With the arrival of November comes the Autumn season in Korea. The temperatures are beginning to grow colder — ushering in scarf and sweater weather. As it’s still not too cold to go outside, there are still plenty of festivals in November. Be sure to make the most of the final days of warm weather and go outside as much as possible in the first half of the month. By the end of the month, the temperatures will drop dramatically and sometimes even snow can appear. So if you’re visiting Korea during the second half of November, be sure to pack that winter coat.
Busan Fireworks Festival (부산 불꽃축제)
Dates: 2nd November 2019
Location: (Eng) 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan (Kor) 부산광역시 수영구 광안해변로 219 (광안동)
Every Autumn Busan hosts its famous firework festival. The huge firework display is best witnessed from Gwangalli beach but with that also comes huge crowds, where over 1 million people visited the firework festival last year. If you prefer to see the fireworks from some less crowded spots, consider checking out nearby Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, along with Dongbaekseom Island and Igidae Coastal Park which also offer great views of the firework displays. As well as the fireworks there will also be cultural events and laser light shows held at the festival. Gwangalli beach can be reached by taking Busan Subway Line 2 to Gwangan Station (광안역).
Seoul Dance Festival (서울무용제)
Dates: 12th October 2019 ~ 29th November 2019
Location: (Eng) 7, Daehak-ro 8-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 종로구 대학로8길 7
Admission: VIP seating 50,000 won / R seating 30,000 won / S seating 20,000 won / A seating 10,000 won / Standing free
The Seoul Dance Festival first began in 1979 and has been running consistently ever since. It is Korea’s main yearly event to celebrate all styles of dance from all around the world. The festival will showcase a variety of styles, from traditional Korean dance to modern dance and ballet. The festival is also a chance for students majoring in dance and performing arts, to showcase their work. Tickets for the festival can be purchased at the Korean Performance Art Center or online from Interpark or Naver Ticket. The festival is held at various centres around Hyehwa Station (혜화역) which can be reached by Seoul Subway Line 4.
Geoje Island Flower Festival (거제섬꽃축제)
Dates: 26th October 2019 ~ 3rd November 2019
Location: (Eng) 3577, Geojenamseo-ro, Geoje-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (Kor) 경상남도 거제시 거제면 거제남서로 3577
Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won
The Geoje Island Flower Festival is held in one of the most southern places in Korea, in the Gyeongsangnam-do (경상남도) region. The festival aims to celebrate beautiful autumn flowers by showcasing various themed gardens and displays. There will also be an insect exhibition, sunflower maze, magic shows, dance performances and concerts. So there is definitely something to keep everyone occupied at the Geoje Island Flower Festival. To reach the festival from Seoul you will need to take an express bus from Seoul Nambu Terminal (서울남부터미널) to Gohyeon Bus Terminal (고현버스터미널). Then from the bus terminal the festival is around a 15 minute taxi ride.
Korean International Ceramic Biennale (경기세계도자비엔날레)
Dates: November 2019
Location: (Eng) 167-29, Gyeongchung-daero 2697beon-gil, Icheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (Kor) 경기도 이천시 경충대로2697번길 167-29 (관고동)
Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Students & Seniors 4,000 won
The Korean International Ceramic Biennale has been running for 15 years now, and aims to bring world famous potters together to help showcase their work and share their love for pottery and ceramics with the public. The festival invites guests from over 70 nations to create a true display of talent and techniques from around the world. There are many exhibitions held at the festival as well as various panels from experts. The majority of the festival will be held at Icheon Cerapia, which is easily reachable by taxi from Icheon Intercity Bus Terminal (이천시외버스터미널) or Icheon Station (
이천역) of the Seoul Subway Gyeonggang line (경강선).
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