Korea Travel Guides

Unsan Pyolshin Festival
(February to March) is held near Puyo. The festival is a series of religious rituals, originally staged every three years but now an annual event, held in memory of the soldiers who died attempting to save the Paekche Kingdom, which fell in 660AD. Shamanic rites are performed to bless the soldiers' souls and the priestesses, known as mudang, go into trances and appear to take on the voice and manners of the deceased in ceremonies known as kut.

April

Buddha's Birthday 
(April or early May) Check out the great lantern parades and other festivities during this wonderful occasion.

May

Buddha's Birthday 
(April or early May) Check out the great lantern parades and other festivities during this wonderful occasion.

Jindo Yeongdeung Festival
also known as "Moses' Miracle in Korea", this festival in Jindo-gun retells the heart-warming tale of an old woman whose prayer to part the water in a desperate bid to flee from a tiger-ridden island was answered. The festival features Yeongdeungsal Nori (a ritual dedicated to Grandmother Bbong), shamanic rites to exorcise evil spirits, the re-enactment of the evacuation of villagers, musical performances and prayers for Grandmother Bbong.

Chongmyo Taeje Royal Shrine Rites
are performed on the first Sunday in May at the Chongmyo Shrine in Seoul to pay homage to the past kings and queens of the Choson Dynasty (1392-1910). Their royal descendants feature in the festival, dressed in their traditional, sumptuous garments.

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival or PiFan
is an annual festival of fantastic cinema. Showcasing a terrific range of alternative films in the genre of science fiction, fantasy and horror from all around the world, it’s a fun thing to attend.

August

Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival
Festival is held at the COEX Centre. First held in 1997, the festival comes to the centre with six days of the best in features and shorts, TV-commissioned and internet films. Don’t miss it if you are a movie fanatic.

September

Harvest Moon Festival
is the most important lunar holiday in Korea.

National Folk Arts Festival
Korean culture by the truck load…well worth the experience.

Ich'on Ceramics Festival
is held at the Solbong Park and Pottery Villages. The Korean ceramic tradition is an exceptional craft which has developed over the last three thousand years. During the festival, you can discover how Korean potters create their works of art. There is the opportunity to learn shaping, designing and firing pots as well as the unique chance to watch the artists at work. In addition you will see a pantomime, a film about the history of ceramics in Korea, a traditional tea ceremony and a host of related activities. If pots are your thing, then you shouldn't miss this.

Nankye (Nangye) Traditional Korean Music Festival
held at the Nankye National Classical Music Hall, Waterfront and Nankye Temple in Yongdong. Nankye is considered a master of Korean music and was a scholar of Korean court music, native Korean music and Chinese music, as well as being a skilled performer himself. This festival shows the extent of his influence with a memorial rite, national music competition and dance choreographed to represent his life.

October

Jagalchi Festival
is held at the Jagalchi Market and is a fishy experience. Here the local Koreans indulge in their love of fish, one of their main staple foods, at the Jagalchi Fishwives' Cooking Contest in the incredible Jagalchi fish market. Visitors can see (and eat) the fish and join in on the activities. A parade to the market marks the opening of the festival, while on the night before mysterious rituals to the Sea Goddess are held. Visitors can try catching a fish with their bare hands, although most consider the real treat to be eating the fish, raw or cooked in Korean style. Cruises go out to nearby islands if you need a break from the action.

Sokchonje
(March and September) Confucian shrines and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul hold this event. Hear traditional court orchestras and watch costumed rituals.

Royal Guard Changing Ceremony
(March to December) is held at the Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul from Tue-Sun every 30 minutes, 10am-1pm. Visitors can experience a re-enactment of Korean military tradition - the changing of the Royal Guards here. This ceremony has been re-enacted since 1996. In traditional costumes, the sentries change the guard at the main gates of Gyeongbokgung, Deoksugung and Changdeokgung Palaces in central Seoul. Palace gate guardsmen end their sentry duty, present arms and parade. The ceremony has become something of a tourist trap, but worth it.