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2023 Seoul Marathon

  • Period April 30-May 7, 2023
  • Venue from Gwanghwamun Plaza (175 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul) to the Seoul Sports Complex (25 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul)
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This is Korea’s top international marathon competition that won the highest certification of platinum from World Athletic (WA). It has also been designated by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) as a World Athletics Heritage along with the Boston and Athens Marathons. There is a full course that starts at Gwanghwamun Plaza and a 10 km course that starts at Olympic Park. You can also split the full course among a team of two or four people at the Seoul 42195 Relay. 35,000 participants are expected at the marathon.

  • 2024 Seoul Marathon 03.16~03.17.2024
    • Period 03.16~03.17.2024
    • Venue Gwanghwamun Square (175 Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul) ~ Jamsil Sports Complex (25 Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul)
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    • Website https://seoul-marathon.com

    With over 38,000 marathoners from over 70 countries worldwide participating, Korea's largest international marathon is one of only 10 top-tier Platinum Label competitive races certified by World Athletics and is also designated as one of the three major World Athletics Cultural Heritages alongside the Boston and Athens Marathons. This event is famous for allowing elite athletes and domestic & international participants to set new records due to the course’s minimal difference in elevation. An expo in which various sports companies take part will be held as well.

  • 2024 Nonsan Strawberry Festival 03.21~03.24.2024

    The Strawberry Festival is held in Nonsan, the largest strawberry producing area in Korea, features fun-filled programs such as a strawberry parade, strawberry costume play, & strawberry picking experience where visitors can pick and taste fresh strawberries. They can taste delicious food made with strawberries by visiting the strawberry dessert hall & strawberry restaurant. The ‘helicopter trip to Topjeong Lake’ & ‘helicopter exhibition experience’ are also planned in association with the Army Aviation School.

  • The 62nd Jinhae Gunhang Festival 03.23~04.01.2024

    This annual event memorializes the stature & feats of Admiral Yi Sunsin, the legendary hero of the Japanese invasions of Korea, and is Korea's premier cherry blossom festival. Various programs being held in the Jinhae Jungwon Rotary area, adorned with cherry blossoms in full bloom, include the Paldo Folk Flea Market, Jinhae Blossom Music Festival, a memorial service honoring Admiral Yi Sunsin, & a victory parade. Also, the Military Honor Guard Band Festival will be held where visitors can watch a ceremonial marching performance & precisely timed performance of the honor guard.

  • The 26th Seogwipo Canola Flower International Walking Festival 03.23~03.24.2024
    • Period 03.23~03.24.2024
    • Venue Jeju World Cup Stadium Square (33 World Cup-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do) & Seogwipo-si area
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    • Website http://www.jejusta.or.kr

    Jeju’s spring road full of people walking from all over the world! The Seogwipo Canola Flower International Walking Competition is an East Asian flower walking league that is staged in Seogwipo, Korea (canola flower) in March, Kurume, Japan (azalea flower) in April & Dalian, China (acacia flower) in May. During this an event that promotes harmony and shares cultures, visitors can enjoy nature & culture and get swept up by the warm atmosphere of Jeju while walking along the canola flower road that announces spring.

  • Yeongam Wangin Culture Festival 03.28~03.31.2023

    This festival is held to inherit the spirit of communication & coexistence of Dr. Wangin, a scholar from Baekje in the 4th century who went to Japan and brought scholarship & culture to the country. Since 1997, it has been held every spring at Gurim Traditional Village, where beautiful cherry blossom scenery & traditions resonates fondly. An entertaining time awaits through various programs such as the Wangin Cultural Delegation Procession, a Baekje traditional culture experience, international mission race, & foreign national family tour.

  • 2024 Goryeong Daegaya Festival 03.29~03.31.2024
    • Period 03.29~03.31.2024
    • Venue Goryeong-gun area, including Jisan-dong Ancient Tombs, Daegaya Museum, theme tourist attractions, & Munhwanuri
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    • Website http://www.festdgy.com

    The Daegaya Festival is held in Goryeong, the capital city of Daegaya, which was a mysterious ancient kingdom that flourished with its own history and thriving culture & arts based on a highly developed iron culture even rivaling the prominent Baekje and Silla dynasties 1,500 years ago. A theme hall will be set up to explore the world heritage value of the Jisan-dong Ancient Tombs in Goryeong, and a forest playground & night trekking using the Jisan-dong Ancient Tombs will take place. Also, there will be featured 100 gayageum performances, experiential programs, & creative musicals using the gayageum, the representative instrument of Daegaya.

  • Special Templestay 04.2024~07.2024

    A temple stay program that allows visitors to explore and experience the Buddhist cultural heritage & natural environment of Korean temples with over 1,700 years of tradition, as well as the unique lives of practitioners. Since its launch in 2002, more than seven million people from all over the world have visited to join in, regardless of national, ethnic, & cultural differences. Popular programs include temple guidance, Chadam (conversation over tea with monks), meditation, & temple food, and visitors can be fascinated by Korea's representative traditional culture & experience.

  • 31st GYEONGJU CHERRY MARATHON 04.06.2024
    • Period 04.06.2024
    • Venue Gyeongju Bomun Tourist Complex (Bomun Tourist Complex in Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do) & the Gyeongju City area
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    • Website https://www.cherrymarathon.co.kr

    This special marathon that stretches along a path of cherry blossoms in full bloom on a spring day is Gyeongju’s representative sporting event that launched in 1992. There are various courses available, including a 21.095km half course, a 10km short course, and a 5km healthy running course, so participants can choose the right course for them and enjoy the marathon. Also, they will be provided with discount coupons for Gyeongju-located hotels & saunas and admission fees to historical sites & amusement parks.

    • Period 04.07~04.14.2024
    • Venue Tennis court at Geumjeong Sports Park (324, Sports Park-ro 399beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan)
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    • Website http://www.busanopen.org

    From its humble origin as a tournament formed by tennis enthusiasts in 1999, this international men's tennis tournament has developed into the largest sporting event of its size & prestige at the pinnacle level nationwide. As a competition sanctioned by the Association of Men's Professional Tennis (ATP), spectators can watch top-level matches featuring the world's top-ranked players. Additionally, various events will be held, such as tennis lessons with participating professionals & novice tennis competitions.

  • Daegu Marathon 2024 04.07.2024
    • Period 04.07.2024
    • Venue Daegu Stadium (650 Nobyeon-dong, Suseong-gu, Daegu) and Daegu metropolitan area
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    • Website https://daegurace.com

    Selected as an international athletics city by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), this marathon held every year in Daegu is a competition held for the last 23 years since 2001 and the only gold label competition in Korea certified by World Athletics (WA). It consists of elite full course (42.195km), master full course (42.195km), full relay (21.0975km), 10km, & health-minded running events. Additionally, it is establishing itself as an international competition that participates in sustainability & carbon neutrality by recycling plastic bottles to produce medal straps and using biodegradable vinyl to send out souvenirs.

  • Seoul Outdoor Library in Seoul Plaza(Seoul Outdoor Library in Gwanghwamun) 04.18~11.10.2024
    • Period 04.18~11.10.2024
    • Venue Outdoor Library in Seoul Plaza: Seoul Plaza / Outdoor Library in Gwanghwamun: Gwanghwamun Square area
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    • Website https://www.seouloutdoorlibrary.kr/

    With the world's first buildingless library project, found nowhere else in the world, visitors can take in the view of Gwanghwamun & Mount Bukaksan (Outdoor Library in Gwanghwamun) or read a book while lying on a bean bag on the lawn and facing the open sky (Outdoor Library in Seoul Plaza) at an open outdoor space in the heart of downtown Seoul. A meaningful time awaits through various featured programs, including the program, which explores the culture & arts of various cities at home & abroad, and , a Seoul cultural experiential program for domestic & foreign national tourists.

  • K-Royal Culture Festival 04.27~05.05.2024
    • Period 04.27~05.05.2024
      / 10.09~10.13.2024
    • Venue Seoul’s five major palaces, Jongmyo Shrine/Sajikdan area
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    • Website https://www.chf.or.kr/fest

    During Korea's largest cultural heritage festival held twice in the spring & fall at Seoul's five marquee palaces (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, & Gyeonghuigung Palace) and Jongmyo Shrine, performances, exhibitions, experiences, & ritual reenactments that reflect the characteristics of each palace hall & location will be held. This year, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, an opening ceremony with an expanded share of traditional performances, a traditional market, & a traditional craft exhibition is scheduled to be staged for the first time at the K-Royal Culture Festival. During the festival period, the 'Gung Pass'(Palace Pass) is also scheduled to be sold, which is a special admission ticket that allows unlimited visits to Seoul's five major palaces.

  • Mungyeong CHASABAL Festival 2024 04.27~05.06.2024
    • Period 04.27~05.06.2024
    • Venue Mungyeong Saejae Provincial Park (932 Saejae-ro, Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do) and Mungyeongsaejae Open Set (84-2, Sangcho-ri, Mungyeong-eup, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do)
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    • Website https://www.sabal21.com

    During this pottery festival held in Mungyeong, the land of traditional pottery, spanning from the celadon kilns of the Goryeo dynasty to the white porcelain kilns of the Joseon dynasty, there will be staged exhibitions of works by master craftsmen in Mungyeong and pottery by overseas artists, with various experiential programs such as tea bowl making, tea bowl drawing, foot potter's wheel experience, & tea ceremony experience to be held. Visitors can purchase practical & high-quality ceramics at low prices at the sales market as well.

  • SEOUL FESTA 2024 05.01~05.06.2024
    • Period 05.01~05.06.2024
    • Venue Seoul metropolitan area (Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Plaza, Hangang Park, etc.)
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    • Website https://seoulfesta.com

    During this cultural & tourism festival, visitors can directly experience dynamic facets of Seoul’s trendy lifestyle, including the Korean Wave, performances, shopping, & gourmet food, and get swept up in the vibes of K-pop concerts & permanent performances held at Seoul Plaza. There will be a Seoul-style experiential booth erected at Gwanghwamun Square. Also, the Seoul Barbecue Festival, where visitors can enjoy Korea's grilling culture, will be held at Noeul Park, along with a drone light show to be held at the Han River and various themed events such as music, hiking, traditional culture, & shopping to take place throughout Seoul.

  • DMZ OPEN Festival 05.2024~11.2024

    During Gyeonggi-do’s representative all-round festival held to foster ‘greater peace’ through the history & diversity of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the Korean Peninsula, various events, including an international music festival, peace concert, art exhibition, eco-peace forum, & public lectures, will be held from May to November, mainly in the northern part of Gyeonggi-do & the DMZ. It aims to raise awareness of the special value of the DMZ to the entire world beyond Korea, taking place as a global festival for everyone to participate in.

  • Boseong Aromatic Tea Festival 05.02~05.06.2024
    • Period 05.02~05.06.2024
    • Venue Korean Tea Culture Park (775 Nokcha-ro, Boseong-eup, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do) & Boseong Tea Field area
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    • Website https://teafestival.kr

    Every spring, during this tea culture festival that heals the body & mind by utilizing the historical, cultural, & scenic resources of Boseong tea, experiential programs are prepared for anyone to enjoy, such as tea leaf picking, tea making, drinking a personalized tea, & a green tea foot bath experience, and visitors can take a stroll and appreciate the beautiful terraced tea plantation scenery. During the festival period, various events taking place in Boseong-gun include the Boseong Daily Concert and the Green Tea Marathon.

  • Yeoncheon Paleolithic Festival 05.03~05.06.2024
    • Period 05.03~05.06.2024
    • Venue Archaeological Site in Jeongok-ri, Yeoncheon (1510 Yangyeon-ro, Jeongok-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do)
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    • Website https://www.yeoncheon.go.kr/festival/

    The world's largest prehistoric cultural festival held at the Jeongok-ri ruins in Yeoncheon, where the first humans on the Korean Peninsula inhabited, originated as a small festival in 1993 to widely publicize, preserve, and utilize the Jeongok-ri ruins, which are significant in the world's prehistoric cultural history. It has now become Korea's most prominent prehistoric cultural festival with more than 100,000 visitors every year. An interesting & fun-filled time awaits through various prehistoric culture experiential programs, such as Paleolithic barbecue, where pork is grilled on a wooden skewer, & a world prehistory experience to learn about various Paleolithic cultures around the world.

  • Ulsan Onggi Festival 05.04~05.06.2024
    • Period 05.04~05.06.2024
    • Venue Ulsan Oegosan Pottery Village (36 Oegosan 3-gil, Onyang-eup, Ulju-gun, Ulsan Metropolitan City)
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    • Website https://www.onggi.or.kr

    This cultural & tourism festival, held every year at Oegosan Onggi Village in Ulju-gun, Ulsan, a distribution center for pottery, showcases the excellence of pottery, which illustrates thousands of years of life & wisdom of the Korean people. Visitors can enjoy various pottery experiential programs, including performances on the theme of pottery & pottery villages, a special pottery experiential center where craftsmen assist in pottery making, and a dirt playground for families to enjoy together. Additionally, food trucks & a flea market will be set up around the event venue, providing various foods to taste.

  • 2024 FANTASIA DAEGU FESTA 05.08~05.17.2024

    This special festival period held twice a year in the spring & fall, consolidates Daegu's premier festivals. In the spring, starting with the Powerful Daegu Festival, where colorful parades & performances are held, the Daegu Lifestyle Culture Festival, where lifestyle culture enthusiasts participate, the Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Culture Festival with over 360 years of history, & the Powerful K-Trot Festival, which draws in an impassioned crowd, are held. In the fall, sentimental music festivals such as the Daegu International Opera Festival, World Orchestra Festival, Daegu International Music Festival, Daegu Folk Festival, Daegu International Healing Performing Arts Festival, & Daegu Cross-Genre Arts Festival are held.

  • Daegu Yangnyeongsi Herbal Medicine Festival 05.09~05.12.2024
    • Period 05.09~05.12.2024
    • Venue Daegu Yangnyeongsi (27-1 Namseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu Metropolitan City)
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    • Website https://www.herbfestival.org

    This herbal medicine festival promotes the essence of Korea's herbal medicine culture at home & abroad. Daegu Yangnyeongsi has been opened twice a year since around 1658 as a world-class herbal medicine distribution base that has supplied herbal medicines domestically as well as abroad. It was certified as Korea's oldest herbal medicine city by the Korea Guinness Committee in 2001. During the festival, visitors can avail themselves of various herbal medicine experiences in the Yangnyeongsi area, including herbal medicine treatment experience, herbal medicine beauty experience, & the herbal medicine cutting contest.

  • Yeon Deung Hoe(Lotus Lantern Festival) 05.10~05.12.2024

    This traditional cultural festival representing Korea with over 1,200 years of long history & tradition. The lotus lantern, which brightens the mind and the world like a lantern brightens the darkness, is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and has been registered as a national intangible cultural asset. The lotus lantern procession, which represents the Lotus Lantern Festival, beautifully decorates the streets with vibrant & majestic waves of traditional lanterns, and spectators join in by carrying lanterns they made themselves. Also, various traditional performances & folk plays are held in the Traditional Culture Plaza, fascinating spectators with the beauty of Korean traditional culture firsthand.

  • Ulsan Soeburi Festival 05.10~05.12.2024
    • Period 05.10~05.12.2024
    • Venue Ulsan Dalcheon Cheoljang (1-7 Dalcheon-dong, Buk-gu, Ulsan), Ulsan Buk-gu Office (1010 Saneop-ro, Buk-gu, Ulsan)
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    • Website http://www.soeburi.org

    The Iron Culture Festival is held at ‘Dalcheon Cheoljang,’ Korea’s first iron production site that dates back 2,000 years. Soeburi refers to Korea’s traditional iron-making process that produces iron ingots by melting earthenware or iron ore. At the festival, various exhibition & experience events will be held, including the ‘Subject Hall’ where visitors learn about the iron beak culture, the ‘Steel Making Experiment Center’ where they can learn the traditional iron making process firsthand with craftsmen, & the ‘Beak Iron (Soeburi) Blacksmith Shop’ where they can make their own hoe tool. Additionally, a free tour event will be held for foreign national participants to experience key contents firsthand.

  • Jazztonic 2024 05.17~05.19.2024
    • Period 05.17~05.19.2024
    • Venue Cheongnamdae (646 Cheongnamdae-gil, Munui-myeon, Sangdang-gu, Cheongju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do)
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    • Website https://www.jazztonicfestival.com

    During this jazz festival held every May at Cheongnamdae, the presidential villa of the Republic of Korea, visitors can enjoy soulful performances by famous jazz artists, while appreciating the beautiful scenery filled with green plants & the cool breeze of Daecheong Lake. Off-band performances are staged by local jazz artists, while artwork by visual design departments at local universities will be exhibited as well.

  • DMZ RUN 05.25.2024
    • Period 05.25.2024
    • Venue Walking: Paju Imjingang Riverside ecological trail / Marathon: Paju Imjingak area
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    • Website N/A

    During this special sporting event, visitors can enjoy a walk or run along the normally off-limits ecological trail along the Imjingang River, leading to the Inter-Korean Transit Office. A walking competition is held in May, full of spring vitality, and a marathon competition is held in October, surrounded by clear autumn skies & rich bounty. Also, various side events will be prepared, including a DMZ promotional center, local specialty promotions, North & South Korean cultural experience, & North Korean food experiential center. (Side events may change depending on the circumstances of the event)

  • Pohang International Fire & Light Festival 05.31~06.02.2024

    During this spectacular light festival held under the theme of 'light' representing Pohang, a world-class steel city, and 'fire' symbolizing a hot furnace, a dazzling & fantastic fireworks competition will be staged by renowned fireworks teams from around the world against the backdrop of the eastern coast’s scenery and the POSCO nightscape, the world's longest nighttime scenic lighting. Besides the fireworks show, it also showcases various attractions such as a light drone show, a light parade, & a light cruise.

  • Incheon Open Port Cultural Heritage Night Tour 06.2024

    During this tourism cultural night festival showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of Incheon Open Port, the center of modern & contemporary Korean culture, cultural assets & facilities in the Incheon Open Port Cultural District will be open to the public free of charge at night, and various programs taking place include a spectacular media art show showcasing cultural heritage & LED lighting, an open port fashion show with citizens participating directly, a storytelling walking tour, and a night market.

  • 2024 Cheongju Cultural Heritage Night Tour 06.01~06.02.2024
    • Period 06.01~06.02.2024
    • Venue Cheongju original city center (Central Park, Yongdusajicheoldanggan, Seongan-gil, etc.)
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    • Website https://cjculturenight.org

    During this festival themed around Cheongju’s unique tangible & intangible cultural assets and the history of the original downtown, visitors can learn and immerse themselves in the story of Cheongju, which was a strategic military point in the Joseon dynasty, based on eight themes. There are many interesting programs such as an ingenious barracks life experience, a ceremony for appointing a military commander, & a performance with the presence of a secret royal inspector, and visitors can view cultural heritage accentuated with vibrant lighting & beams.

  • GANGNEUNG DANOJE FESTIVAL 06.06~06.13.2024
    • Period 06.06~06.13.2024
    • Venue Gangneung Namdaecheon Event Center (826-1 Noam-dong, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do) & designated event site
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    • Website https://danojefestival.or.kr

    This traditional festival, which was selected as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2005 in global recognition of its heritage value, is a festival to ward off misfortune for the year and pray for prosperity. It consists of 66 programs in 13 areas, allowing spectators to experience Korea's unique seasonal customs & culture. Prime examples include Danogut ritual, designated cultural heritage events, folk wrestling (Ssireum) competitions, & folk games that embody the characteristics & traditional culture of the Yeongdong region.

  • Busan One Asia Festival 06.08~06.09.2024
    • Period 06.08~06.09.2024
    • Venue Busan Asiad Main Stadium (344, World Cup-daero, Yeonje-gu, Busan) & Busan metropolitan area
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    • Website https://bof.or.kr

    During this comprehensive K-culture festival held at various locations in Busan, including Busan Asiad Main Stadium, the best performances combining a large Busan-themed stage, magnificent production, & the talents of K-POP artists are showcased. Additionally, there are a variety of programs that harmonize Busan's nature & cultural content, providing a fun-filled experience to K-culture fans at home & abroad.

  • 2024 IRONMAN 70.3 Goseong 06.14~06.16.2024

    Korea's largest triathlon competition held in Goseong consists of a swimming course (1.9km) in the pristine waters in front of Danghangpo Dinosaur Expo Park, a bicycle course (90.1km) along a beautiful beach road, & a running course (21.1km) with rows of larch trees casting a cool shade. About 1,300 athletes from home & abroad will challenge their limits for the right to take part in the world championship competition (Ironman World Championships).

  • Daegu International Musical Festival [DIMF] 06.21~07.08.2024
    • Period 06.21~07.08.2024
    • Venue Daegu Metropolitan City’s major performance halls and the entire city
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    • Website https://dimf.or.kr

    During Asia's largest musical festival held in Daegu every summer, the entire Daegu area is bustling with an 18-day celebration of musicals comprised of opening & closing events (DIMF Awards) & various side events, including 'Official Invitational Works' showcasing excellent works from around the world, 'Creative Support Works' introducing new musicals, and the 'College Student Musical Festival' for college students majoring in musicals. Spectators can get immersed in world-class musical works at an affordable cost.

  • NIGHTRACE in BUSAN 07.2024
    • Period 07.2024
    • Venue Gwangalli area, Busan Metropolitan City (Gwangalli Beach, Gwangan Bridge, BEXCO)
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    • Website http://www.nightracebusan.co.kr

    This night marathon festival held every summer in the Gwangalli area of Busan consists of a full 7.2km course that starts from Gwangalli Beach, passes Gwangan Bridge, and arrives at BEXCO, providing spectators the special experience of walking across Gwangan Bridge, Busan's landmark & nightscape attraction. Since the race is untimed, it is open to the public to take part and enjoy at their leisure if they are up for the challenge of finishing it.

  • 2024 MUKHO DOJJAEBI FESTA 07.01.2024
    • Period 07.01.2024
    • Venue Donghae Mukho Port Passenger Ship Terminal Square (22 Ilchul-ro, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do)
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    • Website http://dctf.or.kr

    Korea's only goblin-themed festival held in the Mukho Port area of Donghae-si offers unique attractions & fun-filled activities to do, such as goblin makeup contests, large-scale performances, & night goblin performances. Additionally, events themed around signature local foods, such as the Meokmaek (meoktae [dried pollack] + maekju [beer]) & Meokmak (makgeolli) Festival, Mukbang Contest, etc. will take place to further entertain the eyes & mouths of visitors.

  • Daegu Chimac Festival 07.03~07.07.2024

    A festival themed around the chicken & beer combo craze held every summer in Daegu. As its name implies, the Chimac Festival allows visitors to enjoy delicious chicken with refreshing beer to their heart’s content during it. A variety of chicken brands can be tasted, and there is also a space to enjoy chicken with beer while dipping one’s feet in ice cold water. Additionally, celebratory performances by famous singers and an EDM party make the festival more exciting, while a fun-filled event called “Chimac 99 Cheers Time” takes place at 9:09 p.m., where the crowd raises a toast in unison.

  • WATERBOMB FESTIVAL 2024 07.05~08.31.2024
    • Period 07.05~08.31.2024
    • Venue Seoul, Jeju, Daegu, Busan, Incheon, Daejeon, Sokcho, Suwon, Gwangju
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    • Website http://waterbombfestival.com

    This water music festival provides not only a fun time for spectators to cool off from the blazing sun but also a new level of experience featuring exciting music, performance & water fighting. The Water Bomb Festival’s signature water performance, performances by top-tier K-pop artists, & nighttime fireworks make it an icon of summer festivals, with tickets selling out every year.

  • The 17th World Taekwondo Culture Expo 07.18~07.23.2024
    • Period 07.18~07.23.2024
    • Venue Muju Taekwondowon (1482 Museol-ro, Seolcheon-myeon, Muju-gun, Jeonbuk State)
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    • Website http://www.wtce.kr

    During this festival for world Taekwondo enthusiasts held every year in the Taekwondowon area of Muju, the mecca of Taekwondo, visitors can experience a global Taekwondo camp with national youth sparring players, various Taekwondo competitions, & Taekwondo seminars. Various cultural events such as cultural tours, stamp tours, & midsummer night concerts in conjunction with Muju-gun & Jeonbuk State will be featured as well.

  • Boryeong Mud Festival 07.19~08.04.2024
    • Period 07.19~08.04.2024
    • Venue Mud Expo Plaza (2282 Sinheuk-dong, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do) & Daecheon Beach area
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    • Website https://www.mudfestival.or.kr

    With its selection as one of Asia's top-three festivals by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) in 2021, the world's largest summer festival for everyone to enjoy in unison, regardless of nationality, race, language, & age, has been gaining prominence as a global festival. Revelers can enjoy mud massages and various games, together with various performances such as fireworks festivals, K-POP, and EDM to be held.

  • The 34th Geochang International Festival of Theatre 07.26~08.09.2024
    • Period 07.26~08.09.2024
    • Venue Geochang Suseungdae (2 Eunha-ri-gil, Geochang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do) & other areas in the vicinity
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    • Website https://www.kift.or.kr

    Launched in 1989, this outdoor theater festival harmonizes Geochang’s unique historical & cultural heritage with nature and is staged against the backdrop of the beautiful scenery of the Suseungdae tourist attraction, while boasting history & tradition. Visitors can choose to watch performances of various genres, such as officially invited works from home & abroad, musicals, mimes, fringe performances, as well as traditional comedy & family plays.

  • 2024 The Aqua Festival 07.27~08.04.2024
    • Period 07.27~08.04.2024
    • Venue Tamjingang River (741-6 Geonsan-ri, Jangheung-eup, Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do) & Cypress Forest Woodland (180 Woodland-gil, Jangheung-eup, Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do)
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    • Website https://festival.jangheung.go.kr/festival

    During Korea's most prominent summer water festival held in Jangheung every summer, various programs with the theme of water & nature are staged at Tamjingang River, which runs through downtown Jangheung and Woodland, a cypress forest full of natural healing. It is bristling with fun-filled events that will vanquish the summer heat at once, such as the Salsu Battle Street Parade, where visitors can enjoy water fights with everyone on the street, the water pool party, & the world's largest water fight with exciting music from noon to night.

  • 2024 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival 08.2024
    • Period 08.2024
    • Venue Songdo Moonlight Festival Park (350 Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon)
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    • Website https://www.pentaport.co.kr

    Korea's most prominent outdoor rock festival staged every summer since 2006 has been ranked 8th place among the world's top-50 music festivals by Time Out magazine in the UK. World-class domestic & international artists will participate in a celebration of rock music, and spectators can avail themselves of a food zone selling various food and a camping zone where the festival can be enjoyed while camping.

  • Songdo World Culture Tourism Festival 08.2024
    • Period 08.2024
    • Venue Songdo Moonlight Festival Park (350 Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon)
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    • Website http://www.songdobeer.com

    During this large beer festival that will chase away the heat of a midsummer night, visitors can savor various food with beer freshly brewed that day as they sit on the large lawn. Also, live performances of various genres such as rock, hip-hop, & EDM will be staged to kickstart the excited mood of the festival, and a spectacular fireworks display will be showcased every night to conclude the festival for the day.

  • 2024 Yeong Dong Grapes Festival 08.2024
    • Period 08.2024
    • Venue Yeongdong Rainbow Healing Tourist Area (117 Yeongdong Healing-ro, Yeongdong-eup, Yeongdong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do)
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.ydgrape.co.kr

    This grape festival, held every August in Yeongdong, the hometown of grapes, spotlights Yeongdong grapes, which boast the largest cultivation area & excellent quality nationwide. Visitors can purchase grapes at low prices, taste and purchase wine, and try various food made with Yeongdong grapes. Additionally, grape-related activities such as grape picking & grape stomping take place, and there are many events for families, such as children's musicals, magic shows, & an eco-friendly grape children’s land.

  • 2024 Jeju Iho Tewoo festival 08.02~08.04.2024
    • Period 08.02~08.04.2024
    • Venue Iho Tewoo Beach (Iho Tewoo Beach, Ihoil-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province)
    • Phone
    • Website N/A

    During this festival held with the theme of Jeju’s unique fishing culture, which is fading away, various attractions taking place include a reenactment of ‘anchovy fishing’ using Jeju’s traditional boat called Tewoo and nets, as well as a Tewoo launching ceremony, Haenyeo (female freedivers) torch parade, & a Tewoo rowing competition. Visitors can also enjoy fun-filled experiential programs such as Wondam-style fishing, which involves building a stone wall to prevent schools of fish from escaping in the rising tide, the Tewoo rowing, & Tewoo mock-up making.

  • 2024 DAEJEON ZERO O'CLOCK FESTICAL 08.09~08.17.2024
    • Period 08.09~08.17.2024
    • Venue Daejeon Jungang-ro (Daejeon Station ~ former Chungnam Provincial Office) & the original city center area
    • Phone
    • Website https://djzerofe.com/

    During this summer street culture & arts festival that revitalizes the original urban center of Daejeon, three zones are presented for visitors to experience the past, present, & future of Daejeon, based on the tagline “Daejeon that never sleeps, fun that never ceases” and the differentiated theme of “Time Travel Festival”. Also, there are featured various sights & activities to see and enjoy, such as the Jungang-ro parade, busking & small theater performances, K-pop audition contest, market, and food zone.

  • The 63rd Tongyeong Hansan Battle Festival 08.09~08.14.2024

    This festival commemorating the Battle of Hansan, one of the greatest naval battles in world history features various attractions, such as mobilizing over 120 ships to reenact the Battle of Hansan with spectacular special effects and reenacting the procession of Admiral Yi Sun-sin, as well as the commander of the three provinces' naval forces who led the Battle of Hansan to victory. Also, it operates fun-filled events & experiential programs such as the turtle ship rowing competition, Samdo Sugun barracks & military experience, a marine water park and marine taxi ride.

  • (Sites of the Busan Wartime Capital) Busan Cultural Heritage Night Tour 08.16~08.17.2024
    • Period 08.16~08.17.2024
    • Venue Busan Modern and Contemporary History Museum (112, Daecheong-ro, Jung-gu, Busan), etc.
    • Phone
    • Website https://busan-heritage-night.com

    During this nighttime cultural festival held in Busan, which was Korea’s ‘wartime capital’ for 1,023 days during the Korean War, there are various programs under eight themes with Busan’s historical facts in the 1950s as the backdrop, so that spectators can learn about the inclusiveness & openness of Busan, which overcame a crisis and embraced refugees as a provisional capital. It is gaining popularity as a festival with a variety of programs for both children & adults to enjoy, delicious food, enjoyment of the wartime heritage, & the spectacular night scenery of Busan.

  • 2024 ACC World Music Festival 08.30~09.01.2024
    • Period 08.30~09.01.2024
    • Venue National Asia Culture Center (38 Munhwajeondang-ro, Dong-gu, Gwangju) area
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.acc.go.kr

    During this global music festival spotlighting music from all over the world based on tradition, various performances will be held, including invited performances by famous local & international world music artists, creative pansori performances, and performances by regional artists. Also, artist workshops for artists & planners from around the world to interact, as well as music & dance workshops catering to the general spectators, are provided.

    • Period 09.2024
    • Venue Daehak-ro area, Dongsung-dong, Seoul
    • Phone
    • Website N/A

    During this performing arts & tourism festival held in Daehakro, the center of Korean performing arts, spectators can watch various performances ranging from nonverbal performances to musicals & traditional performances throughout the Daehakro area. Also, Daehakro commercial area vouchers with performance information & Daehakro tourism products with English-speaking guides are planned. At the opening ceremony, which is the highlight of the festival, a colorful parade will take place in the middle of Daehakro Street, and various events involving famous celebrities are set to be held.

  • INK (Incheon K-POP) Concert 09.2024
    • Period 09.2024
    • Venue Incheon Munhak Stadium Main Wing (618 Maesohol-ro, Michuhol-gu, Incheon)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.inkconcert.com

    During this popular K-pop Korean Wave concert representing Incheon, the city of music, popular K-pop artists make an appearance to put on spectacular performances every year, along with events for fans taking place such as fan signing events & K-pop cover dance competitions. Also, a booth will be set up at the side event venue where spectators can have fun with various K-contents featuring K-beauty, K-food & K-fashion, and various events related to Incheon accommodations & tourism will be staged as well.

  • the 24th Soraepogu Festival 09.2024~10.2024

    During this representative marine ecology festival that has been held in the metropolitan area since 2001, there will be staged various ecological experiences & cultural performances that embody the beautiful scenery & bountiful resources of Sorae Port (Soraepogu), Incheon. In particular, marine product experiences such as prawn and crab catching under the theme of ‘Sorae Port Ecological Resources’ are garnering popularity, and visitors can even taste delicious food made with Sorae Port’s specialties such as shrimp, crab, & salted fish.

  • Gwangju Fringe Festival 09.2024~10.2024

    During this street art festival that boasts the largest scale & highest prominence in Asia, visitors can view various street art performances, artworks, & other performances set against the backdrop of the street, a space of daily life. A large-scale street dance performance popular among youth will be held, with leading domestic & international street art groups participating and excellent works featured. Additionally, various programs & events in which citizens & tourists can participate are planned.

  • 70th Baekje Cultural Festival 09.2024~10.2024

    The Baekje History & Culture Festival held in Buyeo-gun, the last capital of the ancient state of Baekje (18 BC - 660 AD), is adorned with programs that allow visitors to learn about the beautiful culture of Baekje, which is frugal but not unsophisticated, ornate but not extravagant. They can enjoy spectacular parades & traditional performances, as well as attractions using cutting-edge technology & various traditional cultural experiences.

  • 2024 Sangju World Hat Festival 09.2024
    • Period 09.2024
    • Venue Taepyeongseongdae Gyeongsang Gamyeong Park (165-9, Bongnyong-dong, Sangju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do) & the Sangju-si area
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.sangju.go.kr/swhf

    Korea’s only hat festival held in Sangju, the World Hat Exhibition is operated where spectators can view various traditional hats from around the world, that are the ‘highlight of outfits’ capturing a country’s climate, culture, history & identity, all in one place. Also, fun-filled events such as the hat of the year selection, hat fashion show, hat dance contest, Modori Challenge HAT, hat making, and other dazzling attractions such as a fireworks show & drone show will be staged. At the World Culture Street, there are food & goods from various countries sold.

  • Gyeongnam Goseong Dinosaur World Expo 2024 09.2024~10.2024
    • Period 09.2024~10.2024
    • Venue Danghangpo Tourist Site (1116 Danghangman-ro, Hoehwa-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do)
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.dino-expo.com

    Korea's largest dinosaur-themed festival & exhibition event held at the Danghangpo tourist site in Goseong-gun showcases 11 exhibition halls & five experience halls for visitors to explore and learn about the value of over 5,000 dinosaur eggs & dinosaur fossils discovered in the Goseong area. Also, dinosaur-loving children as well as adults can get fascinated by the sights & activities of various programs & exhibits, and be entertained by an outdoor theme park with coastal trails, hiking trails, & dinosaur footprint trails.

  • Jinan Red Ginseng Festival 09.2024

    The Red Ginseng Festival is held every fall in the northern part of Mount Maisan in Jinan, the only red ginseng special zone in Korea. With the theme of premium Jinan red ginseng, which is meticulously managed through Jinan County's quality certification system, visitors can carry out the mission to protect the Red Ginseng Kingdom! and practice the process of making red ginseng firsthand. Also, main attractions include a ginseng red & ginseng theme hall, a stone tower sculpture embodying the legend of Mount Maisan, the Monggeumcheok Parade, based on the story of Monggeumcheok, the founding of Joseon. At Cheongjeongjinan, the whole family can enjoy various experiences & exciting performances together.

  • Kiaf SEOUL 2024 09.04~09.08.2024
    • Period 09.04~09.08.2024
    • Venue COEX (513 Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu, Seoul)
    • Phone
    • Website https://kiaf.org

    Korea's first international art fair, which launched in 2002 plays a major role in showcasing the value of contemporary art and leading trends in the global art market and has established itself as a core art fair in the international art market beyond East Asia. A total of 1,380 galleries from 52 countries have participated through an international network over the past 20 years.

  • Frieze Seoul 2024 09.04~09.07.2024

    From 2022, this art fair is the first ever to be presented in Asia at the international art fair 'Frieze' and the fifth international fair to be launched following Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York, and Frieze Los Angeles. It is divided into three sections, namely the main section showcasing the avant-garde works of the contemporary art scene, 'Frieze Masters', which mainly exhibits the works of great masters in art history, and 'Focus Asia', which focuses on youth-inspired works from new Asia-based galleries.

  • International Jeju Ultra Marathon Race 09.06~09.08.2024
    • Period 09.06~09.08.2024
    • Venue Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.kumf.kr

    This ultramarathon competition that challenges human limits is staged on the beautiful island of Jeju. Extending for a much longer distance than the full course of a regular marathon, which is 42.195km, this marathon event includes 50km, 100km & 200km roads stretching alongside the coastal road, and a 70km trail run across Mount Hallasan. As an eco-friendly competition, participants voluntarily pick up any trash discarded on the course as they run on it.

  • 15th Gwangju Biennale 09.07~12.01.2024

    During Korea's representative biennale, which is internationally renowned, there are venues to get immersed in culture & arts, allowing visitors to encounter trends in contemporary art through visual arts. The 15th Gwangju Biennale sheds light on contemporary spaces with the exhibition titled “Pansori – The Echo of Everyone.” Also, Nicolas Bourriaud, a world-renowned art theorist & exhibition planner, has been appointed as the artistic director, and over 70 artists from over 30 countries are set to take part.

  • 2024 GANGNAM FESTIVAL 09.26~09.29.2024
    • Period 09.26~09.29.2024
    • Venue Gangnam-gu area (COEX, Yeongdong-daero, Maru Park, etc.)
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.visitgangnam.net

    During this cultural & arts festival held at the COEX venue, a top attraction in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, the Gangnam Fashion Festa will be held by featuring an opening ceremony that compiles Gangnam's cultural & tourism resources and the COEX Byeolmadang Library as a runway. The Maru Park Green Concert will be staged for people of all ages to enjoy, and the Yeongdong-daero K-Pop concert will take place on a large stage installed on a 7-lane road. Also, the K-Culture Stage & Gourmet Tour, where visitors can get fascinated by Korean culture, while enjoying international food & craft beer, and the International Peace Marathon, which marks the finale of the festival, will be held as well.

  • 2024 SEOUL MUSIC FESTIVAL 09.27~09.29.2024

    During this K-pop music festival, where fans & spectators can be swept up by K-pop and Korean Wave culture, which boast worldwide popularity, at a single location. Popular music performances of various genres, mainly K-pop, will be staged on beautiful Nodeul Island floating on the Han River. Also, the K-Pop Cover Dance World Finals and K-Pop Dance Gala Show will be staged, with 13 countries participating, while various experiential programs such as K-Pop dance classes, beauty brand experience, karaoke singing, and Seoul’s tasty bakery experience will be set up.

  • Suseong Lake Festival 09.27~09.29.2024

    During this culture & arts festival held every fall at the breathtakingly scenic Suseongmot Lake in Daegu, various music performances & contests are held, including a 1,000-person choir performance featuring citizens & artists, a water concert, and a fusion Korean music concert. Additionally, a food festival jam-packed with delicious food & rich experiential programs such as an art play zone, tourism experiential booth, stamp relay, & the Suseong tour bus ride will be held.

  • 2024 Andong Maskdance Festival 09.27~10.06.2024
    • Period 09.27~10.06.2024
    • Venue Old) Andong Station, Talchum Park (200 Hyejeongjangjang-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do), original city center area
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.maskdance.com

    During this exciting festival that unites people from around the world through mask dance, spectators can enjoy watching various mask dances from around the world, with a focus on Korea's traditional mask dance. Various experiential programs such as learning mask dance & making masks, as well as exciting events such as the World Mask Contest and Creative Mask Competition will be held. Also, the main event of the festival is the Talnori Daedongnanjang Parade, where citizens, tourists, & foreign performance teams all dance and march in unison.

  • Mokpo Port Festival 09.27~09.29.2024

    This festival pays tribute to the traditional Pasi (market on the sea formed when merchant ships & merchants gather near the fishing grounds) culture of Mokpo Port, which was once one of the three major ports in the country & the center of trade & logistics. Visitors can purchase fresh seafood by participating in an auction on board and have a memorable ocean view grilling experience where food is grilled directly at the cooking site. Also, a colorful maritime parade, a naval military band performance, & an overseas sister city art troupe performance will be staged.

  • Korea Art Week 10.2024

    With the participation of various exhibition entities such as museums, galleries, art fairs, & biennales, the largest art festival in the country offers various programs, including discounted admission fees, exhibition commentary, exhibition-related experiences, & creative workshops. In particular, the most popular are the ‘Art Tour Journey’ accompanied by the exhibition planner & docent and the ‘Artists’ Art Market’ where spectators can purchase works by new artists at a reasonable price.

  • Gwangju World Kimchi Festival 2024 10.2024

    Korea’s representative kimchi festival held in Gwangju, the ‘town of taste’, where food culture has developed since ancient times, is the ideal venue to experience Korea's unique food culture & traditions embodied in kimchi. At this prolific festival, trade & promotional activities between kimchi producers & consumers take shape. Also, various experiential programs & cultural performances are held, such as a kimchi contest, kimchi expert master class, & kimchi making experience.

  • Ulsan Ulju Mountain Film Festival 10.2024
    • Period 10.2024
    • Venue Yeongnam Alps Complex Welcome Center (103-8 Alps Oncheon 5-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan), Taehwa River National Garden (154 Taehwa River National Garden-gil, Jung-gu, Ulsan)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.umff.kr

    During this mountain film festival taking place against the backdrop of Ulsan's representative tourist attractions, the Yeongnam Alps Complex Welcome Center and Taehwagang National Garden, over 120 films worldwide are introduced on the theme of mountains, nature, & humans, and side events are hosted in the form of various experiences, performances, & exhibitions to enjoy mountain culture. Additionally, domestic & international mountaineers and filmmakers are invited to share stories with the audience. For the benefit of foreign nationals, English subtitles & interpretation are provided at the opening & closing ceremonies, movies, lectures, and exhibitions.


    Korea’s representative bread festival held in Daejeon, the ‘city of bread’ is garnering popularity as a festival for visitors to enjoy bread from famous bakeries nationwide, including Daejeon, at a single location. Also, visitors can avail themselves of fun events such as a 15m large roll cake cutting performance & cake making experience, as well as cultural performances such as local artist busking performances & random play dances.

  • Gyeonggi Indie Music Festival 2024 [inmufe 2024] 10.2024

    Gyeonggi-do's most prominent music festival provides indie musicians with the opportunity to perform on a large stage. Last year’s festival in 2023 was a passion-filled one with talented indie musicians & over 50,000 visitors. This year, a richer program will be staged, including featured performances that will cast a new spotlight on indie musicians who debuted more than 15 years ago and experiential events in which the audience can participate.

  • Gangneung Coffee Festival 10.2024
    • Period 10.2024
    • Venue Gangneung Olympic Park Gangneung Ice Arena (102 Surigol-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do) & the Gangneung-si area
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.coffeefestival.net

    During this coffee festival held every year in Gangneung, the cradle of Korean coffee, famous coffee companies nationwide, including Gangneung, will attend and hold a free coffee tasting event, with seminars to be held to gain professional know-how about coffee-making directly from industry experts. A contest will be held to select the best barista in each field, including latte art, hand drip, & roasting, and a ‘100 People 100 Taste Barista Performance’ will also be held where visitors can savor 100 coffee flavors provided by 100 baristas. Additionally, various cultural events will be held, such as special performances featuring coffee, family experiential programs, and coffee-related experiences.

  • 2024 Jeungpyeong Ginseng Village Festival 10.2024
    • Period 10.2024
    • Venue Jeungpyeong Bogangcheon Sports Park (23 Insam-ro, Jeungpyeong-eup, Jeungpyeong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do)
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.jeungpyeongfestival.com

    During this ginseng festival held in Jeungpyeong, famous for producing high-quality ginseng, an exhibition & sales event is held to promote the efficacy & excellence of Jeungpyeong ginseng & red ginseng pork. Also, various programs are available to be enjoyed by people of all ages & genders are held, such as the Red Ginseng Pork Belly Festival, an “inmac” party (ginseng + beer), the K-pop International Youth Festival, folk experience, & busking festival.

  • Korean Medicine Bio Fair In Jecheon 2024 10.2024
    • Period 10.2024
    • Venue Jecheon Oriental Medicine Expo Park (19 Oriental Medicine Expo-ro, Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.hanbangbiofair.org

    Korea’s only herbal medicine bio festival, which is the pride of Jecheon, the city of natural healing, carries on the legacy & tradition of herbal/oriental medicine. During it, there are many interesting things to see and enjoy, such as experiential and exhibition programs based on herbal/oriental medicine & healing, academic symposiums, and abundant performances & events. Various health foods & related health healing programs based on herbal/oriental medicine & natural products are showcased as well.

  • Yesan Market Samguk Festival 10.2024
    • Period 10.2024
    • Venue Yesan Permanent Market (967 Hyeongjagogae-ro, Yesan-eup, Yesan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do)
    • Phone
    • Website https://yesansamguk.kr

    This festival is held under the theme of broth soup & noodles symbolizing Yesan Market & chrysanthemum, a specialty of Yesan. Notably, it expresses the expansion of local identity, history, & cultural values while capturing the sensibility of the 1970s, where time stands still behind the scenes of a rapidly changing modern city. It is jam-packed with various activities & food to enjoy, attracting many international tourists for a visit. At this year's festival, a K-culture experience booth in relation to the Visit Chungcheongnam-do Year are planned to be featured as well.

  • Seosan Haemieupseong Festival 10.2024
    • Period 10.2024
    • Venue Seosan Haemieupseong Fortress (143 Nammun 2-ro, Haemi-myeon, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do)
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.haemifest.com

    During this cultural festival held at Haemieupseong Fortress in Seosan, which has 600 years of history, various cultural & artistic performances will be held, including orchestra performances, musical galas, King Taejong processions, & EDM parties, with a beautiful historic castle as the backdrop. Visitors can also enjoy a healing picnic on the large lawn of Haemieupseong Fortress, and take a leisure stroll through the pine & bamboo forests adorned with landscape lights at night.

  • Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival 10.2024
    • Period 10.2024
    • Venue Jinju Castle (Jinju Castle, Bonbon-dong, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do) & the Namgang area in Jinju
    • Phone
    • Website https://yudeung.com/

    During this festival that traces its origin back to the noble history of the Battle of Jinju during the Japanese invasions of Korea 430 years ago, water lanterns in various shapes such as dragons, phoenixes, turtles, & lotuses are displayed on the calm waves of the Nam River, and magnificent attractions such as a water multimedia fireworks show & drone light show are featured. Visitors can also avail themselves of experiential programs such as floating lanterns & hanging wish lanterns, along with a reenactment of the Battle of Jinjuseong and a historical musical to be staged as well.

  • Busan International Film Festival 10.02~10.11.2024
    • Period 10.02~10.11.2024
    • Venue Busan Cinema Center (120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan) & the general Busan metropolitan area
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.biff.kr

    Asia's largest international film festival held in on the Busan Cinema Center premises. Launched as Korea's first international film festival in 1996, the Busan International Film Festival has established itself as a comprehensive platform for the film industry through a non-competitive celebration of films with a partial contest. Additionally, every year, it captures the trends of the international film industry with films from various genres & regions worldwide, discovers and supports talented Asian directors & films, and showcases a vision for Asian cinema every year as the hub of Asian cinema.

  • 2024 Gwangju Busking Worldcup 10.02~10.06.2024
    • Period 10.02~10.06.2024
    • Venue Dong-gu, Gwangju Metropolitan City (5.18 Democracy Square, ACC Sky Madang, etc.)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.buskingworldcup.com

    During the world's largest global busking music competition festival held in Gwangju every October, over 2,000 local & international musicians who passed the preliminary round from around the world will compete, with passionate & soulful performances to be crowned champion. Also, busking performances will be held throughout the city during the festival period, and various programs will be held, including performances by famous local & international musicians and street performances (marble-mime).

  • 26th Gimje Horizon Festival 10.02~10.06.2024
    • Period 10.02~10.06.2024
    • Venue Byeokgolje (442 Byeokgolje-ro, Buryang-myeon, Gimje-si, Jeonbuk State) & the Gimje-si area
    • Phone
    • Website https://festival.gimje.go.kr

    During this agricultural culture festival held in Gimje, the exclusive land of bounty in Korea where visitors can marvel at the skyline, various rural culture experiential programs are staged against the backdrop of golden rice fields at Gimje Byeokgolje, the center of the Honam Plain, which is Korea’s largest granary region. Also, a 20m high large-scale double dragon sculpture, which symbolizes the festival, will be installed, and visitors can also enjoy spectacular attractions such as the Byeokgol Festival legendary double dragon performance, torch parade, & horizon fantasy show.

  • Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival 10.03~10.06.2024
    • Period 10.03~10.06.2024
    • Venue Anseong Matchum Land (198 Namsadang-ro, Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do) & Anseongcheon area
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.anseong.go.kr/festival

    During traditional cultural performance festival centered around ‘Namsadang Nori’, which is designated as an important intangible cultural property of Korea and a UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage, visitors can be fascinated by Namsadang Nori, which combines non-verbal elements such as Pungmulnori & Samulnori with jovial & playful verbal elements such as tightrope walking, mask play, & puppetry. Also, there are overseas folk performances, creative performances, various experience & exhibition programs to be staged, and Anseong Marketplace, which reproduces the traditional market of the Joseon Dynasty, is opened.

  • 27th Bucheon International Comics Festival 10.03~10.06.2024

    Asia's best global comics festival showcases a special exhibition of Bucheon Comics Award winners, a cartoon exhibition, a meeting with a star artist, a webtoon concert, etc. Also, special events catering to comic book enthusiasts will be staged, such as a comic market where creative goods from various artists are available and an international cosplay championship, in which cosplayers from 15 foreign countries participate.

  • 2024 Wonju Dancing Carnival 10.03~10.05.2024
    • Period 10.03~10.05.2024
    • Venue Wonju Dancing Performance Center (170 Dangu-ro, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do) & the Wonju-si area
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.ddcwj.com

    This festival is vaunted for spectacular dances, performances, & mesmerizing concerts, as well as a citizen-participatory festival supported by the independent & voluntary participation of citizens as the impetus. The main program called ‘Dancing Carnival’ is a performance contest held on the best stage, where spectators can enjoy the wonderful performances of various teams specializing in dance, creative choreography, televised dance, hip hop crew, martial arts, & marching band. Additionally, during the festival period, the ‘Fringe Festival’ will be held where performances of various genres, such as mime, plays, musicals, magic, bubble shows, busking, & traditional dance, can be watched and enjoyed by all ages.

  • The 42nd Geumsan World K-Insam Festival 10.03~10.13.2024
    • Period 10.03~10.13.2024
    • Venue Geumsan Ginseng Plaza (30 Insamgwangjang-ro, Geumsan-eup, Geumsan-gun, Chungcheongnam-do) & Ginseng Herb Market area
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.insamfestival.co.kr

    During Korea's representative specialty festival held in Geumsan, South Chungcheong Province, the home of Korean ginseng, visitors can purchase Geumsan ginseng at a low price and enjoy various experiences using ginseng, such as ginseng digging experience, red ginseng foot bath therapy, red ginseng pack massage, & ginseng liquor bottle making. Additionally, they can avail themselves of various attractions such as K-pop performances, national health dance competition, & an international ginseng trade expo.

  • 17th Jeongeup Gujeolcho Flower Festial 10.03~10.13.2024
    • Period 10.03~10.13.2024
    • Venue Jeongeup Gujeolcho Regional Garden (San 186-5, Maejuk-ri, Sannae-myeon, Jeongeup-si, Jeonbuk State)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.jeongeup.go.kr/culture

    Every October, during this flower festival held in the vast & beautiful natural scenery of Jeongeup-si Okjeongho Gujeolcho Garden (Jeonbuk State's first regional garden), visitors can take a stroll along the flower path of Gujeolcho in the pine forest, revel in music & performances at five themed gardens, take a soothing foot bath at Gujeolcho, and ride on a zip-lining. It is surging in popularity as a festival where family, friends, & couples can enjoy healing in a quiet, melodious atmosphere in sheer tranquility.

  • 2024 Seoul Performing Arts Festival 10.04~10.27.2024
    • Period 10.04~10.27.2024
    • Venue Daloreum Theater, National Theater of Korea (Jung-gu, Seoul), Daehakro Theater Quad (Jongno-gu, Seoul), Arko & Daehakro Arts Theater (Jongno-gu, Seoul), etc.
    • Phone
    • Website http://spaf.or.kr

    Since its launch in 2001, this international performing arts festival with the largest scale & history in Korea is held every year in Daehakro & nearby areas in Seoul for about a month from September to October. This festival venue captures contemporary perspectives & values of the times based on the diversity, inclusiveness, & accessibility of the arts, while providing opportunities for enjoyment and participation for artists & audiences.

  • 2024 APP WORLD TOUR BUSAN SUP OPEN 10.04~10.06.2024

    At this international competition for SUP (Stand-Up Paddle), a water sport where contestants stand on a board & paddle, there will be fiercely contested matches by professional players from around the world as well as matches in the amateur/general category. Additionally, various programs will be held, such as a wellness marine experiential program, a drone show with Gwangan Bridge as the backdrop, and a “Silent Beach” DJ party enjoyed with headphones.

  • King Jeongjo Royal Parade Joint Reenactment / The 61st Suwon Hwaseong Cultrual Festival 10.04~10.06.2024
    • Period 10.04~10.06.2024
    • Venue Joint Reenactment of King Jeongjo’s Royal Procession: Seoul Changdeokgung ~ Suwon Hwaseong Temporary Palace ~ Hwaseong Yungneung Royal Tomb / Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival: Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, including Haenggung Palace Square & Hwaseong Temporary Palace
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.swcf.or.kr/hlfl/

    The 'Joint Reenactment of King Jeongjo's Royal Parade' is Korea's largest royal parade that perfectly reenacts the eight-day large-scale procession held by King Jeongjo, the 22nd king of Joseon, in the year of Eulmyo (1795). The procession, being based on the Wonhaeng eulmyo jeongni uigwe, one of the Royal Protocols of the Joseon Dynasty, allows spectators to directly watch the magnificent procession that sets off from Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul and passes through Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, arriving at Yungneung Royal Tomb in Hwaseong.
    The Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival is a cultural & tourism festival held every year at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, whose construction was based on King Jeongjo's ‘Hyo’ (filial piety) & dream of a wealthy nation with a strong military. An entertaining time awaits by joining various programs such as performances, exhibitions, experiences, & tours created by citizens & the local community throughout Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.


    Since 2000, Korea's premier fireworks festival has been continuously staged as a social contribution project by Hanwha Group, a conglomerate tracing its origin back to the gunpowder business. Every year, this magnificent fireworks show is staged by invited world-class fireworks companies, lighting up the night sky of Yeouido. In particular, this 'multimedia fireworks show', the pride of Hanwha, is Asia's grandest-scale fireworks show that integrates fireworks, music, & laser production, with more than 1 million citizens visiting Yeouido every year to watch it.

  • Performing Arts Market in Seoul 2024 10.08~10.11.2024
    • Period 10.08~10.11.2024
    • Venue National Theater of Korea (59 Jangchungdan-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul), Seoul Namsan Gukakdang (28 Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
    • Phone
    • Website https://pams.or.kr

    Through Asia's largest international performing arts platform held to promote sustainable distribution and overseas expansion of Korean performing arts, meaningful exchange & cooperation between domestic & international performing art experts are promoted through various networking programs such as PAMS Choice (showcase), which introduces excellent Korean performing arts works, PAMS Salon, which provides domestic & international performing arts trends & information, as well as PAMS Pitching and PAMS Booth, which promotes domestic & overseas institutions, organizations, works & projects.

  • Ulsan Industrial Festival 10.10~10.13.2024

    With the premise of promoting harmony among Ulsan-based companies, workers, & citizens and validating the identity of Ulsan as an industrial city. this festival features various events & programs created by infusing stories into Ulsan’s tangible & intangible assets, under the slogan of “The second step toward the grand Ulsan, the city of dreams”. There will be a wealth of sights to see and enjoy, including unique experiences that epitomize the history of mobility, from oxcarts to three-wheeled vehicles & automobiles and street parades in which all citizens participate. Last but not least, the closing ceremony will feature a spectacular finale with a fireworks festival.

  • K-HYO FESTA 2024 10.11~10.13.2024

    A festival with high educational value where visitors can discover, view, feel and vicariously experience their own roots. It will be conducted based on the ‘Hyo’ (filial piety) culture infrastructure encompassing Puri Park, Korean Genealogy Museum, Hyo Culture Village, and Hyo Culture Promotion Center located in a natural environment. Hearkening back to the value & roots of Korean spiritual & cultural heritage, the value of ‘Hyo’ (filial piety), and the meaning of family, this festival aims to provide an opportunity to spread the culture of practicing filial piety throughout the country, so that seniors, youth, & all three generations from across the country can come together.

  • The 19th Sunchang Fermented Food Festival 10.11~10.13.2024
    • Period 10.11~10.13.2024
    • Venue Sunchang Traditional Gochujang Folk Village (265-66 Baeksan-ri, Sunchang-eup, Sunchang-gun, Jeonbuk State) & Sunchang Fermentation Theme Park (55 Jangryu-ro, Sunchang-eup, Sunchang-gun, Jeonbuk State)
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.jangfestival.co.kr

    During this festival held in Sunchang, a city of taste & style where the natural environment & the history of sauce culture resonates vividly, various charming experiences & attractions will be offered under the theme of the culture of soybean paste, the history of soybean paste, & fermentation. The events taking place include a program that reenacts the procession that presented Sunchang red pepper paste to the king in the Joseon dynasty, a performance depicting the red pepper paste making process, & an experience where participants can make and serve various types of red pepper paste together.

  • International Namdo Food Festival 10.11~10.13.2024
    • Period 10.11~10.13.2024
    • Venue Mokpo Culture & Arts Center (102 Namnong-ro, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do) & the Mokpo-si area
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.namdofood.or.kr

    During Korea's premier gourmet festival full of 'delicious delights' that harmonize the flavors & culture of Namdo (South Jeolla Province). visitors can explore the signature dishes of Namdo and 22 cities & counties made by gourmet masters, including the World Gourmet Pavilion and the Gourmet Industry Pavilion. There are experiential programs available for the whole family to enjoy, such as international cooking contests, cooking classes with masters, Namdo gourmet experiences, & food shows by famous chefs. They can also taste various popular southern food & international cuisine.

  • Daejeon Science Festival 2024 10.18~10.20.2024
    • Period 10.18~10.20.2024
    • Venue Daejeon Convention Center (107 Expo-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon), Daejeon Expo Citizen Square (169 Dunsan-daero, Seo-gu, Daejeon), etc.
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.djsf.kr

    During this large-scale science festival held in Daejeon, the city of science, exhibition experiences & onsite tours of research institutes will be held in association with world-class research institutes such as government-funded research institutes in the field of science & technology, the Agency for Defense Development, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST). Also, various programs integrating science and culture & arts will be set up, such as science career exploration, lectures by scientists & engineers, a movie OST concert, a K-POP contest for foreign nationals, and street performances.

  • Jarasum Jass Festival 10.18~10.20.2024
    • Period 10.18~10.20.2024
    • Venue Gapyeong Jaraseom (1-1 Daljeon-ri, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do) & the Gapyeong-eup area
    • Phone
    • Website https://jarasumjazz.com

    During Asia's most prominent jazz festival held every October at Jarasum Island in Gapyeong, sentimental jazz performances will be held on various stages installed in Jarasum Island, Seodo, & Gapyeong-eup. Also, through the special performance series , spectators can be immersed in performances that broaden the genre beyond jazz to Korean traditional music & world music. Under a focus program, one overseas country is selected every year, and cooperation is formed to operate overseas exchange programs and introduce the music & culture of the respective country.

  • OPENHOUSE Seoul 2024 10.19~10.27.2024

    During this global urban architecture festival that started in London and is held in conjunction with 56 cities worldwide, under the guidance of experts in each field, such as architects & critics, spectators can visit buildings & places that are not readily accessible and gain a deeper understanding of Seoul City. Also, through a setting that transforms everyday space, the city becomes an exhibition hall, architecture becomes a work of art, and citizens take center stage as participants, making a unique experience possible.

  • World Aquatics Swimming World Cup 2024 Stop 2 10.24~10.26.2024
    • Period 10.24~10.26.2024
    • Venue Incheon Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center (618 Maesohol-ro, Michuhol-gu, Incheon)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.worldaquatics.com

    This 25m short-course series competition staged by the international federation World Aquatics is a swimming competition with a long history & tradition that has been staged for three days at each host city around the world in the second half of every year since 1988. It is being held in Korea for the first time in 19 years since 2005. The competition will showcase world-class players from around the world, giving spectators a sense of the exciting & fast-paced tempo unique to the short course.

  • Ulju Trail Nine Peaks 10.24~10.27.2024
    • Period 10.24~10.27.2024
    • Venue Yeongnam Alps Complex Welcome Center (103-8 Alps Oncheon 5-gil, Sangbuk-myeon, Ulju-gun, Ulsan Metropolitan City)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.uljutrail.com

    At the best trail running competition in Korea with the 9PEAKS (121km, cumulative elevation 9,190m) course, which boasts the longest distance & highest difficulty in the country, participants can enjoy a unique & new experience of viewing the sunset & sunrise while running on foot in the scenic Yeongnam Alps, surrounded by golden silver grass waves & colorful autumn leaves. Besides the 9-Peaks and 7-Peaks (86km) courses, there are 5-Peaks (44km), 2-Peaks (26km), and 1-Peak (10km) courses that the general public can enjoy, as well as a kids race & dog race course.

  • Unlimited Edition 16 - Seoul Art Book Fair 2024 11.2024

    During this independent publishing & art book festival held once a year since 2009, a total of 200 teams of domestic & international artists, designers, publishers & producers will participate and showcase various works on the theme of independent publishing & art books. Also, this event is meaningful as an occasion to observe the creative activities of artists in the visual field over the past year and kickstart the economy of the art publishing market through direct transactions between creators & audiences, achieving ‘evaluation and sustainability’.

  • The 19th Busan Fireworks Festival 11.09.2024
    • Period 11.09.2024
    • Venue Gwangalli Beach (219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan), Igidae, Dongbaek Island
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.bfo.or.kr

    Every fall, a fireworks festival lights up the night sky over Gwangalli Beach. It kicked off as a commemorative event for the 2005 APEC Summit, and has established itself as Busan's premier festival, garnering global attention over the years passed. Spectators are treated to Busan’s multi-fireworks show, which includes massive-scale fireworks exclusively shown in Busan, a media façade using Gwangan Bridge's landscape lighting, & storytelling with spectacular fireworks, lighting, & music, as well as featured fireworks shows from overseas. Additionally, the fireworks shows can be enjoyed from various locations, including Gwangalli Beach, Dongbaek Island, & Igidae from “3 vantage points.”

  • Global Game Exhibition G-STAR 2024 11.14~11.17.2024
    • Period 11.14~11.17.2024
    • Venue BEXCO, Busan (55, APEC-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.gstar.or.kr

    During Korea's largest game exhibition held in Busan every November, spectators can explore the rapidly changing gaming market trends at a glance during this global game exhibition. There is a BTC exhibition catering to general spectators and a BTB exhibition catering to corporate insiders. Additionally, various side events such as the G-Star Conference, e-sports events, & game cosplay awards will be held.

  • Gangwon Snow Festa 11.30~03.01.2024
    • Period 11.30~03.01.2024
    • Venue Throughout Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province
    • Phone
    • Website N/A

    For this winter tourism program held in Gangwon Special Self-Governing Province, the host site of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics & the 2024 Gangwon Winter Youth Olympics, there are featured a variety of sights & activities to see and enjoy using winter snow, skiing, festivals, & Korean Wave content. Additionally, there are specialized winter skiing gear, group spectating of Youth Olympic games, & snow G-shuttle tour products catering to international tourists.

  • Cheorwon Hantangang Ice Trekking Festival 01.2025
    • Period 01.2025
    • Venue Cheorwon Hantangang River Mulwitgil trekking course area (Main venue: Bottom of Seungil Bridge)
    • Phone
    • Website https://www.gcwcf.or.kr

    During this eco-tourism festival, visitors can enjoy ice trekking in the Hantangang River area, which was selected as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2020. Every January, anyone can walk the 8.5 km ice trekking course and soak in the spectacular scenery of the Hantangang River's strange rock cliffs & columnar joints. Additionally, at the main event site of Seungil Bridge, various activities can be enjoyed by all such as large snow sculptures, icicle tunnels, & snow sleds, as well as delicious food.

  • The 26th Seogwipo International Winter Sea Penguin Swimming Festival 01.01.2025
    • Period 01.01.2025
    • Venue Jungmun Saekdal Beach (29-51 Jungmun Gwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do)
    • Phone
    • Website http://www.jejusta.or.kr

    The midwinter ocean swimming competition takes place only once a year on New Year's Day, January 1, at Jungmun Saekdal Beach in Seogwipo, the ‘northern limit of new life’ where loggerhead turtles, a world-renowned protected species, come ashore to lay eggs. This event kicked off with the purpose of discarding the ruts of life of the past year and gaining new vigor & courage, and has been gaining popularity over the past years.

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