2015 Spring Festivals in Korea
From the beginning of March when the air is still cool, spring announces its arrival in Korea with a blanket of white and yellow blossoms spread like a quilt all over the nation. The warmer season sees a host of festivals take place in Korea where visitors can stroll amongst the blossoming flowers and see the country at its finest.
Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival
Description: The Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival has been a popular spring flower festival destination since 1997. During the festival period, the Seomjin Village transforms into a gorgeous landscape of apricot (ume) flowers that have burst into bloom on Baegunsan Mountain near the village.
Gurye Sansuyu Festival
Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
Description: The Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival is a synthesis of cherry trees and music. This year, the festival features a cherry blossom photo zone as well as indigenous wild flower and orchid exhibits, allowing visitors the chance to appreciate the various flora that are unique to the region. With the installation of a lighting system, the festival can now be enjoyed fully day or night.
Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival
Description: Organized in 1993, this cherry blossom festival is held in Hwagae Market, a traditional open-air market situated on the border between Hadong in Gyeongsangnam-do and Gurye in Jeollanam-do. During the festival, the cherry tree blossoms along the six kilometer road from the market to Ssanggyesa Temple are a fantastic sight to behold.
Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
Description: The Yeouido Spring Flower Festival takes place every April when cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The street behind the National Assembly Building, called Yunjung-ro, is lined with about 1,400 cherry trees and is the most famous cherry blossom street in Seoul. Visitors can take a stroll along the Hangang River through a tunnel of these majestic trees. There are also cultural street performances, a flower decoration exhibit, and a photo exhibit.
Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom Festival
Description: The Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom Festival takes place along the 13-kilometer road by Cheongpungho Lake, where thousands of mature cherry trees stand tall and proud. Various shows and performances are scheduled, including a cherry blossom street concert, a magic show, and a dance parade. Visitors can also sample some medicinal herbal teas and food made from wild herbs. Nearby attractions include the Cheongpung Cultural Property Complex, a TV drama filming location, and bungee jumping sites.
Jeju Fire Festival
Description: The Jeju Fire Festival is mainly focused around a field-burning ceremony to pray for health and a good harvest in the coming year. The activity is said to have originated from the local pioneers' nomadic culture of feeding fresh and nutritious greens to their cattle. The festival offers a number of hands-on events where visitors can participate and enjoy the sights of Jeju Island's breathtaking natural environment.
Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
Description: The Daegaya Experience Festival gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the ancient kingdom of the Great Gaya (AD 42-562). The festival offers a wide range of activities, including arts and crafts programs like bow making, pottery making, wood carving, art engraving, and postcard making. Visitors can also experience the lifestyle of the era through a replica village representing the Great Gaya Kingdom.
Chuncheon International Mime Festival
Description: As one of the leading performance arts festivals in Korea, the Chuncheon International Mime Festival has steadily gained international recognition. The festival showcases various genres of performances by hundreds of mime groups and artists from Korea and overseas, including mime, music, dance, installation art, and short films.
Boseong Green Tea Festival
Description: At the Boseong Green Tea Festival, some of the most popular festival events (most of which are held in the green tea fields) are the hands-on experience programs like picking tea leaves, making tea, and sampling green tea snacks. Other events include the tea exhibition and a number of scheduled celebratory performances held during the festival period.
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