825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
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Hwaseong Haenggung Performance is a representative event for Suwon, held on Saturdays from April to October in the area of Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Traditional performances celebrating the construction of Hwaseong Fortress and the royal palace guard include traditional music, farming music, dances and traditional activities.
330, Yeouidong-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
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Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market is an event organized by the city of Seoul. Visitors to the night market, happening on Fridays and Saturdays from March to October, can enjoy foods from around the world, shop for unique handmade accessories, and watch various cultural performances.
626, Namgang-ro, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
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The Korea Drama Festival
(KDF), first started in 2006, is an annual event celebrating Korean dramas—loved not only by Koreans, but by people all around the world.
Main events include the Korea Drama Awards, the Drama OST Concert, and Drama Musical. Subsidiary events include drama exhibitions, hands-on experience programs, and cultural events that allow visitors to experience the true charm of Hallyu.
1, Gilju-ro, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
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As Asia's best in global comic festival, The Bucheon International Comic Festival is ready to open for the summer visitors. Various programs, such as exhibits, an international comic fair, conferences, and other various hands-on programs are available for all visitors.
12-36, Gwangwang leisure-ro, Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do
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Uldolmok was the location of a naval battle 419 years ago, when 13 naval forces of Admiral Yi Sun-sin ran into 133 Japanese Naval forces and defeated them. The Japanese Navel force was planning on continuing to Hanyang (modern-day Seoul) after they won the battle in Namhae (South) sea at Uldolmok. The residents of Jeolla-do are the hidden helpers attributed to this victory, as they brought out their food and fishing boats to help the admiral and his naval forces. This battle is called ‘Myeongryangdaecheop’. The victory put an end to the Imjin War and saved the nation of Korea, which was hang on to its independence by a thread.
Jeollanam-do hosts the Great Battle of Myeongryang Festival to commemorate the victory of Myeongryanghaejeon and celebrate the spirits of Yi Sun-sin and the residents of Jeolla-do who saved the country. Various programs are prepared for visitors of all ages to give them a feel of the real historical scene.
126, Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
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Character Festival will be taking place at Seoul Animation Center for families to enjoy a quality time in May, known as "the family month" in Korea. Children will not only have the opportunity to meet popular cartoon characters such as Pororo, Robocar Poli, Cocomong, Banji, and Tayo, but can also watch a variety of special entertainments prepared, like the magic show, bubble show, percussion performance, and character parade.
158-6, Hagwonnongjang-gil, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
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The Gochang Green Barley Field Festival is held every year in late April among the beautiful green barley fields of Gochang-gun. It is the region’s most popular festival. The festival celebrates the plentiful barley grown here, and visitors can take part in activities such as making flutes out of barley and searching for hidden treasures in the barley fields. A visit to the festival is also a good opportunity to see Seonunsan Provincial Park and Gochangeupseong Fortress.
1278, Iyeo-ro, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do
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During late May every year, Yeoju Geumsa Korean Melon Festival is held in the vicinity of Geumsa Park. Visitors can sample geumsa Korean melons as well as experience various activities during the festival.
595, Hosu-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do
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First held in 1997, International Horticulture Goyang Korea, an international flower exhibition, has attracted over 6.2 million visitors so far. The event is considered to be Korea’s representative international flower exhibition. The festival takes place at Ilsan Lake Park in Goyang from April to May with nearly 300 related organizations, groups, and companies from 36 countries showcasing flowers and various products made with flowers. Also, unique and rare plants exhibition, indoor garden decorated with flower art pieces, outdoor theme parks, making of flower plant experience, flower arrangement contests and other cultural events and performances are planned to add more joy to the flower festival. At night, lighting garden, LED performance, K-POP performance and other exciting events will also entertain visitors, creating the ambience of a joyful flower culture festival.
110, Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul
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Gwangju International Kimchi Festival is held to promote one of the famous locally produced specialties, Kimchi. The nation's singular Kimchi themed park, Gwangju Kimchi Town is the venue for diverse kimchi-related programs like cooking experience, art gallery, kimchi market, and other entertaining events. Also, the Presidential Prize will be awarded for the ‘Kimchi Master Competition’ held along with various hands-on programs. Participants can take home kimchi that they made themselves at the festival.
Geomun-ri, Samsan-myeon, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
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Geomundo Island and Baekdo Island are like
identical twins reflecting the beautiful scenery and the clear blue ocean. Visitors of Geomundo Island usually want to visit Baekdo Island as well. When visiting Gwanbaekjeong Pavilion (관백정) in Baekdo Island, they can see the dim figure of Baekdo Island.
Visitors can enjoy its seasonal festival, the Geomundo-Baekdo Island Silver Ocean Festival, where visitors can see the spectacular scenery for themselves and try some local specialities as well.
6-1, Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu
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"Living Old Alleys – Daegu, Would Spring Come to the Stolen Field?" is a street performance based on behind stories against a backdrop of Daegu old alleys. The title of the performance comes from Would Spring Come to the Stolen Field?, the poem by Lee Sang-hwa, and it tells about the situation of Korea during the Japanese colonialism, the National Debt Redemption Movement led by Seo Sang-don for Korea’s independence, and Lee Sang-hwa’s independence movement. The audience can learn about the achievement of the two national heroes, major figures in Korea’s modern history. The performance will serve as a role in making Daegu the emerging cultural city by bringing a life to old valleys and, in turn, highlighting their value and significance.