Unique festivals

With four distinct seasons, Korea hosts various festivals highlighting seasonal characteristics and nature. When spring is in full swing in April and May, the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival is held, featuring thousands of butterfly species and canola flowers. In the hot months of July and August, the Boryeong Mud Festival draws throngs of visitors with different events and programs using mud.  

When fall arrives (September through November), the Gyeonggi World Ceramic Biennale is held in Icheon, Yeoju, and Gwangju in Gyeonggi-do Province. Since it was launched in 2001, the festival has become established as a venue of exchange of ceramics culture and is popular among world ceramic artists and enthusiasts. Ceramics can also be purchased at the festival.

Andong in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province hosts the Andong International Mask Dance Festival from end of September to early October. Andong is famous for its traditional village where traditional residences and cultures are well preserved. In addition to tangible assets, Andong is home to a number of intangible cultural assets such as the Andong mask dance, and hahoetal and gaksital, the traditional masks of Andong.

The major winter festival is the Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival. Visitors can catch mountain trout (a salmon species that does not return to the sea but lives in the river) under thick river ice using fishing tools or with bare hands. Hwacheon Mountain Trout Festival was featured as one of the Seven Wonders of Winter on CNN.com’s travel section.