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2013 Summer Festivals (June – August)

2013 Summer Festivals (June – August)

Summer, spanning from June through August, is a time for fun vacations and outings with family and friends. Many flock to the beach for some sea, sand, and sun, while others travel across Korea in search of the arts, music, and culture. Wherever one’s destination may be, there are festivals held throughout the season from coast to coast to bring about excitement, and blow away the summer heat.
The season’s highlights include beach festivals like Busan’s Haeundae Sand Festival in June, the West Coast’s Boryeong Mud Festival in July, and the Busan Beach Festival in August. There are also cultural festivals including the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, where one can watch fantasy movies all night long; the Incheon Pentaport Festival with performances by famous rock stars; the Gangneung Danoje Festival celebrating a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity; and the Gangjin Celadon Festival featuring various kinds of ancient ceramics. With such a myriad of festivals, you can easily find ways to enjoy your summer vacation.

  • June Festivals
  • July Festivals
  • August Festivals

June Festivals

[Photo courtesy of:
Muju County]

Muju Firefly Festival

When:
June 1 (Sat) ~ June 9 (Sun), 2013
Where:
Jeollabuk-do, Muju-gun County (Namdaecheon Stream, Banditbul Stadium, Bandiland)
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 of 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

When:
June 6 (Thu) ~ June 9 (Sun), 2013
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 this humble plant. Skilled artisans guide visitors in the processing of the famed Hansan Ramie, showing all the steps of the whole process: from how the ramie plant is grown to how it’s spun into thread and used to make clothing. In addition, there will 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.

Haeundae Sand Festival

When:
June 7 (Fri) ~ June 10 (Mon), 2013
Where:
Haeundae (White Sand) Beach, in Busan
Description:
This festival is an eco-friendly celebration revolving around sand. The festival’s main attraction is the sand sculpture exhibition featuring the works of famous local and international sand sculptors displayed along the beach. The Republic of Korea Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team will also put up a spectacular air show in the skies over Haeundae. Other beach events include a ssireum (씨름, Korean wrestling) match, beach soccer competitions, and a festival parade. Hands-on programs include building sandcastles, creating sand sculptures, and sledding on sand.
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Gangneung Danoje Festival

When:
June 9(Sun) ~ June 16(Sun), 2013
Where:
Namdaecheon Stream area in Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Description:
The Gangneung Danoje Festival is an international celebration that has been designated as an “Intangible Cultural Asset” by UNESCO. During the festival, visitors may enjoy traditional folk games played during Dano (the 5th day of the 5th lunar month), one of the Korea’s major traditional holidays, and sample traditional Dano cuisine. The highlights of the festival are the Danogut(a ritual performed to pray for the people’s health and happiness) and the Gwanno mask dance (a mask dance telling the love story of an aristocrat and his new bride, traditionally performed by the servants of the government office).
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July Festivals

[Photo courtesy of:
The World Taekwondo Culture EXPO Organizing Committee]

World Taekwondo Culture Expo

When:
July 12 (Fri) ~ July 17 (Wed), 2013
Where:
Jeollabuk-do, Muju-gun Area (Banditbul Stadium and Deogyusan Resort)
Description:
The World Taekwondo Expo, a major Taekwondo festival, is being hosted by Muju County, Jeollabuk-do Province. In addition to the representative taekwondo competitions (Pumsae-movement, Gyeorugi-sparring, and Taekwondo aerobics), there will be various sub programs including Taekwondo performances and cultural activities to introduce Korea, Jeollabuk-do, and Taekwondo to visitors.

Boryeong Mud Festival

When:
July 19 (Fri) ~ July 28 (Sun), 2013
Where:
Daecheon Beach in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Description:
At the Boryeong Mud Festival, visitors jump in a huge pool of mud not just for fun. Boryeong mud is well-known for its excellent quality and efficacy. This zany, 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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Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival

When:
July 18 (Thu) ~ July 21 (Sun), 2013
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 created near the royal palace by King Muwang (r.600-641) of the Baekje Kingdom (18BC-660AD). 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, lotus tea-drinking, lotus soap-making, and an art contest.

[Photo courtesy of:
PiFan Organizing Committee]

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

When:
July 18 (Thu) ~ July 28 (Sun), 2013
Where:
Bucheon City Hall in Wonmi-gu Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Manhwa Contents Agency, Primus Cinema Sopung, CGV Bucheon, Lotte Cinema Bucheon
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, thrillers, and sci-fi.

Jangheung Jeongnamjin Water Festival

When:
July 26 (Fri) ~ August 1 (Thur), 2013
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 Tamjin River and Jangheung Multipurpose Dam in Jangheung. The festival teaches the value of water in regard 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 catching fish with bare hands are popular among visitors.

[Photo courtesy of: Bonghwa Gun]

Bonghwa Eun-Uh (Sweetfish) Festival

When:
July 27 (Sat) ~ August 3 (Sat), 2013
Where:
Naeseongcheon Stream area and Bonghwa Gun Sports Park in Bonghwa-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Description:
This is a representative festival held at Naeseongcheon Stream in Bonghwa-gun. Main programs are catching sweetfish with a scoop net or with bare hands, and sweetfish-related exhibits. Sweet fish is a small freshwater fish with a light watermelon smell.

Gangjin Celadon Festival

When:
July 27 (Sat) ~ August 4 (Sun), 2013
Where:
Gangjin Goryeo Celadon Porcelain Kiln 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.

August Festivals

[Photo courtesy of:
Hamyang Gun]

Hamyang Wild Ginseng Festival

When:
August 1 (Thu) ~ August 5 (Mon), 2013
Where:
Sangrim Park area in Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do Province
Description:
Hamyang, where the famous Korean mountains Jirisan (1,915m) and Deogyusan (1,614m) 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 experience programs such as crop harvesting, pottery making, making wild ginseng rice cake, and many more.

Busan Sea Festival

When:
August 1 (Thu) ~ August 9 (Fri), 2013
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. The wide variety of events adds to the festival’s attractiveness. 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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[Photo courtesy of:
Incheon Metapolitan City]

Incheon Pentaport Festival

When:
August 2 (Fri) ~ August 4 (Sun), 2013
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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[Photo courtesy of:
The Great Battle of Hansan]

Tongyeong Great Battle of Hansan Festival

When:
August 14 (Wed) ~ August 18 (Sun), 2013
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.

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

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

When:
August 14(Wed) ~ August 19(Mon), 2013
Where:
Jecheon Media Center, Megabox Jecheonedia, Uirimji Reservoir Outdoor Stage in Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
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 theme, while the closing movie is the winner of the World Music Film Today category. In addition to watching several recent music films, visitors can enjoy the One Summer Night Concert at the outdoor stage.

* The festival schedules are subject to change due to local circumstances.
* Last update: June 3, 2013

Date 06/20/2013



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