Cherry blossoms across South Korea are gone, but it’s too early to be disappointed. There are plenty of festivals in May waiting for you! From world-class festivals and celebrations to jolly local festivals, find your perfect fest with our South Korea Festivals Guide!
1. Taean Tulip Festival 2016 (April 16~May 8)
At this time of the year, you and your pair can enjoy plenty of romance in the acres and acres of mesmerizing tulips at this romantic festival in Taean, South Korea!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. Come and see spectacular displays of famous world’s classic paintings in millions of colorful tulips! It is the only festival in the world where you will see masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the Marilyn Diptych by Andy Warhol, expressed in tulips!
Nearby Attractions: Ganworam Hermitage & Anmyeondo Forest
Near the venue of Taean Tulip Festival is a small hermitage called Ganworam that is created by the Great Monk Muhak from the Joseon Dynasty. Try walking on a hidden path that appears during the low tides that leads to this extraordinary hermitage! For more details, click here.
Another nearby attraction to stop by is Anmyeondo Natural Recreation Forest. It is one of the most popular natural forests in Korea, where you can enjoy leisurely walks through the lush wooded areas. For details, click here.
2. Damyang Bamboo Forest (May 3~8)
How about escaping away from the city to this beautiful bamboo forest, Damyang Juknokwon, in Jeolla Province? Well known for an enticing bamboo park that features 8 different themed walking trails and Metasequoia forest, the bamboo festival at Juknokwon will certainly leave you in awe! For more information, click here.
3. Boseong Green Tea Festival (May 4~8)
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!The annual Boseong Green Tea Festival will kick off on May 4th and will run until May 8th. There will be a variety of events and activities like tea picking experience, so come and join! For details, click here.
If you want to visit the annual Boseong Green Tea Festival and Damyang Bamboo Forest in one day without any hassle, better hurry and sign up because the tour is available only on May 6th and 7th! Booking is available here.
4. Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival) (May 6~8)
Heads up, travelers! The annual Lotus Lantern Festival in South Korea will be celebrated from May 6th to May 8th. In honor of Buddha’s birthday, there will be thousands of lotus-shaped lanterns across Seoul as well as a variety of Buddhist programs and activities for both local and international spectators.Don’t forget to see the fabulous lantern parade along the Jongno Street and pay a visit to Jogyesa, a famous temple located in the heart of Seoul! For details and directions, click here.
5. Gapyeong Craft Beer Festival 1 Day Package (May 14 & 15)
After a successful first outing in 2015, the 2nd annual Gapyeong Craft Beer Festival will be back again on May 14th and 15th!Try a wide range local craft beer brands at the festival, but know your limits! 😉A variety of beers, food and entertainment including live music performances of the hottest DJs and bands from Hongdae and Itaewon…What more can we say?! You must certainly go and have fun at Gapyeong Festival! For details and directions, click here.
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