10 Summer Festivals You’ve Gotta Attend

Written by on May 27, 2014 in Travel

Summer is almost here and along with the heat comes sun, flowers, and outdoor events to keep people active around the country. There’s everything from fun on one of the numerous beaches that line the coasts of Korea to cultural events and live music. Where will you be this summer?

Gangneung Danoje Festival1. Gangneung Danoje Festival 강릉단오제

May 31, 2014 ~ June 7, 2014

This festival is for the culture seekers this summer. This celebration has been designated as an Intangible Cultural Asset by UNESCO and during the festival visitors can partake in traditional games, eat traditional cuisine and watch traditional performances with masked dancers. To make the weekend even better, this festival takes place in the beach town of Gangneung so, learn about some traditional Korean culture and then hit the nearby beach for a great weekend getaway.

Where: Danojang, Gangneung, Korea

Website: http://www.danojefestival.or.kr/

Haeundae Sand Fetival2. Haeundae Sand Festival 해운대모래축제

June 6, 2014 ~ June 9, 2014

Here’s where to start the summer off right with some fun in the sun and maybe some sand down the pants. Haeundae is one of the premier beaches in the country and visitors can take part in hot sand baths, beach volleyball competitions and races as well as see fireworks, sand sculptures, concerts and of course swim in the ocean. It’s not really summer until you hit the beach, right? Start this summer in Haeundae.

Where: Haeundae Beach, Busan, Korea

Website: http://sandfestival.co.kr/

3. Gwangju Toechon Tomato Festival 퇴촌토마토축제

June 20, 2014 ~ June 22, 2014

A list of summer festivals would not be complete without a fresh produce event. The area of Toechon has been growing tomatoes since the 70′s and visitors to the area will be able to harvest their own tomatoes, make tomato chili pepper paste and if you like to get a little messy when you eat, you can even swim in tomatoes!

Where: Jeongji 2-ri, Toechon, Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Website: http://tomato.gjcity.go.kr/n/

Ulsan Whale Fetsival4. Ulsan Whale Festival 울산고래축제

July 3, 2014 ~ July 6, 2014

Ulsan, home to multiple whale related attractions including the Bangudae Petroglyphs, a whale museum and a Whales & Ocean Experience Center, will celebrate a festival in which visitors can partake in whale watching cruises and whale themed performances. Re-enactments of traditional methods used for whale fishing as well as other traditional performances can be witnessed as well. This would make for a great trip to Ulsan for those that haven’t been.

Where: Taehwagang River and Jangsaengpo area in Nam-gu, Ulsan, Korea

Website: http://www.ulsanwhale.com/

Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival5. Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 부천 국제판타스틱영화제

July 17, 2014 ~ July 27, 2014

If heading outside to a beach and getting toasty isn’t your idea of fun this summer, there’s always fantastic films to enjoy. Sit inside a cool dark room and enjoy movies from various genres and of controversial topics from all around the world. Sit in on conversations with film directors, watch the PiFan parade and take a break from the heat with this festival.

Where: Bucheon Citizens’ Hall and City Hall, Bucheon CGV, Bucheon, Gyeonggi-do, Korea

Website: http://www.pifan.com/

6. Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival 부여서동연꽃축제

July 17, 2014 ~ July 20, 2014

The spring flowers have come and gone, but there are still some summer beauties to enjoy. The festival takes place around Gungnamji, the first man-made pond in Korea, created near the royal palace by King Muwang during the Baekje Kingdom. Performances, the opportunity to make a paper lotus flowers and lotus flower soap as well as view the gorgeous flowers at this festival that also highlights the importance of wild flower preservation are just some of things guests to the area can enjoy.

Where: Seodong Park and Gungnamji Pond, Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do, Korea

Website: http://www.buyeotour.net/


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Hallie Bradley

Hallie Bradley writes on her travels in Korea, daily life, the culture and traditions as well as on lessons learned from her Korean husband and in-laws. What was once only going to be a year abroad, has turned into seven and likely many more. She can be followed on Tumblr or Wordpress under the name The Soul of Seoul for up to date articles and pictures.