Korea boasts some of the most exciting and unique festivals in the world.
They form an important part of Korean history and have been celebrated for generations. Themes around agricultural rituals and myths form the basis of many festivals held in small towns and villages. There are many to explore, so plan your visit around them so you don’t miss out.
01Boryeong Mud Festival
In July every year, Boryeong comes alive with the annual mud festival. Cover yourself head-to-toe in mud and party with mudslides, mud massages and giant mud baths. It’s a whole world of fun for young and old. And it’s great for your skin too.
02Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival
Join in and celebrate Korea’s national dish, Kimchi. Sample a delicious selection of tasty Kimchi varieties, and learn how to make your very own. Take part in educational programs and interesting exhibitions as well.
03Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival
The Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom used during the Imjinwaeran War. Lanterns were used as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from getting through the Namgang River. Highlights of the festival include the floating of lanterns with personal wishes on the Namgang River, the parade of lanterns and the lighting of lanterns in remembrance of veterans from the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle. An exhibition of traditional lanterns from around the world is also not to be missed.
04Gangjin Celadon Pottery Festival
Between the 10th and 14th centuries, the Gangjin area was a flourishing celadon ceramics production site. Today, 16 kilns remain active, and produce some of the most beautiful pottery in Korea. The Gangjin Celadon Festival is a perfect opportunity to see how it’s crafted.
05Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
The Hwacheon Sancheoneo (Mountain Trout) Ice Festival takes place at Hwacheon in Gangwon province. This virtually untouched region is the first part of Korea to freeze over in winter, covering the river with a thick layer of ice. If you’re brave enough, have a go at catching some mountain trout with your bare hands. There’s also an exhibition of fantastic ice sculptures and you can sample some mouth-watering trout dishes.
06Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
Pentaport Rock Festival is an emerging rock festival ardently supported by not just local rock fans, but by music fans worldwide. The festival takes place normally in early August, in Songdo City. Overseas rock bands will be playing in the lineup with local rock musicians for an energetic rock music festival that’s out of this world!