Koreans love to have all sorts of festival, from fried chicken (what?!) to beach festivals. During my past few summers spent in Korea, I have also visited some of the festivals, such as a beer festival, the Busan Sea Festival and also the Everland Summer Festival! Attending such festivals is a great way to get out of Seoul to travel to new places, meet new people and have fun at the same time.
Everland Summer Splash & Fantastic Night
2015.06.19 ~ 2015.08.30
Every holiday season, amusement parks in Korea will come up with special summer programmes, and this year, Everland wants visitors to get cool while enjoying the theme park in the summer heat. Check out Jack’s Splash Parade to have a soaking fun time, or the various themed gardens around the park! From 18 July, the Horror Maze II will also be open to visitors who want to send chills down their spines.
Boryeong Mud Festival 2015
2015.07.17 ~ 2015.07.26
Daecheon Beach Mud Plaza
Currently into its 18th year, the annual Boryeong Mud Festival is a festival with one of the largest foreigner turnout. Get down and real dirty as festival-goers apply mud onto their own body and also engage in mud wars with the rest. The mud from Daecheon Beach is also known for its beautifying and health effects, so don’t hesitate to lather the mud onto your face too!
Daegu Chimaek Festival 2015
2015.07.22 ~ 2015.07.26
This is a festival that I find very interesting and always wanted to go but did not have to chance to go yet. A festival just to feast on juicy and tender pieces of Korean fried chicken accompanied with refreshing beer? Count me in! There will also be performances by artistes such as EXID and Koyote for you to go “ah yeah” while enjoying your chimaek!
Lotte World Special Night Party 2015
What’s better than having fun in an amusement park until late? Having fun in an amusement park until late with K-pop idols! For this year’s annual Night Party in Lotte World, the special guests are BTOB and MYNAME! Tickets to this event are available here.
Pohang International Fireworks Festival 2015
2015.07.30 ~ 2015.08.02
Youngil-dae Beach (northern part), Hyeongsan-gang Gymnastic Park
The impressive fireworks festival spans a total of 4 days, and good news is that you can view the fireworks from different areas, in addition to the various events taking place at the venue grounds. Check out the place guide and choose your ideal fireworks-gazing spot.
Busan Sea Festival 2015
2015.08.01 ~ 2015.08.08
Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Songdo Beach (and basically every beach in Busan)
Heading to Busan in late-July to August, the peak season, definitely gives off a different vibe as compared to visiting the city during other months. Once you step out of Haeundae station, you can already see topless guys strolling down the streets, and the beach is packed to the max – all you can see is rows and rows of beach chairs! Every year on the opening day, there will be a free K-pop concert at Haeundae Beach – and during the year I went in 2013, the guests included MBLAQ, Girl’s Day and Lim Kim. Seems like this year’s line-up hasn’t been announced yet though. There’s also other events through the festival, such as the Busan Rock Festival, where the line-up includes YB, Lee Seung Hwan, No Brain and Park Si Hwan.
Article by: Zhen Zhen @ KAvenyou.com