7 Best Festivals in May 2017 | South Korea Festivals Guide

From romantic spring flower festivals to star-studded spectacular music festival, the month of May in Korea is filled with plenty of wonderful festivals.

Check out all ongoing and upcoming festivals and events for May 2017 in South Korea and find the perfect fest with our festival guide!

1. Taean Tulip Festival 2017

Immerse yourself in 1.5 million tulips and other spring flowers!

Recognized as one of the World’s Top 5 Tulip Festivals by the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS), Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in South Korea.

While you can appreciate the beautiful tulips and spring flowers during the day, you can enjoy a fantastic array of impressive light displays at night!

  • Date: April 13~May 10
  • Venue: Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do Province (western part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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2. The Garden of Morning Calm Spring Flower Festival

Come and see the stunning gardens of colorful spring flowers at the Garden of Morning Calm, which is one of the most beloved gardens that offer fantastic flowers all year round.

Visit Nami Island nearby as well! It’s another famous destination where you can enjoy a stroll along scenic tree-lined paths and gardens.

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3. Boseong Green Tea Festival 2017

Prepare to be stunned by the endless stretches of green tea fields covering the entire hillside of Boseong Green Tea Plantation!

Selected as one of the “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN, this breathtaking natural scenery awaits you in Boseong Green Tea Festival.

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  • Date: May 3~May 7
  • Venue: Boseong County, Jeollanam-do Province (southwestern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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4. Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival 2017)

Every year, Busan, a beautiful port city in South Korea, offers an incredible display of colorful lanterns in celebration of Buddha’s birthday, giving visitors an unforgettable experience.

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5. Seoul World DJ Festival 2017

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. seoul-world-dj-festival-(2)

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6. Gangneung Danoje Festival Tour

Gangneung Danoje Festival is 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.gangneung-danoje-festival

  • Date: May 27~June 3
  • Venue: Gangneung City, Gangwon-do Province (eastern part of Korea)
  • Book one-day trip

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7. Samcheok Rose Festival

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.samcheok-rose-festivalsamcheok-rail-bike

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Photo Credits
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
Busan Yeon Deung Hoe Official Website
Nami Island Official Website

An Ultimate Guide to the Garden of Morning Calm

Visit the Garden of Morning Calm in Korea, popular day-trip destination near Seoul!

For those who love nature and are also fond of botanical gardens, head for the Garden of Morning Calm, one of the best and most beautiful gardens in Korea.

Inspired by Korea’s nickname, ‘The Land of the Morning Calm’, the garden focuses on the country’s natural beauty and showcases floral arrangements and landscaped gardens built in harmony with the surroundings.
아침고요_본문01Offering a picturesque setting, the garden has been used as a filming location for many Korean TV series, including the hit drama, “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds,” starred by Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung. 아침고요_본문02_드라마

Where is the Garden of Morning Calm?

Located north of Seoul in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province, the Garden of Morning Calm can be reached within 2 hours by car.

Around the Garden of Morning Calm, there are many other famous attractions you may want to explore as well, such as Nami Island, Petite France and Gangchon Rail Park.

What is the best way to go to the Garden of Morning Calm from Seoul?

There are two ways you can get to the Garden of Morning Calm from Seoul:

  • Public transportation
  • Tour

If you can’t decide which one to take, use this chart below to see which is suitable for you.garden-transporation-table.jpg

If you are a first-time traveler, taking a tour is the best option. It is the most convenient way to visit the garden and other famous tourist destinations nearby.

Check out the most popular Garden of Morning Calm tour here.

When is the best time to visit the Garden of Morning Calm?

Four seasons of the Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm offers seasonal displays of blooms and festivals every season so it is always worth visiting, even multiple times.아침고요_본문03_헤더축소

1. Spring

During spring, the garden features various spring flowers such as cherry blossom, forsythia, Japanese apricot, azalea, and magnolia.아침고요_본문04★Spring event: Wild Flower Exhibition and Spring Festival
Weather: While it is pleasantly warm during the day, mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. Wearing in layers and bringing a lightweight jacket is highly recommended.

2. Summer

In summer, the garden becomes verdant boasting its lush trees with leafy branches. You can see iris, hydrangea, and rose of Sharon in June, July, and mid-July to August, respectively.아침고요_본문05★Summer event: Iris Festival, Hydrangea Festival and Exhibition, Rose of Sharn Festival and Exhibition
Weather: Korea’s summer is humid and you may encounter summer showers. Make sure to check out the weather forecast before you go.

3. Autumn

In autumn, the garden offers breathtaking scenery of fall foliage. The blue sky and yellow and red leaves make a picturesque contrast of autumn colors, and autumn flowers add their fragrance to this scenic view in the garden.아침고요_본문06★Autumn event: Wild chrysanthemum Exhibition, Chrysanthemum Exhibition, and Maple Festival
Weather: Autumn’s gentle breeze with the clear blue sky will make a perfect day for outdoor activities. Bring a jacket for chilly mornings and nights.

4. Winter

The garden is great to explore year-round, but winter is especially popular for the annual display of dazzling lights at night.아침고요_겨울콜라주★Winter event: Lighting Festival (December-March)
Weather: The sun sets early and the temperature falls below 0-degree Celsius in winter. Keep yourself warm with thick clothes, winter boots, and gloves.

5 Must-See Spots in the Garden of Morning Calm

Visitors can quickly look around this seven-acre garden within roughly one or two hours.

But if you have limited time and want to make the most of your time, check out these 5 must-see spots in the Garden of Morning Calm.

As you read, use our map below to find the spots featured in this blog post.

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A map of the Garden of Morning Calm (click to enlarge).

1. Hometown Garden (marked as 5 in the map): A very typical Korean thatched cottage is surrounded by trees and plants that Korean people love to plant near their houses.아침고요_본문08_고향집정원2. Rose of Sharon Garden (8): This garden is filled with more than 200 kinds of Roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea.아침고요_본문09_무궁화동산3. Millennium Juniper (16): This elegant juniper has lived for a thousand years.아침고요_본문10_천년향4. Pond Garden (22): The pavilion, the pond, and trees form a scenic view that changes every season.아침고요_본문12_서화연25. Conifer Garden (31): The garden is filled with more than 20 kinds of evergreen trees and the miniature rail is loved by children.아침고요_본문11_침엽수정원

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Photo Credits
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Website
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Facebook

Why is April the Best Time to Visit Korea?

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.

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Travelers enjoying the outdoors in ‘Hanbok’

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!

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Breathtaking cherry blossoms at Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

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2) Tulips

Don’t be disappointed when the cherry blossoms are gone as there are colorful tulips for you to enjoy.

A. Taean Tulip Festival

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Taean Tulip Festival is by far the largest tulip festival in Korea, which features more than 1.5 million of colorful tulips. It is also known as one of the world’s top 5 tulip festivals!

  • Date: April 13~May 10
  • Location: Taean County, Chungcheong-do (mid-west province)
  • Best things to see: Flower gardens (tulips, canola, digitalis, lupine)
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

B. Everland Tulip Festival

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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.

Browse more deals on Everland here.

3) Azaleas

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

goryeosan-azaleaOnly 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
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

4) Spring Flower Gardens & Parks

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

아침고요_본문04The 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
  • Book our recommended tour

For more information, click here.

B. Hallim Park

jeju-island-spring (4)Stop and smell the flowers at Hallim Park in northwest Jeju. Unlike other botanical gardens that display flowers, this park is dedicated to different flowers every month.

In April, the cherry blossoms and canola flowers burst into bloom all over the park!

  • Date: Throughout April
  • Location: Hallim-eup, Jeju City, Jeju Island
  • Best things to see: Cherry blossoms, canola flowers, botanical gardens, Ssangyonggul Cave
  • Buy a discount ticket

For more information, click here.

3. It’s a Festival Frenzy!

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

jindo-sea-parting-festivalEvery 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)
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

2) Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal (Tea Bowl) Festival

mungyeong-tea-bowl-festival-2If you still haven’t experienced Korean tea culture, Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival is the perfect place to be.

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.

  • Date: April 28~30, 2017
  • Location: Mungyeong, Gyeongsang-do (southeast province)
  • Best things to enjoy: Hands-on programs for making pottery and teaware, Korean tea tasting
  • Book a tour

For more information, click here.

3) Lotus Lantern Festival (Yeondeunghoe)

lotus-lantern-festival-bongeunsa-(1).jpgThe 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.

Check out the best tours and travel deals for April!

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Photo Credits
Taean Tulip Festival Official Homepage
Hallim Park Official Homepage
Jindo Sea Parting Festival Official Homepage
Everland Official Homepage
The Garden of Morning Calm Official Homepage
Bongeunsa Temple Official Homepage
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Travel Review & Tips: Nami Island & Gangchon Rail Park & The Garden of Morning Calm

Hello, everyone! Greetings from a member of Trazy crew!

Personally, I’ve always wondered how it actually feels like to be on a tour from our own tour packages, so I’ve decided to experience it as a customer (and I’ll be 100% honest haha). 😉

Here goes my very first travel review on a tour package from Trazy.com, which is “Nami Island+Gangchon Rail Bike+Garden of the Morning Calm Tour“.

The tour takes you to three most popular destinations in the outskirts of Seoul – Gangchon Rail Park, Nami Island and the Garden of the Morning Calm – all of which are on travel my bucket list!

If you want to book the tour, click here.

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1. Gangchon Rail Park

First, the tour starts from Gangchon Rail Park. It was roughly an hour and a half ride to this charming rail-bike park from Seoul. It’s much more convenient than taking the subway (which takes at least 2 hours or more).

nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-12Since I visited the park during the winter, I honestly must say the weather is REALLY COLD. When riding the bike, it was even colder (my fingers and toes froze seriously). So if you are planning to visit in winter, wear gloves, a thick outer and buy heat packs! nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-9See the walls? They look like books, how creative!  nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-15This is what the ticket looks like. 🙂 nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-11The ride runs every hour daily- 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and so on.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-13There are 2 seater-bikes (blue) and 4-seater bikes (red) to choose from. nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-16The entire course is 8.6km in total. You will ride the rail bike for the first 50 minutes and take a break at a rest stop with a cafe and then take the Nangman Train, or Romance Train, for 20 minutes, to Gangchon Station.

Honestly, I really enjoyed the ride, particularly when the amazing landscapes laid out in front my eyes as I came out from the tunnel (the glittering Milky Way tunnel is totally thumbs up!).nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-17Though my face was frozen, the rail bike experience was absolutely amazing. 🙂 The short ride on the train also gave me enough time to take in the beautiful natural scenery of Gangchon area. 😀

2. Nami Island

Next, the tour makes a stop at Nami Island, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Korea famous for its amazing scenery in every season and being featured in many Korean TV dramas, including the hit drama called “Winter Sonata”.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-20Since Nami Island is an independent island-nation, you will need to get an entry visa, or an admission ticket (no need to buy if you are with Trazy)
nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-21After passing through the immigration gate (present the ticket to the staff when entering), I got on a ferry. The ferry ride only took about 5~10 minutes to get to the island.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-22Now, enjoy my photos of this beautiful Nami Island.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-24nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-25nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-26nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-27The leaves were gone, but it was still nice to take a walk along this beautiful tree-lined path in Nami Island.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-28Last but not least, don’t forget to try this roasted corn!

 3. The Garden of Morning Calm

The last place I visited with Trazy’s tour was the Garden of Morning Calm, and this place was absolutely amazing!nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-34Look at all these dazzles and sparkles everywhere! nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-32nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-30And if you think this is a little charming garden, you’re wrong. It’s actually humongous.nami-island_gangchon-rail_garden-of-morning-calm-31A vast field shining in blue lights and the colorful display of bushes and trees…I could only say WOW while I was walking around. You should definitely added to your must-visit destination list if you visit Korea!

Overall Evaluation of the Tour

What I really liked about this tour package was that all of the 3 travel destinations on the itinerary were always on my travel bucket list (if they’re not on yours yet, you better add them) and that I could travel all in one day (you can save time and travel more)!

Another great thing about the tour was that I didn’t have to drive or worry about the transportation as well as all of the entrance tickets, all of which made my trip way easier and hassle-free.

The only downside I would say is that I didn’t get to see snow. 😦 I know that many people anticipate seeing the snow, but as you know, the weather worldwide has been strange this particular winter.

Anyways, I highly recommend this tour if you want to visit all of these fascinating places during your stay in Seoul! You can book the tour here.

Planning to travel in the vicinity of Seoul? Make sure to check out our other travel guides and tips:

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