The cold winds and freezing temperatures of
winter have passed and spring is drawing near. In Korea, spring temperatures
range from 5℃ to 20℃, and the return of warm weather brings wild flowers to
bloom all over the country. As the weather improves, so do people’s spirits, and
springtime festivals are held throughout the country. There are plenty of
opportunities to enjoy the good weather by participating in Korea’s flower,
food, and culture festivals. Spring flower
festivals signal the changing of seasons
announces its arrival in Korea with a blanket of yellow and white blossoms
spreading over the country. Cherry blossoms, apricot flowers, and cornus fruit
trees bloom from the beginning of March when the air is still chilly. The warm
season sees a host of festivals take place in Korea where visitors can stroll
amidst the glorious blossoming flowers and see the country at its best.
Gwangyang International Maehwa
Dates: March 17 – March 25, 2012
Venue: Jeollanam-do Gwangyang-si Maehwa Village, and Cheong Maesil
Farm Description: Organized since 1997, the Gwangyang International
Maehwa Festival is famous for improving every year. In springtime, the Maehwa
Village where the festival is held becomes a most splendid landscape as the
apricot flowers burst into bloom near the village on Mount Baeunsan.
Gurye Sansuyu Festival
Dates: March 23 – March 25, 2012 Venue:
Jeollanam-do Gurye-gun Sandong-myeon Jirisan Mountain Hot spring area
Description: Held in the hot spring area of Mount Jirisan, the Gurye
Sansuyu Festival features various hands-on programs like cornus fruit liquor
making and sampling of cornus fruit makgeolli. A number of performances such as
pungmulnori, Korean traditional music, and fireworks displays are held
throughout the festival period.
Jinhae Gunhangje Festival
Dates: April 1 - April 10, 2012 Venue:
Gyeongsangnam-do Changwon-si Jinhae-gun Jungwon Rotary Description:
Held in early April when the cherry tree flowers are in full bloom, the Jinhae
Gunhangje Festival draws more than 2 million tourists every year. Visitors are
greeted by showers of cherry flower petals under the tunnel created by cherry
trees. There are various events not to miss, such as the military band parade,
the Korean Wave star concert, and multi-media fireworks show.
Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
Dates: April 6 – April 8, 2012 Venue: Jeju-do
Jeju-si Jeju Citizen Welfare Town areaDescription: The Jeju Cherry
Blossom Festival is a harmony of cherry trees and music. With the theme of
‘Forum of Harmony,’ the Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival features a cherry blossom
photo zone and exhibitions of indigenous wild flowers and orchids, allowing
visitors to appreciate various spring flowers. With the installation of lights,
the festival can now be enjoyed fully in night time.
Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom
Dates: April 13, - April 15, 2012
Venue: Chungcheongbuk-do Jecheon-si Cheongpungho Lake area,
Cheongpung Cultural Complex, and Jecheon Cultural Village
Description: The Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom Festival is held
along the 13 kilometer road by Cheongpungho Lake, where thousands of mature
cherry trees sit in waiting. Various shows and performances are scheduled,
including a cherry blossom street concert, a magic show, and a dance parade.
Visitors can also take part in samplings of herbal medicinal teas and food made
of wild herbs. Near the venue are the Cheongpung Cultural Property Complex, a TV
drama filming location, and bungee jump sites.
Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival
Dates: April 6 – April 8, 2012 Venue:
Gyeongsangnam-do Hadong-gun Hwagae Market area Description: First
organized in 1993, the cherry blossom festival is held in Hwagaejangteo, a
traditional open-air market situated in the border between Hadong in
Gyeongsangnam-do Province and Gurye in Jeollanam-do Province. During the
festival, the cherry tree blossoms along the 6 kilometer-long road from the
market to Ssanggyesa Temple are a fantastic sight. Various cultural events like
pungmulnori, ssireum (wrestling) competition, and fireworks display are
organized during the festival.
Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Blossom
Festival Dates: April 6 – April 8, 2012
Venue: Gyeonggi-do Icheon-si Baeksa-myeon Songmal-ri, Gyeongsa-ri,
and Dorip-ri Description: Visitors to this festival enjoy walking
amongst the 100-year-old flowering sansuyu (cornus fruit) trees. Festival events
include the sansuyu parade, and traditional folk games such as Tuho
(arrow-throwing game) and Geunetagi (swing riding). There is a photo exhibition
and other cultural events, as well as hands-on programs to make soap and rice
cakes with sansuyu.
Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
Dates: April 13 – April 17, 2012Venue:
Seoul-si Yeouido National Assembly Building and the surrounding areas of
Yunjungno & Yeouido Description: The Yeouido Spring Flower
Festival is held every April when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The street
behind the National Assembly Building, called Yunjungno, is lined with 1,400
cherry trees and is the most famous cherry blossom street in Seoul. Visitors can
stroll next to the Han River through a tunnel of these magnificent trees. There
are also Street Cultural Arts Performances, a flower decoration exhibition, and
a photo exhibition.
Jeju Canola Flower Festival
Dates: April 20 - April 29, 2012Venue:
Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Pyoseon-myeon Gasi-ri Noksan-ro and Mount Daeroksan
areasDescription: The Jeju Canola Flower Festival is a major festival
of Jejudo Island that draws a large group of tourists every year. A magnificent
field of canola stretches 10 kilometers on both sides of Noksan-ro Road.
Walking, hiking and bicycling events are organized along the road.
Hampyeong Butterfly Festival
Dates: April 27 - May 8, 2012
Jeollanam-do Hampyeong-gun Hampyeong Expo Park area
Hampyeong Butterfly Festival is held on over 8,300 acres of land in Jeollanam-do
Province. Visitors are delighted by the sight of tens of thousands of
butterflies flying among the canola blossoms. Check out the halls of
butterflies, insects, and agriculture to explore some 20 types of butterflies
and see the process of growing crops. Also organized are theatrical plays on the
environment, percussion performances, and children programs to learn about
* Festival dates and programs are subject to change due
to local circumstances.
Article from Korea Tourism Organization