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[Travel Bits] Festivals, sights across Korea

By Lee Si-jin

Published : March 31, 2023 - 09:00

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Jinhae Gunhangje Festival

The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is being held in areas near Jinhae Jungwon Rotary Intersection in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, from March 25 to April 3.

Celebrating the beautiful display of 360,000 cherry trees in downtown Jinhae, various programs, including cultural performances, a military parade and maritime firework show are set to entertain the visitors.

The highly anticipated cherry blossoms festival makes a return after a three-year break as most of the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted earlier this year.

The event is open to people of all ages without any admission fees.

Cheongnamdae Spring Flower Festival

The Cheongnamdae Spring Flower Festival, which is scheduled to start on April 16, will run through May 8 at Cheongnamdae in Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province.

Once a private villa used by South Korea's presidents, Cheongnamdae opened to the public in 2003.

Surrounded by spring flowers, the festival welcomes visitors of all ages with various sculptures, art paintings and wild flowers.

Cheongnamdae is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed every Monday.

Admission fees range from 3,000 won to 5,000 won for children, teenagers and adults.

Online reservation is required.

Busan Lotus Lantern Festival

The Busan Lotus Lantern Festival will be held at Songsanghyeon Plaza and Busan Citizen’s Park in Busan from April 28 to May 14.

Sponsored by the Busan Buddhism Association, the annual festival offers visitors with an opportunity to experience Buddhist culture through many activities and hands-on experiences, including a lotus lantern-making program, temple food meals, or gongyang, and more.

In celebration of Buddha’s birthday, various types of lotus lanterns are on display.

The main highlights of the festival are the Grand Buddhist Ceremony and the Lotus Lantern Parade that draw many spectators regardless of their religious beliefs.

Gapyeong Cherry Blossom Festival

Welcoming spring, the Gapyeong Cherry Blossom Festival is set to start from April 8 to 16 at Eden Cherry Blossom Road in Gapyeong, Gyeonggi Province.

The 1.2-kilometer cherry blossom tunnel features stage performances of classical and popular songs, a flea market of handmade things and local specialties throughout the festival.

The festival makes a return after a three-year break as most of the remaining COVID-19 policies were lifted as of Monday.

The event is open to people of all ages without any admission fees.

Jeju Canola Flower Festival

The Jeju Canola Flower Festival is scheduled to run through April 15 at Hueree Natural Park on Jeju Island.

The park, near Mount Halla, offers a chance to stroll, relax and enjoy the spring.

The canola flowers represent spring on the southern island, as they start to bloom at the end of winter.

The festival offers multiple photo zones for families and friends to take memorable pictures.

The event is open to people of all ages, and admission fees vary by age.