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What’s Going On This Month: October

Of Korea’s four distinct seasons, Autumn is one of our favourites. In Korea, it is known as men’s season, where men are at their manliest and most attractive, and if you’ve seen some of Seoul’s trendiest men flashing Autumn fashion, you may agree! As far as Autumn eye candy goes, it goes above and beyond people. Feast your eyes as the entire nation is painted amber and gold, as its natural beauty shines through at this unique and colourful time of year!

Anyone who finds themselves travelling through Korea at this time of year is sure to be caught up in some of the vibrant and exciting cultural and historical events that help showcase this nation as the beautiful gem that it is.

Busan International Film Festival (BIFF)

Dates: 4th – 13th of October.

Location: Busan Cinema Center and areas of Haeundae.

Admission: Varies – discounted tickets can be acquired in advance. Tickets can be purchased on the BIFF website.

In 1996, the BIFF was established as the very first international films festival in Korea. The success of the event not only created a thriving film culture, but also brought forward a forum where international films could be shared with Koreans – and Korean films with international audiences. Now in 2018, the event is still going and getting bigger and bigger each year! The 23rd annual BIFF is set to be just as successful with many early bird tickets already sold out!

For more information on the 23rd annual BIFF, please check the BIFF website.

Jeonju International Sori Festival

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Dates: 3rd – 7th of October.

Location: Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do.

Admission: Varies by performance.

Age Restriction: Ages 8 and up.

This global music festival is centred on celebrating Korean music and vocals as well as bringing together exquisite music and performances from all over the world! In terms of music, there is a wide variety of performances, including traditional, fringe, and modern just to name a few. If you are a lover of music in its many forms, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Iksan Ten Million Chrysanthemum Festival

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Dates: 26th of October – 4th of November.

Location: Jungang Sports Complex in Eoyang-dong, Iksan-si.

Admission: General admission is free, but the special exhibition is 3000 won.

Every year in mid-to-late Autumn, the annual ‘ten million chrysanthemums’ festival is held in Iksan. While the main feature of the festival is the stunning beauty of the flowers themselves, there is much more to do here than just looking at flowers and indulging in perfect photo ops. There are cultural performances, agricultural exhibitions, a music fountain, chrysanthemum product sales and more. For those who wish to be a little more ‘hands-on,’ check out the chrysanthemum cosmetics, feast on a host of chocolate pies, and get your hands dirty with a number of traditional dyeing programs! For an even more spectacular experience, we recommend going in the evening and staying until after dark, when gardens worth of flowers come alive under the lights!

Busan Fireworks Festival

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Date: 27th of October.

Location: Gwangalli Beach, Busan.

Admission: Free (Some activities may have additional fees.)

Every year locals and foreigners alike flock to Gwangalli beach to get a spectacular view of the amazing fireworks show! The festival may only last one night, but there is so much to see and experience. Although the focus is on fireworks, there is also a laser light show, a number of cultural events, and music as well! While all the action will be on the beach, nearby Hwangnyeongsan Mountain is another less-crowded alternative to view the fireworks from a distance!

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival

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Dates: 1st – 14th of October.

Location: Areas of Jinju Namgang River and Jinjuseong Fortress.

Admission: N/A

The origins of this festival date back as far as the Japanese invasion of 1592. During the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War, the Koreans floated lanterns on the Namgang River as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading across. These days, lanterns are floated on the river carrying the personal wishers of festival-goers. The festival highlights include the lighting ceremony, lantern floating, hanging wish lanterns, boat rides, and more!

Seosan Haemieupseong Fortress Festival

Dates: 12th – 14th of October.

Location: Haemieupseong Fortress area.

Admission: Varies by program.

Built around 600 years ago during the Joseon Period, Haemieupseong Fortress in Seosan City is the most intact fortress in Korea. Its rich history includes playing host to the great Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, being a martyr ground for over 1000 Catholics, and acting as a backdrop to the Donghak Peasants Revolution of 1894. The festival has a market theme that showcases much of the history and culture of the area. Performances include traditional tight-rope walking, folk & traditional orchestral music, and outdoor theatricals. Activities will include folk games and traditional crafts! If you’re a history buff, then this is certainly something you won’t want to miss!

There is always so much happening in Korea that we struggle to fit it all in one article, however, you can find a full list of all the exciting events and further information on the ones we have highlighted at the Official VisitKorea website!


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Matthew Keeler

American-born Australian planning on making Korea my home. 4-Dimensional optimist :D Love life and live with no regrets. Be yourself, and treat everyone with kindness.^^

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