The weather is warming up and pandemic measures are lifting. Do you know what that means? It’s finally time to enjoy Korea’s many festivals! Before the pandemic hit one of the most spectacular things to do in Korea was attend festivals. They range from adorable local festivals to huge internationally acclaimed celebrations. Either way, all festivals in Korea are worth a visit. Here is a list of five upcoming festivals you can’t miss!
The lotus lantern festival is a Buddhist cultural heritage festival that’s been held as a tradition for over a thousand years. By lighting up lanterns, the festival promotes happiness, well-being, and unity. Besides just lighting lanterns, there are lots of activities to enjoy. At this festival, you can enjoy the colorful Lantern exhibitions, lantern parades, cultural activities, performances, etc.
The festival takes place all over Korea however, you can find one of the best lantern displays right in Seoul’s Jongno district. From April 29 until May 1 you can find spectacular light displays and performances along the Cheonggyecheon Stream, at Bongeunsa Temple, and at Jogyesa Temple. For more details about the festival Click Here to read one writer’s pre-pandemic experience.
*Note: Daegu’s Lotus Lantern Festival will not be held this year (2022).
From April 1 until May 29, the Gyeongbokgung palace in central Seoul is hosting its annual night festival. For a limited time, you can experience this historical wonder lit up in spectacular colors and wander the palace grounds at night! Beginning at 7:00 PM, traditional performances are held in front of Gyeongjeong-jeon. Then, the palace remains open until 9:30 PM.
Be careful though, the palace is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The admission fee is 3,000 won, and you can buy the tickets online or on-site but make sure that you have your ID or passport. Night festival admission is limited to 1,300 people per day. And so, if you plan on attending on weekends, you probably need to buy your tickets ahead of time. Click Here for the ticket purchasing website.
The Seoul Rose Festival is one of the prettiest festivals in Seoul. You can go and enjoy rose blossoms throughout the day and into the evening. The festival includes rose parades, rose exhibitions, rose markets, and other rosy performances and activities.
It’s a great chance to take pretty pictures with the spring vibes. So, for those of you who need some color added to your Seoul experience album make sure to stop by! The main festival is in North Eastern Seoul’s Jungnang Rose Park near Taereung station. However, you can find roses blooming all over Seoul during this time.
This is one of the most awaited festivals every year, at least for me. But, who doesn’t like a massive water fight?!?! Mega water gun fights, swimming pools, and thrilling performances. For those energetic souls, what more can you ask for? Additionally, the festival has locations throughout the country. And so, everyone can enjoy the true essence of ‘Hot Girl Summer’.
The festival features the hottest lineups of your favorite Kpop artists, hip-hop artists, and DJs. The lineup for this year will be announced in June.
The Boryeong mud festival is internationally recognized as one of the most unique and fun festivals in the world. Each year the Boryeong Mud Festival is held at Daecheon beach. Originally, The festival’s aim was created as a marketing strategy to promote Boryeong mud-based cosmetics. However, it has now become one of Korea’s biggest annual festivals.
The festival includes Fireworks, music, k-pop performances, and lots of dirty fun! By dirty fun, I mean mud pools, mud slides, mud sculpting competitions, and more. However, the festival isn’t just fun, it’s also good for you! Boryeong mud is mineral-packed. And so, you’ll return home with glowing skin!
For a full list of upcoming festivals in Korea, Click Here.