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Romantic Evening Out at Lighting Festivals around Seoul

  • Tag Event History Tour
  • Date11/30/2020
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Seoul Lantern Festival (Credit: Seoul Metropolitan City)

In winter, when day become shorter than night, many lighting festivals open not only in Seoul but also in the surrounding area. With LED lights, these lighting festivals create a colorful and romantic atmosphere in the evening. Here are some amazing lighting festivals with beautiful decorations that will warm your heart.

Seoul Lantern Festival

Seoul Lantern Festival (Credit: Seoul Metropolitan City)

Previously always held at Cheonggyecheon Stream, this year’s Seoul Lantern Festival is taking place at four special tourist zones throughout Seoul under the theme of “Twinkling Light of Hope.” The festival will move through the four venues of Itaewon, Jamsil, Dongdaemun, and Myeong-dong, with unique themes to match the area. Key attractions include traditional hanji lanterns of Park Sae-ro-yi and Jo Yi-seo, the main characters of the popular webtoon and drama “Itaewon Class,” located in Itaewon, and the grand Christmas tree on display in front of Myeongdong Theater in Myeong-dong.

  • Seoul Lantern Festival
  • Venues
    - Jamsil Special Tourist Zone: Walking path around East Lake of Seokchon Lake Park
    - Itaewon Special Tourist Zone: International Food Street, Vietnam Quy Nhon Street
    - Dongdaemun Fashion Town Special Tourist Zone: In front of Doota Mall
    - Myeong-dong Special Tourist Zone: In front of Myeongdong Theater & Myeong-dong Tourist Information Center
  • Operating periods
    - Jamsil Special Tourist Zone: October 30 – November 6, 2020
    - Itaewon Special Tourist Zone: November 4 – December 31, 2020
    - Dongdaemun Fashion Town Special Tourist Zone: November 6-15, 2020
    - Myeong-dong Special Tourist Zone: November 13-22, 2020
  • Lighting hours: 18:00-22:00
  • Main programs
    - Jamsil Special Tourist Zone: Maple & Fallen leaves theme, Songpa-gu characters (Songsong & Papa), walking path decorated with hanji lanterns, etc.
    - Itaewon Special Tourist Zone: "Itaewon Class" theme, food and landmark hanji lanterns at World Food Street, traditional Vietnamese hat hanji lanterns at Quy Nhon Street
    - Dongdaemun Fashion Town Special Tourist Zone: Shopping & fashion theme, silhouette photo zones
    - Myeong-dong Special Tourist Zone: Christmas theme, Christmas tree made of hanji lanterns
  • Website: www.visitseoul.net (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic)

Little Prince Lighting Festival at Petite France

Nightscape of Petite France (Credit: Petite France)

Petite France is designed as a small French village in Korea, and it is also recognized as a top filming location for popular Korean dramas such as “My Love from the Star (2013)” and “Secret Garden (2011).” The design of the Little Prince Lighting Festival was inspired by Montellier, a small suburban city in southern France. All of the lights used for the decorations were directly purchased from France. The buildings painted in pastel colors harmonize with the lights strung throughout the village to create a fairytale atmosphere. Visitors can also enjoy performances and other exciting programs.

  • Little Prince Lighting Festival
  • Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 청평면 호반로 1063 쁘띠프랑스)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 25 min from Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line, ITX)
    * Alternatively, take Gapyeong circulating bus. Refer to Petite France website for operating schedule
    * Alternatively, take Gapyeong City Tour Bus departing from Gapyeong Station or Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal. Refer to the Gapyeong City Tour website for operating schedule
  • Event period: TBD for 2020
  • Operating hours
    - Petite France: 09:00-18:00
    - Lighting Festival: Monday-Thursday 09:00-18:00 / Friday-Saturday 09:00-20:00
    * Lights will be on throughout event period
    * Closing time varies by season and weather
  • Admission: Adults 10,000 won / Teenagers & Senior citizens 8,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
  • Website: www.pfcamp.com (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • Related content: Gapyeong City Tour page

Herb Island Light Festival in Pocheon

Lighting displays at Herb Island (Credit: Herb Island)

Pocheon Herb Island in Gyeonggi-do is a beautiful arboretum by day, but when the sun goes down, the garden transforms into a romantic space lit by colorful lights on every side. The countless LED lights of Herb Island Light Festival brighten the garden in the theme of fairy tales. The attractions are endless, from the lovely pink wish tunnel to Santa’s Village, featuring Santa House and Santa Church. The photo spots throughout the park make it a popular attraction among couples.

  • Herb Island Light Festival
  • Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro, 947beon-gil, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 포천시 신북면 청신로 947번길 35 포천 허브아일랜드)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1
    * Shuttle bus operates from City Hall Station, Sports Complex Station, and Cheonho Station. Reservations accepted via e-mail at dooretourkorea@gmail.com (English). Please note shuttle bus will only operate on weekdays if reservations exceed 25 people
  • Event period: Daily
  • Operating hours
    - Herb Island: Weekdays & Sundays 10:00-22:00 / Saturdays & public holidays 09:00-23:00
    - Light festival: 17:40-19:00
    * Lighting hours subject to change depending on the sunset time, please check prior to visiting
  • Admission: Adults 9,000 won / Children & Senior citizens 7,000 won / Preschoolers free
    * Adults (ages 16-64) / Children (ages 3-15) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older) / Preschoolers (ages 2 and under)
    * Identification with date of birth is required during ticket purchase
  • Website: herbisland.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)

Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm

Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm (Credit: The Garden of Morning Calm)

The Garden of Morning Calm, nestled in the pristine nature of Chungnyeongsan Mountain, showcases the traditional beauty of a Korean garden. Every evening in winter, the arboretum’s themed gardens, including Korean Theme Garden, Morning Plaza, Road to Heaven, and Moonlight Garden, are aglow thanks to the lighting festival Visitors can see illuminations of giraffes, deer, bears and other forest animals, as well as a starlight tunnel in the Hometown Garden. The bright lights that decorate the grassy fields display an unforgettable view.

  • Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm
  • Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 아침고요수목원)
  • Directions: Take a taxi for approx. 20 min from Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line, ITX), Exit 1
    * Alternatively, take Gapyeong City Tour Bus departing from Gapyeong Station or Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal. Refer to the Gapyeong City Tour website for operating schedule
  • Event period: December 4, 2020 – March 14, 2021 (Event period subject to change)
  • Operating hours
    - The Garden of Morning Calm: 08:30-18:00
    - Lighting Festival: Weekdays & Sundays Sunset-21:00 / Saturdays Sunset-23:00
  • Admission: Adults 9,500 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won / Senior citizens 7,500 won
    * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 & older)
    * Identification with date of birth is required during ticket purchase
  • Website: morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Related content: Gapyeong City Tour page

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* This column was last updated in November 2020, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.

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