Traditional festivals in Korea are held year-round throughout the country, attracting many international visitors to enjoy and learn the culture of the country.
1. Seoul International Fireworks Festival
The Seoul International Fireworks Festival is a big festival in Korea, held annually on October 5, attracting many domestic and foreign visitors. When attending the festival, visitors will also see the performances and can participate in other activities in the program. Here, you will be completely attracted by the spectacular fireworks glittering in the Seoul sky. The light and artistic performances will bring you unforgettable moments.
2. Lunar New Year
One of the two largest festivals of the year in Korea. New year in Korea officially begins from 1/1 lunar month, but the bustling and joyful atmosphere has flooded the whole country since the beginning of the last month of the year. At the end of the year, families gather together and clean the house for the new year.
3. Chuseok Festival – Korean Mid-Autumn Festival
Chuseok is one of the biggest New Year’s festivals and is very important for Korean people. This day is a day for family reunion even if the members are so far away, people are also trying to gather to go home so they can sit down, enjoy the fruits of the only harvest in 1 year. On the morning of Chuseok Day, dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients from the crop of the year and presented for the Charye Thanksgiving ceremony. After Charye, families visit their ancestral graves and participate in mowing the grass on graves rituals. Until the sunset, families, and friends take a walk and watch the beauty of the full moon harvest or play folk games such as Ganggangsullae.
4. Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival takes place at Hwacheon county in Gangwon-do with plenty of snow and ice, perfect for a winter getaway. Since 2003, the festival has been visited by a million people, making this festival more joyful. Varied festival programs include ice-fishing, ice sledding, bobsled, and other things to see and participate in.
5. Jeju Cherry Flower Festival
Coming to Jeju Island in April, you will not only see the ancient cherry trees but also admire other flowers such as orchids and other native wildflowers. Jeju’s King Cherry Tree blossoms can be seen all over the island. The petals of Jeju’s King Cherry Tree blossoms are the largest and most luxurious among all cherry blossoms. Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in the area of Jeonnong-ro and the entrance of Jeju National University. The peak of the King Cherry Trees blossoms lasts for only 2 to 3 days, but the beautiful blossoms can be seen for weeks, from late March to the second week of April.
6. Boryeong Mud Festival
It’s the one and only festival where you can relive your childhood dream of rolling in the mud on a rainy day. It’s the hottest global festival where you go back to your carefree days, forget about your worries and just simply immerse yourself together with friends from all over the world. Blast off the summer heat by cooling yourself with a dose of mineral-rich mud!
Mud is not the only thing that’s waiting for you. You can enjoy the romantic scenery of Daecheon Beach together with your special someone or just swim away and relax in the crystal blue waters after a long day of rolling and splashing in the mud. Then rock the night out in K-pop concerts with the hottest artists.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to Boryeong Mud Festival right now!
7. Haeundae Sand Festival
The festival takes place on June 6-9 at the beautiful Haeundae Beach of Busan. One of the highlights of the festival is the hot sand bathing, which is good for health and beauty. Here you will be bathed in the hot sand – an activity that promotes health & beauty. Other activities are also exciting and attract many visitors such as beach volleyball, running marathon, visit the sand show area all over the world.
8. Jeju Fire Festival
The annual Jeju Field-Burning Festival took place over the weekend at Saebyeol Oreum in Jeju city. (March 7th-9th) The festival is rooted in the tradition of burning old grass and vermin from the fields for cattle and horses and the main event is the setting alight of the picturesque Oreum.
For the second year in a row the festival, previously held on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, was held from the first Thursday of March till the following Sunday. This is the date that is thought to be when animals finish their hibernation and begin to come out in preparation for spring. You can also enjoy the beautiful nature on Jeju Island on this occasion.
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