Koreans love any reason to celebrate, and maybe because of this we have a lot of different festivals in all corners of the country!
We thought we could introduce a new type of blog post that focuses on key festivals every month- ones that tourists and locals enjoy, and especially those where you don’t need to speak Korean to survive! (Although to super local ones will also be highlighted in another article!)
We took our list from Visit Korea’s top festivals for 2016, and some are so amazing and exciting that we dedicated entire blog articles just on the topic!
If you are visiting Korea during the month of May, check these amazing festivals out!
Festivals with links are summarized because they have other blog articles dedicated to them!
Apr 30(Saturday) ~ May 8(Sunday)
What it is: The theme of the Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival every year has each own theme, then the theme this year is “A day of a Sagijang(Ceramic making master) who lights fire in Mangdaengi Kiln”
Where it is: Mungyeongsaejae Open Set area
Address: 36, Saejae 2-gil, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
경상북도 문경시 문경읍 새재2길 36 (문경읍)
May 3 (Tuesday) ~ May 8 (Sunday)
What it is: One of the most beautiful and tranquil sites in South Korea is Damyang-gun, where there is a huge forest of bamboo. Every May, they hold the special Damyang Bamboo festival, which celebrates the beauty and function of the bamboo plant.
Where it is: Damyang-gun Jeollanam-do
Address: 119, Jungnogwon-ro, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 담양군 담양읍 죽녹원로 119 (담양읍)
May 4 (Wednesday) ~ May 8 (Sunday)
What it is: Boseong is located in the South Jeolla Province in Korea, and it is as south as you can go! It is very famous for their acres of green-tea fields, which is visited by tourists and locals alike! It is an amazing and breath taking view, and is often the backdrop of famous Korean dramas!
Where it is: Greentea Fields of Boseong-gun
Address: 775, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 775 (보성읍)
Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival
May 4 (Wednesday) ~ May 8 (Sunday)
What it is:
A tradition dating back 350 years, the Daegu Yangnyeongsi (herb medicine market) was an international market where herbal medicines from China, Russia, Europe, and other regions were sold. The herb medicine festival displays medicinal herbs found in Korea’s mountains and offers visitors an opportunity to experience a wide range of relaxing and curative traditional medicinal procedures. The Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herb Medicine Culture Festival will be a fascinating event for international visitors who are interested in Korea’s medicinal herbs and the medical sciences and traditions of Asia.ProgramsNational Best Herb Medicine Contest, Rediscovering Herb Medicine street, free check-ups, free body type analysis, herb medicine pack massage, sampling of herbal teas, herb medicine experience, Young “Heo Jun” Competition
Where it is:
Address: 51-1, Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
대구광역시 중구 남성로 51-1 (동성로3가)
Ulsan onggi festival
May 5 (Thursday)~ May 8 (Sunday)
What it is:
The Ulsan Onggi Festival offers a fun array of hands-on programs which let visitors learn about how to craft pottery. The National Onggi Craft Contest during the festival is a wildly popular event attracting many visitors. The festival also hosts exciting exhibitions and performances including traditional performances, Traditional Tightrope Walking, and a concert. Its main venue is decorated with elegant pottery sculptures, offering a great backdrop for visitors to take pictures.
National Onggi Craft Contest, Onggi Bazaar, Roasting Potatoes in a Kiln, Crafting My Own Onggi, and Ulju Onggi Symposium
Where it is: Ulsan Oegosan Onggi Village area
Address: 23, Oegosan-gil, Onyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan
울산광역시 울주군 온양읍 외고산길 23
May 6 (Friday)~ May 8 (Sunday)
What it is: The Lotus Lantern Festival is held every year in May, in honor of Buddah’s Birthday. It is very difficult to miss because you will see lotus shaped laterns across Seoul on the streets! The celebration starts from the 8th day of the 4th lunar, and this year it is being held in the first weekend of May!
Where it is: Seoul
May 26 (Thursday) ~ May 29 (Sunday)
What it is: Chuncheon International Mime Festival, is a week spring festival to popularize the mime art since 2011! Each year has different theme, from “A body in the beginning” in 2011, to “Acts” in 2015, people appreciate the performances from Korea and abroad, and enjoy the happy moments with everyone! And in the week of Mime Festival, there are several programs you may join!
Where it is: Chuncheon Jungang-ro, Sangsangmadang Chuncheon, Subyeon Park
Address: 200-9, Samcheon-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
강원 춘천시 삼천동 200-9 (수변공원)
This isn’t the end of the list! There are many more festivals being held in Korea for the month of May! But what do you think of our list of top recommendations? Which are you interested in the most?
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