Korea has a lot to offer, with a varied culture, history and tradition. However, the recent modernization, reconstruction of buildings and westernization has meant some of this culture is fading.
Visiting festivals and different cultural events can be a very rewarding and dynamic experience. Escaping from the stress of cities and mundane daily life to a new, colorful, vibrant place can bring new inspiration to all generations. There are still many different types of festivals held each year in South Korea, but most tied up in busy city life, this experience can be a very rewarding one. We have picked 14 attention-grabbing festivals around Korea.
1, Mountain Trout Ice Festival
Each year throughout January, visitors are welcomed to celebrate the beautiful scenery of crystal clear ice and amazing white snow at Hwacheon, Gangwon Province. The Mountain Trout Ice Festival features exciting activities for families, travelers and couples. Its special activities include mountain trout ice fishing, snow sledding, ice sculpture and many more programs.
2, Jindo Sea parting Festival
A few times during the year, the sea around Jindo in South Jeolla Province parts and visitors can walk along a narrow path through the sea from the mainland to a nearby island. This phenomenon, sometimes called the “Moses Miracle,” is caused by the tide. The path is approximately 2.8 kilometers long and is 40 to 60 meters wide. The next festival will be held on March 19.
3, Hampyeong Butterfly Festival
The Hampyeong Butterfly Festival is celebrated each year around the end of April in Hampyeong, South Jeolla Province. Visitors can experience thousands of different butterflies at the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival. In the fresh spring weather, visitors can walk through fields of wild flowers and observe the butterflies in their natural habitat. They can also observe rare butterflies up close and learn about ecology.
4, Damyang Bamboo Festival
Damyang-gun in South Jeolla Province, known for its rich green forests, celebrates its bamboo festival each year at Juknokwon for five consecutive days in early May. The ecosystem is known for its spectacular scenery which contains lots of bamboo, other trees and cultural sites. More than 1.2 million tourists visited Damyang for the 2009 Festival. The festival includes orchestral concerts, traditional music, riding pedaloes, fishing and lots more.
5, Muju Firefly Festival
Don’t miss this magical experience. As the sky darkens, thousands of fireflies light up the sky with their beautiful natural illumination. The firefly festival is held each year in mid-June in Muju, North Jeolla Province. Fireflies are considered to be very special and are designated as one of Korea’s natural monuments. Activities include a nighttime “fireflies exploration event,” a chance to experience fireflies’ natural environment and trout fishing.