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  • Introduction

    2017 Cultural Tourism Festivals at a Glance!

    For 2017, the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism has selected 41 representative Korean cultural tourism festivals to be divided among four categories: 3 Premier Festivals, 7 Top Festivals, 10 Outstanding Festivals, and 21 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, Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival and Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival. Check out the list below for more festivals and details to look forward to in 2017!

    List of the 2017 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
    Damyang Bamboo Festival
    Muju Firefly Festival
    Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival
    Icheon Rice Cultural Festival
    Jarasum International Jazz Festival
    Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
    Outstanding Festivals (10) Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
    Bonghwa Sweet Fish Festival
    Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
    Anseongmatchum Namsadang Baudeogi Festival
    Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival
    Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival
    Jeju Fire Festival
    7080 Chungjang Memory Festival
    The Great Battle of Hansan Festival
    Hyoseok Cultural Festival
    Up-and-coming Festivals (23) Gangneung Coffee Festival
    Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
    Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival
    Gwangalli Eobang Festival
    Goesan Red Pepper Festival
    Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
    Daejeon Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival
    Miryang Arirang Festival
    Boseong Green Tea Festival
    Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
    Sunchang Gochujang Festival
    Seosan Haemieupseong Festival
    Siheung Gaetgol Festival
    Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival
    Wanju Wild Food Festival
    Ulsan Onggi Festival
    Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
    Jeongseon Arirang Festival
    Chuncheon International Mime Festival
    Pohang International Fire & Lights Festival
    Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival

    2017 Global Festivals

    Boryeong Mud Festival LINK

    【 Photo: 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 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 visitors to enjoy!

    • Period: July 21-30, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Daecheon Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do

    Andong Mask Dance Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Performers wearing traditional Korean masks at the 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 29 – October 8, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (Talchum Park)

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival lights up the autumn night 】

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung 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 form of communication 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 1-16, 2017
    • Venue: Jinju Namgang River Area

    2017 Korea Premier Festivals

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Gangwon’s representative winter festival, 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.

    Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Ceramics on display at Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival 】

    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.

    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 and other exciting agricultural-related hands-on activities.

    • Period: September 20-24, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do (Centered at Byeokgolje)

    This page was last updated in January 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

    <Last updated on January 4, 2017>
  • Festivals from January to June

    March

    Jeju Fire Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Jeju Fire Festival, representative festival of Jeju-do 】

    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 2-5, 2017
    • Venue: Area of Saebyeol Oreum in Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

    April

    Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Unique history-themed festival Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival 】

    Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival introduces and promotes Daegaya, an ancient kingdom from around 1,500 years 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.

    Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from the Yeongam Wangin Cultural Festival 】

    Yeongam Wangin Cultural 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 travel to Japan over 1,600 years ago to spread knowledge, culture, and art. This festival spans the area from Bongseondae to Sangdaepo History Park, creating a festive mood throughout the city for locals and tourists alike to enjoy.

    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 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 already well-known among overseas travelers, and many visitors flock to the quiet town of Jindo-gun every year during the festival period.

    • Period: April 26-29, 2017
    • Venue: Area of Hoedong-ri, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Gwangalli Eobang Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scene of fishing boats lit with torches (Credit: Busan Suyeong-gu Office) 】

    Gwangalli Eobang Festival is held every April in Busan’s famous Gwangalli beach area. The name of the festival comes from the local dialect for the community of fishermen, signaling the traditional nature of this festival. In particular, the scene of fishing boats lit with torches at night in the traditional way creates a spectacular landscape.

    • Period: April 28-30, 2017
    • Venue: Area of Gwangalli Beach in Sumyeon-gu, Busan

    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 many more. Visitors can also sample alcoholic beverages brewed in bamboo stalks and try dishes made with bamboo shoots.

    Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Experience traditional Korean medicine at Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival (Credit: Daegu Yangyeong-si Cultural Properties Preservation Committee) 】

    Yangnyeong-si in Daegu is known for its rich history and hanbang (traditional Korean medicine) culture. The festival has 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 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 green tea and green tea snacks, learn traditional tea drinking etiquette and take part in a tea photo contest.

    • Period: May 3-7, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue:Areas of Korean Tea Cultural Park and Boseong Tea Field in Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Ulsan Onggi Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Learn Korean food culture through Ulsan Onggi Festival (Credit: 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.

    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 21-28, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Waterside Park in Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do

    Miryang Arirang Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scene from Miryang Arirang Festival (Credit: Miryang Cultural Foundation) 】

    Miryang Arirang Festival is a representative folk festival of Gyeongsangnam-do, and focuses on Miryang Arirang, one of the nation’s top three Arirang styles. The festival holds dynamic events, and visitors can enjoy a music festival as well as experiences related to Arirang, a firework show, and performances of other intangible heritages.

    • Period: May 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Yeongnamnu Pavilion and Milyang Riverside in Milyang, Gyeongsangnam-do

    This page was last updated in January 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

    <Last updated on January 4, 2017>
  • 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 BC–AD 660). 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.

    Pohang International Fire & Lights Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Fantastic firework show at Pohang International Fire & Lights Festival (Credit: Pohang-si Office, Photo Artist Society of Pohang) 】

    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 26-30, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Yeongildae Northern Beach and Hyeongsangang Gymnasium in Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Participants having fun in a water gun fight (Credit: Jangheung-gun Office) 】

    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 every summer, Jeongnamjin Jangheung 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 other fun activities.

    • Period: July 28-August 3, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Tanjingang River and Cypress Forest Woodland in Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do

    Bonghwa Eun-eo (Sweet Fish) Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Filling the activity area with euneo (Credit: 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: Areas of Bonghwa-eup Sports Park and Naeseongcheon Stream in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do

    Gangjin Celadon FestivalLINK

    【 Photo: Gangjin Celadon Festival scene 】

    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.

    • Period: July 29-August 6, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Cheongjachon in Daegu-myeon, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do

    August

    The Great Battle of Hansan Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from The Great Battle of Hansan Festival (Credit: Tongyeong-si, 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 naval 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, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue:Areas of Sebyeonggwan Hall, Byeongseon Madang, and the Great Battle of Hansan Memorial Park in Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do

    Muju Firefly Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Visitors enjoying Muju Firefly Festival (Credit: 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 26-September 3, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Jinam Park and Bandi Land in Muju-eup, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

    Goesan Red Pepper Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from the Goesan Red Pepper Festival (Credit: 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: August 31-September 3, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Goesang-gun Office Plaza and Culture & Sports Center in Goesan-eup, Goesan-gun, Chungcheonbuk-do

    Incheon Pentaport Music Festival (Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival) LINK

    【 Photo: Artists’ performances at Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (Credit: YESCOM Entertainment) 】

    Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival is a prominent rock festival in Korea that features a wide assortment of artists’ performances. The music festival includes performances by new and local artists, music businesses and other events. The rock festival was even ranked 8th among the best music festivals in the world by UK Magazine, Time Out. .

    • Period: August 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Songdo Pentaport Park in Incheon

    September

    Hyoseok Cultural FestivalLINK

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

    Hyoseok Cultural Festival takes place at Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village 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.

    • Period: September 1-10, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Bongpyeong-myeon in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do (Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village)

    Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Various programs at Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival (Credit: Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival Committee) 】

    Celebrating the herbs of Jirisan Mountain, which are commonly known to have great medicinal properties, 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 interested in traditional remedies or staying healthy, this is a unique event not to be missed!

    • Period: September 15-24, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Donguibogam Village in Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do

    Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival LINK

    【 Photo: A unique dance-themed festival, Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival (Credit: Wonju-si Office) 】

    Dancing to the exciting rhythm, Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival features several global programs. The festival's main program “Dancing Carnival” turns the street into a stage for a grand 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 20-24, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Tattoo Performance Hall, Youth Square, and Wonil-ro Street in Wonju-si, Gangwon-do

    Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival scenes (Credit: 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-AD 475) 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: September 21-24, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Olympic Park in Songpa-gu, Seoul

    Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival event scene (Credit: Suwon Cultural Foundation) 】

    Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival is held throughout Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site built to commemorate King Jeongjo’s filial piety and dream for national prosperity and military power. Festival programs include King Jeongjo’s procession to the royal tombs, jinchanyeon for Hyegeonggung Hong (the 60th Birthday Feast for King Jeongjo's mother), art performances, a lighting festival and more.

    Siheung Gaetgol Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Siheung Gaetgol Festival experience (Credit: Siheung-si Office) 】

    Siheung Gaetgol Festival allows visitors to learn about nature in a fun way through the use of the unique eco art playground located within Siheung Gaetgol Eco Park. Activities at the festival range from performances to a musical playground, salt-making experience, art market, insect experiences and more.

    Wanju Wild Food Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Agriculture-themed Wanju Wild Food Festival (Credit: 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.

    Daejeon Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival Scenes 】

    Daejeon Hyo Culture Ppuri 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 the traditional family culture and filial piety in Korea.

    • Period: September 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue:Area of Ppuri Park in Jung-gu, Daejeon

    Anseongmatchum Namsadang Baudeogi FestivalLINK

    【 Photo: Tightrope performance (Credit: Anseongmatchum Namsadang Baudeogi Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Anseongmatchum Namsadang Baudeogi (Kim Am-deok, the only female leader in Korean Namsadang) Festival has been a 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-October 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas of Anseongmatchum Land and downtown Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

    October

    Seosan Haemieupseong Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Scenes of Seosan Haemieupseong Festival (Credit: Seosan 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 6-8, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Haemieupseong Fortress in Eupnae-ri, Haemi-myeon, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do

    Gangneung Coffee FestivalLINK

    【 Photo: Scenes from Gangneung Coffee Festival (Credit: Gangneung Culture & Arts Foundation) 】

    Gangneung Coffee Festival is located amid the mountains, rocks, beaches, and the many large and small coffee shops of Gangneung. The festival grounds are filled with the pleasant aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. Visitors can enjoy a variety of programs, including both watching and tasting the creations of baristas from across the country, hands-on coffee experiences, musical performances, and purchasing coffee products.

    • Period: October 6-9, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Gangneung Green City Experience Center in Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do

    Icheon Rice Cultural Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Rice cooking in a large-scale cauldron (Credit: 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 October to celebrate the year of good harvest.

    • Period: October 18-22, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Seolbong Park in Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

    Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Fermented seafood tasting at Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival (Credit: 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 the chance to make and buy fresh fermented seafood. Additional activities include cooking programs with fermented seafood, crafting wish lanterns, and more hands-on activities.

    Sunchang Gochujang Festival LINK

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

    Sunchang, a village famous for its citizens’ longevity and for the production of jang (food paste), holds Sunchang Gochujang Festival every year. Sunchang gochujang (Korean chili paste) has recently been recognized for its excellent health benefits. Traditional outdoor performances, percussion performances, and Sunchang gochujang making will take place, as well as a local specialty fair and a Sunchang gochujang cooking competition.

    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 20-22, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Jaraseom Island in Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

    Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival LINK

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

    Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival was created to honor the magnificence of the Moyangseong Fortress located in Gochang, Jeollanam-do. The fortress, now called Gochangeupseong 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 one’s head around the fortress three times for blessings), a Joseon Dynasty military ceremony and traditional cultural hands-on activities.

    • Period: October 25-29, 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Areas Gochangeupseong Fortress (Moyangseong Fortress) and downtown in Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do

    Jeongseon Arirang Festival LINK

    【 Photo: Performance at Jeongseon Arirang Festival (Credit: Jeongseon Arirang Festival Organizing Committee) 】

    Jeongseon Arirang Festival is held every October with the aim to preserve and promote Jeongseon Arirang, a regional intangible cultural asset. During the festival period, visitors will be able to watch performances of not only Jeongseon Arirang but also arirang from other regions in Korea and overseas. The festival will include events, experience programs, and exhibitions. In particular, the performance “Ttetmok Arirang” is not to be missed, showing both the sadness and joy found within this classic Korean folk song.

    • Period: October 2017 (Planned)
    • Venue: Area of Arirang Park in Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do

    7080 Chungjang Memory Festival LINK

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

    7080 Chungjang Memory Festival 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.

    This page was last updated in January 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.

    <Last updated on January 4, 2017>