[KFestival] Spring Festival in Korea 2016

5:30:00 PM


Starting as early as March, the cold winds and freezing temperatures of winter begin to subside as spring draws near. In Korea, a wide array of events celebrating the season are held throughout the country, where many activities take to the outdoors thanks to the milder weather.

The return of the warmer weather not only brings countless beautiful wild flowers into bloom, but also gives families a chance to spend precious time with their loved ones through all the various activities that can be taken advantage of outdoors. Read on for the list of festivals that exuberates the lovely spring atmosphere in Korea.

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Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival (광양매화축제)


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Period
03.18.2016 ~ 03.27.2016

Address
55, Jimak 1-gil, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 광양시 다압면 지막1길 55 (다압면)

Location
Area around Seomjin Village

Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-61-797-3714, 3715
(Korean only)
Sponsors / Management
Gwangyang-si / Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival Organization Committee
Introduction
Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival takes place in Seomjin Village, home of the largest number of plum blossom trees in Korea. During the festival period, visitors can enjoy a walk beneath the plum blossoms, and also sample and purchase local organic plum products.
Admission/Participation Fees
Free
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages
Transportation
[Bus]
From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Gwangyang (광양) Terminal.
- Upon exiting from the terminal, take a taxi or shuttle bus to festival location. (Shuttle Bus: 3,100 won per individual)

Shuttle Bus Schedule
(Gwangyang Bus Terminal - Festival location)
10:15 / 12:15 / 13:15 / 14:15
(Festival location - Gwangyang Bus Terminal)
13:00 / 14:00 / 15:00 / 16:00
**Shuttle bus only operates during festival period. Schedule may subject to changes.
Homepage
www.gwangyang.go.kr/ (Korean, English)


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Gurye Sansuyu Festival (구례산수유꽃축제)


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Period
03.19.2016 ~ 03.27.2016 
Address
45, Sanggwan 1-gil, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 구례군 산동면 상관1길 45 (산동면)
Location
Gurye-gun Sandong-myeon,
Jirisan Hot Springs area
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-61-780-2726~7
Sponsors / Management
Guyre-gun Festival Organizing Committee /
Introduction
Gurye Sansuyu Festival is an annual spring flower festival that takes place in the Jirisan Mountain hot springs area. Major programs include cornus fruit liquor making and cornus fruit makgeolli tasting, while other programs include traditional music and dance performances and fireworks displays.
Programs

Performing arts events
- Sansuyu Healing Garden concert
- The opening ceremony's performances
- Sansuyu Blossom Festival
- Sansuyu flower stonewall walk way concert & street performance
- Sansuyu Flower Garden Concert
- Sansuyu Harmony Concert
- Sansuyu Forever concert

Experience Events
- Sansuyu Love Letter
- Sansuyu Treasure hunt
- Sansuyu Photogenic
- Traditional folk games
- Sansuyucha tasting
- Topiary Experience
(the art of cutting trees and bushes into different shapes)
- Sansuyu Pressed painting experience & etc.

Exhibition Sales Event
- Gurye Local restaurants
- Gurye agricultural specialty shop
- Other Sales exhibitions

Events
- Sansuyu trees lease
- Sansuyu poem and painting exhibition
- Other Events

*Program details are subject to change and vary each year. Find more information at the official webpage.
Transportation
[Bus]
From Seoul Nambu Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gurye (구례).
- From Gurye Bus Terminal, take the Gurye-Jungdong (구례-중동), Gurye-Wolgye (구례-월계), Gurye-Namwon (구례-남원), or Gurye-Hwaeomsa Temple (구례-화엄사) route bus to Jungdong (중동).
- The Jirisan Mountain Hot Springs area is located 300m from the Jungdong bus stop.
Homepage
sansuyu.gurye.go.kr (Korean only)


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Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival (화개장터 벚꽃축제)


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Period
04.01.2016 ~ 04.03.2016
Address


Maekjeon-gil, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 하동군 화개면 맥전길
Location
Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info:
+82-55-883-5715 (Hwagae-myeon Youth Group)
+82-1588-3186 (Tourism Information Center)


Sponsors / Management
Hadong-gun /
Introduction
When April arrives, the Hwagae region looks as if it is carpeted in snow. In fact, it is the beautiful white flowers of the regions’ numerous cherry blossom trees that transform the landscape into a soft downy wonderland. One of the most popular attractions of the festival is ‘The 10ri Cherry Blossom Road’ (ri is the traditional Korean measurement unit, and 10ri equals approximately 4km). It is also known as ‘marriage road’, as it is said that if lovers walk down this road while holding hands, they will get married and stay happily together forever.

Apart from the stunning beauty of the cherry blossoms, there is also an exciting series of seasonal programs and cultural events for guests to enjoy. Nearby attractions include the historic Hwagae Market and numerous restaurants serving the province’s traditional cuisines such as Euneo-hoe (sliced raw sweetfish) and Chamge-tang (king crab broth).

* The event date is subject to change due to temperature change.
Admission/Participation Fees
Free
Transportation
[Bus]
From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Hadong (하동).
* Bus Schedule: 06:30, 08:00, 09:30, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:30, 22:00
- Get off at Hwagae Terminal (화계터미널).
- Cross the Hwagaegyo Bridge, and go 100m forward to arrive at Hwagae Market.
Homepage
toureng.hadong.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Flower Festival (이천백사 산수유꽃축제)


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Period
04.01.2016 ~ 04.03.2016
Address
17, Wonjeok-ro 775beon-gil, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 이천시 백사면 원적로775번길 17 (백사면)
Location
Icheon-si Baeksa-myeon (Dorip-ri, Gyeongsa-ri and Songmal-ri area)
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-31-631-2104


Sponsors / Management
Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Festival Promotion Committee /
Introduction
Icheon’s Baeksa Village is home to a number of sansuyu trees (known as Japanese Dogwood or Cornus Fruit trees), which have been growing naturally in the area for over 100 years. In early spring, the trees turn a striking bright yellow, whilst in autumn the village is filled with the trees’ vivid red fruits. During the festival, visitors can participate in Korean traditional folk games and watch the Sansuyu flower parade. When the Sansuyu trees blossom, many professional photographers travel to Baeksa Village just to take pictures of this beautiful sight.
Admission/Participation Fees
Free
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages.
Transportation
[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Icheon Terminal.
- Get on 23-8 or 23-81 in front of the bus terminal.
- Get off at Dorip-ri (도립리) Station.
- Walk straight 60 m and turn left at Dorimniyukgoejeong (도립리육괴정).
- Continue walking 166m.
Homepage
www.2104sansooyou.com (Korean only)

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Cheongpunghoban Cherry Blossom Festival (청풍호 벚꽃축제)


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Period
04.08.2016 ~ 04.10.2016
Address
2048, Cheongpungho-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do
충청북도 제천시 청풍면 청풍호로 2048 (청풍면)
Location
Cheongpunghoban Lakeside area
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-43-641-4870,
+82-43-641-5513
Sponsors / Management
Jecheon City Culture & Art Committee /
Introduction
Cheongpungho Cherry Blossom Festival is held in the Cheongpung Lake are of Jecheon when varied spring flowers such as white cherry blossom, forsythia and azalea are in full bloom. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, performances as well as other activities like bungee jumping operated by Cheongpungho Lake, and water sports and leisure all in one spot. Cheongpung Cultural Heritage Complex and SBS Filming site in Jecheon are also situated near the lake for tourists to visit to the area.
Performance Times
April 8-15, 2016
* Main festival period is from April 8-10.
* Dates may subject to changes depending on circumstances.
Duration of Performance
Free within the opening hours
Age Limit
Open to all ages
Transportation
[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Jecheon.
- Upon exiting Jecheon Intercity Bus Terminal, turn right.
- Go about 50m and turn right onto the small street (CU convenience store on your left).
- Go about 150m and turn left to the bus stop in front of Tongyang Securities Building.
- Take Bus No. 950 and get off at Cheongpung Cultural Foundation Bus Stop.
Homepage
www.jcac.or.kr
(Korean only)
Detailed Info on the Location
Areas of Cheongpung Cultural Village & Jecheon-si

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Jinhae Gunhangje Festival (진해군항제)


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Period
04.01.2016 ~ 04.10.2016
Address
Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
경상남도 창원시 진해구 통신동
Location
Jinhae Jungwon Rotary Intersection and Jinhae area
Telephone
• 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-55-225-2341


Sponsors / Management
Jinhae / Jinhae Gunhangje Festival Organizing Committee
Introduction
A world-class cherry blossom festival is held annually at the beautiful naval port city of Jinhae. The Gunhangje Festival offers a plethora of events and activities, including a special event on the eve of the festival, Paldo Pungmul Market, art and culture performances, and more at Jungmun Rotary.

At Bugwon Rotary, with the commemoration of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, visitors can place a wreath on his statue and also watch a victory parade and a ceremony to honor his spirit. As Jinhae is known for its naval port, festival-goers can also enjoy military music and performances at the Jinhae Military Band & Honor Guard Festival, which takes place at the same time. The festival provides a one-of-a-kind chance to see the powerful and polished military band marching show in full dress.

The Republic of Korea Naval Academy and the Command of Naval Base in Jinhae are generally not open to the general public. However, they open their doors during the Gunhangje festival and these places will be filled with festival-goers, turning the place into a museum and an exhibition center, displaying the Turtle Ship, Navy vessels, and photographs.

Gunhangje will also host hands-on activities from trying on a naval uniform to cruise riding and more. With 100 years of flowering cherry blossom trees scattered around the naval base, the base will display a special appearance to the public. In April, the streets of Jinhae city are strewn with cherry blossoms. A beautiful flower tunnel should not be missed when the flowers are in full bloom. The petals fluttering and falling in the wind create a breathtaking scene.

One of the top attractions during the festival is the 800 meter section of flowers on the railroad by Gyeonghwa Station, and the 1.5 kilometer flower streams where visitors can take in the beautiful spring flowers. Anmingogae Road makes for a great drive to enjoy the full bloom. From the top of Jehwangsan Mountain Park, you can see the whole of the city, which is centered around a roundabout at Jungwon Rotary. Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is a great place to create some special memories among the cherry blossoms and historic buildings of this modern and elegant city.
Admission/Participation Fees
Free
Transportation
[Bus]
From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Jinhae.
- From Jinhae Intercity Bus Terminal, go 30m straight and turn right onto Jungwondong-ro Road.
- Go 350m straight, and stay left at the fork.
- Go 230m to arrive at the festival venue.

[City Bus]
Jinhae ↔ Changwon: 150, 751, 752
Jinhae ↔ Masan: 160, 162, 760
Jinhae Line: 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 309, 315

Inquiries
Changwon City Hall Call Center: +82-1899-1111
Changwon Culture & Tourism: +82-55-225-2341~6
Korail www.letskorail.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese) / +82-1544-7788
Homepage
gunhang.changwon.go.kr (Korean only)

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Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival (제주 왕벚꽃축제)


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Period
04.01.2016 ~ 04.10.2016
Address
Jeonnong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
제주특별자치도 제주시 전농로 (이도일동)
Location
Jeonnong-ro and the entrance of Jeju National University
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-64-728-2752~4 (Korean)


Sponsors / Management
Jeju Special Self-Governing Province /
Introduction
Jeju's King Cherry Tree blossoms can be seen all over Seogwipo’s downtown area, and especially surrounding Jeju Sports Complex. The petals of Jeju’s King Cherry Tree blossoms are the largest and most luxurious among all cherry blossoms.

Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival will be held in the area of Jeonnong-ro and the entrance of Jeju National University. The peak of the King Cherry Trees blossoms lasts for only 2 to 3 days. Come listen to soothing music as you take a romantic stroll down the gorgeous cherry blossom boulevard on beautiful Jeju Island.
Programs
[April 1 (Friday) / Opening Ceremony]
- Seosara Cultural Festival Site on Jeonnong-ro Street
- Opening music to kick off the festival: Cherry Blossom Music concert + Cherry Blossom Night, etc.

[April 2 (Saturday) – 3 (Sunday) / 2 days]
- Seosara Cultural Street Festival (Samdo 1-dong) / Individual program
* Programs have been upgraded, adding more events like Cherry Blossom Youth Festival.

[April 4 (Monday) – 8 (Friday) / 5 days]
- Entrance of Jeju National University, Jeonnong-ro, etc.
- Cherry blossom photo contest, photo zone, flower viewing, lighting and cherry blossom sightseeing site, etc.
* Jeju Cherry Blossom seminar: To raise the academic value as a habitat

[April 9 (Sat) – 10 (Sunday) / 2 days]
- Entrance of Jeju National University
- Cherry Blossom Street Event, Photo Contest, Flea Market, etc.
Admission/Participation Fees
Free
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages.
Transportation
[Bus]
From Jeju International Airport, take bus 500 and get off at New Jeju Rotary (신제주로터리).
-Cross the road, and go to the bus stop.
-Take Bus 20, and get off at Public Health Center 1 (보건소1).
Homepage



festival.jeju.go.kr
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제)


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Period
04.04.2016 ~ 04.10.2016
Address
Gukhoe-daero, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 영등포구 국회대로 (여의도동)
Location
Yeouiseo-ro and the area behind the National Assembly building
Telephone



• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-2-2670-3114
Introduction
The Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is held on Yeouiseo-ro Road (Yunjung-no) in mid-April when the azaleas, forsythia, royal azaleas, and other spring flowers are in full bloom. The celebration is famous for its 1,886 Korean Cherry trees.

Cars have limited access to the road around the National Assembly building during the festival period so that visitors can enjoy the blossoms and festivities freely. At night, the cherry blossoms are lit up with various colored lights and a wide range of street performances and art exhibitions take place.
Admission/Participation Fees
Free
Duration of Performance
Varies by activity
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages
Transportation
[Subway]
1) Dangsan Station (Subway Line 2 or 9), Exit 4. 20 minute walk.
1) Yeouinaru Station (Subway Line 5), Exit 1. 20 minute walk.
3) Yeouido Station (Subway Line 5 or 9), Exit 5. Take Bus 162, 262, or 461 to National Assembly Bus Stop.
4) National Assembly Station (Subway Line 9), Exit 1 or 6. 5 minute walk.
Homepage



www.ydp.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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Taean Tulip Festival (태안 튤립 축제)


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Period
04.16.2016 ~ 05.08.2016
Address
200, Mageompo-gil, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 태안군 남면 마검포길 200 (남면)
Location
Sinon-ri, Nam-myeon, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do; Nature World
Telephone
• 1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-41-675-9200


Sponsors / Management
Taean Flower Festival Promotion Committee / Nature Farming Cooperatives, Taean Flower Park, Adaram Agricultural Corporation
Introduction
At the 2015 World Tulip Summit held at the Suncheon Bay Garden exhibition, Taean Tulips Festival was selected to be one of the world's top five tulip festivals, including America (Michigan, Holland), Canada (Ottawa), Japan (Honshu) and India (Kashmir). The advanced planting technique used is one of the biggest determinant factors that leads to the recognition. The upcoming Taean Tulip Festival follows a theme of 'The Garden of Artists' and tulips forming images of well-known figures such as Mona Lisa and Marilyn Monroe can be seen after sunset as they are lit at night by LED lights.
Performance Times
09:00-18:00
Admission/Participation Fees
Individuals: Adults 9,000 won / Teenagers: 7,000 won
Groups: Adults 8,000 won / Teenagers: 7,000 won
Additional Events
Conservation experience, traditional folk experience, magic performance, soap bubble experience, aroma experience, etc.
Program Details
Opening ceremony, small garden concert , recreation, etc.
Age Limit
Open to visitors of all ages.
Transportation
[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Taean.
From Taean Intercity Bus Terminal, take a village bus bound for Gomseom 곰섬 and get off at Morenon Bus Stop. (Estimated travel time: about 1-hour)
Fax
+82-41-673-9880
E-Mail
nature7881@hanmail.net
Homepage
www.ffestival.co.kr (Korean only)

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[full credits to Korea Tourism Organization]

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