Hwacheon Sancheoneo (a mountain trout that lives in cold water)
The Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is a unique wintertime celebration that draws over one million visitors every year. Popular programs are trout ice-fishing, ice football (soccer) played on the thick ice of the frozen river and ice sledding.
|FEBRUARY||Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival||Jeju||
Praying for a safe and bountiful harvest, the Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival is held on the first full moon of the lunar calendar.
|MARCH||Apricot Blossom Festival (Gwangyang maehwa)||Gwangyang||
Held in the Maehwa Village in Gwangyang, Jeollanam-do (South Jeolla Province), the festival is scheduled for when the apricot blossoms are expected to be in full bloom.
|Cheongdo Bullfighting Festival||Cheongdo||
Held in Cheongdo-gun, Gyeonsangbuk-do
(North Gyeongsang Province), it features
Korean-style bull-fighting (bulls fight against
each other -- no bulls are killed).
|APRIL||Hampyeong Butterfly Festival||Hampyeong||
At the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival, which is held in Hampyeong, Jeollanam-do, a land of green nature and canola blossoms, the splendor of spring begins accompanied by tens of thousands of beautiful butterflies.
|Korean Traditional Drink & Rice Cake Festival in Gyeongju||Gyeongju||This festival offers a great opportunity to enjoy all types of Korean rice cakes and rice liquors.|
|MAY||Chuncheon International Mime Festival||Chuncheon||
The Chuncheon International Mime Festival in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province) is the leading performing arts festival in Korea, and its fame has now spread across the globe. Each year, renowned artists from home and abroad give outstanding mime performances.
|Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival||Hadong||Hadong, nestled between Mt.Jiri in Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) and the southern coast, is most breathtaking during the Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival. The Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival is held annually at the peak of the green tea season, and offers programs and opportunities, including the experience of picking green tea leaves by hand, experiencing a traditional tea ceremony and making traditional tea bowls.|
|Boseong Green Tea Festival||Boseong||
Held in Boseong in Jeollanam-do, it is a celebration of green tea in the nation's largest tea-growing area.
|Jindo Sea Parting Festival||Jindo||A grand sight like Moses' miracle is presented on Jindo in Jeollanam-do. Jindo Sea Parting Festival is held when the tide differences are at its highest peak and the world-famous magical parting of the sea takes place.|
|JUNE||Muju Firefly Festival||Muju||Muju Firefly Festival is an eco-friendly event. Fireflies are indigenous only to Namdaecheon Stream, Muju in Jeollabuk-do in Korea. The festival offers experiences for people to get an in-depth look at the natural environment and the folklore culture there.|
|JULY||Boryeong Mud Festival||Boryeong||
Boryeong Mud Festival in Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do celebrates the therapeutic value of Boryeong mud in a whole range of fun and muddy ways.
|AUGUST||Nangye Traditional Music Festival||Nangye||The Nangye Traditional Music Festival Chungcheongbuk-do (North Chungcheong Province) is a major event for exhibitions and hands-on activities related to the Korean traditional music of gugak.|
|Gangjin Celadon Cultural Festival||Gangjin||
The area in and around Gangjin, Jeollanam-do was a central production site of blue celadon. The Gangjin Celadon Cultural Festival showcases the excellence and uniqueness of Goryeo celadon.
|SEPTEMBER||Andong International Mask Festival||Andong||It aims to promote and showcase Korea's mask dance culture, through a variety of programs and performances.|
|Hyoseok Culture Festival||Bongpyeong||
This cultural festival celebrates Korea's leading novelist Lee Hyo-seok in Pyeongchang, which was the background for one of his most noted novels entitled, When Buckwheat Bloom. The festival begins when the buckwheat flowers start to blanket the entire Bongpyeong area.
|Chungju World Martial Arts Festival||Chungju||The Chungju World Martial Arts Festival in Chungcheongbuk-do is a popular event for foreign visitors, as it features martial arts performances from countries around the world while highlighting the ancient Korean traditional martial art of taekgyeon.|
|Geumsan Insam Festival (Geumsan Ginseng Festival)||Geumsan||Korean ginseng, or insam, is known around the world for its remarkable medicinal effects. Geumsan is one of the most famous areas for cultivating ginseng. Visitors to the festival can experience the medicinal effects of ginseng in various forms, including the rare experience of hand picking them.|
|OCTOBER||Masan Chrysanthemum Festival||Masan||
Masan is an excellent area for growing chrysanthemums because of its mild weather.Dot Island off Masan port is in bloom with 500,000 chrysanthemum plants in October. Visitors may also taste food and tea made with chrysanthemum flowers.
|Busan Jagalchi Festival||Busan||Jagalchi, a well-known fish market in Busan, is a popular tourist attraction. Busan Jagalchi Festival has a variety of local foods and things to buy and see.|
|Gwangju Kimchi Festival||Gwangju||
It celebrates Kimchi, but also offers visitors lots of other foods to try.
|Icheon Rice Culture Festival||Icheon||
Since ancient times, Icheon's expansive open fields have offered the perfect conditions for growing rice. The festival combines the experience of great quality rice that fed the royal court and the culture of harvesting rice.
|Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival||Jinju||Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival in Jinju, Gyeongsangnam-do is highlighted by an extravagant parade of lanterns filling the river with colorful lights to create a spectacular view, over the Namgang (Nam River) waterfront.|
||Gunsan||Visitors have the chance to take field trips to observe migratory birds up close, see movies on migratory birds and enjoy cultural events and exhibitions.|
|DECEMBER||No big festivals in particular, for a number of sunrise celebrations across the country on the last night of the year.|