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| Where: Daecheon Beach, Boryeong City | When: 21 – 30 July 2017For international travelers, there is nothing quite like Boryeong Mud Festival. It is Korea’s one of the largest and most popular festivals, which should be on top of the list for all festival-goers this summer.
At the festival, visitors can enjoy a variety of mud-based activities such as mud slides, mud pits, a mud prison, giant mud bath, a mud swimming pool and plenty more.
Besides these fun-filled activities, SBS MTV’s “The Show”, a popular Korean music television program will be broadcasted live at the venue on July 22 as part of the festival.
| Where: Sinchon, Seoul | When: 29 – 30 July 2017Once again, the Water Gun Festival will take place on the streets of Sinchon, where a huge crowd of people will be squirting each other with water guns. Now, start gearing up for the Water Gun Festival!
| Ticket Info: Everyone is welcomed to participate this event. But don’t go back all wet! The festival offers special discounted online packages, which include a ticket (a wristband), which gives an access to the changing rooms and a locker, a raincoat and goggles, starting from $9. A variety of water gun options is also available at an additional cost.
| Where: Nanji Hangang Park, Seoul | When: 22 July 2017Part music festival, part haunt event, Heartbeat Festival2017 is one of this summer’s hottest festivals you should not miss when you are in Seoul.
The festival’s music lineup will include some of the best Korean rappers and DJs such as DOK2, Haze, Reddy, Choi Ha-min, DJ RANA, DJ Cream and more. Also, there will be a scare zone and a zombie flash mob, which will surely keep festival-goers entertained.
| Where: Jamsil Sports Complex, Seoul | When: 29 July 2017This year, the Water Bomb Festival will return with even more powerful water explosions and an awesome lineup!
For those new to the festival, it is the best water festival with the best dance music scene, where festival-goers can choose either Team Red or Team Blue, team up with their favorite artists and soak up the targets with water guns.
This year, the festival will feature acts including HyunA, Korea’s hottest rappers such as BewhY, C Jamm and Jessi, and Korean reggae artists Skull & Haha, as well as many local and international DJs, including Lookas, Maximite and DJ KOO.
| Where: Yeongildae Beach, Pohang City | When: 26 – 30 July 2017Known as the “City of Light and Fire,” the coastal city of Pohang will host its annual Pohang International Fireworks Festival where the spectacular fireworks display over the Yeongildae Beach will be showcased every night during the festival period.
Additional highlights include street performances, live music, laser shows and a magnificent fireworks competition on the night of July 29.
| How to Go:Overnight shuttle buseswill be running to the festival from Seoul. It is best to book your ride in advance as the shuttle bus runs only on July 29.
Looking for a light lunch? Head over to Book Cafe. It is a unique cafe where you can find walls filled with books, and a variety of drink and dessert options.
| Must-Try Menus: Natural Ice Cream (4,000 KRW)
| Location: Inside the Baplex building
4. Swing Café
Offering a gorgeous view of Bukhan River, combined with soft music playing in the background, no other cafe can beat the atmosphere of Swing Cafe.
| Must-try Menus: Croissants which are freshly baked 3 times a day (2,200 KRW for each), Pine Nuts Flavored Gelato (5,000 KRW)
| Location: 1st Floor of the Song Museum near the entrance of the island
5. Snow Cafe
Stop by the Snow Cafe where you can find cute snowmen statues to take pictures with. Try the bread that looks like a snowman or enjoy the sundaes and cakes!
| Must-try Menus: Snowman Bread (3,000 KRW for 6 pcs)
| Location: Near Customer Service Center in Gapyeong Wharf
| NOTE: Except for Swing Cafe and Snow Cafe, the rest of the spots are located in and around ‘Baplex’ building, a large food-and-drink complex situated in the center of Nami Island (refer to the map above).
Other must-try treats in Nami Island
Don’t miss out on Nami Island’s tasty sweet treats, ‘Snowman Hotteok (Korean sweet pancake)’ and ‘Mayak Oksusu (roasted corn)’! They are extremely popular especially during the winter months.
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After 7 long years of waiting, the World DJ Festival is finally returning to Seoul on May 13 & 14! Bringing top-notch EDM artists and DJs including Alan Walker, Brennan Hear, Jauz, Sultan+Shepard, Party Favor, Zeds Dead and many more.
Gangneung Danoje Festivalis one of the biggest folk festivals in Korea that is listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. During the festival, you will be able to witness shamanistic ritual of the Joseon Dynasty and enjoy folk performances, Korean traditional wrestling called ‘ssireum‘ and many other cultural events.
Date: May 27~June 3
Venue: Gangneung City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
Take a stroll through the vast, open gardens of beautiful roses in Samcheok City. Nearby the venue of the rose festival, you can also enjoy a rail bike with your beloved ones while taking in the beautiful scenery along the east coast of Korea.
Date: May 27~June 3
Venue: Samcheok City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
Usually, when the cherry blossoms are gone, pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom in Korea.Now, if you are thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to see these breathtaking azaleas, Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival is the perfect place to be!
About Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival
Every year from mid-April to the end of April, a fantastic azalea festival takes place in Goryeosan Mountain, or Mount Goryeo, in the heart of Ganghwa Island in Incheon.
As Incheon is a city bordering with Seoul, it only takes 2 hours to get to the festival from Seoul by car, making it an ideal destination for a short excursion.
Festival Date: April 12 – 23
Location: Goryeosan Mountain, Ganghwa Island, Incheon
To witness this otherworldly sight of flaming pink bloom myself, I visited the azalea festival via a shuttle bus package offered by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop.And it was a fantastic experience, definitely not an ordinary trip that you can take anywhere else except with Trazy. Read on to find out why! 🙂
Top 4 Highlights of Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival Trip
Take a look at the four highlights of my trip to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival, and you will see why this is ‘no ordinary’ trip.
1. Make your way to the top of Goryeosan Mountain to witness the breathtaking azaleas
Since the Azalea Habitat, the main feature of the festival, can be viewed from the peak of Goryeosan Mountain at 436m (1,430 feet), you will have to do some hiking during the trip, which gives you a ‘totally different’ travel experience you can’t get from other spring flower tours. While hiking, you can find gorgeous pink azaleas along the way. So stop for a minute and take up-close photos! Honestly, I must say I am not a mountain person. But other than some relatively steep inclines on the way to the peak, the hiking trail that I took is enjoyable in overall even for non-climbers, like me. Plus, the spectacular views of breathtaking ripples of pink azaleas definitely pay you off when you reach the top of the mountain. The festival also offers a photo zone where you can take pictures against a backdrop of Goryeosan Mountain covered with azaleas, too!
Take a look at the map below if you want to follow in my footsteps from my trip with Trazy!
On the way to the top, you will pass by this beautiful Buddhist temple called Cheongryeonsa Temple, but I recommend you to fully enjoy your time at the top of the mountain and then drop by this temple on your way down.There is a rest area with a benchwhere you can replenish after burning off all your energy on your hike as well as a stunning magnolia tree, which was full in bloom during my visit.
3. Enjoy the tranquility at Gukhwa Reservoir
If you have spare time, take a brief moment at the reservoir where you can soak in the scenery and enjoy the tranquility.A short walk from the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple will have you at this calm and serene reservoir.
4. Travel like a local at Ganghwa Pungmul Market
Before heading back to Seoul, there was a short stop at Ganghwa Pungmul Market during the trip. It was quite an authentic place that gives you a glimpse of a thriving and vibrant local Korean market scene.Check out this cute map of the market!
Checklist for Travelers to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival
1. What to bring
Bring a sunscreen, hat, handkerchief, a water bottle and, of course, your camera, hiking poles if you have one. 😉
2. What to wear
Wear casual clothing and comfortable lightweight walking shoes!
3. Where & What to eat
While you can find vendors selling ice creams and cool beverages along the way to the peak, you can find outdoor food stalls around the entrance of Cheongryeonsa Temple and at the top of Goryeonsan Mountain.These food stalls serve Korean spicy cup noodles and local dishes such as ‘Muk-muchim (seasoned acorn jelly salad)’, ‘Pajeon (green onion pancake)’ and ‘Janchi-guksu (banquet noodles)’. The prices range from 5,000 to 15,000 KRW for the meals.
But bringing your own lunch box and enjoying it during the hike is a great option as well!
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When it comes to spring in Korea, we can never leave out the cherry blossoms. But if you don’t know where to go and catch them, here’s the perfect destination for you!
About Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
The picture-perfect Bomun Lake in Gyeongju, a historic city in the southern part of Korea, shows off its best every April when 9,000 cherry trees around the lake burst into bloom.Bomun Lake is located at the center of Bomun Tourist Complex, a tourist district where you can find hotels, resorts, theme parks, an amusement park and other various attractions. If you visit during the Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival, there are also live music and performances to keep you entertained as well.
To get a better idea of what Gyeongju has to offer, I took a day trip during the festival period via a tourorganized by Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop, which saved my time and made my trip very easy and convenient.
Festival Date: March 31~April 9, 2017 (10 days)
Location: Around Bomun Lake in Bomun Tourist Complex (east of downtown Gyeongju)
Why this festival? Beautiful cherry trees around Bomun Lake and across Bomun Tourist Complex, coupled with a variety of attractions to enjoy
Note that the bus ride takes around 5 hours (more or less depending on weekend or weekday) from Seoul to Bomun Lake.The festival runs during the peak of cherry blossom season, but you can still visit the lake and admire the cherry blossoms until mid-April.
※Like many other seasonal tours, I strongly advise you to check for weather conditions, availability of the tour and book your trip ahead of time.
Enjoy the festival according to your travel style!
Walking along the 8km-long cherry tree-lined path around the lake and taking in the beautiful lakeside scenery of Bomun Lake can be the best part of the festival, but there are certainly more options for you to enjoy. To help you maximize your trip via Trazy’s tour, here I recommend two routes – choose according to your travel style!
※Completing the entire walkway around Bomun Lake can take about 2 hours more or less and completing these recommended routes can take around 3~4 hours.
※See the map below for the location of each spot in the routes.
Route 1. For hardcore travelers
For travelers who want to see a little bit of everything and are comfortable with a tight schedule, follow this route below!
Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot
Silla Millennium Park
Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot – Hwangnyongwon (a 9-story tower) – Bomun Pavilion – Bomun Lake – Wooden Bridge – Hoban Square – Waterwheel Square – Silla Millennium Park – Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park Parking Lot
Route 2. For slow and easy walkers
For those who want to make the most of their time around the lake and appreciate the scenery, take this route below!
4 Tips on how to double your joy at Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival
Tip 1. Snap photos at two iconic spots
Everywhere in Gyeongju’s Bomun Tourist Complex are Instagram gold. But here are two of the most popular spots to take incredible photos!
Waterwheel Square: This square is one of the most popular photo zones where many visitors take photos in front of this huge waterwheel set against a small waterfall and tree-lined path.
Bomun Pavilion (Bomunjeong): Known as one of the “50 Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea” by CNN Travel, this is a picturesque pavilion that is a must-visit spot for all avid photographers. Takes 5 min from the Waterwheel Square by foot, across from the Hilton Hotel.
Tip 2. Pedal on a cute duck boat
Gyeongju’s Bomun Tourist Complex is very famous for their duck boats! So head over to Hoban Square and get yourself one of the duck boats. Paddle around the lake and share the fun experience with your loved ones.
Options: 2-seater / 4-seater
Duration: 40 mins
Price: 20,000 KRW
Operation hours: 9am~6pm
Tip 3. Ride a bike like the wind
Why not try riding a bike instead of walking all the way around the entire lake? Feel the cool breeze and take in the view around the lake. Drop by the bike rental shop in front of Daemyung Resort in Bomun Tourist Complex. Rental fee costs 5,000 KRW for an hour.
Tip 4. Drop by other attractions nearby
There are plenty of attractions to enjoy around the lake such as Gyeongju World Amusement Park, Gyeongju Teddy Bear Museum and Donggungwon, Korea’s first zoo and botanical garden.
In my case, I dropped by Silla Millennium Park on my way back to the parking lot where I spent about an hour and a half during the trip.The park is quite impressive as it features traditional houses and historical landmarks from the Silla Kingdom and also offers beautiful cherry tree-lined paths.Also, I was lucky enough to watch a horse-riding performance by Hwarang warriors!For those who want to see more than just the lake, stop by Silla Millennium Park or any of the other attractions nearby during your visit. The admission fee for Silla Millennium Park costs 14,400 KRW for adults.
What to Eat in Gyeongju
Here are some of the best Gyeongju’s local specialty dishes you should try!
Ssambap: Rice wraps served with fresh vegetables, stews, grilled fish and more
Tteokgalbi: Minced short rib that is grilled in the shape of a round rice cake
Sundubu: Meals made of soft, light tofu
Hanjeongsik: Korean traditional meal
Hwangnam-ppang: Sticky barley bread
Places to Eat in Gyeongju
Bomun Lake Complex (south of Bomun Lake, near Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park)
Bomun Hanu: Barbecued beef short ribs (10,000 KRW~)
Pulipchae: Buffet of traditional Korean dishes (12,900 KRW~)
Gyeongju Cheonnyn Hanu: Barbecued beef short ribs, (7,000 KRW~)
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First time traveling to Gyeongju?
Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla, Gyeongju stands as a city with a rich history of the thousand-year-old Silla Kingdom today. Known as ‘museum without walls‘, the history city of Gyeongju offers bountiful UNESCO-designated sites and national treasures.
For those traveling on a budget, there is a city tour bus in Gyeongju, which takes you around the major historical destinations on two different courses. For more information, click here.Since Gyeongju is relatively close to the southern port city of Busan, it can be convenient to travel from Busan to Gyeongju.
For those who want to visit Gyeongju from Busan, Trazy offers the following tours.
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