50, Doin 2-gil, Imsil-gun, Jeollabuk-do
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Imsil N Cheese Festival first started to promote the most famous cheese industry in Korea with more than 50 years of history. The festival grew and offers visitors a chance to become a character from a fairy-tale by entering a European-style cheese castle and to Imsil Cheese Theme Park and Imsil Cheese Village. When the festival starts in October, more than 10 million chrysanthemums fill the festival areas. Visitors will be able to taste and purchase goods made from Imsil at a discounted price.
119, Jungnogwon-ro, Damyang-gun, Jeollanam-do
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Located within a 2.4 kilometers of bamboo forest, this festival is full of activities celebrating the beauty and function of the bamboo plant. More active visitors can test their skills during some of the festival’s scheduled river sports, such as ‘Log Rafting’ and ‘Water Bicycle’. After working up an appetite, visitors can please their appetite with some of Damyang’s famous cuisines and other world foods featured at the Cultural Experience Center. For additional sightseeing opportunities, visit some of the other attractions in the area, such as the Damyang Soswaewon, Damyang Gwanbangjerim, Damyang Jungnogwon, Metasequoia, and more.
324, Jungang-ro, Miryang-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
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Arirang is a national folk song that was registered in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012.
Arirang was created by a warrior monk during the Imjin War to express the principles and faithfulness of the Korean people under Sung Confucianism. There are many varieties of the song throughout each region, with changes happening continually over time. Miryang Arirang Festival celebrates this important intangible heritage through many programs and performances. Visitors can experience both the similarities and differences of the three major styles of Arirang (Miryang Arirang, Jeongseon Arirang, Jindo Arirang).
36, Gongwonsunhwan-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu
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Daegu Chimac Festival celebrates what Koreans love to enjoy, chicken with beer, and will take place at Duryu Park in Dalseo-gu, Daegu. The term "chimac" is a portmanteau of chicken and maekju (meaning "beer"). With over 880,000 visitors in 2015, and one million visitors during the festival of 2016, the number of total visitors continue to increase as this festival steps up to become one of the most significant events in Korea. This year's festival will include music and cultural performances, making the entire festival overflow with youthful energy.
143 Nammun 2-ro, Haemi-myeon, Seosan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
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Haemieupseong Fortress in Seosan City is the most intact fortress in Korea. Built around 600 years ago during the Joseon period, the fortress is a historically significant site where both the commander-in-chief of Chungcheong-do Province and the great Admiral Yi Sun-shin had once served. It is also a sacred ground of martyrs as nearly 1,000 Catholics were executed here in 1866. In modern times, the fortress served
as the backdrop for the turbulent Donghak Peasants Revolution (1894) and Catholic Persecution.
The Seosan Haemieupseong Festival offers a variety of exciting programs with a theme of the traditional Korean market. This includes diverse cultural performances such as tightrope walking, folk music, traditional orchestral music, and outdoor theatricals. Visitors to the festival will also have a chance to experience hands-on activities like traditional crafts, folk games, and drawing performances.
6-3, Minsongmaeul-gil, Sunchang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
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Sunchang Fermented Food Festival is held every fall at Sunchang, a city of health and longevity. The city is known for its gochujang (hot pepper paste), which used to be presented to the royal family during the Joseon Dynasty. Gochujang and fermented foods are believed to have many health benefits, such as being beneficial in preventing cancer and obesity. As people are becoming more aware of their health and well-being, fermented foods have become an even greater part of the Korean diet.
The festival offers a range of programs including celebrity performances, percussion performances, madangnori, and making dishes with traditional ingredients. Other events include exhibitions and contests.
11, Munye-ro 170beon-gil, Nam-gu, Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
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The Pohang International Fireworks Festival is held at Yeongildae Beach in Pohang, which is also known as the “City of Light and Fire.” The festival features a fireworks competition, a parade of lights, street performances, and a range of hands-on activities. It is usually held around the end of July.
112, Chuncheon-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
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As one of 3 biggest mime festivals in the world, Chuncheon International Mime Festival will be held throughout downtown Chuncheon in Jungang-ro, Festival Theater Momzit, Animation Museum, Seumusup Park, and Waterfront Park in Chuncheon. The festival focuses on the genre of mine based on ‘body, movement, and image’ to express various genres.
775, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
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Boseong is considered the birthplace of the commercial tea industry and is the largest producer of tea in the country.
At the Boseong Green Tea Festival, some of the most popular festival events (most of which are held out in the green tea fields) are the hands-on experience programs such as picking tea leaves, making tea, and sampling green tea snacks. Other events such as the tea exhibition & sale, and a number of celebratory performances are also scheduled to be held during the festival period.
350, Central-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon
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Pentaport Rock Festival is a rock festival ardently supported by not just local rock fans, but by music fans worldwide. The festival takes place normally in early August, in Songdo City. Overseas rock bands play in a lineup with local rock musicians for an energetic rock music festival that’s out of this world!
21, Jangheung-ro, Jangheung-gun, Jeollanam-do
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Jangheung is a small county in Jeollanam-do that is located near the sea of Boseongman Bay, and by the big lake created by Jangheung Dam and Tamjingang River.
The Jangheung Jeongnamjin Water Festival (also called the Jeongnamjin Aqua Festival) is held each year around the end of July. Unlike conventional festivals with exhibits, performances and shows, the Jeongnamjin Water Festival aims to offer something different by having summer and water-themed events where visitors can enjoy a multitude of fun and exiciting summer games and activities.
28, Seolseonggongwon-gil, Eumseong-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
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Pumba was the word repeated in the songs of street singers, especially when Korea was once impoverished. They strolled around marketplaces or villages seeking food, money, or anything they could get. Pumba doesn’t have a specific meaning but is a language mechanism for keeping a rhythm. These days, the word pumba generally refers to gakseori. These performers do not beg for food or money, but do sing at events or festivals.
The Pumba Festival is held in Eumseong every year. Programs offer a visit to the old days of poverty and a glimpse of the performances and lifestyles of various gakseoris. The festival participants are top performing gakseoris who entertain at marketplaces, festivals, or theaters around the nation. No wonder the festival is filled with energetic and exciting performances as well as endless laughter from the audience.