[Korea] Drink up at Korea’s Summer Beer Festivals

Photos: Centum Beer Festival (left) & Daejeon Craft Beer & Music Festival
(Credit, left: CentumBeer Festival Organizing Committee, right: Weizen House)

Exciting beer festivals will soon take place in different parts of Korea, offering an opportunity to try beers from all over the world at a decent price.

Centum Beer Festival, one of Korea’s major beer festivals, is scheduled to take place on June 10 in Haeundae, Busan. With an entrance fee of only 10,000 won, visitors have the privilege to enjoy unlimited beer of all kinds. Entertainment such as performances and mini games will also be prepared for maximum fun.

Another beer festival to take place in June is the Daejeon Craft Beer & Music Festival. From June 8 to 10, visitors can enjoy 15 varieties of craft beer, Daejeon’s delicious local cuisines, and performances by popular music artists.

The passion for fun and beer will continue in July as well. Try out a wide variety of beer along with Korea’s favorite beer pairing, chicken, at the Daegu Chimac Festival, which will kick off on July 18 and run through July 22. Jeju Island will also offer an opportunity to try out 40 different world famous beers at the Jjan Festival from July 20 to 22.

Along with delicious beer and food, a touch of a romantic mood is added to the festivals in August. At Hongcheon Beer Festival, running from August 1 to 5, not only will visitors enjoy beer and exciting music, but also a beautiful view of a starry sky from along the Hongcheongang River in Gangwon-do.

Also in August, the Gamaek Festival will take place on August 9 to 11. The festival’s name derived from Jeonju’s unique drinking culture of drinking beer (maekju in Korean) in front of stores (gagae in Korean). Don’t miss out on this festival’s highlight, a special sauce made with oriental herbs, hot pepper, mayonnaise, and starch syrup.

Lastly, the popular Songdo Beer Festival will run from August 24 to September 1 in Songdo, Incheon. Admission to the festival venue is free, welcoming visitors to enjoy exciting performances and magnificent fireworks without charge.

Escape the heat this summer with Korea’s beer festivals!
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Centum Beer Festival
☞ Event period:
May 31-June 10, 2018 / 17:00-22:00
☞ Location: KNN Centum Plaza, 30, Centumseo-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan
(부산광역시 해운대구 센텀서로 30 KNN 센텀 광장)
☞ Directions: From Busan Station Bus Stop, take Bus No. 1001 → Get off at Centum City BEXCO Bus Stop → Enter Centum City Station (Busan Subway, Line 2), Exit 1 and exit through Exit 6. → Walk approx. 500 m and turn left.
☞ Admission: 10,000 won
☞ Centum Beer Festival website: www.beerfestival.co.kr (Korean only)

Daejeon Craft Beer & Music Festival
☞ Event period: June 8-10, 2018 / 15:00-23:00
☞ Location: Expo Park’s Hanbit Tower Plaza, 30, 512beon-gil, Daedeok-daero, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon
(대전광역시 유성구 대덕대로 512번길 30 엑스포과학공원 한빛탑광장)
☞ Directions:
- Daejeon Government Complex (Daejeon Subway, Line 1), Exit 3 → From Dunsan Police Station Bus Stop, take Bus No. 705 and get off at KOTRA Exhibition Center Bus Stop → Walk to Hanbit Tower Plaza at Expo Park for approx. 330 m.
- Daejeon Government Complex (Daejeon Subway, Line 1), Exit 4 → From Government Complex Bus Stop, take Bus No. 618 and get off at DOC Last Stop → Walk to Hanbit Tower Plaza at Expo Park for approx. 250 m.
☞ Admission: 10,000 won
☞ Daejeon Craft Beer & Music Festival website: www.weizenhaus.com (Korean only)

Daegu Chimac Festival
☞ Event period: July 18-22, 2018 / 17:00-22:00
☞ Location: Areas of Duryu Park, 36, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
(대구 달서구 공원순환로 36 두류공원 일원)
☞ Directions: Duryu Station (Daegu Subway Line 2), Exit 9 or 10 → Walk straight for approx. 1.4 km to Duryu Park.
☞ Admission: Free
☞ Daegu Chimaek Festival website: www.chimacfestival.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Jjan Festival
☞ Event period: July 20-22, 2018 / 17:00-23:00
☞ Location: Place Camp Jeju, 20, Dongryuam-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
(제주 서귀포시 성산읍 동류암로 20 플레이스 캠프 제주)
☞ Directions: From Bus Stop Platform 2 in front of Jeju International Airport Gate 2, take Bus No. 101, 111, 112 → Get off at Seongsan Transit Bus Stop → Walk for approx. 662 , to Place Camp Jeju.
☞ Admission: Free
* Blind tickets that include beer tasting package are available online until June 17 at a discounted price.
☞ Jjan Festival Blind Ticket Reservation website: www.booking.naver.com (Korean only) * Naver account required.

Hongcheon Beer Festival
☞ Event period: August 1-5, 2018 / 12:00-23:00 (Performance starts 19:00)
☞ Location: Tori Forest, City Forest Park, Hongcheon (홍천 도시산림공원 토리숲)
☞ Directions:
- From Hongcheon Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus bound for Hongcheon-Samseong (Sampo.Seongsan), Hongcheon-Seoseok (Solchi), Hongcheon-Naechon (Seongsan.Cheoljeong), Hongcheon-Pungdeok (Pungcheon-ri.Deokbatjae) and get off at Hwayanggyo Bridge Bus Stop → Cross Hwayanggyo Bridge → Walk approx. 600 m to City Forest Park’s Tori Foreset.
* Taxi fare estimated to cost 3,000~4,000 won from the bus terminal.
☞ Admission: Free
☞ Hongcheon Beer Festival website: www.hccf.or.kr (Korean only)

Gamaek Festival
☞ Event period: August 8-11, 2018 / 17:00-23:00
☞ Location: Jeonju Sports Stadium, 451, Girin-daero, Deokjin-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
(전라북도 전주시 덕진구 기린대로 451 전주종합경기장)
☞ Directions:
- From Jeonju Station Bus Stop (in front of Jeonju Station), take Bus No. 79, 72 and get off at Express Bus Terminal Rear Entrance Bus Stop (or Baekjegyo Bridge Bus Stop for Bus No. 72) → Walk for approx. 700 m to Jeonju Sports Stadium.
- From Jeonju Station Bus Stop, take Bus No. 100, 119 and get off at Jeonju Sports Stadium (or Jeonbuk University for Bus No. 119) → Walk for approx. 500 m to Jeonju Sports Stadium.
☞ Admission: Free
* Children are allowed to enter with an accompanying adult; teenagers are strictly not allowed.
☞ Gamaek Festival website: blog.naver.com/gamaek (Korean only)

Songdo Beer Festival
☞ Event period: August 24-September 1, 2018 / Time not confirmed
☞ Location: Songdo Moonlight Festival Park, 350, Central-ro, Incheon
(인천광역시 센트럴로 350 송도달빛축제공원)
☞ Directions: Int’l Business District Station (Incheon Subway Line 1), Exit 5 → Walk for approx. 500 m to the event venue.
☞ Admission: Free
☞ Songdo Beer Festival website: www.songdobeer.com (Korean only)

* Minors are allowed to enter to all events for free when accompanied by an adult.
* Separate fees may apply for food and beverages.

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
Information courtesy of Centum Beer Festival Organizing Committee, Weizen House, Daegu Chimaek Festival Organizing Committee, Place Camp, Hongcheon Cultural Foundation, Gamaek Festival Organizing Committee, Incheon Metropolitan City