Introducing 2015 FESTIVALS!! (October&November)

Hello, everyone. Today I’m going to introduce some festivals in Korea. This time, I will tell you some festivals which are held on October and November. Actually, there are very various festivals in Korea. However, some festivals are held in other regions that are far from Seoul but we have to go to school ;( . So I will introduce some of them which are held in Seoul or some regions near Seoul.

The first one is “Seoul International Fireworks Festival (서울세계불꽃축제)”. It is held annually. Teams from the U.S.A., the Philippines and Korea participate in this festival. It is held on 3rd, October in Yeouido park. It will start at 7pm. American firework and Filipino firework will performance during each 15mins and Korean firework will do during 35mins. After firework show, there are after DJ show near Wonhyodaegyo (It’s almost same area which the festival is held in). It is free fare. Before going there, Check great sites on this site (http://www.hanwhafireworks.com/ko/common/main.do).

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The second one is “Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival (수원화성문화축제)”. There will be Reenactment of the Royal Parade of King Jeongjo the Great (22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty), Jangyongyeong Guards Ceremony, Citizens’ Parade, and other traditional performances. It is held from 8th to 11th October in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do. It takes about 2 hours from Wangsimni by public transportation. It is free fee. The ceremony starts at 9am and finishes at 9:30 pm. There is some information about transportation and festival in this site. Check it before you go. (http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_2_1.jsp?cid=978249)

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The third one is “Itaewon Global Village Festival 2015 (이태원지구촌축제)”. If you go there, you can see the various food and spectacle from all parts of the world like the festival’s name. It is held during just 2 days from 17th to 18th October in Itaewon. There will be some Culture traditional fashion show and DJ party. Also, there will be K-pop performance. EXID, BTOB, Noel, HELLOVENUS (they are the names of k-pop idols except Noel(they are ballad group)) and etc are the casts. It is free fee. This is site address. (http://www.itaewon.or.kr/bbs/board.php?bo_table=d02)

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The last one is “Seoul Lantern Festival 2015 (서울빛초롱축제)”. It has traditional things. The shapes of lantern are related to Korean traditional things and the colors of lantern are very traditional. It is held from 6th to 22nd November in Cheonggye Plaza. Maybe the lanterns will exhibit along Cheonggye stream (청계천). It starts at 5pm. I recommend this festival because it is near Wangsimni and you can watch them by just strolling. This is site address. (http://www.visitseoul.net/kr/article/article.do?_method=view&art_id=58485&lang=kr&m=0004021001001)

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These four festivals are very good for watching during semester. The one caution is that there will be massive crowd of people. You need to care about your belongings and safe. There is one more festival that I want to recommend but it is held in Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도 진주시), which is far from Seoul. However, if you have enough time, consider this festival “Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival (진주남강유등축제)” I will give the site address at the bottom of this paragraph. This one have fee. The adult fee is 10,000 won but if you are group (20 Koreans or 10 foreigners), it’s 8,000 Won. If you book a ticket before going, you can discount fee. (http://www.yudeung.com )

I hope your October and November 2015 in Korea is plentiful. Next time, I will recommend some festival held on December and January.

Sources: Korea Tourism Organization

 

Article by Yujin from Korea

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