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2014 Summer Festivals (June – August)

2014 Korean Summer Festivals

From June through August, the summer season is a time for fun vacations and outings with family and friends. Wherever one's destination in Korea may be, there are festivals held from coast to coast throughout the season to bring about excitement and blow away the summer heat. For Korean 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 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, where one can watch fantasy movies all night long, the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival with performances by famous rock stars, and the Gangjin Celadon Festival featuring a variety of ancient ceramics. With so many great festivals to choose from, you can easily find ways to enjoy your summer vacation in Korea.

June

Haeundae Sand Festival (해운대 모래축제)

 

When:
June 6 (Fri) – June 9 (Mon), 2014
Where:
Haeundae Beach 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 displayed along the beach. Visitors can try their hand at building sandcastles, creating sand sculptures, and sledding on the sandy beach.
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Muju Firefly Festival (무주 반딧불 축제)

[Photo Credit: Muju County]

When:
June 7 (Sat) – June 15 (Sun), 2014
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.
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Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival (한산모시문화재)

 

When:
June 21 (Sat) – June 24 (Tue), 2014
Where:
Hansan Mosi (Ramie Fabric) Museum vicinity in Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Description:
Hansan Mosi (한산모시, Ramie Fabric) is one of the world's oldest fabric crops. On display at this unique festival are hundreds of beautiful clothes made from ramie. Skilled artisans guide visitors through every step of the processing of the famed Hansan Ramie: from how the ramie plant is grown, to how it's spun into thread and used to make clothing. There will also be a demonstration of Hansan Mosi Weaving (added to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2011) so visitors can get a direct experience of Korea's age-old ramie yarn tradition.

July

World Taekwondo Culture Expo (세계 태권도 문화엑스포)

[Photo Credit: The World Taekwondo Culture EXPO Organizing Committee]

When:
July 4 (Fri) – July 9 (Wed), 2014
Where:
Muju-gun area in Jeollabuk-do (Banditbul Stadium and Deogyusan Resort, etc)
Description:
The World Taekwondo Expo, a major taekwondo festival, is hosted by Muju County, Jeollabuk-do. In addition to the representative taekwondo competitions (Pumsae-movement, Gyeorugi-sparring, and taekwondo aerobics), there will be other programs including taekwondo performances and cultural activities to introduce Jeollabuk-do, Korea, and taekwondo to visitors.

Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival (부여 서동 연꽃 축제)

 

When:
July 17 (Thurs) – July 20 (Sun), 2014
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 (reigned: 600-641 AD) of the Baekje Kingdom (18 BC - AD 660). 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.

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (부천 국제판타스틱영화제)

[Photo Credit: PiFan Organizing Committee]

When:
July 17 (Thur) – July 27 (Sun), 2014
Where:
Official Theatres: Bucheon City Hall, Korea Manhwa Contents Agency, CGV Sopung, CGV Bucheon, Lotte Cinema Bucheon / Special Theatres: Bucheon Gym, Bucheon Grass Square, 2 outdoor theaters
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 (보령 머드축제)

 

When:
July 18 (Sat) – July 27 (Sun), 2014
Where:
Daecheon Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Description:
Daecheon Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
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Bonghwa Eun-Uh (Sweet Fish) Festival (봉화은어축제)

[Photo Credit: Bonghwa Gun]

When:
July 26 (Sat) – August 2 (Sat), 2014
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 scoop net or with bare hands, and sweetfish-related exhibits. Sweet fish are small freshwater fish with a light watermelon smell.

Gangjin Celadon Festival (강진 청자축제)

 

When:
July 26 (Sat) – August 3 (Sun), 2014
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.

Pohang International Fireworks Festival (포항국제불빛축제)

 

When:
July 31 (Thu) – August 3 (Sun), 2014
Where:
Hyeongsangang Sports Park, Yeongildae Northern Beach and others
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 contests 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 (함양산삼축제)

[Photo Credit: Hamyang Gun]

When:
July 31 (Thurs) – August 6 (Wed), 2014
Where:
Sangrim 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 such as crop harvesting, pottery making, making wild ginseng rice cake, and many more.

August

Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (인천 펜타포트 축제)

[Photo Credit: Incheon Metropolitan City]

When:
August 1 (Fri) – August 3 (Sun), 2014
Where:
Geunrin Park, Songdo No. 23, 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.
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Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival (장흥 정남진물축제)

 

When:
August 1 (Fri) – August 7 (Thurs), 2014
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, including 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.

Busan Sea Festival (부산 바다축제)

 

When:
August 1 (Fri) - August 7 (Thurs), 2014
Where:
Haeundae Beach, four other beaches, and Yacht Stadium 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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Tongyeong Great Battle of Hansan Festival (통영 한산대첩축제)

[Photo Credit: The Great Battle of Hansan]

When:
August 13 (Wed) – August 17 (Sun), 2014
Where:
Yi Sun-shin Park, Culture Square, etc. 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 of geobukseon (iron-clad turtle ship built by General Yi during the Imjin War) and bows.

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (제천 국제음악영화제)

[Photo Credit: Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Executive Committee]

When:
August 14 (Thurs) - August 19 (Tue), 2014
Where:
Megabox Jecheon, Cheongpunghoban Lakeside Stage, Jecheon Media Center, 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.
* The festival schedules are subject to change due to local circumstances.
* Last updated on May 14, 2014
Date 06/03/2014



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