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Romantic Evening Out at Lighting Festivals around Seoul

  • Tag Event History Tour
  • Date11/21/2019
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Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm

In winter, when the days become shorter than the nights, a diversity of lighting festivals opens not only in Seoul but also near the metropolitan area. With LED lights, these lighting festivals create a colorful and romantic atmosphere in the evening. Here are some amazing lighting festivals with beautiful decorations that will warm your heart.

Little Prince Lighting Festival at Petite France

Nightscape of Petite France (Credit (all): Petite France)

Petite France is designed as a small French village in Korea, and it is also recognized as a top filming location for popular Korean dramas such as “My Love from the Star (2013)” and “Secret Garden (2011).” The lights used for the decorations were directly purchased from France, and the design of the Little Prince Lighting Festival was inspired from a small suburban city of Montpellier, located in southern France. The buildings painted in pastel colors harmonize with the lights strung throughout the village to create a fairytale atmosphere. Visitors can also enjoy performances such as “Do Minjun's Supernatural Power Time,” “Marionette Dance Performance” and other exciting programs.

  • Little Prince Lighting Festival
  • ☞ Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063 쁘띠프랑스)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 25 min from Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line, ITX)
    * Alternatively, take looping Gapyeong Tour Bus. Refer to Petite France website for operating schedule
    * Alternatively, take Gapyeong City Tour Bus departing from Gapyeong Station and Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal. Refer to the Gapyeong City Tour website for operating schedule
  • ☞ Event period: Early December-Late February
    * Official dates for 2019 not yet available
  • ☞ Operating hours
    - Petite France: 09:00-18:00
    - Lighting Festival: To be announced
    * Lights will be on throughout event period
    * Closing time varies by season and weather
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers & Senior citizens 8,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
  • ☞ Inquiries: +82-31-584-8200 (Korean, English)
  • ☞ Website: Petite France: www.pfcamp.com (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • ☞ Gapyeong City Tour related page: english.visitkorea.or.kr

Light Festival at Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land

Light festival at Starlight Village Photo Land

The Ansan Starlight Village hosts a beautiful year-round lighting festival designed to match each season. The theme for winter is Animal & Heart Village which has over 200 animal displays and is popular with guests of all ages. There are many areas to explore within the Ansan Starlight Village, including White Road, Cupid Road, Rain Road, Propose Road, and Garden of Light. For an extra fee, visitors can enjoy the Mirror Maze as well. The colorful LED lights installed throughout the park create a perfect setting for taking pictures with family and friends.

  • Animal & Heart Village Light Festival at Ansan Starlight Village Photo Land
  • ☞ Address: 1723, Suin-ro, Sangnok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 안산시 상록구 수인로 1723 안산 별빛 마을 포토랜드)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 10 min from Jungang Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1
  • ☞ Operating period: January 1 – December 31, 2019
    * Light festival open all year round
  • ☞ Operating hours: Weekdays 16:00-23:00 / Weekends & public holidays 15:00-24:00 (Last admission 1 hr before closing)
    * Mirror Maze & Bumper Car operating hours: Weekdays 16:00-22:00 (Last admission 21:45) / Saturdays & public holidays 15:00-23:00 (Last admission 22:45)
    * Lighting time subject to change depending on sunset time and weather
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 7,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 5,000 won
    * Adults (ages 13-64) / Children (ages 2-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
    * Separate fees apply for Mirror Maze (4,000 won) and Bumper Car (3,000 won per person)
  • ☞ Website: www.star1723.co.kr (Korean only)

Herb Island Light Festival in Pocheon

Lighting displays at Herb Island (Credit (all): Herb Island)

Pocheon Herb Island in Gyeonggi-do is a beautiful arboretum by day, but when the sun goes down, the garden transforms into a romantic space lit by colorful lights on every side. When the Herb Island Light Festival begins, countless LED lights brighten the garden in the theme of fairy tales. The attractions are endless, from the lovely pink wish tunnel to Santa’s Village, featuring Santa House and Santa Church. The photo spots throughout the park make it a popular attraction among couples.

  • Herb Island Light Festival
  • ☞ Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro, 947beon-gil, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 포천시 신북면 청신로 947번길 35 포천 허브아일랜드)
  • ☞ Directions
    - Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1
    - Take a shuttle bus operation by Herb Island from City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2) / Sports Complex Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 9) or Cheonho Station (Seoul Subway Line 5, 8)
    * Shuttle bus can be reserved via e-mail at dooretourkorea@gmail.com (English)
    * On weekdays, shuttle bus will only operate if reservations exceed 25 people
  • ☞ Event period: Daily
  • ☞ Operating hours
    - Light festival: 17:00-19:00
    * Lighting hours subject to change depending on the sunset time, please check prior to visiting
    - Herb Island: Weekdays & Sundays 09:00-22:00 / Saturdays & public holidays 09:00-23:00
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 9,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 7,000 won / Preschoolers free
    * Adults (ages 16-64) / Children (ages 3-15) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older) / Preschoolers (ages 2 and under)
    * Identification with date of birth is required during ticket purchase
  • ☞ Website: herbisland.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong

Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm (Credit (all): The Garden of Morning Calm)

The Garden of Morning Calm, nestled in the pristine nature of Chungnyeongsan Mountain, showcases the traditional beauty of a Korean garden. Every evening in winter, the arboretum glows with lighting festival in various themes throughout the gardens, including Korean Theme Garden, Morning Plaza, Road to Heaven, and Moonlight Garden. Visitors can see giraffes, deer, bears and other forest animals, as well as a starlight tunnel in the Hometown Garden. The bright lights that decorate the grassy fields display an unforgettable view.

  • Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm
  • ☞ Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 아침고요수목원)
  • ☞ Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line, ITX), Exit 1
    * Can also take Gapyeong City Tour Bus departing from Gapyeong Station and Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal, refer to the Gapyeong City Tour website for operating schedule
  • ☞ Event period: December 06, 2019 – March 22, 2020
  • ☞ Operating hours
    - The Garden of Morning Calm: 08:30-19:00
    - Lighting Festival: Weekdays & Sundays Sunset-21:00 / Saturdays Sunset-23:00
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 9,500 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won / Senior citizens & Adults with disabilities 7,500 won / Teenagers & children with disabilities 5,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-18) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
    * Identification with date of birth is required during ticket purchase
  • ☞ Website: morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • ☞ Gapyeong City Tour related page: english.visitkorea.or.kr

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* This column was last updated in November 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.