July 15, 2024

Lynna Wrighton

Gift Of Joy

A Complete Guide To The Festivals Of South Korea

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South Korea has a vibrant culture that is unique and exciting. The country is a mixture of traditional Korean culture and modern Western influences, which makes it an interesting place to visit. The festivals in South Korea are particularly fun to attend because they showcase different aspects of Korean culture and history. Below are some of the most famous festivals in South Korea:

A Complete Guide To The Festivals Of South Korea

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) Summer Festival

The Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) Summer Festival is a yearly event held at the multi-function complex in Seoul. The festival was first held in 2015 and has become one of the most popular events on South Korea’s cultural calendar, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The DDP Summer Festival features a range of events including concerts, workshops, exhibitions and performances by local artists.

The highlight of this festival is its food market where visitors can sample delicacies from all over South Korea while enjoying live music performances from both local musicians as well as global acts such as American singer Lana Del Rey who performed at last year’s event!

Busan International Film Festival

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

This is South Korea’s largest film festival and one of the biggest in Asia, attracting over a thousand films each year. The event includes screenings of movies from all over the world as well as workshops and panel discussions on filmmaking techniques. It’s also known for its awards ceremony, which takes place at different venues throughout Busan depending on what type of movie won Best Picture–for example: if it’s animated, it’ll be held at COEX; if it’s documentary or experimental cinema, the venue will be Cinema Center Gajwa; if it was directed by an Asian director (or co-directed by one), then you can expect to see stars walk down red carpeted steps at Haeundae Beachfront Walkway!

Busan Jazz Festival

Busan Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in South Korea and one of the most well-known festivals in Asia. It is held annually at Haeundae Beach, Busan. The festival was founded by Kim Taehee in 1988 as an outdoor event for local musicians to perform on stage together.

In 1995 it was moved to Seomyeon where it has been held ever since with additional indoor performances added since then. The festival attracts over 300 thousand people each year with its diverse program including performances by both domestic and international artists from all around the world such as Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis from the US, or Courtney Pine from Britain who have performed here before!

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

The Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is a great time to visit South Korea. The weather is nice and warm, there are lots of events happening around the city, and you can enjoy some amazing cherry blossoms in bloom!

The dates for this festival vary depending on when they start seeing cherry blossoms bloom around Jinhae-gu (a city located in Gyeongsangnam-do). The most popular time to visit is between April and May when thousands of people come together under these beautiful trees to celebrate their beauty with parades, festivals and more!

Seoul Lantern Festival – Dano Festival

Dano Festival is a traditional Korean holiday that celebrates the first full moon of the year. It’s also known as Danoje (Korean: ) or Chungnyeoljuhwa(Korean: ). This festival dates back to over 1,000 years ago and was originally held on 3rd day of 3rd month by farmers who wanted to pray for good weather during planting season.

Today, people celebrate this holiday with family and friends by eating dumplings called mandu(Korean: ) filled with beef or pork meatballs and drinking alcohol together at night markets or outdoor parks where vendors sell food items like tteokbokki(Korean: ), kimchi fried rice balls(Korean: ), sweet potato pancakes(Korean: ) etc… You can also play games such as baduk/go(Chinese chess), janggi/sugoroku(a Japanese board game similar to snakes & ladders), ssireum/koreana wrestling matches etc…

Jeju Fireworks Festival

The Jeju Fireworks Festival is a spectacular display of fireworks and pyrotechnics that takes place on the island of Jeju, South Korea. The festival has been held annually since 2002, with this year’s event taking place from July 26 – August 9th 2019.

The festival is sponsored by local businesses and attracts visitors from all over South Korea and abroad who come to see one of Asia’s largest firework displays (last year’s show included more than 10,000 shells). The best viewing spots are along the coastline but if you’re not able to get there for some reason then there are plenty of other places throughout Jeju City where you can watch too!

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Gwangju Biennale – Gwangju Biennale Art Festival

The Gwangju Biennale is a contemporary art festival held in Gwangju, South Korea. It is one of the largest international festivals of contemporary art in Asia and has been held every two years since 1995.

Seoul International Drama Festival (SIDF) – Seoul International Drama & Film Festival (SIDF)

The Seoul International Drama & Film Festival (SIDF) is an annual film festival held in Seoul, South Korea. The festival was established in 2003 and has been held every year since then. It is organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul International Drama Foundation.[1]

The SIDF features various genres of film including drama, animation, documentary, experimental and more.[2][3]

Visit South Korea during one of their festivals!

South Korea is a great place to visit and there are many festivals to enjoy in South Korea. The festivals are fun, interesting and a good way to experience the culture of South Korea. Festivals can be enjoyed by families with children as well as adults who want to party!

There are many different types of festivals held throughout the year so you will always be able to find something that interests you. Some festivals have parades where people dress up in traditional clothing while others feature music performances by popular musicians from around the world or dance performances by local dancers who perform traditional dances from their province/region.


There are so many festivals in South Korea, it would be impossible to list them all. But there are some that stand out from the rest. If you’re looking for something unique and different, then these festivals are perfect for you!

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