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.
6, Boryeong Mud Festival
Boryeong has beautiful scenery with mountains and beaches. Its mud festival takes place on Daecheon beach. Participants slap on mud packs made from Boryeong mud, which is claimed to be a great way to improve your skin tone with its high level of minerals, germanium and bentonite. Other exciting activities include mud wrestling, the “mud king” contest, fireworks and slides greased with mud. This is one of the most popular festivals among Korea’s foreign community. There are International nighttime events such as hip hop and dance parties. “Boryeong Mud Festival” takes place in mid July each year.
7, Andong International Mask dance Festival
The Andong International Mask Dance Festival is held around the end of September each year. At one of the venues, Hahoe Folk Village, Korea’s vibrant traditional performing art is still a part of everyday life. The main venue is in nearby Andong, a city in North Gyeongsang Province. Visitors can not only enjoy Korea’s talchum (Korean masked dances), but there are also international masked performances. After the sun sets, enjoy Hahoe’s highlight performance “Seonyujul Bulnori” where fireworks fall like rain, creating spectacular reflections on the river.
8, Jinju Lantern Festival
This is a very special festival with hundreds of stunning paper lanterns floating down the Nam River. The lanterns come in all shapes and sizes. In this particular festival which is usually held for more than a week after the first day of October, visitors can write wishes and attach them to lanterns.
9, Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival
In 2010 the bullfighting festival was held on March 17-21. This is an annual event and tickets are sold for an affordable price at approximately 4,000 to 5,000 won. The previous event had 132 matches and there were other activities including introductions to the cultural values of bullfighting.
10, Bongpyeong Cultural Festival
Bongpyeong Cultural festival is surrounded each autumn by beautiful buckwheat flowers. The flowers are often associated in Korea with remembering your first love, an idea that comes from a famous novel “When the Buckwheat Flower is About to Blossom” by Lee Hyo-seok. The story takes place right at the location of the festival at Bongpyeong, Gangwon-do province. The event takes place on Sept. 3-21. The main purpose of this festival is to appreciate the natural beauty of Bongpyeong by welcoming visitors and sharing different cultural experiences.