Festivals of Korea
“축제” (chukje), meaning festival in Korean, is very cultural and peculiar to South Korea. Korean Traditional Festivals (Hangul: 한국전통축제) have been accompanied by Korean people with their rich folksy characteristics throughout Korea’s long history. Each festival is bursting with incredible energy and exhilaration. Despite of their hectic schedule, people, from all over Korea manage to attend event as much as they possibly can. Korean festivals, diverse in concepts ranging from food to flower festivals, are held throughout the year. Alongside with national, Koreans hold some international festivals as well; such as Busan International film festival, The Boryeong Mud Festival and many others. Being in Korea I feel really privileged to be able to experience these remarkable festivals.
Among the numerous festivals held in Korea, Boryeong Mud Festival is the one that fascinates foreign visitors the most. It is a great opportunity to escape from the scorching heat of summer and enjoy the tranquil seawater with the breeze while being a kid and playing in the mud. Being a little bit exhausted with sun shine and mud, sitting in a cozy restaurant and enjoying delicious and fresh seafood is the best way to finish the day.
Another amazing city in Korea is Daegu, known for its apples and beautiful girls. The “Apple city” is rich in fashion, art and body painting. Dongseongno (동성로), the downtown is very popular for its street art and many street festivals out of which International Body painting Festival was the one I could enjoy during my stay there.
Muju Firefly Festival is one of the best memories of Korea I will never forget and there are several reasons for that. First of all the delightful bus journey, during which one can enjoy to the full the breath taking scene of mountains, river and green nature, will just take you far away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Reaching the destination the clean environment and water were just too good to be true. The word “pollution” does not exist for Muju. And that is the reason of the presence of fireflies, the wonders of nature. This small town was glowing with lights and floating with wish lanterns at night that resembled one little firefly.
Jeonju, a city of preserved traditions and peculiar tastes, a city with rich hospitality, famous not only with Bibimbap and Hanok village(전주한옥마을). Sori, Bibimbap and Film festivals are some among many more exciting events. The bursting downtown Gaeksa (객사) is full of life with blinking lights of various coffee shops, restaurants and stores. Hanuk Village(전주한옥마을), right next to Gaeksa, surprised me with new feelings and new roads in already known ones not a single time.
Seoul, the heart of Korea, is a vibrant city with its never-ending passion and activity from dusk to dawn. But that doesn’t means the city is only for offices and duties. Seoul is famous for shopping, festivals and tourists attractions as well. Seoul Lantern Festival is one of those. Held on a beautiful Cheonggyecheon Stream, the beauty of hundreds of uniquely designed lanterns pleases the visitors’ eyes telling about their stories hidden in them.