Summer Festivals (July-August)
Summer is a time for fun vacations and outings with family and friends. Wherever one’s destination in Korea may be, check out some of these fascinating summer festivals to help you forget the scorching heat. For summer activities, the best of the best includes beach festivals like Boryeong Mud Festival in July, and Busan Sea Festival in August. There are also cultural festivals like Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, where one can watch fantasy movies all night long; Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, with performances by internationally famous rock musicians; and Gangjin Celadon Festival, which features a variety of ancient ceramics. With so many great festivals to choose from, it’s easy to find many ways to enjoy your summer in Korea.
Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival
- Period: July 6-15, 2018
- Venue: Area of Seodong Park and Gungnamji Pond in Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Description: The Buyeo Seodong Lotus Festival is held at Gungnamji, the first man-made pond in the nation. The most popular event at the festival is the performance showcasing the love story between Prince Seodong (King Muwang’s childhood name) and Princess Seonhwa. This year’s festival will feature LED illuminations and sculptures for beautiful photos. Other programs include lotus face-painting, drinking lotus tea, making lotus soap, and a variety of other hands-on events for all to enjoy.
Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival
- Period: July 12-22, 2018
- Venues: Bucheon City Hall, CGV Bucheon, CGV Bucheon Station, etc.
Description: Enjoy nights filled with movies and free-style conversations with directors at this unique film festival. Bucheon International Film Festival screens movies from all over the world and from a variety of genres, including horror, mystery, thriller, and sci-fi.
Boryeong Mud Festival
- Period: July 13-22, 2018
- Venue: Daecheon Beach Mud Square in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do
Description: At the Boryeong Mud Festival, visitors jump in a huge pool of mud for more than just fun, as Boryeong mud is well-known for its excellent quality and efficacy. This fun, action-packed festival is popular among local and international visitors because it offers various programs such as the mud massage pack, colored-mud body painting, and mud soap-making.