Top 5 Summer Festivals in Korea

Boryeong Mud Festival

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Date : July 15 (Fri) – July 24 (Sun), 2016

Location : Daecheon Beach Mud Square in Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do

What is it : 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 health benefits. This fun, action-packed festival is popular among Koreans and international visitors because it offers various programs such as the mudflat sports, mud massage pack, colored-mud body painting, and mud soap-making. To take a break from the festival mayhem, head on over to the mud massage zone for relaxation.

Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival

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Date : July 21 (Thu) – July 31 (Sun), 2016

Location : [Official Theaters] Bucheon City Hall, Gyujanggak Cartoon Museum, CGV Bucheon, CGV Sopung (planned) [Special Theaters] Bucheon Gym, Bucheon Grass Square, Sosa & Ojeonggu 2 outdoor theaters (planned)

What is it : Movies are shown throughout the entire festival period and audiences can attend discussions with film directors. This unique film festival screens movies from all over the world and from a variety of genres, including horror, mystery, thriller, and sci-fi.


Busan Sea Festival

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Date : August 1 (Mon) – August 7 (Sun), 2016

Location : Haeundae Beach, Gwangalli Beach, Busan Songdo Beach, Songjeong Beach and Dadaepo Beach in Busan

What is it : The Busan Sea Festival, the largest summer festival in Korea, will be held at various beaches in the southeastern port city from August 1 to 7. During the festival, various events including a rock music festival, a beach dance festival and a number of water sports will be prepared for summer fun in the city. Anyone can enjoy various cultural art events and unique experiences on the beaches of Busan.


Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

Date : August 11 (Thu) – August 16 (Tue), 2016

Location : Areas of Megabox (Jecheon Branch), Cheongpunghoban Lakeside Stage, Cultural Hall, Uirimji Reservoir

What is it : The Jecheon International Music & Film Festival showcases films with a music theme. The opening movie is chosen among those that best represent the festival’s theme, while the closing movie is the winner of the World Music Film Today category. In addition to the show of several recent music films, various types of musicians will perform on stage.


Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival

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Date : August 12 (Fri) – August 14 (Sun), 2016

Location : Dalbit Festival Park, Songdo in Incheon

What is it : Over 60 bands will be playing at this major outdoor rock festival, including several famous international groups. Past guests have included Travis, Muse, Feeder, and Gossip. Hot summer nights and rocking beats make for a great music festival. The festival is held in Incheon City, meaning there are a variety of cultural activity programs and city tours readily available.