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    2018 Cultural Tourism Festivals at a Glance!

    For 2018, the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism has selected 41 representative Korean cultural tourism festivals to be divided among four categories: 3 Premier Festivals, 7 Best Festivals, 10 Excellent Festivals, and 21 Up-and-Coming Festivals. The festivals are selected based on the frequency of visits by international tourists in the previous year.

    The three premier festivals are Muju Firefly Festival, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, and Jaraseom International Jazz Festival. In addition, four more festivals have been selected as global promotion festivals: Boryeong Mud Festival, Andong Mask Dance Festival, Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival, and Gimje Horizon Festival. Check the list below for more festivals and details to look forward to in 2018!

    List of the 2018 Cultural Tourism Festivals

    List of the 2017 Cultural & Tourism Festivals
    Global Promotion Festivals (4) Boryeong Mud Festival
    Andong Mask Dance Festival
    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival
    Gimje Horizon Festival
    Premier Festivals (3) Muju Firefly Festival
    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
    Jarasum International Jazz Festival
    Best Festivals (7) Gangjin Celadon Festival
    Damyang Bamboo Festival
    Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival
    Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival
    Icheon Rice Festival
    Jindo Miracle Sea Parting Festival
    Hyoseok Cultural Festival
    Excellent Festivals (10) Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
    Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
    Boseong Green Tea Festival
    Bonghwa Euneo (Sweetfish) Festival
    Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
    Anseongmatchum Namsadang Baudeogi Festival
    Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival
    Jeju Fire Festival
    7080 Chungjang Recollection Festival
    The Great Battle of Hansan Festival
    Up-and-coming Festivals (21) Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival
    Gwangalli Eobang Festival
    Goesan Red Pepper Festival
    Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
    Daejeon Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival
    Dongnaeeupseong History Festival
    Mokpo Port Festival
    Miryang Arirang Festival
    Seosan Haemieupseong Fortress Festival
    Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
    Sunchang Fermented Food Festival
    Siheung Gaetgol Festival
    Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival
    Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival
    Wanju Wild Food Festival
    Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival
    Eumseong Pumba Festival
    Imsil N Cheese Festival
    Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
    Chuncheon International Mime Festival
    Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival

    2018 Global Promotion Festivals

    Boryeong Mud Festival LINK

    Visitors having fun at the  Boryeong Mud Festival

    The internationally recognized summer festival in Korea, Boryeong Mud Festival will be held at Daecheon Beach, the largest beach on the western coast. As the name of the festival suggests, the festival focuses on the use of mud with facilities including mud slides, a huge mud bath and many other mud-related programs for all visitors to enjoy!

    • Period: July 13-22, 2018
    • Venue: Area of Daecheon Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do

    Andong Mask Dance Festival LINK

    Andong Mask Dance Festival

    With the theme of tal (Korean traditional mask) and mask dancing, this is a unique cultural festival that has been introduced by many international broadcasting networks, including BBC and CNN. The festival provides the chance to watch mask dance performances from not only Korea but from other countries around the world, as well as learn some of the dances.

    • Period: September 28 – October 7, 2018
    • Venue: Areas of Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (Talchum Park)

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival LINK

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival originates from the lighting of lanterns during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjin War (1592-1598). The lanterns were originally lit by people inside the fortress as a way to communicate with their family members outside but were gradually seen as a form of honoring the men of merit who died during the war.

    • Period: October 1-14, 2018
    • Venue: Jinju Namgang River Area

    Gimje Horizon Festival LINK

    Gimje Horizon Festival (Credit: 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 and other exciting agricultural-related hands-on activities.

    • Period: October 5-9, 2018
    • Venue: Areas of Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do (Byeokgolje)

    2018 Korea Premier Festivals

    Muju Firefly Festival LINK

    Muju Firefly Festival

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a winter event that revolves around sancheoneo (Masou salmon), 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.

    • Period: September 1-9, 2018
    • Venue: Areas of Jinam Park and Bandi Land in Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival LINK

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a winter event that revolves around sancheoneo (Masou salmon), 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.

    Jarasum Jazz Festival LINK

    Roberto Fonseca concert (Credit: Jarasum Jazz Festival)

    The annual Jarasum 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 12-14, 2018
    • Venue: Area of Jaraseom Island in Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

    * Festival dates and venues are subject to change. Please confirm details before visiting.

    This page was last updated on April 17, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

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