Spring Festivals (March – May)
By March, a change can be felt in the air. The cold subsides and plants begin to awaken and bloom, creating a sweet scent that can only be described as spring. The word itself brings a sense of energy and movement to break through the chill of winter. In Korea, a wide array of events celebrating the season can be found throughout the country. The return of the warmer weather brings countless beautiful flowers into bloom, while also giving families a chance to spend time together through all the various activities that can be taken advantage of outdoors. Read on for the list of festivals celebrating the lovely spring atmosphere in Korea.
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival
- Period: March 8-17, 2019
- Venue: 55, Jimak1-gil, Daab-myeon, Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 광양시 다압면 지막1길 55)
Gwangyang Maehwa Festival is one of the first destinations in Jeollanam-do to greet spring. During this time, the flower-lined lanes throughout Maehwa Village resemble the flow of the Seomjingang River and the apricot blossoms fill the festival grounds with their sweet scent. After crossing the beautiful Maehwagyo Bridge, take a seat in the shade of one of the trees lining the road. The festival also offers a variety of delicious treats, including mussels,chamgetang (spicy mitten crab stew), and dishes made with maesil (green plum).
Gurye Sansuyu Festival
- Period: March 16-24, 2019
- Venue: 45, Sanggwan 1-gil, Sandong-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 구례군 산동면 상관1길 45)
Taking place in the hot springs resort area of Jirisan Mountain, visitors to Gurye Sansuyu Festival can enjoy a vibrant taste of spring with the yellow sansuyu (cornelian cherry) flowers. The festival theme is “Finding Everlasting Love” and the schedule includes performances and fireworks, as well as hands-on experiences. Don’t forget to try the foods and drinks made with sansuyu.
Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival
- Period: Jeonnong-ro area March 29-31, 2019 / Jangjeon-ri area March 30-31, 2019
- Venue: Jeonnong-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do / Jangjeon-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
(제주특별자치도 제주시 전농로 / 제주특별자치도 제주시 애월읍 장전리)
The Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival is where the nation’s first cherry blossoms can be seen. The festival features a cherry blossom photo zone as well as various other programs to enjoy. In addition, the festival can be enjoyed fully day or night with the use of a vast lighting system. During the festival period, Jeonnong-ro Street is closed to all vehicular traffic so all can safely enjoy the blossoms.