Spring is a wonderful time to travel, especially in South Korea, when it isn’t too hot or too cold. April, being the height of spring, brings with it the beauty of nature renewed after Winter’s frost has well and truly melted away. The beauty of spring is encompassed and reflected in the many exciting festivals Korea celebrates this month, all of which the lucky traveler may take advantage of! These are some of the ones we are most excited about ^-^
Nonsan Strawberry Festival
Period: 4th – 8th of April.
Location: Nonsancheon Stream and Strawberry Field.
Admission: N/A Roughly 1000 people can experience this festival a day, so it is recommended that you book ahead of time.
Nonsan is the strawberry-growing hub of Korea, and each year it hosts Korea’s largest strawberry festival. This festival helps the local economy while providing some very ‘sweet’ entertainment for those who attend. The festival includes many special and cultural performances, a fireworks show, strawberry picking, strawberry jam and cake making, strawberry product sales and demonstrations, and so much more! The most important of which is probably the strawberry eating! For anyone who loves strawberries as much as we do this festival is an absolute must. ^-^
For more information regarding the festival, check it out on the VisitKorea Website.
Yeong-am Wang-In Culture Festival
Period: 5th – 8th of April.
Location: Yeong-am-gun (Historical Site of Dr. Wang-in, Gurim Village, Yeong-am Pottery Museum, etc.)
Every year in early April when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom this festival is held to commemorate the life of Dr. Wang-in. Over 1,600 years ago Dr. Wang-in traveled to Japan to spread Korean knowledge, culture, and arts. Visitors to this festival can experience many culture-based activities and performances. This is definitely the festival for anyone who loves culture and history!
For further information regarding this event, check out the VisitKorea Website.
Goryeong Daegaya Experience Festival
Period: 12th – 15th of April.
Location: Areas of Daegaya Historical Theme Park and Daegaya-eup.
Admission: Varies depending on the activity, some are free.
Between the years of AD 42 and AD 562, the Daegaya nation inhabited the Korean Peninsula. These people are believed to have been a very sophisticated people with a high standard of culture. The twelve-string Gayageum (A traditional Korean harp) is one of their creations. Through studying the relics found in the area, it has been determined these people were a powerful force in the area. To celebrate the history and culture of this nation the festival has many activities that the visitor can enjoy such as wooden boat-making, relic exhibits, cultural performances, and more! This another great event for anyone who has a love of history and culture. 🙂
For further information about this festival, check it out on the VisitKorea website.
Chang-nyeon Nak-dong-gang Youchae Festival
Period: 13th – 17th of April.
Location: Namji Canola Flower Complex & Namji Sports Park.
The Chang-nyeon Nak-dong-gang Youchae Festival is held every mid to late April when the canola flowers are in bloom to celebrate the great beauty of this flower and this area. Other than the incredible and breathtaking surroundings, the festival also offers live performances, an insect and birds experience hall, agriculture and specialty product exhibition, sale, experience, and event booths. For those who love photography, there is the Namji Cheolgyo gallery and yuchae photo rally! Anyone who loves to revel in the beauty of nature is certain to enjoy this festival!
Want to know more about this festival? Check it out on the VisitKorea website.
Gwangalli Eobang Festival
Period: 27th – 29th of April.
Location: Gwangalli Beach area, Busan.
The word ‘Eobang’ is used to describe the spirit of the fishermen on the coast. This festival embodies that same spirit, by bringing the people together to celebrate both spring and the ocean. The event highlights many of the local tourist destinations as well as offering a wide variety of activities for all ages. Bare-hand fishing, fish cooking competition, local cuisine, local, youth, and cultural festival performances, and a parade are just some of the highlights on offer for anyone who heads to Busan for the Gwangalli Eobang Festival!
If you want to know more, check out the VisitKorea Website.
Have you ever been to any of these festivals? Are you planning on visiting Korea this April? Have any questions about these festivals? Let us know!
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