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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South Korea is a fascinating country to visit at any time of year, and there’s no better time to do so than in the spring, particularly in April.
Read on to find out why you never really need an excuse to visit Korea in April.
1. Hello, Sunshine!
In Korea, April is the month of spring breeze and warm sunlight and the weather continues to get warmer throughout the month.
While the average April’s high temperatures in Seoul are around 12~18ºC (53.6~64.4ºF), the temperatures in the southern region of Korea, including Busan, Gyeongju and Jeju Island, are 2~3 degrees higher.
※There may be some sporadic cold snaps and big gaps in temperatures at night, so make sure you bring a couple of warm sweaters or a light-weight jacket or coat!
At this time of the year, you will start seeing restaurants and cafes reopen their beautiful terraces and locals going outdoors to enjoy family outing or spring picnic.
The weather in April also offers travelers and tourists the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors dressed in Korean traditional outfit ‘hanbok‘ as well.
2. Blooms ‘n’ Blossoms
Weather is not the only reason why April is the best time to visit Korea.
It is when travelers and tourists can witness the spring’s splendor and admire the colorful blooming flowers and the vibrant colors on the streets everywhere.
Here are some of the best features of Spring not to be missed in Korea are: cherry blossoms, tulips and spring flower gardens.
1) Cherry Blossoms
Cherry blossom season reaches its peak in early April and they tend to bloom earlier in the southern parts of Korea. Most of them fall when there is a strong wind or rain, so be sure to catch them before they are gone!
If you want to celebrate spring somewhere closer to Seoul, head out to Korea’s largest theme park, Everland. There is an annual tulip festival and a fantastic garden of spring blooms called Four Seasons Garden for visitors to enjoy.
Date: March 16~April 23, 2017 (Four Seasons Garden open until 9:00pm)
Azaleas are the late-bloomers of the spring season in Korea. You will be able to see them until late-April, so catch them before they are gone.
Goryeosan Mountain Festival
Only a two-hour bus ride from Seoul, you can enjoy a short excursion to Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival. Covered with various shades of pink and magenta azaleas, Goyreosan Mountain in April just seems like an otherworldly place!
Date: April 12~23, 2017
Location: Gangwha County, Incheon, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)
Best things to see: azaleas, azalea tea tasting, azalea rice pancake making experience
This April, visit two of Korea’s best-loved spring flower garden and park: The Garden of Morning Calm and Hallim Park. Featuring from fascinating displays of seasonal flowers, tropical gardens, exotic plants to scenic paths, they are the perfect places to revel in spring.
A. The Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm is a popular tourist destination near Seoul where visitors can admire fantastic botanical gardens and flowers all year round.
Every April, Spring Festival is held from mid-April to the end of May at the Garden of the Morning Calm.
Date: Mid-April~Late May
Location: Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi-do (mid-west province)
Best things to see: Wildflower exhibition, cherry blossoms, magnolia, azalea, Japanese apricot, forsythia
Throughout April, a series of unique and authentic festivals will be held across Korea. Here are some of the best festivals where you can release all the pent up energy you’ve been storing up during the winter!
1) Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival
Every April, thousands of visitors flock to Jindo Sea Parting Festival, a.k.a Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival, to see ‘the modern Mose’s miracle’ in Jindo Island and walk on the exposed sea road when the sea opens up!
Date: April 26~29, 2017
Location: Jindo Island, Jeolla-do (southwest province)
Best things to enjoy: Miracle sea road walking experience, hands-on programs including learning Korean folk song ‘Jindo Arirang’ and traditional music ‘Gukak’, Jindo Hongju experience (Jindo traditional alcohol tasting)
The festival gives you the chance to spin the potter’s wheel, paint designs and make your own ceramic tea sets for 4,000 won. You can also taste different types of Korean teas, including omija, dandelion and lotus leaf.
The annual Lotus Lantern Festival, or Yeondeunghoe, is a major lantern festival in Seoul that is held to celebrate Buddha’s birthday. There will be a fascinating lantern parade and traditional cultural events along the Jongno Street and spectacular lantern displays at Jogyesa Temple and Bongeunsa Temple.
Date: April 28~30, 2017
Location: Jogyesa, Bongeunsa temple, along the Jongno Street (Seoul)
Best things & places to see: A lotus lantern parade on April 29 (Sat) (Dongdaemun Gate → Jogyesa Temple 7:00pm-9:30pm), Bongeunsa Temple exhibition, Jogyesa Temple exhibition, Cheonggyecheon Stream exhibition
Now, if you are planning your spring trip to Korea, April is surely the best time to do so.
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Korea’s perishing winter has gone. The weather is getting warm, spring flowers with vivid colors start blooming, and it’s high time we planned a day trip to Everland, the biggest theme park in Korea. Yay!
Let’s have a look at what we’ve got here today:)
1. Everland Tulip Festival 2017
Four Seasons Garden at Everland is filled with 1.2 million spring flowers including tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths. The garden features sculptures and paths decorated with colorful spring flowers. Visitors love the 26 meter-tall Flower Magic Tower, a perfect photo spot for your Instagram!
However, we strongly recommend staying at Everland until the night falls. The reason is simple; the longer you stay, the more fun you come across. Evening shows and events will greet visitors who stay until late in the evening. For example, the fireworks show “Romance in the Sky” is held at 8 pm.
With the rich fragrance of spring flowers, the fireworks at night will make your day out at Everland even more romantic. Seize this wonderful moment with your beloved ones.
Make sure to check out the detailed schedule for the fireworks at Everland official website.
Trazy’s Everland Full Day Package shuttle bus leaves Everland at 9:15 pm (10:15 pm from April to October), which allows you to catch the night parades and fireworks.
3. Top Attractions Awaken from Hibernation
As spring thaws frozen air and lands, Everland‘s top rides also awaken from their winter break. The rides that re-operates from March include the T express, the world’s best wooden coaster according to Mitch Hawker’s online poll in 2008 and 2010. It ensures an adventure filled experience of an adrenaline rush.
Popular attractions such as T-express & Amazon Express always have long lines. Use Everland Q-Pass to save your time. 🙂
Feel the spring breeze with the sweet scent of flowers, experience the thrill of the extreme rides and wrap up your day with the romantic firework-adorned sky.
The spring flowering season in South Korea generally spans from mid-March to late April, which typically peaks in early April.
During the month of April, Korea offers a vibrant burst of spring blooms and a series of fascinating festivals and family fun, which makes it the best time of year to visit the country.
While cherry blossom festivals are the most well-known main spring events, there are plenty of events dedicated to spring flowers that are absolutely travel-worthy.
Here are South Korea’s 7 best spring festivals in 2017 for you and your beloved ones to enjoy the best of the spring season in Korea!
1. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival
Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival or Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is by far the most popular and the largest cherry blossom festival in Korea which is held every April in Jinhae.
Boasting over 350,000 cherry trees lining the streets, the picturesque scene of thousands of pink and white petals dancing in the air over the Yeojwacheon Stream is absolutely a must see in your lifetime.
From Seoul to Jinhae, there are no direct train or bus connections and you will have to make several transfers if you travel via train or express bus. So if this is your first time visiting the festival, booking a shuttle bus package is highly recommended.
Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is another popular and famous festival that offers breathtaking cherry blossoms where visitors can enjoy walking along the cherry tree-lined path around the serene Bomun Lake.
From Seoul to Gyeongju, visitors will have to take a train or express bus and make several transfers to get to the festival. So booking a shuttle bus is highly recommended if you want to take away the hassle out of your trip.
Recognized by the World Tulip Summit Society, Taean Tulip Festival is one of the world’s top 5 tulip festivals that takes place every year throughout April and May.
Featuring over 1.5 million of colorful tulips, visitors will have the chance to enjoy the gardens showcasing tulips of every color and size as well as beautiful floral displays of other spring flowers including canola, digitalis and lupine.
Compared to the world-famous Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival has not received much attention worldwide. However, the festival is South Korea’s one of the best-kept secrets among the locals.
Some of the best highlights not to be missed at the festival are the ’10-ri Cherry Blossom Road’, a 4 km-long road of cherry trees in full bloom, and the historic ‘Hwagae Jangteo’, or ‘Hwagae Market’, where you can enjoy cultural performances and taste local specialties.
The easiest way to get to the festival is by booking a shuttle bus as there are no direction train or bus connections from Seoul to the venue.
Take a stroll along the 4.3-km long path lined with hundreds of cherry trees around the serene Gyeongpo Lake and stop by Gyeongpodae Pavilion standing at the end of the lake. Built on a small hill right next to the lake, this traditional wooden pavilion is perfect place take photos and get a view of the whole lake.
As Gyeongpo Lake is located just across the street from Gyeongpo Beach, visitors will be able to and admire the breathtaking ocean view of the East Sea as well.
Every April, thousands of visitors flock to Jindo Sea Parting Festival, also known as Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival, to see what is referred to as ‘the modern Mose’s miracle’ in Jindo Island.
Here, you will be able to witness the astonishing sight of a wondrous sea parting where the sea opens up and reveals a sea road for an hour and even try walking on the sea road with your friends and family.
March is the month that marks the beginning of spring in Korea. As the warm sunlight thaws the land of morning calm after the freezing winter, early spring flowers finally start to bloom. Mountains and fields are filled with vivid spring colors and it is time to go on a day trip. Let’s take a look at where to go for your spring day out in Korea.
1. Gwangyang Maehwa (Apricot Flowers or Plum Blossoms)
Gwangyang Maehwa Village is famous for its beautiful apricot trees. Every March, this small village is covered with white Maehwa (apricot flowers or plum blossoms). As Maehwa is known as the first spring flower to bloom, a nice day out at Gangyang Maehwa Village will quench your thirst for long-awaited spring flowers.
Strolling beneath Maehwa trees, tasting local Gwangyang food and taking a tour to the nearby Ssanggyesa Temple will make a perfect spring excursion.
As the weather starts to get warmer, the sansuyu (cornelian cherry) trees welcome the new spring season by decorating Gurye with its bright yellow flowers.
The Gurye Sansuyu Festival is an annual festival held in the base of Jirisan Mountain, located in the Jeollanam-do Province, where you can see the beautiful bright yellow sansuyu flowers in full bloom.
You can also visit nearby Hwaeomsa Temple. It isone of the 10 most famous temples in Korea and a must-visit temple for those who want to relax their minds in the quiet temple and learn about the historic national cultural heritages.
From March to April every year, Jeju Island dresses up in yellow by canola flowers in full bloom. The spring beauty of Jeju Island with these vivid yellow flowers and cherry blossoms fascinates travelers from all over the world as well as local residents.