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  • 2017 Festivals in Seoul

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    Spring Festival with Cherry Blossoms

    The Yeongdeungpo-Yeouido Spring Flower Festival is held in April when the many thousands of cherry blossoms come into full bloom along the 1.7km stretch of the Hangang River, attracting about six million people each year. In May, the Seoul Jungnang Rose Festival, whose highlights include the 5.1km-long Rose Tunnel and the Rose Parade, is held at Junghwa Sports Park and Surim Grand Park. The Yeondeunghoe or Buddhist Lantern Festival, held at various major sites around Seoul, features a traditional lantern exhibition, a lantern parade, performances of traditional culture and arts, and a post-parade celebration. The festival has been designated as Intangible Cultural Property No. 122.


    Summer Festivals Full of Youthful Energy

    The Sinchon Watergun Festival, held in Sinchon in July of each year, features exciting mass watergun fights, water slides and DJ-ing. During the summer many festivals are held in different parts of Hangang Park, and various major riverside festivals featuring water sports and street festivals are held at the Hangang Pool and the Hangang Summer Campsite. In August, the Seoul Culture Night event is held at Seoul Plaza and the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, enabling visitors to discover the charm of nightlife in Seoul and enjoy it to the fullest.


    Fall Festivals for Understanding History and Experiencing Tradition

    The Seoul Arirang Festival is held at Gwanghwamun Square in October of each year under the theme of the national hymn, Arirang, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    This is followed by the Seoul Street Arts Festival and the Seoul International Fireworks Festival, the highlights of the autumn festival period in Seoul, and the Seoul Silver Grass Festival, another major fall event held at Haneul Park in Mapo-gu.


    Festivals Must Go on in Winter

    The Seoul Kimchi Festival is held in November at Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Square, and Taepyeong-ro. Launched in 2014 to commemorate the registration of gimjang as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, the festival is a great opportunity to see, experience and taste everything about gimjang culture. The Seoul Lantern Festival is also held along a 1.2km stretch of the Cheonggyecheon Stream around this time, when hundreds of thousands of Seoul-themed lanterns illuminate the nighttime sky between Cheonggye Square and Supyogyo Bridge.

    ※ The festival schedule is subject to change.