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2015 Hot Summer Festivals!

From June through August, summer season is a time for fun vacations and outings with family and friends. Wherever one’s destination in Korea may be, check out some of these fascinating summer festivals to help you forget the scorching heat. For summer activities, the best of the best includes beach festivals like Busan’s Haeundae Sand Festival in June, the West Coast’s Boryeong Mud Festival in July, and the Busan Sea Festival in August. There are also cultural festivals like the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, where one can watch fantasy movies all night long, the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, with performances by internationally famous rock musicians, and the Gangjin Celadon Festival, which features a variety of ancient ceramics. With so many great festivals to choose from, it’s easy to find many ways to enjoy your summer in Korea.

June

Haeundae Sand Festival


When: May 29 (Fri) – June 1 (Mon), 2015
Where: Haeundae Beach area in Busan
Description: This festival is an eco-friendly celebration set on the beautiful Haeundae Beach in Busan. The festival’s main attraction is the sand sculpture exhibition where the works of famous local and international sand sculptors are displayed along the beach. Visitors can try their hand at building sandcastles, creating sand sculptures, and even sledding on the sandy beach.
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July

World Taekwondo Culture Expo


[Photo Credit: The World Taekwondo Culture Expo Organizing Committee]When: July 10 (Fri) – July 15 (Wed), 2015
Where: Muju-gun area in Jeollabuk-do
Description: The World Taekwondo Expo, a major taekwondo festival, is hosted by Muju County in Jeollabuk-do. In addition to the representative taekwondo competitions (Pumsae movement, Gyeorugi sparring, and taekwondo aerobics), there will be other programs as well, including taekwondo performances and cultural activities to introduce Jeollabuk-do, Korea, and taekwondo to visitors.
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Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival


When: July 10 (Thu) – July 19 (Sun), 2015
Where: Seodong Park and Gungnamji Pond area in Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Description: The Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival is held at Gungnamji, Korea’s first man-made pond, which was created near the royal palace by King Muwang (r. 600-641 AD) of the Baekje Kingdom (18 BC – 660 AD). The most popular performance at the festival is the love story between Prince Seodong (King Muwang’s childhood name) and Princess Seonhwa. Other programs include lotus face-painting, drinking lotus tea, making lotus soap, and an art contest.

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival


[Photo Credit: BiFan Organizing Committee] When: July 16 (Thu) – July 26 (Sun), 2015
Where: Official Theaters: Bucheon City Hall, Korea Manhwa Content Agency, CGV Sopung, CGV Bucheon, Special Theaters: Bucheon Gym, Bucheon Grass Square, Sosa & Ojeonggu 2 outdoor theaters
* The above venues are tentative.
Description: Movies are shown throughout the entire festival period and audiences can attend discussions with film directors. This unique film festival screens movies from all over the world and from a variety of genres, including horror, mystery, thriller, and sci-fi.

Boryeong Mud Festival


When: July 17 (Sat) – July 26 (Sun), 2015
Where: Daecheon Beach Mud Square in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Description: At the Boryeong Mud Festival, visitors jump in a huge pool of mud for more than just fun, as Boryeong mud is well-known for its excellent quality and efficacy. This fun, action-packed festival is popular among local and international visitors because it offers various programs such as the mud massage pack, colored-mud body painting, and mud soap-making. To take a break from the festival mayhem, head on over to the mud massage zone for a little R&R.
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Pohang International Fireworks Festival


When: July 30 (Thu) – August 2 (Sun), 2015
Where: Hyeongsangang Sports Park, Yeongildae Northern Beach and others, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Description: The Pohang International Fireworks Festival offers fantastic views of the night sky as it is lit up by fireworks made by representatives from different countries during the international fireworks contest in Pohang, a coastal town famous for its sunrise. Festivities include the light parade, live beach concerts, light art contests, and much more.

Hamyang Wild Ginseng Festival


[Photo Credit: Hamyang-gun] When: July 30 (Thu) – August 3 (Mon), 2015
Where: Sangnim Park area in Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Description: Hamyang, where the famous Korean Jirisan (1,916 m) and Deogyusan (1,614 m) Mountains are located, is known for producing high quality wild ginseng and herbs. The Hamyang Wild Ginseng Festival is held to promote these local products. During the festival period, visitors can participate in numerous hands-on programs like harvesting, pottery making, making wild ginseng rice cakes, and many more.

Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival


When: July 31 (Fri) – August 6 (Thu), 2015
Where: Jangheung Tamjingang River and Pyeonbaek Forest Woodland area in Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do
Description: This is a unique festival which has its foundations in the waters of the Tamjin River and Jangheung Multipurpose Dam in Jangheung. The festival teaches the value of water to the environment, humans, and energy in many ways through exhibits, films, and hands-on programs. Exciting summer water programs such as a natural medicinal herb bath, water sledding, water cycling, and bare-handed fishing are popular among visitors.
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August

Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival


[Photo Credit: Incheon Metropolitan City] When: August 7 (Fri) – August 9 (Sun), 2015
Where: Dalbit Festival Park, Songdo in Incheon
Description: Over 60 bands will be playing at this major outdoor rock festival, including several famous international groups. Past guests have included Travis, Muse, Feeder, and Gossip (formerly The Gossip). Hot summer nights and rocking beats make for a great music festival. The festival is held in Incheon City, meaning there are a variety of cultural activity programs and city tours readily available.

Busan Sea Festival


When: August 1 (Sat) - August 8 (Thu), 2015
Where: Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Busan Songdo Beach, Songjeong Beach and Dadaepo Beach in Busan
Description: The Busan Sea Festival is a huge event that combines several events and festivals, such as a rock music festival, a beach dance festival, and a number of water sports. Having trouble deciding which thing to try first? Take some time to relax and sunbathe on the beach while you make up your mind.
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Bonghwa Eun-Uh (Sweet Fish) Festival


When: August 1 (Sat) – August 8 (Sat), 2015
Where: Naeseongcheon Stream area and Bonghwa Gun Sports Park in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Description: This festival is held at Naeseongcheon Stream in Bonghwa-gun. The main programs are catching sweetfish with a net or with just one’s bare hands, and sweetfish-related exhibits. Sweet fish are small freshwater fish with a light watermelon smell.

Gangjin Celadon Festival


When: August 1 (Sat) – August 9 (Sun), 2015
Where: Gangjin Goryeo Celadon Kiln Site area in Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do
Description: The festival is held in Gangjin, the largest production site of celadon in Korea from the 8th to the 14th century. Visitors can not only gain a deeper appreciation of Korean celadon’s impact on the global art community, but also have a chance to make their own pottery, an activity that is popular among local and international visitors.
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Tongyeong Great Battle of Hansan Festival


[Photo Credit: The Great Battle of Hansan]When: August 12 (Wed) – August 16 (Sun), 2015
Where: Byeongseonmadang,
Tongyeong Sebyeonggwan Hall and Yi Sun-shin Park in Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Description: The Tongyeong Great Battle of Hansan Festival is held to commemorate the patriotism of General Yi Sun-shin (1545-1598), who led his army to victory during the Imjin War (war against two Japanese invasions between 1592 and 1598). The festival features Yi Sun-shin-related exhibitions, ocean sports, as well as making a model geobukseon (iron-clad turtle ship built by General Yi during the Imjin War) and bows.

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival


[Photo Credit: Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Executive Committee]When: August 13 (Thu) – August 18 (Tue), 2015
Where: Megabox Jecheon, Cheongpunghoban Lakeside Stage, Jecheon Media Center, Uirimji Reservoir, Jecheon-si area
Description: The Jecheon International Music & Film Festival showcases films with a music theme. The opening movie is chosen among those that best represent the festival’s theme, while the closing movie is the winner of the World Music Film Today category. In addition to watching several recent music films, various types of musicians will perform on stage.
* Festival details are subject to change.

Muju Firefly Festival


[Photo Credit: Muju County] When: August 29 (Sat) – September 6 (Sun), 2015
Where: Muju-gun area in Jeollabuk-do (Namdaecheon Stream, Bandiland, etc)
Description: Namdaecheon Stream in Muju County is a very special part of Korea. It’s a clean environment that provides the perfect habitat for fireflies. Visitors to the Firefly Festival are greeted by an unforgettable sight: tens of thousands of fireflies lighting up the warm summer night.

*This column was last updated on May 2015, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.

Date 05/20/2015



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