Korea is a country where the ultra-modern and the rustic traditional come together. This is reflected in the many festivals that are held annually across the country. They range from modern festivals for students in the city to traditional festivals that happen in smaller towns or the countryside. There are so many festivals in South Korea that it can be hard to keep track.
There are notable festivals for holidays, like Buddha's Birthday or Children's Day, but Festivals in Korea organize by season. Autumn festivals are usually about food, revolving around the harvest. Winter festivals have themes that center around outdoor activities like skiing and snow sculpture. Spring festivals stress renewal and beauty as the cherry blossoms erupt. Summer festivals take place in seaside cities and integrate the beach into activities.
Gwangju World Kimchi Culture Festival
Korea would not be complete without a festival for one of its most unique and tantalizing culinary offerings, a spiced fermented cabbage known as kimchi. The kimchi festival in the southwestern province of Gwangju is part of the many fall harvest festivals that dot the countryside of this mostly agricultural region. Besides a kimchi buffet featuring virtually every kind of kimchi in existence, side dishes and kimchi preparation lessons are also featured.
Spring Flower Festivals
Flower festivals in Korea start in April and most of them revolve around the lush pink cherry blossoms. Other celebrated flowers include apricot flowers, canola and cornus fruit trees. Jeju Island, an island that marks the southernmost point in the country, has a warmer climate and hosts a number of flower festivals. Other cultural activities are integrated into the festivals, like Tuho -- an arrow-throwing game -- parades and traditional crafts and cooking.
Boryeong Mud Festival
This is Korea's ultimate summer festival, drawing locals and tourists from across the globe. The first Mud Festival was held in 1998, two years after various scientific institutions confirmed that the mud at Boryeong's beaches contained a healthy and beneficial mix of mineral components. The festival is not only a way to promote Boryeong Mud as a cosmetic, but also to showcase the beautiful beaches of Daecheon.
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