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Winter Festivals 2013 - 2014

Winter Festivals 2013 - 2014

December in Korea means holiday lights, snow, cozy hats and scarves, Christmas decorations, and last but not least, plenty of winter festivals. While simply staying indoors is a tempting alternative, try embracing the seasonal temperatures and venture out. There are winter events celebrating everything from arts to fruits and winter activities for everyone to enjoy, young and old alike.

As the solar year’s 12th month comes to an end and the year draws to a close, people gather at sunrise festival locations across Korea to welcome in the first sunrise of 2014. January and February are perfect for reveling in the chilly weather by visiting snow and ice festivals. Popular festivals include the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, Pyeongchang Trout Festival, Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival, Inje Icefish Festival, Jaraseom Singsing Winter Festival and many more. When you’ve had your fill of the snow and ice, head over to Jeju-do for the hot and smoky Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival that’s not to be missed.

  • 2013 December Festivals

  • New Year’s Sunrise Festivals

  • 2014 January – February Festivals

2013 December Festivals

  • Seoul Design Festival

    When:December 18 - 22, 2013 
    Where: Hall B, COEX (Samseong-dong, Seoul-si)
    Operating hour: 10:30-19:00 (Last admission is 1 hour before closing.)
    * On December 18, last admission is until 17:00 and closes at 18:00 due to the Designers’ Party.
    Since its inception in 2002, the Seoul Design Festival has been widely attended by well-known designers from both home and abroad and has served as a platform for promising new artists to expand their territories. This year, the festival will be revisiting the value of design under the theme of ‘The Human and Designer at the Center of Design’. During the festival, top designers will be showcasing their high-quality art pieces and various other designers will be using the theme to express their individuality through their artworks.

    Photo courtesy of Seoul Design Festival Secretariat

  • Yeongdong Dried Persimmon Festival

    When:December 20 - 22, 2013 (Scheduled)
    Where:Yeongdong Stadium area, Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
    Yeongdong is affectionately called the ‘Holy Land of Fruit’ since it is the biggest fruit producer in the nation. Dried persimmons grown from this region are known for their particularly sweet flavor and high quality. During the festival, there are assorted produce exhibitions and some hands-on programs such as “threading persimmon”, “making persimmon vinegar”, “making persimmon cake and jam”, “foot bath with persimmon peels” and “persimmon peeling contest”.

  • Boseong Green Tea Fields Festival of Lights

    When: December 13, 2013 – February 2, 2014
    Where: Boseong Green Tea Fields, Hoecheon-myeon, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
    The magical allure of the Boseong Green Tea Fields grows tenfold this winter as bright Christmas lights cast a cheery glow over the expansive fields. Christmas lights and an enormous Christmas tree as well as a number of themed exhibits (the Love Galaxy Light Tunnel, Green Tea Themed Street, etc.) bring “Christmas decorations” to a whole new level.

Date 11/12/2013



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