July is one of the hottest months in Korea, with daytime temperatures reaching an average of 28°C. With the warm weather comes many outdoor summer festivals that often continue into the long and warm summer evenings. If you’re visiting Korea this July, you won’t need to pack a warm jacket but remember to take some kind of mosquito repellent. If you’re planning to visit some festivals in the evenings, the mosquitoes will definitely be around, so mosquito repellent is a must. Also, remember to keep hydrated in the heat and humidity.
Boryeong Mud Festival (보령머드축제)
Dates: 19th July 2019 ~ 28th July 2019
Location: (Eng) 123, Meodeu-ro, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do (Kor) 충청남도 보령시 머드로 123 (신흑동)
Admission: Adults: Monday-Thursday 12,000 won / Friday-Sunday 14,000 won / Teenagers: Monday-Thursday 10,000 won / Friday-Sunday 12,000 won
Boryeong Mud Festival is one of the largest mud festivals in Korea. Many activities take place during the festival such as mud wrestling, mud sliding, swimming in the giant mud bath and mud massages. The mud is said to help give your skin a healthy glow and various health benefits. In the evening, music festivals and firework displays are held along the beach. The festival can be reached by either bus or train from Seoul. If taking the train, take either the Mugunghwa or Saemaeul trains from Yongsan Station (용산역) to Daecheon Station (대천역). From there, take a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach. If taking the bus, from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Boryeong (보령). Then from Boryeong take a local bus bound for Daecheon Beach.
Daegu Chimac Festival (대구치맥페스티벌)
Dates: 17th July 2019 ~ 21st July 2019
Location: (Eng) 36, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu (Kor) 대구광역시 달서구 공원순환로 36
Chimaek (치맥) meaning chicken (치킨) and beer (맥주) is a Korean combination that’s nationally loved. So much is it loved that many festivals are held all around Korea to celebrate it. The Daegu chimaek festival is one of the largest held each year, bringing over a million visitors in 2016. The festival consists of many food stands (not just chimaek) showcasing many Korean delicacies as well as musical and cultural performances. It’s a great festival to visit if you are looking to relax in the long summer nights with some great food and music. The festival is in Daegu – a city south of Seoul. You can reach Daegu (대구) by taking the high speed KTX train from Seoul Station. Then from Daegu station take the subway line 2 to Duryu Station (두류역).
Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival (정남진장흥물축제)
Dates: 26th July 2019 ~ 1st August 2019
Location: (Eng) 21, Jangheung-ro, Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do (Kor) 전라남도 장흥군 장흥읍 장흥로 21 (장흥읍)
The Jeongnamjin Jangheung Water Festival is dedicated to all kinds of water-related fun. This is the perfect festival to visit in the hot July summer months as you can cool off in the water and relax. There are water fights, a healing pool, fishing events and even an H2O science camp for anyone wanting to learn more. As well as water related events, there is also a large firework and laser display set to open the festival, as well as food and other hands-on events throughout. Jangheung is located in the south-east of Korea and can be reached by bus from Seoul. From Seoul Central Bus Terminal, take an express bus bound for Jangheung (장흥). From Jangheung Bus terminal, take the bus bound for Jangheung-Woodland (장흥-우드랜드).
Jjan Festival (짠 페스티벌)
Dates: 26th July 2019 ~ 28th July 2019
Location: (Eng) 20, Dongnyuam-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do (Kor) 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 성산읍 동류암로 20
Admission: Free (admission is for over 19 only)
Jjian (짠) in Korean, means ‘cheers’, and this festival is exactly that. Jeju island’s first beer festival, the Jjian festival offers a range of locally and internationally produced craft beers. There is also a large street food market, DJ party and busking performances; all of this in Jeju’s beautiful island setting. It’s a must-visit if you venture to Jeju this July. Due to alcohol being served at the festival, it is unfortunately only available to 19’s and over. You can reach the festival from Jeju Airport by taking the bus no. 101, 111 or 112 to Seongsan Transit Bus Stop. From there the festival is approximately 500m away.
Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival (부여서동연꽃축제)
Dates: 5th July 2019 ~ 14th July 2019
Location: (Eng) 52, Gungnam-ro, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (Kor) 충청남도 부여군 부여읍 궁남로 52 (부여읍)
If the high energy, fast-paced festivals we’ve mentioned so far are not your cup of tea, then the Seodong Lotus Festival is a much more peaceful alternative. The festival celebrates the beautiful lotus flower and the importance of preserving wild flowers. There are many events taking place during the festival such as paper lotus flower making and lotus flower soap making. As well as many hands on activities, there is also an opening performance and a night parade. The festival takes place in Buyeo (부여), a county to the west of Korea. To reach Buyeo from Seoul, you can take an intercity bus from from Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal to Buyeo.
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