It’s March, and spring is finally here. In Korea, the weather is starting to get warmer as we transition from the cold Korean winter. You can expect temperatures of around 6 to 10 degrees Celcius – warm enough to take off that huge winter coat at last. The cherryblossoms are set to arrive in Jeju in late March, so you may just be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the beautiful spring landscape if you’re visiting Korea over the next month. With the warming weather, there are also lots of outdoor events taking place in Korea for you to enjoy.
Jeju Fire Festival (제주 들불축제)
Dates: March 7th 2019 ~ March 10th 2019
Location: (Eng) San 59-8, Bongseong-ri, Ayeol-eup Jeju-si, Jeju-do (Kor) 제주 제주시 애월읍 봉성리 산59-8
The Jeju Fire Festival is an annual festival which is held to ask for a good harvest and for good health in the coming year. The festival is very traditional and great for anyone looking to escape the city and experience the beautiful Korean countryside. Everything from concerts and fireworks to amazing traditional food is on offer at the festival – there’s even a cafe dedicated to foreign tourists to help with any questions you may have or if you simply want more information. A traditional folk market is held showcasing local agriculture and products too. If you’re in Jeju this March, the festival is definitely worth a visit. The festival can be reached by taking a bus from Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal (제주시외버스터미널), bound for Pyeonghwa-ro Road (평화로길). Alight the bus at Hwajeon Village (화전마을). During the festival period a shuttle will run from Hwajeon Village directly to the festival.
Lighting Festival at The Garden of Morning Calm (오색별빛정원전)
Dates: December 5th 2018 ~ March 31st 2019
Location: (Eng) 432, Sumogwon-ro, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do (Kor) 경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 (상면)
Admission: Adults 9,500 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won
The Lighting Festival is held every year at the Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong. The garden is illuminated with over 30,000 lights. The lights create beautiful scenes at night and it’s well worth a visit with friends or loved ones. To reach the garden from Seoul you can take the bus from Sangbong Bus Terminal (상봉터미널) or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (동서울종합버스터미널) bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal (청평버스터미널). From Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal take a local bus bound for The Garden of Morning Calm. The garden is also reachable by subway. Take the Gyeongchun Line (경춘선) to Cheongpyeong Station (청평역). Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal is reachable on foot from the subway station, where you can once again take a local bus to The Garden of Morning Calm.
March Independence Movement Day (삼일절)
Dates: March 1st 2019
Location: Throughout Korea
March Independence Movement Day is a public holiday in Korea which commemorates a public protest that took place in 1919 whilst Korea was under the occupation of Japan. During the protest, thirty-three activists read the Korean Declaration of Independence in Seoul’s Tapgol Park (탑골공원). Reading of the declaration was considered a crime at the time, but the act took place to demonstrate the Korean resistance to Japanese occupation. Following this, thousands of demonstrations would take place throughout Korea with many of those involved being arrested or killed. The event is celebrated each year as a remembrance of those who laid down there lives for the freedom that Korean people know and experience today. The Korean Declaration of Independence is read every year in Tapgol Park (탑골공원). Concerts and parades take place throughout the day and many Korean businesses raise flags in remembrance.
Useful tip: Be aware that if you’re travelling in Korea on March 1st some businesses and restaurants may be closed.
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