Now that life is settling back into a new normal, several countries are re-opening tourism and lifting travel restrictions. South Korea is one amongst those to re-start with some adjustments and social distancing. As the travel industry gradually resumes, here are some of the Korean festivals that you can look forward to enjoying in your South Korea trip.
Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour
Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour offers visitors a unique opportunity to witness and experience the beauty of a traditional Korean palace at night. You can roam around the palace with a guide who leads the tour with an extensive history of the palace.
A traditional performance takes place within the course of the tour. It includes Daegeum solo performance in Sangnyangjeong Pavilion. Pansori, shadow play, traditional dancing, and traditional desserts in the Yeongyeongdang Hall.
Admission to the Moonlight Tour is 30,000 won per person, and it is open to all visitors from elementary school age and above.
The Changdeokgung Palace Moonlight Tour will run from May 21 to June 14 this year.
For more information, www.chf.or.kr
Chuncheon Mime Festival
The Chuncheon Mime Festival is one of the top three mime festivals in the world. It sits right on the top with the London Mime Festival and the Mimos Festival in France.
The Chuncheon Mime Festival will feature various genres of mime – modern, clown, street, and more. This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Body, Movement, Image.’
It is the only people-led festival that is supported by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Because of the coronavirus crisis and travel restrictions, the lineup of the festival includes domestic mime performance teams only.
The mime festival will take place from May 24 to May 31 in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province of South Korea. Different cultural venues of Chuncheon will host the mime performances.
For more information, www.mimefestival.com
Ulsan Whale Festival
The Ulsan Whale Festival is organized by the Whale Cultural Foundation annually.
During the event, visitors can board a whale-watching cruise ship. You can even visit the Jangsaengpo Whale Life Experience Museum. During the event, you can also enjoy many other whale-related activities.
The Ulsan Whale Festival will run from June 12 to June 14 in the Jangsaengpo Whale Special Culture Zone in Ulsan.
For more information, visit www.ulsanwhale.com
“Welcome to Joseon” Variety Festival
The “Welcome to Joseon” Variety Festival is organized by the Korean Folk Village in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.
During the event, there are parades, performances, and even some hands-on activities to keep people engaged. The cast members of these performances move around the village freely, and they also interact with the visitors.
In the festival, artists dress up as distinctive Joseon-period and appear in old fairy tales and stories. The performances allow direct engagement from the audience. They are unique as you can experience daily life in the Joseon period.
Admission is 22,000 won for adults, 19,000 won for teenagers, and 17,000 won for children. You can also get additional passes for other attractions for 30,000 won (adults).
The festival will be held until June 28 this year.
For more information, visit www.koreanfolk.co.kr
Samgwangsa Lantern Festival
To celebrate Buddha’s Birthday, Samgwangsa Temple in Busan holds a famous lantern festival every year. There are over 40,000 lanterns around the temple in a variety of colors and shapes.
The lanterns bear hope and sincere love toward Buddha and create spectacular views as the wave of lanterns lightens the dark sky with their brilliant colors.
The festival attracts over a million visitors each year. Visitors can take part in many different events during the festival.
This year, the festival will take place from May 16 to May 30.
Everland Rose Garden Festival
The rose festival was first launched in 1985. It opens every year during May and features roses and other varieties of flowers.
The festival is organized at Everland amusement park in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. You can enjoy the rides at the park and then relax amongst some of the most beautiful flowers.
Take a walk in the 20,000-square-meter rose garden, and you’ll find so many opportunities to take photographs.
It’s also a perfect place for a date with your partner! You can take a sweet break whenever you want and enjoy the beautiful scenery while relaxing in the Everchair. Walkthrough a tunnel full of rose scents and enjoy the fragrance of Ever-rose.
This year, the annual Everland Rose Garden Festival will continue till June 14.
Admission to the park is chargeable – For adults, it is 56,000 won, and for children, 44,000 won. Night ticket (after 16:00) charges for adults is 46,000 won, and for children, it is 37,000 won.
* Admission includes entrance to the park and use of rides.
For more information, visit www.everland.com
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