In Korea, university festivals are vibrant celebrations that showcase the dynamic culture and spirit of youth.

Typically taking place in spring, these festivals typically feature a diverse array of activities, including performances, food stalls known as ‘pochas’, as well as various events. Students can expect to immerse themselves in a lively atmosphere filled with music, dance, and camaraderie as students come together to celebrate their academic achievements and enjoy a break from their studies.

Sometimes the celebrity lineup is kept a secret until the day itself, with some of the top A-list artists being invited like BLACKPINK, PSY, and more! From traditional performances to modern entertainment, university festivals offer a glimpse into the vibrant and energetic campus life of Korean universities.


1. Korea University – KUTOPIA

2. Hanyang University – Rachios: Wave

3. Pusan National University – Daedong Festival

4. Yonsei University – h:OURS

1. Korea University – KUTOPIA

| Dates: May 21st to May 23rd
| Location: 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)
*Photos from last year.

Korea University usually holds two major festivals – Seoktap Daedongjae and Ipselenti. Ipselenti is one of the biggest, well-known festivals amongst all the universities in Korea with a star-studded lineup every year and thus, limited entrance.

The former, Seoktap Daedongjae, is instead open for all typically featuring two to three artists for the night! Titled KUTOPIA this year, guess we’ll have to keep an eye until the day to find out which artists will be performing!

2. Hanyang University – Rachios: Wave

| Dates: May 22nd to May 24th
| Location: 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

| Artist Lineup
Day 1: CloudTemplar, DaNKuN, KISS OF LIFE, Woodie Gochild, DAY6
Day 2: pH-1, Chungha, Jay Park
Day 3: YENA, Jannabi
*Photos from last year.


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Another popular university festival taking place is Rachios: Wave at Hanyang University! An eagerly anticipated event each year, it draws many students and citizens alike. Although the center stage is reserved for students, the amphitheater is open to all!

Known for its diverse performances, exhibitions, pochas, and game corners, the festival offers something for everyone. You can even win some freebies from the various booths prepared or catch a quick bite at one of the student-run pochas too! With various clubs and academic societies participating, attendees can expect a vibrant atmosphere filled with energy and passion!

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3. Pusan National University – Daedong Festival

| Dates: May 28th to May 30th
| Location: 2 Busandaehak-ro 63beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan (Kakao Map)

| Artist Lineup (More to be announced on May 25th!)
Day 1: CRAVITY, PSYBURGER & DreamGirls
Day 2: (G)I-DLE, ZICO
Day 3: QWER, NOWADAYS, SG Wannabe

And of course, these festivals don’t just take place in Seoul such as Pusan National University’s Daedongjae!

It will be the first time the festival is held together by both the graduate and undergraduate students. It’s also been said that the budget has been doubled and that only means double the fun and excitement for all those attending!

With most of the artist lineup already released, you can definitely tell that the school committee means business this year!

What to do near Pusan National University:

4. Yonsei University – h:OURS

| Dates: May 28th to May 31st
| Location: 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul (Kakao Map)

| Artist Lineup:
Day 3 (May 30th): 10cm, Paul Kim, Sunwoojunga, Kim Suyoung, So Soo Bin 
Day 4 (May 31st): NELL, Chang Kiha, Car, the Garden, Lee Seung-yoon, BAND NAH

Last but not least is, inarguably, along with Korea University’s Ipselenti, the most recognized university festivals in Korea – Muak Daedongjae and AKARAKA at Yonsei University! They are two of the biggest events to take place throughout the year making headlines in the news each year as well.

Participation in AKARAKA is unfortunately limited to students only but the Muak Daedongjae makes up for this! Named ‘h:OURS’ this year, with the opening taking place on the 28th, the rest of the festival will take place accordingly – at Songdo Campus on the 29th and at Sinchon Campus for the remaining two days!

What to do near Yonsei University:

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