Posted by: Matt Kelley | 1 September 2009

Autumn Festivals Calendar


Summer may be peak festival season in Korea, but I much prefer traveling during the autumn months, when the temps fall, the leaves turn and the crowds are a little less crazy. What follows are some of Korea’s best autumn festivals. Also be sure to check out the Korea Tourism Organization’s great new interactive festival website. Go here and then look for the festivals icon on the right side.

Yeongdong Nangye Traditional Music Festival (Yeongdong, North Chungcheong Province)
September 4-9
A traditional music festival celebrating the life of Bak Yeon, one of Korea’s most important Korean traditional musicians. Since the area is also famous for its grapes, enjoy a glass of wine while taking in a performance.
(more info: call +82-43-1330 or visit here [Korean only].)


Geumsan Insam Festival (Geumsan, South Chungcheong Province)
September 18-27
Probably Korea’s biggest festival dedicated to ginseng, the staple of traditional Oriental medicine. The festival also includes events concerning acupuncture and massage treatments as well as many edible ginseng treats.
(more info: call +82-41-1330 or visit here [Korean only].)

Cheonan Heungtaryeong Dance Festival (Cheonan, Gyeonggi Province)
September 23-27
This festival just an hour from Seoul features a variety of traditional dances, music and costumes from one of Korea’s best-loved folk songs, “Heungtaryeong.”
(more info: call +82-41-1330 or visit here [Korean only].)

Chungju World Martial Arts Festival (Chungju, North Chungcheong Province)
September 23-27
A festival showcasing martial arts forms from all around the world, including forms like Taekwondo, which are indigenous to Korea.
(more info: call +82-43-1330 or visit here.)

Yangyang Songi Mushroom Festival (Yangyang, Gangwon Province)
September 25-29
The coastal city of Yangyang is famous for its Songi or pine mushrooms. This festival is dedicated to the exploration and gathering of the mushrooms, which takes place with Mt. Seorak as its stunning backdrop.
(more info: call +82-63-1330 or visit here.)

Andong International Maskdance Festival (Andong, North Gyeongsang Province)
September 25-October 4
One of Korea’s most famous festivals, this annual event showcases traditional Korean mask dance, as well as dance traditions from around the world. The site is the beautiful village of Hahoi, a hanok village located inside a river bend.
(more info: call +82-54-1330 or visit here.)

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival (Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province)
October 1-12
This famous festival features hundreds of paper lanterns floating down the Namgang River, creating a gorgeous view, especially at night.
(more info: call +82-55-1330 or visit here.)

14th Annual Pusan International Film Festival (Busan City)
October 8-16
Korea’s first and Asia’s largest film festival kicks off its 14th annual fete this year. Some 37 screens in the Haeundae and Nampo-dong areas will feature approx. 300 films from 60 countries.
(more info: call +82-1688-3010 or visit here.)

Gimje Horizon Festival (Gimje, North Jeolla Province)
October 9-13
Gimje is well-loved for its beautiful landscape, and at this festival, you can enjoy a relaxing picnic in the grass, fly kites or partake in other casual events.
(more info: call +82-63-1330 or visit here.)

Baekje Cultural Festival (Gongju, South Chungcheong Province)
October 9-18
Buyeo and Gongju were capitals of the Baekje Kingdom and remains rich in history and culture. This festival, which alternates between Gongju and Buyeo, celebrates the kingdom’s golden age with a street parade, music concerts and many cultural events.
(more info: call +82-41-1330 or visit here.)

Ganggyeong Fermented Seafood Festival (Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province)
October 22-26
I know you’ve been waiting your entire life for this. The Ganggyeong region has long been famous for its production of jeotgal, or fermented seafood. Come here to try it for yourself.
(more info: call +82-41-1330 or visit here [Korean only].)

Paju Jangdan Soybean Festival (Paju, Gyeonggi Province)
November 20-22
November isn’t a big month for festivals, but if you love soy products, come here.
(more info: call +82-31-1330 or visit here.)


  1. Hello!
    Glad to be back in Seoul again.
    I definitely plan to discover more of Korea not just Seoul, also hope to add video to my blog as well.
    Love your site.

    Felicia, This Time in Seoul

  2. Hi Felicia,
    It’s good to hear you’re back. I hope we can get together sometime. Welcome back! Best, Matt

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