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    Festivals in Korea


    KR Travel brings your customers the opportunity to combine a Korea tour with a festival. Please keep in mind that itineraries can be changed due to these festivals.


    1. Lunar New Year’s Day (the Chinese Nieuwjaar)
    2. Cheongdo Bull Fighting Festival
    3. Lotus Lantern Festival
    4. Buddha’s Birthday
    5. Boseong Green Tea Festival
    6. Namwon Chunhyang Festival
    7. Dano Festival Gangneung
    8. Gangjin Celadon Festival
    9. Andong Mask Dance Festival
    10. Baekje Cultural Festival
    11. Jindo Moses Walk Festival

    Lunar New Year’s Day (the Chinese New Year)

    In South-Korea the Lunar New Year’s Day is more important than the New Year of January 1. We would recommend everyone who hasn’t celebrated this feast to celebrate this in Korea. You will see Korean people all dressed up in their nicest outfits, or in traditional clothing (hanbok). There are events organized in the Korean Folk Village and outside the old palaces Gyeongbokkung and Changdeokkung. Lunar New Year’s Day is definitely a splendid and colourful family celebration in Korea!

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    Cheongdo Bull Fighting Festival

    During this festival spectacular fights are held between enormous bulls in a wonderful arena, and nevertheless there seldom flows blood. Farmers from the whole country will gather once a year to let their strongest and largest bulls compete with other bulls. This ancient tradition finds its origin in the country side, each village or tribe specially trained their bulls to compete with others for the honour of the community. Nowadays they still let the bulls fight, but only to represent the proud owner. After winning the owner will get his moment of national fame.

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    Lotus Lantern Festival

    The weekend prior to Buddha’s Birthday, the Lotus Lantern Festival will be held. The lotus flower is the symbol for the spiritual road to wisdom. On the first day of the festival, thousands of representatives of several Buddhist disciplines will perform a dazzling show in Dongdaemoon stadium. The highlight of the festival is the Lantern Parade. More than 30,000 people participate in a colourful, night procession through the old city centre of Seoul. Huge lanterns, shaped like dragons, white elephants or lotus flowers will pass by, while you enjoy all the colours and lights of the parade.

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    Buddha’s Birthday

    On the 8th day of the 4th month of the Chinese Calendar Buddha Sakyamuni was born in India. For Korean Buddhists this day is the highlight of the year. Prior to this day people can buy a lantern for themselves or for a deceased loved one. Every temple is decorated with these lanterns. At sundown all lanterns are lighted with candles. The Buddhist temples in the Mountains create a sea of light on this special night.

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    Boseong Green Tea Festival

    The first green tea harvest of the year is considered the best. The young tea leaves are picked by hand and carefully processed into the most expensive tea in the world. Boseong has the largest tea fields of Korea. During this festival you will see the process of the harvest and the tea processing from nearby. You will also learn that green tea can be used in different ways in the kitchen. At the hottest moment of the day you can enjoy delicious green tea soft ice.

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    Namwon Chunhyang Festival

    “Chunghyang” is the heroine of a Korean Sage. She symbolises the Korean woman which is integrity, reliability and sweetness. Traditional drama and music are one of the main things in this colourful and jolly festival.

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    Gangneung Dano Festival

    Along the banks of the River, artists perform non-stop music, dance and theatre performances. The Dano-festival has its roots in Shamanism. This is a religion that worships nature. Shamans perform rituals and the people bring offerings to the nature-gods. All over the place, small tents are put up, where you can enjoy barbequed food and dong dong-ju, a traditional rice wine. At the Dano Festival Old and New Korea come together!

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    Gangjin Celadon Festival

    Since the middle ages the Korean are worlds greatest ceramics makers, that’s a fact the Japanese and Chinese already knew. When Korea was intruded, the ceramics makers were also captured. In a very non orthodox way the knowledge about ceramics was spread in other parts of Asia. Despite that the Korean are still one of the best makers in the world. In the little city Ganjin the ingenious techniques are passed from generation to generation for thousands of years. During this festival we will get to know the history, the materials and the technique for making these wonderful vases and pots.

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    Andong Mask Dance Festival

    This is the biggest and most famous festival in Korea. Originally, the festival was held to celebrate the harvest in October. At this time dance and drama-performances took place.  The actors traditional wore masks. Hence the name of the festival.  Today you can enjoy the modern version of this ancient tradition. You can enjoy the spectacular ‘Daedong-plays’ where two groups of men act out a medieval battle. Their generals rise high up above their soldiers to add dramatic effect. Another appealing aspect of Andong is that food and drink are served in large quantities. Taste the local specialties like salted mackerel and Andong soju (strong booze).  Andong is also the most famous region for the production of Korean Soju and nowhere else in the peninsula can you enjoy Soju of such excellent quality.

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    Baekje Cultural Festival

    The Baekje Dynasty was until the 6th century one of the most prominent kingdoms of the peninsula. The capital city was Gongju and in memorial of its history they will organize the Baekje Cultural Festival. This festival shows the ancient old traditions and ceremonies that came into existence long time ago. By day you can admire the colorful attendance of citizens, soldiers and nobility who will dress up with traditional clothing like they did in the Baekje Dynasty. And by night you will see the highlight of this festival, the lantern performance and the spectacular fireworks. There will be also a memorial gathering for the royal family, the army and the 3000 maids and concubines. Due to the fall of the Baekje Dynasty they all committed suicide.

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    Jindo Youngdeung Festival (Moses Miracle)

    At Jindo Island the difference between the low tide and the high tide are so extreme, that during a few days in the year a large land bridge appears between the mainland of Jindo, and a small island just of the east coast. You can walk over the bottom of the sea towards this island; a phenomenon known as “Moses Miracle”. Although the name suggests a biblical origin, at the Youngdeung Festival all religions celebrate together. Buddhists, shamanists and Christians all perform their own rituals. The crossing to the island is a spectacular and memorable experience, accompanying a colourful procession of traditionally dressed Koreans you can reach the island in about 90 minutes. After that the sea will rise again and the land bridge disappears.

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