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What’s Going on This Month: April 2019

Taean Tulip Festival (태안 세계튤립축제)

©Taean Tulip Festival, 30.12.18, trazy.com

The Taean Tulip Festival is one of the largest tulip festivals in the world with over 1.5 million tulips on display. The tulips are planted to form various shapes and patterns, with sections dedicated to individual themes. The festival is a great place to visit if you’re looking for some unique photos amidst the beautiful flowers. The festival also provides different sections explaining the importance of plant conservation and the history that surrounds these tulips. There is a magic show for children and also a market selling food and local produce.

Taean (태안) is located on the west side of Korea and is about 3 hours from Seoul. As a coastal city, it boasts a selection of vast beaches and a plenitude of seafood. Taean is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a day trip outside of Seoul. Interestingly, Taean was the filming location for BIGBANG’s (빅뱅) Sunset Glow (붉은노을) music video in 2008. The video encourages people to visit Taean after the city was hit by a large oil spill in 2007, damaging its tourism industry. Today – almost ten years later, the city is once again a large tourist attraction with many restaurants and beaches to visit.

Dates: April 13th 2019 ~ May 12th 2019

Location: (Eng) Korea Flower Park, 400, Kkotjihaean-ro, Taean-gun, Chungcheongnam-do (Kor) 충청남도 태안군 안면읍 꽃지해안로 400

Admission: Adults 12,000 won / Teenagers: 9,000 won / Senior citizens 10,000 won

BIGBANG – Sunset Glow MV:

Gwangali Eobang Festival (광안리 어방축제)

©Gwangalli, ivorysaga, 22.01.19, pixabay.com

The Eobang Festival is an annual celebration of both the coming of spring and the ocean. The word Eobang (어방) is said to encompass the spirit of fishermen and their affinity with the ocean. The festival is therefore fittingly held in Korea’s most famous coastal city of Busan. The festival offers a rare chance to experience some traditional Korean fishing techniques such as bare-hand fishing as well as cooking demonstrations and competitions. A parade is held showcasing a mix of traditional and modern Korean dancing and singing. Like any Korean festival, you can also expect a variety of food on offer too. Street markets are held with lots of local seafood on the menu. If visiting Busan for the first time, a walk along the famous Gwangalli beach (광안리해수욕장) is a definite must. From the beach you can see the striking Gwangandaegyo Bridge (광안대교), which is one of Korea’s most iconic landmarks. The bridge looks especially good at night when it is lit up. To reach Gwangalli beach you can take the Busan subway line 2 to Gwangan Station (광안역). From the station walk straight for a few minutes to reach the beach.

Dates: April 27 2019 ~ April 29, 2019

Location: (Eng) 219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan (Kor) 부산광역시 수영구 광안해변로 219 (광안동)

Admission: Free

Cherry Blossom Festival – 벚꽃 축제

©Cherry Blossom, skeeze, 27.01.19, pixabay.com

April is the month to see the famous cherry blossoms in Korea. The blossoms only last a few weeks, peaking around early April before the weather in Korea starts to warm up. If you’re visiting Korea in April, you’ll be able to see the cherry blossoms almost everywhere, the roads become lined with pink and it’s very hard to miss. However, there are still many festivals all around Korea celebrating the blossoms where you can go and take some great pictures and take a more peaceful walk amongst the beautiful flowers. We’ve listed a few of the most famous below, however there will be a festival held in almost every city around Korea.

Jinhae Gunhangje Festival (진해군항제)

The Jinhae Gunhangje is held in the city of Changwon (창원시) and is one of the most famous cherry blossom festivals in Korea. A carnival is held in the streets along with various performances. There is also a military parade which celebrates the victory of Admiral Yi Sun Shin (이순신) over the Japanese invasion during the Imjin War. The Jinhae Gunhangje is one of the busiest cherry blossom festivals in Korea, so if visiting be prepared for extremely large crowds. To get to the festival you can take an intercity bus to Jinhae (진해) from Seoul’s Nambu Bus Terminal (서울남부터미널). The festival is within walking distance from the Jinhae Intercity Bus Terminal.

Dates: April 1st 2019 ~ April 10th 2019

Location: (Eng) Tongsin-dong, Jinhae-gu, Changwon-si, Gyeongsangnam-do (Kor) 경상남도 창원시 진해구 통신동

Admission: Free

 

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival (경주 벚꽃 축제)

Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the newer festivals to be held in Korea so if visiting Gyeongju you can expect less crowds than the larger festivals. The festival includes various performances as well as fireworks held at night. The festival can be reached by taking a bus from Seoul’s Express Bus Terminal (서울고속버스터미널) to Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal (경주시외버스터미널). From the Intercity Bus Terminal take Bus No. 10 or 18 and get off at Bomun Lake Resort (보문관광단지).

Dates: April 1st 2019 ~ April 15th 2019

Location: (Eng) Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do (Kor) 경상북도 경주시 신평동

Admission: Free

Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (영등포 여의도 봄꽃축제)

The Yeouido Flower Festival is one of the most famous in Seoul, with nearly 2,000 trees. The roads around the National Assembly building where the festival is held are closed during this time allowing people to walk amongst the trees freely. At night, some performances are held and the trees are lit up with coloured lights to create a beautiful atmosphere. The festival can be accessed from the National Assembly Station (국회의사당역) on Seoul’s subway line number 9 (9호선).

Dates: April 1st 2019 ~ April 10th 2019

Location: (Eng) Yeouiseo-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 영등포구 여의서로

Admission: Free

 


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Featured Image Source: ©kimsuna, 27.01.2019, pixabay.com

Lizzie Shiers

Writer, Visual Effects ATD and Physicist who lived in South Korea from 2016-2018

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