In a culturally rich country like South Korea, you would expect to find various traditional ceremonies similar to Hansik, a customary practice that takes place every 105th day after winter solstice to celebrate the beginning of farming season. Or one that connotes religious significance like Chopail, or the so-called Buddha’s Birthday.
Although those remain relevant in the society today, many newly emerging and extremely unique Korean festivals are here to stay in South Korea. This multifaceted country has a lot in store for you! That said, we have gathered a list of fun, unique, and original festivals to help spice up your day(s) in South Korea!
Let’s get down to business, shall we?
From mid-January to early February in Gangwon-do, you are welcome to participate in Hwacheon Sancheoneo's extreme annual trout ice fishing activity. Catch them with a bait or a lure where you are recommended to sit and wait patiently in the cold.
If that does not sound so pleasant to you, you can also choose to jump right into the water with your fellow participants and fish those trout with your bare hands! And devour them fresh afterwards...
On Daechong beach, you can find yourself among many others having the best time of your life in mud! First incorporated as part of a cosmetic promotional campaign in 1998, Boryeong mud used in this fun-tastic Korean festival was originally used in cosmetics for its enriching skin purification effects. It is now known to help balance out your pH level and enhance your circulatory system!
Today, the festival takes place for the total duration of two weeks every mid-July.
Every late February up until the beginning of March, for three days, you will be able to witness fire shows, torch marches, and other fascinating sports contests to celebrate the Jeju people’s traditional method of livestock caring, known as bangae in Korean. Bangae often started with burning down fields of crops between late winter and the beginning of spring.
Jeju Fire Festival is also a way for people to pray for good luck and welcome a good harvest in the spring. Today, we can see spectacular shows accompanied by fireworks at Saebyeol Oreum.
This one of a kind Korean festival is more than just water splashes and water gun fights. You will be having the largest pool party of your life with numerous water-themed activities and chilling lounges for you to enjoy for the span of three days! Oh, did we forget to mention that K-pop idols and international DJs will be joining the party, too?
At this Seoul festival, you are most likely going to find your favorite EDM, House, and Techno artists. Avicii, David Guetta, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Skrillex have all been to Ultra Korea. This music festival will not disappoint any music-lovers because this is an outdoor event that encourages you to dance and sing your hearts out for two days.
This Korean festival is sure going to leave you begging for more kimchi deliciousness! After you have visited all the booths serving endless rows of kimchi, hand-sourced from all around the country, you can compete in the kimchi master competition to win a grand prize and be crowned the kimchi master.
This festival typically lasts from late October to the beginning of November every year.
We understand what attending these Korean festivals would mean for you. You would have to sacrifice a large portion of your time to fly and spend many nights in a foreign country. Traveling, of course, comes with expenses and is a privilege that not everyone can afford.
With that in mind, we would like to provide you with an alternative that is to apply for international internships to South Korea!
By interning abroad in South Korea, you will get the opportunity to enhance your professional and interpersonal skills; expand your horizons; and gain full integrated cultural experience all in one go!
When weighing the pros and cons of the two, we believe that it is more beneficial for you in the long-run to give yourself the possibility to take a big leap forward in your career path while you are having a blast in South Korea!
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