March is finally here, ushering in the beginning of the warmer months. As winter cedes into spring, you can still expect some fairly cold temperatures but by the end of the month, the temperatures can be expected to climb much higher. With the increase in temperature comes the arrival of the cherry blossoms. They will start in Jeju but slowly move up the country along with the warm weather. So if you’re visiting Korea this March you can probably leave the huge winter jacket at home. Just make sure you take a light spring jacket for the colder evenings.
March Independence Movement Day (삼일절)
Dates: March 1st 2020
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.
Jeju Fire Festival (제주 들불축제)
Dates: March 12th 2020 ~ March 15th 2020
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.
Herb Island Light Festival (허브아일랜드 불빛동화축제)
Dates: November 1st 2019 ~ April 30th 2020
Location: (Eng) 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do (Kor) 경기도 포천시 신북면 청신로947번길 35
Admission: 9,000 won
Herb Island Light Festival is an annual light festival held in Gyeonggi-do, to the north of Seoul. It consists of a series of light displays, a pink wish tunnel and various photo display spots. There is also a flea-market selling winter themed gifts. It’s a great place to visit with your friends or partner, to take a stroll amongst the magical lights, and to take some great pictures. The festival is open every day after sunset. To reach the festival from Seoul you can take the Seoul Subway Line 1 to Soyosan Station (소요산역) . Then from the station, you can take the local bus number 57, and get off at Samjeong-ri.
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