In Korea there are many festivals that occur in the warmer months of Spring that celebrate the change of season! One of the most popular Spring activities in Korea is admiring the beautiful cherry blossoms. You can even find festivals dedicated to these seasonally-blooming trees. Beyond cherry blossoms, you can enjoy lantern festivals, royal culture festivals, and more! Continue reading to discover the top 10 festivals in Korea in the spring of 2023.
1. Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival
Dates: April 4 - April 9
Highlights: Cherry blossoms viewing, exhibitions, photo zone, and food and art markets
2. Powerful Daegu Festival
Dates: May 12 - May 14
Highlights: (2023-specific schedule yet to be announced)
3. Taean Tulip Flower Fair
Dates: April 12 - May 7
4. Silk Village Mountain Flower Festival
Dates: April 15 - 16
Highlights: Walking course, spring-welcoming dance performance, photographer, flower tea-making, Bogok mountain Bibimbap
5. Yongmunsan Wild Plants Festival
Dates: April 28 - April 30 and May 5 - May 7
Highlights: Wild vegetable market, mountain vegetable cooking class, concert, children's musical
6. Royal Culture Festival
Dates: April 29 - May 7
Highlights: Opening ceremony, parade, palace musical, various performances (event program is different for each palace)
Palaces involved in Royal Festival: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeonghuigung Palace, Jongmyo Shrine
7. Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival
Dates: April 29 - May 7
Highlights: Viewing of traditional pottery making, scavenger hunt, tea bowl painting, tarot reading
8. Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul)
Dates: May 11 - May 28
Location: Seoul (at various locations)
Highlights: Lantern parade, exhibition of traditional lanterns, lotus lantern play, Bongchuk lighting ceremony Click for more information.
9. Busan Port Festival
Dates: May 27 - 28
Highlights: Concerts, beer garden experience, fireworks show (2023-specific schedule yet to be announced)
10. Pohang International Fireworks Festival
Dates: May 26 - May 28
Highlights: Fireworks show, live music performance, and food market
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