of performances.

    • Period: July 8-17, 2016
    • Venue: Seodong Park (Gungnamji) Area in Dongnam-ri, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

    Pohang International Fireworks Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Fantastic fireworks display (Photo courtesy of Pohang-si Office) 】

    Firework teams from many different countries visit Pohang to compete in the fireworks contest during Pohang International Fire & Lights Festival. The fireworks create a brilliant spectacle against the summer sky at night. The festival also features a fireworks parade, a fireworks fashion show, musical light shows, live concerts on the beach, and a fireworks art exhibition.

    • Period: July 28-31, 2016
    • Venue: Yeongildae Northern Beach Area

    Hamyang Wild Ginseng Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Festival participants digging for wild ginseng (Photo courtesy of Hamyang-gun Office) 】

    Hamyang Ginseng Festival is held at Hamyangsangnim Forest, Natural Monument No. 154 in Gyeongsangnam-do. The area of Hamyang stretches across Jirisan Mountain and Deogyusan Mountain, and features high-quality wild ginseng and herbs that bring many domestic and international visitors to the area. 

    • Period: July 29 – August 2, 2016
    • Venue: Sangnim Park Area

    Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Participants having fun in a water gun fight (Photo courtesy of Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Jangheung County in Jeollanam-do is known for its water resources as it is located near Boseongman Bay and the lake created by the Tamjingang River and Jangheung Dam. Held at the end of July every year, Jeongnamjin Water Festival is a departure from other festivals, which mainly feature exhibitions and performances, as it highlights summer and water through a variety of games and hands-on programs. A huge artificial pool is installed on the Tamjingang River for various water activities. Visitors can also enjoy rafting, water bicycles, riding a rope ferry across the river, and a variety of foods of the Namdo region as well as special products are available at the festival's local food market.

    • Period: July 29 – August 4, 2016
    • Venue: Tanjingang River and Cypress Woodland Areas in Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Mokpo Port Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Participants enjoying festival activities (Photo courtesy of Mokpo-si Office) 】

    Mokpo Port Festival is held in Mokpo, home to Yudalsan Mountain and Samhak-do Island, and overlooks the western section of Dadohaehaesang National Park. Every year, the festival features a magnificent on-the-sea fireworks show, leisure sports activities and more to experience Mokpo's sea both day and night, offering unforgettable memories.

    • Period: July 29 - August 2, 2016
    • Venue: Mokpo Harbor and Samhak-do Island areas in Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do

    Bonghwa Eun-eo (Sweet Fish) Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Filling the activity area with euneo (Photo courtesy of Bonghwa-gun Office) 】

    Bonghwa Sweet Fish Festival takes place in Bonghwa, a well-preserved natural habitat surrounded by mountains, trees, clean water, and fresh air. Euneo, or sweet fish, only live near the source of clean and clear streams. Visitors can cool down while catching fish in Naeseongcheon Stream with their bare hands. In addition, visitors can engage in night fishing or enjoy some euneo barbeque.

    • Period: July 30 – August 6, 2016
    • Venue: Bonghwa-eup Sports Park and Naeseongcheon Stream Areas in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    Gangjin Celadon Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Children having fun at the festival 】

    The Gangjin area in Jeollanam-do has long been known for its blue celadon production, which was made possible by advanced sea transportation as well as the right ingredients and conditions for celadon production such as local clay, fuel, water, and a favorable climate. Gangjin Celadon Festival has gained acclamation among visitors for showcasing the excellence and uniqueness of Goryeo celadon.

    August

    The Great Battle of Hansan Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from The Great Battle of Hansan Festival (Photo courtesy of The Great Hansan Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Held in Tongyeong, The Great Battle of Hansan Festival commemorates the patriotic spirit of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, a Korean navy commander noted for leading victories against the invading Japanese Army during the Imjin War (1592-1598). The festival presents a variety of hands-on programs such as marine sports, geobukseon (turtle ship) making, bow making, and many more.

    • Period: August 11-15, 2016
    • Venue: Byeongseon Madang, Sebyeonggwan, and the Great Battle of Hansan Memorial Park in Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do)

    Incheon Pentaport Music Festival (Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival) LINK

    【 Photo: Artists’ performances at the rock music festival (Photo courtesy of YESCOM Entertainment) 】

    Incheon Pentaport Music Festival is an emerging rock festival in Korea that features a wide assortment of artists’ performances. The music festival includes top program Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival and group performances by new and local artists, music businesses and other events.

    In particular, the Pentaport Rock Festival draws about 100,000 visitors, making it the most popular program of all. The rock festival is ranked 8th among the 50 best music festivals in the world by UK Magazine, Time Out.

    • Period: August 12-14, 2016
    • Venue: Songdo Pentaport Park

    Muju Firefly Festival LINK

    【 Photo: A firefly-themed festival (Photo courtesy of Muju-gun Office) 】

    Muju Firefly Festival is an environmental event that celebrates fireflies. Visitors to the festival will have a chance to participate in the night time exploration program to visit and observe the natural habitat of fireflies. A range of folk culture hands-on activities also takes place during the festival period.

    • Period: August 27 – September 4, 2016
    • Venue: Jinam Park and Bandiland Areas in Muju-eup, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

    September

    Goesan Red Pepper Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from the Goesan Red Pepper Festival (Photo courtesy of Goesan-gun Office) 】

    Goesan in Chungcheongbuk-do is famous for red pepper cultivation. Goesan Red Pepper Festival features various red pepper related events such as an exhibition of red peppers from around the world, red pepper cutting and eating contests, and a cooking competition. A range of celebratory performances and folk games are also scheduled for the festival.

    • Period: September 1-4, 2016
    • Venue:Hongbeomsik Old House and Dongjincheon Stream Areas in Eum-nae, Goesan-eup, Goesan-gun, Chungcheonbuk-do

    Pyeongchang Hyoseok Cultural Festival LINK

    【 Photo: White fields of buckwheat flowers (Photo courtesy of Lee Hyo-seok Literature Promotion Committee) 】

    Hyoseok Cultural Festival takes place in Pyeongchang, the setting for Lee Hyo-seok's famous novel, "When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom." The festival highlights different locations depicted in the novel as well as the area's folklore. The festival is held at the most splendid time of the year when the buckwheat flowers blanket the entire Bongpyeong area. Don't miss the wide range of foods made from buckwheat, exciting programs, and the vast plain of buckwheat flowers.

    Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival LINK

    【 Photo: A unique dance-themed festival (Photo courtesy of Wonju-si Office) 】

    Dancing to the exciting rhythm, the Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival was originally known as Wonju International Tattoo Festival from 2000 to 2010. From 2011, the festival later changed to its present name and developed several global programs. In addition, the festival's main program 'Dancing Carnival' unfolds a stage that is approximately 200m in width and a street parade featuring a variety of folk dances and magnificent military marching bands from international teams across the globe, as well as the local citizens' passionate performances.

    • Period: September 6-11, 2016
    • Venue: Tattoo Performance Hall, Youth Square, Wonil-ro Street, Culture Street, etc.

    Wanju Wild Food Festival LINK

    【 Photo: A festival with an agriculture theme (Photo courtesy of Wanju-gun Office) 】

    Wanju Wild Food Festival is held to spread knowledge of Wanju, a city where one can experience cheonryeop (river-fishing), Korean wilderness, and nostalgia. The festival also provides nature-friendly food experiences using local agricultural products, along with varied wild plants and animals from Wanju. This festival aims to give visitors a feeling of nostalgia for food from the past through diverse hands-on food programs, surrounded by nature.

    • Period: September 23-25, 2016
    • Venue: Gosan Recreation Forest Area in Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

    Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival Scenes 】

    Daejeon Family Culture festival takes place in the area around Ppuri Park in Jung-gu, Daejeon, where filial piety has been highly respected. The festival features hands-on experience programs and events reflecting traditional family culture and filial piety.

    • Period: September 23-25, 2016
    • Venue: Ppuri Park in Jung-gu, Daejeon

    7080 Chungjang Memory Festival LINK

    【 Photo: DJ Festival at Chungjang-ro (Photo courtesy of Gwangju-si Dong-gu Office) 】

    7080 Chungjang Memory Festival Korea is a cultural celebration that epitomizes the spirit of the youth and the good old days of the '70s and '80s when everything prospered. A wide range of events take place during the festival period including a street parade by the locals, an exhibition reenacting the life of the 1970s and '80s, traditional games, local dish sampling, a folk song festival, intangible cultural heritage performances, and street performances.

    • Period: September 29 – October 3, 2016
    • Venue: Art Street Area in Geumnam-ro, Chungjang-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju-si

    Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Tightrope performance (Photo courtesy of Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Since it first started in 2001, the Namsadang Baudeogi (Kim Am-deok, the only female leader in Korean Namsadang) Festival has been preservation of the tradition of Namsadang (troupes of entertainers who traveled around the country). This festival covers more than a hundred performances at the old Anseong market, highlighting the richness of top three markets during the Joseon Dynasty. During the festival, visitors can look forward to parades, performances, hands-on activities, exhibitions and contests. Programs include a Baudeogi memorial ceremony and yards where visitors can directly experience traditional folk games, explore popular local delights of Anseong city and more.

    • Period: September 29 – October 3, 2016
    • Venue: Anseongmatchum Land and downtown Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

    Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes of various programs at the herb festival (Photo courtesy of Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival Committee) 】

    Celebrating the herbs of Jirisan Mountain, which are commonly known to have great medicinal properties, the Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival is the perfect event for visitors eager to improve their health through natural remedies. Visitors will be exposed to a wide variety of Korea’s medicinal herbs and medical traditions. If you are keen in learning about traditional remedies or staying healthy, this is a unique event not to be missed!

    • Period: September 30 – October 10, 2016
    • Venue: Donguibogam Village Area in Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

    October

    Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Moyangseong Fortress, built to protect against enemies during Joseon Dynasty 】

    Since 1973, the festival was held to honor the magnificence of the Moyangseong Fortress located in Gochang-eup, Gochang-gun in Jeollanam-do. The fortress was built by the region’s citizens in order to defend against enemies during the Joseon dynasty. It is believed that walking on the fortress can grant a long and healthy life and thus many visitors can be seen at the fortress every year. Other programs available include dapseongdori (event where one carries a rock on top of ones head around the fortress three times for blessings), a Joseon Dynasty military ceremony and traditional cultural hands-on activities.

    • Period: October 5-9, 2016
    • Venue: Moyangseong Fortress and Urban District Areas of Gochang-eup, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do

    Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Festival scenes (Photo courtesy of Songpa-gu Office of Culture and Sports) 】

    The Songpa area in Seoul was the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom for 500 years during the Hanseong Baekje Era (18 BC to 475 AD) around 2,000 years ago. Songpa is also home to a number of time-honored historic and cultural heritage sites, including Pungnaptoseong Fortress and Mongchontoseong Fortress. The festival offers visitors a glimpse into the ancient history and culture of the Hanseong Baekje Period that brilliantly flourished based on a strong national power.

    • Period: October 6-9, 2016
    • Venue: Olympic Park area, in Songpa-gu, Seoul

    Dongnaeeupseong History Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Historical education experience held every October (Photo courtesy of Culture & Public Information Division of Dongnae-gu, Busan) 】

    Dongnaeeupseong Fortress History Festival is an experiential festival that offers historical insight into life during the Japanese Invasion of Korea (1592-1598). The festival is based on historical facts relating to the town's efforts to defend Dongnaeeupseong Fortress in resistance against the Japanese forces. The festival features a variety of hands-on experience programs including juldarigi (tug-of-war), in which thousands of people can take part at once, a reenactment of the ancient marketplace, traditional folk performances, a jultagi (tightrope walking) performance, and many more.

    • Period: October 7-9, 2016
    • Venue: Dongnae Community Center, Dongnaeeupseong North Gate Plaza, and Oncheonjang Areas in Dongnae-gu, Busan

    Seosan Haemieupseong Festival LINK

    【 Photo: A historical festival with a variety of programs offered (Photo courtesy of Seosan Cultural Center Haemieupseong Historical Experience Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Haemieupseong Festival takes place in the city of Seosan, a central city of history and culture along Korea's western coast. Haemieupseong Fortress is a great place to learn about Korea's historical past because of the many cultural heritage items that can be found at the site. The festival provides a wide array of cultural events and history-related programs.

    • Period: October 7-9, 2016
    • Venue: Haemieupseong Fortress Area in Eupnae-ri, Haemi-myeong, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do

    Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Fermented seafood tasting at the festival (Photo courtesy of Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    The city of Ganggyeong produces half of all fermented seafood produced in the country. It is here that Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival is held to offer visitors fresh and tasty fermented seafood at a relatively low price compared to most other parts of the country. In addition, cooking programs with fermented seafood, crafting wish lanterns, and more hands-on activities are enough to draw visitors.

    • Period: October 12-16, 2016
    • Venue: Areas of Ganggyeongpogu Harbor, Jeotgal Market, and Jeotgal Exhibit Hall

    Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from the festival (Photo courtesy of Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Sunchang, a village famous for its citizens' longevity and for the production of red-pepper paste, holds Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival every year. The fermented Sunchang red-pepper paste has recently been recognized for its excellent health benefits. Traditional outdoor performances, percussion performances, and Sunchang red-pepper paste making will take place, as well as a local specialty fair and a Sunchang red-pepper cooking competition.

    • Period: October 13-16, 2016
    • Venue: Sunchang Traditional Gochujang Village and Sunchang-eup Areas in Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do

    Icheon Rice Cultural Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Rice cooking in a large-scale cauldron (Photo courtesy of Icheon Rice Cultural Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Since ancient times, Icheon's expansive open fields have offered the perfect conditions for growing rice, continuing to be one of the major rice producers in Korea. Therefore, the Icheon Rice Cultural Festival, combining two of Icheon's symbols, rice and agriculture, is held in late October to celebrate the year of good harvest.

    • Period: October 19-23, 2016
    • Venue: Seolbong Park in Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

    Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Visitors having fun at the festival (Photo courtesy of Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival is a combination of two festivals: Yeoju Farm Festival and Sweet Potato Festival based on Yeoju's representative products, rice and sweet potato respectively. Visitors to the festival can find Yeoju's quality agricultural and local specialty products and enjoy participating in a wide range of fun, informative programs.

    • Period: October 28-30, 2016
    • Venue: Silleuksa Riverside Tourist Site in Yeoju-gun, Gyeonggi-do

    Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Chrysanthemum flowers displays at the festival (Photo courtesy of Masan Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Masan was the first district in Korea to cultivate chrysanthemums locally and also the first to export them to Japan. Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival is held annually presenting spectacles such as a grand flower gate at the festival entrance, a flower hill made of thousands of chrysanthemums, a flower tower decorated with the festival's mascots and more.

    • Period: October 29 – November 7, 2016
    • Venue: Masanhang Port, Wharf No. 1 Area in Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

    This page was last updated in October 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

    <Last updated October 17, 2016>