Top 10: Spring Festivals

March 24, 2014

Festivals are one of my favourite things about Korea. They celebrate any/everything from historical figures to one single piece of fruit. They make for perfect weekend/day trips and always promise relatively great vendor food. In no particular order, here are the Top 5* Spring Festivals that I've been to and loved.

* I know the title says Top 10 but it lies. The title links will bring you to the English tourism page for the festival.

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
The bloom and fall of cherry blossoms is always temperamental and I commend Jinhae on its bravery of maintaining popularity as cherry blossom central. This festival has a ton of great photo ops as well as a central stage and tent area with food and events.

Imjado Tulip Festival
While you can see cherry blossoms all over Korea in the spring, Imjado is probably the only place where you can see tulips. There's a pretty heavy 'dutch' feel to the whole thing. It takes a short ferry ride to get there which adds to the fun!

Hampyeong Butterfly Festival
Maybe it was the fact that my best friend used to live there, but the Butterfly Festival in Hampyeong has become a staple in my menu of festivals. There are really more people than there are butterflies, but it's worth the atmosphere and the makgeolli (막걸리; rice wine).

Boseong Green Tea Festival
Enjoy everything from the views of green tea fields to the taste of green tea ice cream.

Jindo Sea-parting Festival
This one is a bit of a cheat because I've never actually attended the Sea-Parting Festival in Jindo. I have, however, heard many great things about it. Once a year, the sea in Jindo parts to create a "miracle" sea road (aka the tide changes and land is exposed) which you can walk along to a nearby island. Seems to be a great excuse to drink beer and wear bright orange rainboots. Just be prepared for a lot of crowds.

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