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2015 Korean Cultural Festivals at a Glance!

2015 Korean Cultural Festivals at a Glance!

Through on-site evaluations and screenings by experts, the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism selected 44 cultural tourism festivals to be divided among four categories: 2 Premier Festivals, 9 Top Festivals, 10 Outstanding Festivals, and 23 Up-and-Coming Festivals.
Gimje Horizon Festival and Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festival, both of which highlight the value of agriculture and Korea’s natural environment were selected as the two Premier Festivals. Top Festivals include Gwangju 7080 Chungjang Recollection Festival, Icheon Rice Cultural Festival, Jaraseom Jazz Festival, Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival, Muju Firefly Festival, Gangjin Celadon Festival, Mungyeong Traditional Chatsabal Festival and Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival. Check out more festivals and details to look forward to in 2015!

List of the 2015 Cultural Tourism Festivals

Premier Festivals
(2)
Gimje Horizon Festival
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Top Festivals
(9)
7080 Chungjang Recollection Festival
Icheon Rice Cultural Festival
Jarasum International Jazz Festival
Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival
Muju Firefly Festival
Gangjin Celadon Festival
Jindo Miracle Sea Festival
Mungyeong Traditional Chatsabal Festival
Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival
Outstanding Festivals
(10)
Hyoseok Cultural Festival
Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival
Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
Damyang Bamboo Festival
Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival
Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
Bonghwa Eun-Uh (Sweet Fish) Festival
The Great Battle of Hansan Festival
Changwon Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival
Jeju Fire Festival
Up-and-Coming Festivals
(23)
Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival
Seongbuk Multicultural Food Festival
Dongnaeeupseong History Festival
Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
Gwangsan Woori Mil Festival
Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival
Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival
Chuncheon International Mime Festival
Goseong Myeongtae Festival
Goesan Red Pepper Festival
Chungju World Martial Arts Festival
Haemieupseong Fortress Festival
Geumgang Yeoul Festival
Hongseong Historical Person Festival
Wanju Wild Food Festival
Boseong Green Tea Festival
Mokpo Maritime Cultural Festival
Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival
Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival
Pohang International Fireworks Festival
Silla Sori Festival
Jeju Dodu Oraemul Festival

Korea’s Premier Festivals in 2015

Gimje Horizon Festival

Photo credit: Gimje City Hall

Selected as one of the two 2015 Premier Festivals of Korea, Gimje Horizon Festival offers visitors a chance to experience Korea’s agriculture as well as various traditional cultural performances. The festival highlights the beautiful natural environment of Gimje and the rice produced in the region. The expansive fields of Gimje are fertile and offer suitable conditions for growing rice. Gimje is also the largest granary in Korea. During the festival period, visitors can experience catching grasshoppers, harvesting rice, and making scarecrows. The golden hues of the horizon also make for a wonderful view.

Period: October 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Byeokgolje area (Buryang-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do)

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

Photo credit: The Nara Foundation

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a unique wintertime celebration that draws over 1,000,000 visitors every year. To promote it as the nation’s largest and most popular winter festival, the organizers plan a variety of programs and fun activities. The most popular programs are ice fishing, ice football, and ice sledding.

Period: January 10-February 1, 2015
Venue: Five villages including Hwacheon-eup in Gangwon-do

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March

Jeju Fire Festival

Photo credit: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province

On the first full moon of the lunar calendar year, one of the many hills on Jeju Island is set ablaze to wish for a plentiful harvest. The festival originated from Jeju’s traditional farming custom of burning rice fields and vegetable gardens in early spring to exterminate pests and ease cultivation.

Period: March 5-8, 2015
Venue: Saebyeol Oreum area (Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do)

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Jindo Miracle Sea Festival

Photo credit: Jindo-gun Festival Promotion Committee

Jindo’s sea-parting is a unique natural phenomenon that occurs every year. Korea’s famous sea parting reveals a 2.8-kilometer-long and 40-meter-wide path between the mainland and a nearby island. Jindo Miracle Sea Festival is held when the tide differences are at their peak, rendering a natural stage for the festival’s great selection of events. The festival is gaining recognition from overseas travelers as many visitors flock to the quiet town of Jindo-gun every year during the festival period.

Period: March 20-23, 2015
Venue: Modo-ri, Uisin-myeon and Hoedong-ri, Gogun-myeon (Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do)

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April

Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival

Photo credit: Daegaya Experience Festival Promotion Committee

Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival introduces and promotes Daegaya, an ancient kingdom known for its quality steel production around 1,500 years ago. The festival presents a range of hands-on programs focusing on the region's rich history and rural background. An exhibition of relics from the Daegaya era show the life and wisdom of the Daegaya people.

Period: April 9-12, 2015
Venue: Daegaya Museum area (Goryeong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival

This festival celebrates the achievements of Korea’s Dr. Wangin, who traveled to Japan over 1,600 years ago to spread knowledge culture and art. This festival is set in the beautiful landscape of Wolchulsan National Park and Dr. Wangin’s achievements are celebrated with various performances and cultural events. The festival takes place in April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Period: April 9-12, 2015
Venue: Yeongam-gun (Historical Site of Dr. Wangin, Gurim Village, Yeongam Pottery Museum, etc), Jeollanam-do

May

Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival

Photo credit: Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival Organizing Committee

Mungyeong has long had a flourishing ceramics industry owing to an abundant supply of sandy soil and firewood. Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival offers visitors an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the unassuming beauty of chasabal (traditional tea bowls). Tea and pottery-related hands-on programs are facilitated by local potters of the Mungyeong region.

Period: May 1-10, 2015
Venue: Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park area (KBS filming location, Ceramics Museum Plaza) in Gyeongsangbuk-do

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Damyang Bamboo Festival

Photo credit: Damyang Bamboo Festival Organizing Committee

Damyang in Jeolla region is known throughout Korea for its bamboo. Damyang Bamboo Festival hosts a variety of hands-on activities such as bamboo drawing, traditional fishing with a bamboo basket, bamboo craft making, and many more. Visitors can also sample alcoholic beverages brewed in bamboo stalks and try dishes made with bamboo shoots.

Period: May, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Juknokwon and Gwanbangjerim Forest area (Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do)

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Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Festival

Photo credit: Yangnyeongsi Protection Committee

Daegu Yangnyeongsi is known for its rich history and traditional eastern medicine culture. Designated as an official Culture & Tourism Festival in 2001, the festival has since become a signature celebration that promotes traditional Korean medicine worldwide. Throughout the festival, visitors can learn the history of traditional Korean medicine and experience traditional medical treatments.

Period: May, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Yangnyeongsi area in Jung-gu, Daegu

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Boseong Green Tea Festival

Photo credit: Boseon Green Tea Festival Promotion Committee

Boseong Green Tea Festival, the largest green tea festival in Korea, takes place in the Boseong Green Tea Plantations, a well-known filming location and tourist site. Visitors to the festival will get a chance to pick tea leaves, make and sample green tea, make green tea snacks, learn traditional tea drinking etiquette, and take part in a tea photo contest.

Period: May, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: 775 Noksa-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do (1200, Bongsan-ri)

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Chuncheon International Mime Festival

Photo credit: Chuncheon International Mime Festival

Chuncheon International Mime Festival is a leading performing arts festival in Korea and its fame has now spread across the globe. Each year, renowned artists from home and abroad give outstanding live performances. On the weekends of the festival period, performances are held practically nonstop!

Period: May, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Festival Theater Momzit (531, Hyoja-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do)

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Seongbuk Cultural Foundation

Photo credit: Seongbuk Cultural Foundation

Held along Seongbukdong-gil Road, Seongbuk Multicultural Food Festival is held to commemorate the World Day for Cultural Diversity, and to enhance the opportunities for interaction through various foods between foreign community members in Seongbuk-dong. In addition, this festival tries to contribute to understanding and respecting the cultural diversity between ethnic groups, nations, and peoples.

Period: May, 2015
Venue: Seongbukdong-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

June

Muju Firefly Festival

Photo credit: Muju County Office

Muju Firefly Festival is an environment-themed event that celebrates fireflies. Visitors to the festival will have a chance to participate in the night time exploration program to visit and observe the natural habitat of fireflies. A range of folk culture hands-on activities also takes place during the festival period.

Period: June, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Hanpungnu Pavilion, Namdaecheon Stream, Bandiland area (Muju-eup, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do)

Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival

Photo credit: Seocheon County Office

Hansan Ramie Fabric Cultural Festival is held in Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, a region famous for producing ramie, a flax-like plant whose fibers are used to weave cloth. Visitors can attend a fashion show featuring ramie fiber clothes, try on ramie clothing, or watch the creation of ramie fabric.

Period: June, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Hansan Mosi Fabric Hall area in Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

July

Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival

Photo credit: Buyeo County Office

Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival is held around Gungnamji Pond, an artificial pond constructed during the reign of King Muwang of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. – 660 A.D.). A performance based on the love between Prince Seodong (King Muwang’s name in his youth) and Princess Seonhwa is the highlight of the festival. Events during the festival include face painting, lotus leaf tea sampling, lotus flower soap making, lotus flower photo and painting exhibitions, and a variety of performances.

Period: July, 2015
Venue: Seodong Park (Gungnamji) area (Dongnam-ri, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do)

Pohang International Fireworks Festival

Photo credit: Pohang City Hall

Participants from many different countries visit Pohang to compete in the fireworks contest during Pohang International Fireworks Festival. The fireworks create a brilliant spectacle against the summer sky at night. The festival also features a fireworks parade, a fireworks fashion show, musical light shows, live concerts on the beach, and a fireworks art exhibition.

Period: July, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Hyeongsangang Sports Park, Northern Beach, Pohang Canal zone and others (Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

Bonghwa Eun-Uh (Sweet Fish) Festival

Photo credit: Bonghwa-gun County Office

Bonghwa Eun-eo (Sweet Fish) Festival takes place in Bonghwa, a well-preserved natural habitat surrounded by mountains, trees, clean water, and fresh air. Eun-eo, or sweet fish, only live near the source of clean and clear streams. Visitors can cool down while catching fish in Naeseongcheon Stream with their bare hands. In addition, visitors can engage in night fishing or enjoy some eun-eo barbeque.

Period: July 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Bonghwa-eup Sports Park, Naeseongcheon Stream area (Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do)

Geumgang Yeoul Festival

Photo credit: Geumsan-gun Office

Known for beautiful mountains and crystal-clear waters, the area of Geumsan, Chungcheongnam-do, is the venue for Geumgang Yeoul Festival held around July each year. With 'water' as the main theme, this is the perfect summer festival in an enjoyable vacation spot offering various water games, crop-harvesting, nature ecological experiences, and more.

Period: July 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Geumgangnori Madang and vicinity in Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

August

Gangjin Celadon Festival

Photo credit: Gangjin-gun Local Traditional Festival Promotion Committee

The Gangjin area in Jeollanam-do has long been known for its blue celadon production, which was made possible by advanced sea transportation as well as the right ingredients and conditions for celadon production such as local clay, fuel, water, and a favorable climate. Gangjin Celadon Festival has gained acclaim among visitors for showcasing the excellence and uniqueness of Goryeo celadon.

Period: August 1-9, 2015
Venue: Goryeo Celadon Doyoji area (Daegu-myeon, Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do)

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Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival

Photo credit: iYESCOM / Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture

Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival presents several different programs during the festival period including a Hallyu Concert, Fringe Festival, Music in Arts Festival, and the Rock Festival. Pentaport Rock Festival, a three-day festival featuring international and local rock bands, has developed into an international event supported ardently by rock fans worldwide.

Period: August, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: TBA

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Mokpo Maritime Cultural Festival

Photo credit: Mokpo City Hall

Mokpo Maritime Cultural Festival is held in Mokpo, which is home to Yudalsan Mountain as well as Samhakdo Island that overlooks the west coast section of Dadohaehaesang National Park. Every year, the festival features a magnificent on-the-sea fireworks show, leisure sports activity and more to experience Mokpo’s sea both day and night, offering unforgettable memories.

Period: August, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Samhakdon Island area in Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do

Jangheung Jeongnamjin Water Festival

Photo credit: Jangheung-gun County Office

Jangheung County in Jeollanam-do is known for its water resources as it is located near Boseongman Bay and the lake created by the Tamjingang River and Jangheung Dam. Held at the end of July every year, Jeongnamjin Water Festival is a departure from other festivals, which mainly feature exhibitions and performances, as it highlights summer and water through a variety of games and hands-on programs. A huge artificial pool is installed on the Tamjingang River for various water activities. Visitors can also enjoy rafting, water bicycles, riding a rope ferry across the river, and a variety of foods of the Namdo region as well as special products are available at the festival's local food market.

Period: August, 2015
Venue: Cypress woodland area, Tanjingang River in Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do

The Great Battle of Hansan Festival

Photo credit: Great Battle of Hansan Memorial Association

Held in Tongyeong, The Great Battle of Hansan Festival commemorates the patriotic spirit of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, a Korean navy commander noted for leading victories against the invading Japanese Army during the Imjin War (1592-1598). The festival presents a variety of hands-on programs such as marine sports, geobukseon (turtle ship) making, bow making, and many more.

Period: August, 2015
Venue: Yi Sun-shin Park, Byeongseon Madang, and Tongjeyeong area in Tongyeong City, Gyeongsangnam-do

Chungju World Martial Arts Festival

Photo credit: Chungju City Hall

With the theme of “where the world’s martial arts and culture meet,” Chungju World Martial Arts Festival began in 1998 to globalize Taekkyon, a traditional martial art of Korea. Visitors can watch performances of traditional Korean martial arts as well as martial arts of other countries. Traditional martial arts groups demonstrate Taekkyon, Taekwondo, and Hapkido, and offer programs for visitors to learn martial arts. There are hands-on programs for tourists and visitors can watch demonstrations by martial arts groups from Japan, China, New Zealand and France.

Period: August, 2015
Venue: World Martial Arts Park area in Chungju, Chungcheongbuk-do

Jeju Dodu Oraemul Festival

Located in the area of Doduhang Port, Jeju Dodu Oraemul Festival is the sole festival in the area, the theme of which is one of Jeju’s regional resources, “yongcheonsu" (spring water), also known as “dodu oraemul." The festival provides unique hands-on programs available only in Dodu-dong, as well as delicious food to enjoy and other entertaining activities for tourists and residents.

Period: August 7-9, 2015
Venue: Oraemul Plaza and Doduhang Port in Jeju-si, Jeju Self-Governing Province

September

Goesan Red Pepper Festival

Photo credit: Geosan-gun County Office

Goesan in Chungcheongbuk-do is famous for red pepper cultivation. Goesan Red Pepper Festival features various red pepper related events such as an exhibition of red peppers from around the world, red pepper cutting and eating contests, traditional dish sampling, and a cooking competition. A range of celebratory performances and folk games are also scheduled for the festival.

Period: September, 2015
Venue: Sports Fields, Culture and Sports Center, and Dongjincheon Stream areas (Goesan-eup, Goesan-gun, Chungcheonbuk-do)

Pyeongchang Hyoseok Cultural Festival

Photo credit: Lee Hyo-seok Literature Enhancement Association

Hyoseok Cultural Festival takes place in Pyeongchang, the setting for Lee Hyo-seok’s famous novel, “When Buckwheat Flowers Come into Full Bloom.” The festival highlights different locations depicted in the novel as well as the area’s folklore. The festival is held at the most splendid time of the year when the buckwheat flowers blanket the entire Bongpyeong area. Don’t miss the wide range of foods made from buckwheat, exciting programs, and the vast plain of buckwheat flowers.

Period: September, 2015
Venue: Bongpyeong-myeon Munhwa (Culture) Village area in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do

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Hyo Culture Ppuri Festival

Dajeon Family Culture festival takes place in the area around Ppuri Park in Jung-gu, Daejeon, where filial piety has been highly respected. The festival features hands-on experience programs and events reflecting traditional family culture and filial piety.

Period: September, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Ppuri Park in Jung-gu, Daejeon

Hongseong Historical Person Festival

Hongseong Historical Person Festival is held every September, with the aim of become an educational festival. Hongseong is the hometown of many historical persons in the areas of literature, martial arts and art. The festival offers historical person-related programs that include themed performances, histories of the persons, and their life story, giving a unique experience. Excellent local food from Hongseong can also be eaten at the festival site.

Period: September, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Ogwan-ri, Hongseong-eup, Hongseong-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

Wanju Wild Food Festival

Photo credit: Wanju-si Office

Wanju Wild Food Festival is held to spread knowledge of Wanju, a city where one can experience cheonryeop (river-fishing), Korean wilderness, and nostalgia. The festival also provides nature-friendly food experiences using local agricultural products, along with varied wild plants and animals from Wanju. This festival aims to give visitors a feeling of nostalgia for food from the past through diverse hands-on food programs, surrounded by nature.

Period: September, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: The area of Gosan Recreation Forest in Wanju-gun, Jeollabuk-do

October

Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival

Photo credit: Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival Committee

Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival is the perfect destination for urbanites looking for a healthier way of life. Visitors can learn about herbs that can be raised at home for cooking and medicinal purposes.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Festival Plaza at the Sancheong IC entrance and Donguibogam Village area (Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do)

7080 Chungjang Recollection Festival

Photo credit: 7080 Chungjang Recollection Festival Promotion Committee

During the 1970s and 80s, young people in the city of Gwangju reveled in their youth and created their own culture on Chungjang-ro Street. 7080 Chungjang Recollection Festival is a cultural celebration that epitomizes the spirit of the youth and the good old days of the 70s and 80s when everything prospered. A wide range of events take place during the festival period including a street parade by the locals, an exhibition reenacting the life of the 1970s and 80s, traditional games, local dish sampling, a folk song festival, intangible cultural asset performances, and street performances.

Period: October, 2015
Venue: Chungjang-ro, Geumnam-ro, Hwanggeum-ro, Underpass, Art St. and nearby areas (Dong-gu, Gwangju-si)

Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival

Photo credit: Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival Promotion Committee

The city of Ganggyeong produces half of all fermented seafood produced in the country. It is here that Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival is held to offer visitors fresh and tasty fermented seafood at a relatively low price compared to most other parts of the country. In addition, cooking programs with fermented seafood, crafting wish lanterns, and more hands-on activities are enough to draw visitors all year around.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Ganggyeongpogu Port, Fermented Seafood Market and Fermented Seafood Exhibition Hall area (Ganggyeong-eup, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do)

Changwon Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival

Photo credit: Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival Committee

Masan was the first district in Korea to cultivate chrysanthemums locally and also the first to export them to Japan. Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival is held annually presenting spectacles such as a grand flower gate at the festival entrance, a flower hill made of thousands of chrysanthemums, a flower tower decorated with the festival’s mascots and more.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Masanhang Port, Wharf 1 area (Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do)

Icheon Rice Cultural Festival

Photo credit: Icheon Rice Cultural Festival Promotion Committee

Since ancient times, Icheon’s expansive open fields have offered the perfect conditions for growing rice, continuing to be one of the major rice producers in Korea. Therefore, Icheon Rice Cultural Festival, combining two of Icheon’s symbols, rice and agriculture, is held in late October to celebrate the year of good harvest.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Seolbong Park in Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Jarasum International Jazz Festival

The annual Jarasum International Jazz Festival is held in early fall on Jaraseom Island in Gapyeong. As an island formed in the Bukhangang River, Jaraseom Island offers various attractions such as riverside promenades, sports facilities, and natural recreational forests. The jazz festival attracts over 100,000 visitors from home and abroad every year. Visitors to the festival can enjoy the smooth jazz tunes and also get a chance to meet some of the world’s leading jazz musicians.

Period: October 9-11, 2015
Venue: Jaraseom Island, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

Dongnaeeupseong History Festival

Photo credit: Culture & Public Information Division of Dongnae-gu, Busan

Dongnaeeupseong History Festival is an experiential festival that offers a historical insight into life during the Japanese Invasion of Korea (1592-1598). The festival is based on historical facts relating to the town’s efforts to defend Dongnae Fortress in resistance against the Japanese forces. The festival features a variety of hands-on experience programs including juldarigi (tug-of-war), in which thousands of people can take part at once, a reenactment of the ancient marketplace, traditional folk performances, jultagi (tightrope walking) performance, and many more.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Dongnae Community Center, Dongnaeeupseong North Gate Plaza, and Oncheonjang areas (Dongnae-gu, Busan)

Haemieupseong Fortress Festival

Photo credit: Haemieupseong Fortress Festival

Haemieupseong Fortress Festival takes place in the city of Seosan, the central city of history and culture in Korea’s west coast. Haemieupseong Fortress is a great place to learn about Korea’s historical past because of the many cultural heritage items that can be found at the site. The festival provides a wide array of cultural events and history-related programs.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Haemieupseong Fortress area (Eupnae-ri, Haemi-myeong, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do)

Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival

Photo credit: Hanseong Baekje Cultural Festival

The Songpa area in Seoul was the ancient capital of the Baekje Kingdom for 500 years during the Hanseong Baekje Era (18 BC to 475 AD) around 2,000 years ago. Songpa is also home to a number of time-honored historic and cultural heritage sites, including Pungnaptoseong Fortress and Mongchontoseong Fortress. The festival offers visitors a glimpse into the ancient history and culture of the Hanseong Baekje Period that brilliantly flourished based on a strong national power.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Olympic Park area, in Songpa-gu, Seoul

Gwangsan Woori Mil Festival

Photo credit: Gwangsan-gu Office

Gwangsan Woori Mil Festival is held around Songsan Resort in Gwangsan-gu, the nation's largest wheat (mil; 밀) producing area. Since beginning to be held, the festival created opportunities to consider the value of wheat and the importance of the ingredients in our foodstuffs, and is expected to have economic effects as a productive festival. Through this festival, producers and consumers can build up trust and reliability through healthy food products for living, giving this festival a more enriching meaning.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: The Songsan Resort are in Songsan-dong, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju

Goseong Myeongtae Festival

Photo credit: Goseong Pollack and Sea Festival Committee

To ensure a good haul and community prosperity, this festival is held at Geojinhang Port, known as the primary place of Pollack fish in Korea. The festival includes numerous hands-on events such as a sea festival, a cultural festival, and a local culture experience. The festival has helped the city to promote their local seafood, farm products and other specialties, thus contributing to the growth of the local economy.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Geojin-ri, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun in Gangwon-do

Silla Sori Festival

Photo credit: Daegu BBS (Buddhist Broadcasting System)

Silla Sori Festival mainly focuses on King Seongdeok Divine Bell (Emille Bell), established during the Unified Silla period, and takes place in Gyeongju, embracing its thousand-year-old heritage. The festival venue is a grass field around Cheomseongdae Observatory, where the varied programs such as the tolling of the model Emille Bell, weighting about 6 tons, and Silla Culture experience, reappearance of Silla Gandeunghoe (lamp ceremony) and others are prepared.

Period: October, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Grass field of Cheomseongdae Observatory, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do

Novemeber

Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival

Photo credit: Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival Promotion Committee

Sunchang, a village famous for its citizens’ longevity and for the production of red-pepper paste, holds Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival every year. The fermented Sunchang red-pepper paste has recently been recognized for its excellent health benefits. Traditional outdoor performances, percussion performances, and Sunchang red-pepper paste making will take place, as well as a local specialty fair and a Sunchang red-pepper cooking competition.

Period: November, 2015
Venue: Sunchang Gochujang Village and Gangcheonsan Mountain (Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do)

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Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival

Photo credit: Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival Promotion Committee

Yeoju Ogok Naru Festival is a combination of two festivals: Yeoju Farm Festival and Sweet Potato Festival, based on Yeoju’s representative products, rice and sweet potato, respectively. Visitors to the festival can find Yeoju’s quality agricultural and local specialty products and enjoy participating in a wide range of fun, informative programs.

Period: November, 2015 (TBA)
Venue: Yeoju-gun area, Gyeonggi-do



* Festival schedules are subject to change.
* Last updated on January 19, 2015

Date 01/28/2015



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