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Lotus Lantern Festival in Seoul

Over 100,000 lanterns illuminate the streets of Jong-ro in central Seoul to celebrate Buddha's birthday. Performances and other festivities take place outside Jogyesa Temple in Insa-dong, and a parade of glowing lanterns and floats takes place one evening.

Date: 03 May 2019 - 12 May 2019
Venue: Jongno, particularly around Jogyesa Temple.
Website: http://www.llf.or.kr
Cost:

Free.


Jongmyo Daeje

This ancestral rite has been performed for over 500 years, earning it an UNESCO World Heritage listing. The spirits of former kings and queens, believed to reside in tablets at Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul, are honoured with elaborate bowing and food-offering rituals from massed ranks in colourful traditional costumes.

Date: 05 May 2019 - 05 May 2019
Venue: Jongmyo Jeongjeon Shrine, Jongno-gu.
Website: http://www.jongmyo.net
Cost:

Free.


Boryeong Mud Festival

Two and a half hours south of Seoul, you can wallow in everything from therapeutic mud massage to mud-sliding at this spectacularly dirty and fun festival held each July on Daecheon Beach – the longest on Korea’s West coast. The mud is rich in minerals and said to be good for the skin. Most participants will want to bring a swimsuit they won't care to ever wear again and plan on being covered in mud from head to toe.

Date: 19 July 2019 - 28 July 2019
Venue: Daecheon Beach, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do.
Website: http://www.mudfestival.or.kr
Cost:

Free.


Hi Seoul Festival

Aka Seoul Street Art Festival, this annual cultural celebration showcases Seoul’s unique history, tradition and diversity through performing arts. It takes on a different theme each year.

Date: 01 October 2019 - 06 October 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Yeouido Hangang Park and downtown Seoul.
Website: http://www.festivalseoul.or.kr/html_eng
Cost:

Free; some entry fees.


Icheon Rice Cultural Festival

This harvest celebration takes place at Icheon, one hour's bus journey from central Seoul. Activities include rice-cake making and there’s traditional cultural entertainment.

Date: 16 October 2019 - 20 October 2019
Venue: Sulbong Park, Incheon.
Cost:

Free.


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