There’s just something about the summer that screams “take me outside and find a festival.”
Luckily, there are plenty of festivals around the Korean Peninsula, from beaches to music, during the hot humid summer months to keep those summer loving vibes alive and well and those weekends full of fun.
Here are six you should get on the calendar now and start planning for ASAP.
Boryeong Mud Festival
One of the most popular festivals of summer, no list would be complete without at least a mention. Located on Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do, this festival is all about having fun while getting dirty.
Well, it’s not so much dirt as it is nutrient-rich mud known for its health benefits for the skin. Play games, soak in a giant mud bath or get a mud massage after running through the mud maze this July 13 to 22.
Pohang International Fireworks Festival
Held on Yeongildae Beach in Pohang, Korea, the city is known as the “City of Light and Fire” and during this fest it truly lives up to that name.
From a fireworks competition to street performances and a parade of lights, there is plenty of light and fire to enjoy at this beach fest.
Head to Pohang from July 25 to 29 to partake in the numerous hands on activities and experience programs during the day to await the spectacular show at night.
Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
Pentaport has been a staple on the music festival scene since 2006.
Rock and electronic music fans can be assured of fun in the sun while listening to the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Daybreak, Hoobastank, Starsailor, Walk The Moon, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, The Koxx and plenty more. Bands will take the stage from Aug. 10 to 12 out in Pentaport Park in Songdo, Incheon. Don’t miss the fun.
Busan Sea Festival
Taking place from Aug. 1 to 5 this year, this festival encompasses events at Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Songdo Beach, Dadaepo Beach and Songjeong Beach in Busan.
From cultural events to hands-on experiences, there are pool parties, beach parties, fireworks shows and a ton more to keep any visitor actively involved while digging their feet into the sand.
Busan International Rock Festival
If you’re down south, don’t miss out on the Busan International Rock Festival. This fest was first held in 1999 and each year thousands of fans head to Samnak Ecology Park in Sasang-gu, Busan, to dance away the weekend.
This fest is just one part of the Busan Sea Festival which rocks 30 festivals around the city at once! See Busan’s own homegrown musicians as well as rock and metal acts from across the country and abroad from Aug. 10 to 12.
Source: THE KOREA TIMES