[Korea] Upcoming Summer Festivals of 2018

Photo: Sinchon Water Gun Festival (left) & Water Bomb Festival (right)
(Credit, left: Seodaemun-gu County Office (left), right: Water Bomb)

The season of festivities, summer, is here! Several festivals are planned for this summer, ranging from water activities to a flower festival, offering an opportunity to indulge in diverse cultural experiences.

First of all, the marvelous Rose Festival is currently ongoing at Everland in Yongin until June 17. Over 70 types of roses covering a land area of nearly 20,000㎡ will greet visitors along with several photo zones decorated to resemble different themes, like a golden wagon or lollipops. From June 22, Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival will take place in Hansan. Visitors will have the opportunity to engage in handicraft activities and try on clothing made of ramie fabric, or mosi, a cool fabric Koreans enjoy during the summer.

In July, refreshing water festivals are lined up to help you beat the heat. In Seoul, the all-time favorite Hangang Summer Festival is expected to entertain both residents and tourists with exciting water activities. The festival takes place at 11 different Hangang parks within Seoul, offering a total of 80 different programs categorized into three themes of water activities, performances, and relaxation. Don’t miss out on the festival’s highlight events, the Hangang River Cardboard Boat Race and free movie showing under the Hangang River Bridge. Jeongnamjin Jangheung Aqua Festival and Pohang International Fireworks Festival will also help beat the heat away at the peak of summer.

Music festivals are another summer treat to look forward to in Korea. From July 21 to 28, the Waterbomb Festival will entertain visitors with water, music, and dance. In August, the Busan International Rock Festival and Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival will both run from August 10 to 12, heating things up before summer ends. Take note that the Busan International Rock Festival is a free event where tickets are unnecessary.

Get the most out of summer in Korea with these exciting festivals!
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Everland Rose Festival
☞ Period: May 18-June 17 / 10:00-22:00
☞ Address: 199, Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
(경기도 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199)
☞ Directions: Jeondae.Everland Station (Seoul Subway Ever Line), Exit 4 → Walk for approx. 116 m to Everland.
☞ Admission: Free with an Everland pass (separate charges may apply for certain programs)
- 1 Day Pass: Adults 54,000 won, Teenagers 46,000 won, Children & Senior citizens 43,000 won
- 2 Day Pass: Adults 84,000 won, Teenagers 71,000 won, Children & Senior citizens 67,000 won
- Evening pass (Admission after 17:00): Adults 45,000 won, Teenagers 39,000 won, Children & Senior citizens 36,000 won
☞ Main programs: Magical Flower Garden / Rose Garden Tour / Photo zones
☞ Everland website: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival
☞ Period: June 22-25, 2018 / 10:00- 23:00 (Opens 22:00 on first day, closes 15:00 on last day)
☞ Venue: Areas of Hansan Mosi Museum, 1089, Chungjeol-ro, Hansan-meyon, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
(충청남도 서천군 한산면 충절로 1089 한산모시관 일원)
☞ Directions: From Seocheon Intercity Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take a city bus bound for Seocheon-Hansan (Station) and get off at Hansan Mosi Museum Bus Stop.
☞ Admission: Free (separate charges may apply for certain programs)
☞ Main programs: Opening ceremony (June 22, 19:00-22:00) / Mosi Loom Show (June 23, 18:00-20:00) / Mosi weaving with a mini loom (June 23-24, 14:00-18:00) / Mosi Parade (June 23-24, 16:00-17:40 / Mosi Handicraft Activities (June 22-25, 09:00-17:30) / Mosi Club Dragon Palace (June 22-24, 19:00-23:00)
☞ Hansan Mosi Culture Festival website: www.hansanmosi.kr (Korean only)

Hangang Summer Festival
☞ Period: July 20-August 19, 2018 / Schedule varies by program
☞ Venue: Areas of Hangang Park, Seoul (centered around Yeouido, Ttukseom, & Banpo Hangang Park)
☞ Directions
- Yeouido Hangang Park: Yeouinaru Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 2 & 3
- Tteukseom Hangang Park: Ttukseom Resort Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2 & 3
- Banpo Hangang Park: Express Bus Terminal (Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, & 9), Exit 8-1 & 8-2 → Walk straight for approx. 540 m → Cross the road and pass the Banpo Interchange.
* For more info, refer to Seoul Metropolitan City's Hangang Park information page.
Admission: Varies by program
☞ Main programs: Cardboard Boat Race (August 10-15) / Under bridge movie showing (July 21-August 18, Saturdays only) / Hangang Water Fight (August 4-5) / Hangang Water Activity Park (July 20-August 19) / Hangang Summer Water Park (July 20-August 19) / Global Food Festival (August 10-12)
* Refer to website for details.
☞ Hangang Summer Festival website: hangang.seoul.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, French)
* Website language support is currently in preparation.

Water Bomb Festival
☞ Period: Seoul – July 21 / Busan – July 28 * Schedule TBD
☞ Venue:
- Seoul: TBD
- Busan: Outdoor performance stage at Asiad Auxiliary Stadium, 1312, Geoje-dong, Yeonje-gu, Busan
(부산광역시 연제구 거제동 1312 아시아드 보조경기장 야외 특설무대)
☞ Directions: (Busan) From Busan Station Station Plaza Bus Stop, take Bus No. 81 or 103 and get off at Yeonje Joint Intracity Bus Garage Bus Stop → Walk approx. 800 m to Asiad Auxiliary Stadium.
☞ Admission: Regular ticket 110,000 won / Early-bird ticket 66,000 won / VIP Package 1,500,000~3,500,000 won
* Admission fee based on adult. (Water bomb festival is for adults only; participants must be born before year 1999)
* Early-bird ticket for Busan event is available at Yes24 Ticket on a first-come, first-served basis. Early-bird ticket for Seoul event is sold out.
* Tickets available on-site at a regular price.
*For details, refer to official website.
☞ Main programs: Music concert / Water bomb time / Water gun fight (Water guns sold separately; personal water guns accepted / Swimming pool / Battle Zone Performance
☞ Waterbomb Festival website: www.waterbombfestival.com (Korean, limited English)

Pohang International Fireworks Festival
☞ Event: July 25-29, 2018 / After sunset
☞ Venue: Areas of Yeongildae Beach, 685-1, Duho-dong, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
(경상북도 포항시 북구 두호동 685-1 영일대해수욕장 일원)
☞ Directions: From the bus stop across Pohang Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 200, 105, or 700 and get off at Lotte Apt. Bus Stop → Walk for approx. 270 m towards the beach
☞ Admission: Free (separate charges may apply for certain programs)
☞ Main programs: Light Parade (July 27) / International Fireworks Show (July 28, 20:00-22:00) / Golden fish catching activity (July 29) / Water gun fight / Sand sled experience
☞ Pohang Culture Foundation website: www.phcf.or.kr (Korean only)

Jeongnamjin Jangheung Aqua Festival
☞ Period: July 27-August 2, 2018 / Schedule varies by program
☞ Venue: Areas of Tamjingang River & Cypress Forest Woodland, 741-6, Geonsan-ri, Jangheung-eup, Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do
(전라남도 장흥군 장흥읍 건산리 741-6 탐진강 및 편백숲 우드랜드)
☞ Directions: From Jangheung Intercity Bus Terminal, walk approx. 500 m towards Jangheung-gun County Office → Walk approx. 200 m towards Tamjinggang River → Take a left turn from Jangheunggyo 5-way intersection and walk towards Jangheung Cheonbyeon Sports Plaza
☞ Admission: Free (separate charges may apply for certain programs)
☞ Main programs: Music concert / Water Fight Street Parade / Outdoor swimming pool / Raft experience / Canoe / Wooden boat / Water bike / Banana boat / Igloo experience / Traditional games
☞ Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival website: festival.jangheung.go.kr (Korean only)

Busan International Rock Festival
☞ Period: August 10-12, 2018 / After sunset
☞ Venue: Samnak Ecological Park, 696, Samnak-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan
(부산광역시 사상구 삼락동 696 삼락생태공원)
☞ Directions: Gwaebeop Renecite Station (Busan-Gimhae LRT), Exit 1 → Walk for approx. 550 m towards Samnak Ecological Park
☞ Admission: Free
☞ Line-up: YB Band, Romantic Punch, Lee Han-chul, Galaxy Express, HarryBigButton, Retrospect, Say Sue Me, and more
☞ Busan Culture & Tourism Festival Organizing Committee: www.bfo.or.kr/main (Korean, English)

Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
☞ Period:
August 10-12, 2018 / 11:00-02:00 (next day) (Starts 15:00 on August 10)
☞ Venue: Pentaport Park in Songdo Moonlight Festival Park, 250, Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
(인천광역시 연수구 센트럴로 350, 인천 송도달빛축제공원 펜타포트파크)
☞ Directions: Int’l Business District Station (Incheon Subway Line 1), Exit 5 → Take a taxi to Moonlight Festival Park (estimated 17 min)
☞ Admission
- 1 Day Pass (Friday): 80,000 won / 1 Day Pass (Saturday, Sunday): 120,000 won
- 2 Day Pass (Friday-Saturday): 150,000 won / 2 Day Pass (Saturday-Sunday): 170,000 won - 3 Day Pass (Friday-Sunday) : 200,000 won
* Discounted early-bird tickets are available at Interpark Ticket until June 20, 2018 & Hana Ticket
☞ Line-up: Jaurim, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Hoobastank, Walk the Moon, Daybreak, Crash, Mike Shinoda, and more
☞ Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival website: www.pentaportrock.com (Korean, limited English)

☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
Information courtesy of Everland, Hansan Mosi Culture Festival Organizing Committee, County Office, Seoul City Hall, Water Bomb, Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival Organizing Committee, Pohang Cultural Foundation, Yescom
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