Countries have their own flower and food festivals, but there’s something different about the ones in Korea. This article will list down the summer festivals that you can only experience in Korea.
5 Unique Summer Festivals in Korea
1. Boryeong Mud Festival Duration: mid-July Venue: Daecheon Beach, Boryeong
This festival is a celebration of the mud from the Boryeong mud flats, which are used to create cosmetics. Visitors can buy various mud cosmetics from a small market area.
Many attractions are put up at the seafront area, like mudslides, mud pools, and mud skiing competitions. There is a stage for live music and other visual attractions. There is also body painting available, where the artists use colored mud.
The entrance fee for the regular zone ranges from 9,000 to 14,000 won (around Php 420.00 to Php 650.00), depending on the day the visitor shall arrive. For the family zone, the entrance fee ranges from 9,000 to 11,000 won (around Php 420.00 to Php 510.00), depending on whether the visitor is a child or a guardian.
2. Sinchon Water Gun Festival Duration: around the end of July Venue: Streets of Sinchon, Seoul
The festival is exactly what you would expect. Huge crowds of people gather in Sinchon to play with water guns.
Apart from a massive water gun fight, this festival also boasts of a water concert where artists, DJs, and other performers take the stage.
The ticket to this festival is 13,000 won (approximately Php 610.00). It includes access to a change room, a locker, raincoat, goggles, and a plastic bag.
3. Gwangju Toechon Tomato Festival Duration: around the end of June Venue: Public Stadium, Toechon-myeon
Toechon has been growing tomatoes since the 1970s. This festival seeks to promote their products.
Tons of tomatoes and tomato dishes are for sale at discounted prices during this festival. Other attractions include a tomato pool, tomato fight, tomato cooking contest, tomato parade, and even a treasure hunt to find the golden tomato.
Admission to this festival is free, but visitors will be charged if they wish to participate in any of the activities.
4. Muju Firefly Festival Duration: Late August to early September Venue: The whole area of Muju
Source: Korea Tourism Organisation
The Muju Firefly Festival takes place in a natural habitat for fireflies and the marsh snails that they feed on.
The festival has many fishing attractions and food stalls. There are aso a lot of performances where different Korean artists are invited to showcase their talents. By nightfall, there’s the Flying Balloons of Hope attraction, where lit-up balloons are released and light up the night sky. The highlight of the entire festival starts at 8:00 PM, when the fireflies begin to light up the sky.
Admission to this festival is free, but to see the fireflies better, you can pay 5,000 won (about Php 235.00) to be taken to the valley, away from the city. Alternatively, you can visit Bandiland (“firefly land”), a museum with an indoor firefly exhibit an impressive collection of insects. Other attractions require payment as well.
5. Taean Lily & Light Festival Duration: Late July to early August Venue: Taean Nature World
This festival is actually held once every season, with a different flower to feature. During summer, lilies are celebrated.
During the festival, there are a lot of cultural events held behind a backdrop of lilies in various shades of white, yellow, and red. These include animal feeding, cookie-making, and face painting. There’s also a flower market where you can buy some lilies to take home.
The entrance fee to this festival ranges from 7,000 won to 9,000 (around Php 330.00 to Php 420.00), depending on the visitor’s age.
From mud, to tomatoes, to water guns, the summer festivals in Korea have it all. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience these unique events!
If you’re still unsure of the weather in Korea during the summer, this article should help you find out: A Monthly Weather Guide for Traveling in Seoul.