As the excitement and hype of the Winter Olympics come to an end, many people are left wondering, “what next?” We all know that empty feeling you get when an event like this finishes. However, you need not worry, there are plenty of amazing things going on this month that are sure to help you kick those post-Olympic blues!
Jeju Island Fire Festival
Dates: 1st – 4th
Location: Saebyeol Oreum, Jeju Island
Every year the Jeju Island Fire Festival is held to pray for a good harvest and good health in the new year. The festival is open to all ages and there is so much to do. You can visit the folk market, watch all the special and multicultural performances, walk the famous Jeju Sori-Gil (Road of Sounds), go horseback riding, fly a kite, hike Oreum, watch the Oreum laser & graffiti show, experience local Jeju Cuisine, or visit the Cafe’ specifically designed for foreign visitors. Those wanting to put their strength to the test, the Deumdoldeulgi Contest (stone lifting) offers an interesting challenge. The Neokdungbegi Tournament (traditional Korean dice) is designed more for the locals, but is fun to watch as well! Visitors will get to view Jeju Fantasy, a special firework show against the backdrop of the beautiful Jeju night sky. The main events of the festival are the torch lighting, marching, and setting fire to Oreum, all of which visitors may take part in. If you are looking for something to do during early March in Korea, this should definitely make your list!
For more information, check out the VisitKorea website here
Pyeongchang Paralympic Winter Games
Dates: 9th – 18th
Location: Pyeongchang, South Korea
Admission: See the official Paralympic website for ticket costs.
The global stage is set, competitors from all over the world come to show their amazing talents in this ultimate competition. These wonderful people putting their all into the sports they love, proving that no matter what life puts in your way, with determination and the will to never give up, you can do the impossible. If you aren’t fortunate enough to be at one of the many events. Then please tune in from your home and be inspired by the incredible talent of these sports warriors as they prove why they are the best of the best.
For more information, check out the official website here
Jinhae Gunhangje/ Cherry-Blossom Festival
Dates: N/A (Usually lasts 10 days)
Location: Changwon, South Korea
All throughout spring in Korea there are Cherry Blossom festivals held all over the country although one of the most famous of these is held in Changwon. We can’t give you an exact date these are happening because these events depend on the weather and when the trees start blossoming. There isn’t much that is more beautiful to behold than a forest of cherry blossom trees in bloom! Although the focus of this is celebrating spring with the amazing beauty and aroma of the blossoms, the festival also includes street performances, food, and night time fireworks! This is definitely a must on any traveller’s itinerary.
These are of course not all of the things that are going on this month, just some of the ones we are looking forward to the most!
Interested in any of these events? Did we miss any that you are looking forward to? Let us know!!!
Featured Image Source: © Jeju Fire Festival, VisitKorea, 14.01.2018, http://english.visitkorea.or.kr
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