2019 Global Promotion Festivals
Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a winter event that revolves around sancheoneo (Masou salmon), ice and snow. Every year, the festival draws about 1 million visitors and it is considered to be the nation’s largest and most popular winter festival due to the variety of programs and fun activities offered. The most popular programs include ice fishing, ice soccer, and ice sledding. Other fun events include creative sled making contest and raffle giveaway.
Period: January 5-27, 2019
Venue: 137, Sancheoneo-gil, Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 화천군 화천읍 산천어길 137)
Related column: Unique Winter Festival, Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival
Gimje Horizon Festival highlights the beautiful natural environment of Gimje and the rice produced in the region. A region heavily centered on agriculture and rice production, Gimje offers a sight of expansive fields touching the sky over the horizon, hence the name of the festival. During the festival period, visitors can experience catching grasshoppers, harvesting rice, maneuvering a cart and other exciting agricultural-related hands-on activities.
Venue: 442, Byeokgolje-ro, Buryang-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 김제시 부량면 벽골제로 442)
An internationally recognized summer festival in Korea, the Boryeong Mud Festival takes place annually at Daecheon Beach, the largest beach on the western coast. As the name suggests, the festival focuses on the use of mud with facilities including mud slides, a huge mud bath and many other mud-related programs for all visitors to enjoy!
Period: July 19-28, 2019
Venue: 123, Mud-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do (충청남도 보령시 머드로 123)
Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival originates from lighting lanterns on the Namgang River during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjin War (1592-1598). The lanterns were originally lit by people inside the fortress as a way to communicate with their family members outside but were gradually seen as a form of honoring the men of merit who died during the war. The festival exhibits beautifully and uniquely designed lanterns and offers various hands on activities.
Period: October 2019 (Planned)
Venue: 626, Namgang-ro, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 진주시 남강로 626 남강)
With the theme of tal (Korean traditional mask) and mask dancing, this is a unique cultural festival that has been introduced by many international broadcasting networks, including BBC and CNN. The festival provides a chance to learn traditional dance as well as watch mask dance performances from not only Korea but also from other countries around the world.
Period: Last week of September 2019 (Planned)
Venue: 239, Yuksa-ro, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 안동시 육사로 239 탈춤공원)
2019 Premier Festivals
Muju Firefly Festival is an environment-themed event that celebrates fireflies. Visitors to the festival will have a chance to participate in the nighttime exploration program to visit and observe the natural habitat of fireflies. A range of hands-on cultural activities also takes place during the festival period.
Period: August 31 - September 8, 2019
Venue: 326-17, Hanpungnu-ro, Muju-eup, Muju-gun, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 무주군 무주읍 한풍루로 326-17)
Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival offers visitors an opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for the unassuming beauty of chasabal (traditional tea bowls) made from sand soil. Tea and pottery-related hands-on programs are facilitated by local potters from the Mungyeong region.
Period: April 27 – May 6, 2019
Venue: 36, Saejae 2-gil, Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (경상북도 문경시 문경읍 새재2길 36)
The home of UNESCO-designated medical encyclopedia Donguibogam, Sancheong is famous as a home to highly skilled doctors. In the past, before the development of modern medical technology, doctors relied on medical herbs and records on Doguibogam to treat patients. In appreciation of the medicinal herbs found in Jirisan Mountain, Sancheong Medicinal Herb Festival takes place every year, offering excellent opportunities for visitors eager to improve their health through natural remedies. Visitors will be exposed to a wide variety of Korea’s medicinal herbs and medical traditions. If you are interested in traditional remedies or staying healthy, this is a unique event not to be missed!
Period: September 27 – October 10, 2019
Venue: 22, Chinhwangyeong-ro 2605beon-gil, Geumseo-myeon, Sancheong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 산청군 금서면 친환경로 2605번길 22)
* Festival dates and venues are subject to change. Please confirm details before visiting.