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    2019 Cultural Tourism Festivals at a Glance!

    【 Photo: Pohang Fireworks Festival 】

    For 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism has selected 41 representative Korean cultural tourism festivals to be divided into four categories: 3 Premier Festivals, 7 Best Festivals, 10 Excellent Festivals, and 21 Up-and-Coming Festivals. The selected festivals are popular regional festivals acknowledged by the government to show great potential in future growth and development.

    The three premier festivals are Muju Firefly Festival, Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival, and Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival. In addition, five festivals have been selected as global promotion festivals: Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, Gimje Horizon Festival, Boryeong Mud Festival, Andong Mask Dance Festival, and Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival. Check the list below for more festivals and details to look forward to in 2019!

    List of 2019 Cultural Tourism Festivals

    List of 2019 Cultural Tourism Festivals
    Global Promotion Festivals (5) Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
    Gimje Horizon Festival
    Boryeong Mud Festival
    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival
    Andong Mask Dance Festival
    Premier Festivals (3) Muju Firefly Festival
    Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival
    Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival
    Best Festivals (7) Damyang Bamboo Festival
    Icheon Rice Cultural Festival
    Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
    Gwangju Chungjang Festival
    Boseong Green Tea Festival
    Anseongmatchum Namsadang Baudeogi Festival
    Jeju Fire Festival
    Excellent Festivals (10) Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival
    Tongyeong Hansan Battle Festival
    Bonghwa Sweet Fish Festival
    Hyoseok Cultural Festival
    Gangjin Celadon Festival
    Wonju Dynamic Dancing Carnival
    Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
    Chuncheon International Mime Festival
    Imsil N Cheese Festival
    Siheung Gaetgol Festival
    Up-and-coming Festivals (21) Sunchang Fermented Food Festival
    Eumseong Pumba Festival
    Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival
    Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival
    Seosan Haemieupseong Festival
    Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
    Goesan Red Pepper Festival
    Wanju Wild Food Festival
    Yeoju Ogoknaru Festival
    Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival
    Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
    Miryang Arirang Festival
    Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
    Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
    Goryeong Daegaya Festival
    Daegu Chimac Festival
    Yeongdeok Snow Crab Festival
    Hoengseong Hanu Festival
    Gangneung Coffee Festival
    Pyeongchang Trout Festival
    Pohang International Fireworks Festival

    2019 Global Promotion Festivals

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival LINK

    Visitors having fun at the  Boryeong Mud Festival【 Photo: 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 due to the variety of programs and fun activities offered. The most popular programs include ice fishing, ice soccer, and ice sledding. Other fun events include creative sled making contest and raffle giveaway.

    Boryeong Mud Festival LINK

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival【 Photo: Boryeong Mud Festival 】

    An internationally recognized summer festival in Korea, the Boryeong Mud Festival takes place annually at Daecheon Beach, the largest beach on the western coast. As the name 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 19-28, 2019
    • Venue: 123, Mud-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 보령시 머드로 123)

    Gimje Horizon Festival LINK

    Andong Mask Dance Festival【 Photo: Gimje Horizon Festival 】

    Gimje Horizon Festival highlights the beautiful natural environment of Gimje and the rice produced in the region. A region heavily centered on agriculture and rice production, Gimje offers a sight of expansive fields touching the sky over the horizon, hence the name of the festival. During the festival period, visitors can experience catching grasshoppers, harvesting rice, maneuvering a cart and other exciting agricultural-related hands-on activities.

    • Period: September 27 - October 6, 2019
    • Venue: 442, Byeokgolje-ro, Buryang-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 김제시 부량면 벽골제로 442)

    Andong Mask Dance Festival LINK

    Muju Firefly Festival【 Photo: 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 a chance to learn traditional dance as well as watch mask dance performances from not only Korea but also from other countries around the world.

    • Period: September 27 – October 6, 2019
    • Venue: 239, Yuksa-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 육사로 239 탈춤공원)

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival LINK

    Gimje Horizon Festival (Credit: Gimje Horizon Festival)【 Photo: Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival 】

    Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival originates from lighting lanterns on the Namgang River 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. The festival exhibits beautifully and uniquely designed lanterns and offers various hands on activities.

    • Period: October 1-13, 2019
    • Venue: 626, Namgang-ro, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 진주시 남강로 626 남강)

    2019 Premier Festivals

    Mungyeong Chasabal Festival LINK

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

    Mungyeong Chasabal Festival offers visitors an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the unassuming beauty of chasabal (traditional tea bowls) made from sand soil. Tea and pottery-related hands-on programs are facilitated by local potters from the Mungyeong region.

    • Period: April 27 – May 6, 2019
    • Venue: 1037, Saejae-ro, Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 문경시 문경읍 새재로 1037)

    Muju Firefly Festival LINK

    Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival【 Photo: Muju Firefly Festival 】

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

    • Period: August 31 - September 8, 2019
    • Venue: 326-17, Hanpungnu-ro, Muju-eup, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 무주군 무주읍 한풍루로 326-17)

    Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival LINK

    Roberto Fonseca concert (Credit: Jarasum Jazz Festival)【 Photo: Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival program (Credit: Medicinal Herb Festival Committee) 】

    The home of UNESCO-designated medical encyclopedia Donguibogam, Sancheong is famous as a home to highly skilled doctors. In the past, before the development of modern medical technology, doctors relied on medical herbs and records on Doguibogam to treat patients. In appreciation of the medicinal herbs found in Jirisan Mountain, Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival takes place every year, offering excellent opportunities 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 27 – October 10, 2019
    • Venue: 22, Chinhwangyeong-ro 2605beon-gil, Geumseo-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 산청군 금서면 친환경로 2605번길 22)

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

    This page was last updated on October 1, 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.

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