Summer is a season of intense heat and humidity. Not surprisingly, most festivals this season include some kind of soft drink, such as water or mud. As a country of four different seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter), well-known musical life and strong cultural background, Korea has held many interesting festivals throughout the year. Many travelers plan their trips to attend their favorite festivals (e.g., Cherry Blossom) in Seoul and other parts of Korea. For those who have booked a trip in advance, it’s always worth checking to see if any of these summer festivals in South Korea fall on travel dates and make your trip memorable with festive surprises.
List of Summer Festivals in South Korea
1. Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
The Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival is held in Gungnamji, the country’s first artificial lake. Visitors can see many varieties of lotus flowers, including red and white lotuses as well as fairy lilies. At night, the lake is lit by LED lights and statues. The most popular event of the festival is a performance on the love story of Prince Seodong (childhood name of King Muwang) and Princess Seonhwa. Other programs include trying out dishes made from lotus and attending a presentation of the lotus leaf tea ceremony
Location: Area of Seodong Park and Gungnamji Pond in Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do.
When: Early July
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2. Boryeong Mud Festival
Of all the Korean festivals, this is one of the Korean summer festivals that attracts the most international visitors. The first festival was in 1998 when cosmetics companies used Boryeongs mud in their cosmetic products because the mud is full of minerals. The Boryeong Mud Festival was created to promote these cosmetic products. At the festival, visitors can swim, mud slip or mud wrestle in a huge mud bath. After sunset, the party and fireworks begin.
Location: 123, Meodeu-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
When: Mid July
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3. Tongyeong Great Battle of Hansan Festival
The great battle of the Hansan Festival in Tongyeong is commemorated by the patriotism of Admiral Yi Sun-sin (1545-1598), who led his people to victory during the Imjin War (1592-1598). The best summer festival in South Korea offers a parade of Yi Sun-sin and relaxation of Hansan’s great battle, as well as ocean sports and hands-on experiences such as geobuksseon (making iron-clad turtle models built by Admiral Yi during the Imjin War) and arrows.
When: Mid August
Location: Areas of Cultural Plaza, Tongjeyeong and Yi Sun-sin Park in Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
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4. Pohang Fireworks Festival
The Pohang Fireworks Festival is held annually on Yeongilbae Beach, with the steel company POSTEC in the background. The main event of the festival is fireworks, in which international teams take part. Other events include a light parade, water gun survival games, performances, hot air ballooning, and a squid & beer party.
Location: 685-1, Duho-dong, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
When: End July
Gyeongju, or often referred to as a museum without walls, becomes a pink wonderland during the cherry blossom season. During the one-week Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, performances and small markets are held throughout the city. The main areas of the cherry blossom are Lake Bomun, the Bulguksa Temple and Tumuli Park. You can see other programs in Gyeongju here.
Location: Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gyeongju-si, Bomun-ro, 446
When: end of March, the start of April
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6. Goyang Spring Flower Festival
The Goyang Flower Festival is Korea’s largest and most important international flower exhibition. It takes place every year in Ilsan, a city near Seoul. More than 300 companies and organizations from all over the world come together to present their flower sculptures and products made using flowers. The top summer festival in South Korea has a number of indoor and outdoor areas, including exhibitions of unique and rare plants, flower sculptures, flower experiences, various performance stages and other cultural events.
Location: 595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
When: 3 weeks during April and May
7. Wangin Culture Festival
The Yeongnam Wangin Culture Festival is held when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. This still non-tourist festival celebrates Dr. Wangin of Korea, who sought to spread Korean culture in Japan 1,600 years ago. The popular summer festival in South Korea is located in the countryside, surrounded by stunning nature. The main highlight of the festival is the Dr. Wangin parade, which tells the story of the doctor’s achievements.
Location: 440, Wangin-ro, Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do
When: Early April
8. Boseong Green Tea Festival
The stunning green tea plantations in Boseong are the largest green tea growers in Korea. At the Green Tea Festival, visitors can sample a variety of teas from different plantations and enjoy hands-on experiences such as green tea picking, green tea destructive hunting, a green tea moonlit party, tea making and much more!
Location: 775, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
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9. Seoul Jazz Festival
The Seoul Jazz Festival is Asia’s most popular jazz festival, featuring famous artists from around the world. The festival is held on the grassy track of the stunning Olympic Park in Jamsil. Big names have entered the festival and have since started in 2006, such as Jessie J, Sergio Mendes and Iron and Wine.
Location: 424, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
When: end of May
10. Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival
The foundations of the Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival are located in the waters of the Tamjingang River and the Jangheung Multipurpose Dam in Jangheung. Through exhibitions, films and hands-on programs, the festival teaches the value of water to the environment, people and energy in many ways. Exciting summer water programs such as riding wooden boats, rafts or water cycling are popular with visitors.
When: End July-Early August
Location: Areas of Tamjingang River and Cypress Forest Woodland in Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do
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