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Korea’s Spring Flower Festivals in 2013!

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Korea’s Spring Flower Festivals in 2013!


Korea's Spring Flower Festivals 2013

It’s March, and that means it’s almost time for Korea’s Spring Flower Festivals in 2013! It also means that I’m receiving a lot of questions from potential travelers… namely, “When and where can I see the flowers?”

Among Korea’s spring flower festivals in 2013, the most popular is undoubtedly the Jinhae Naval Port Festival (April 1~10), now in its 51st year! For those in the greater Seoul area, the Yeouido Hangang Spring Flower Festival (April 12~18) is always a huge draw. But the distinction of Korea’s first flower fête goes to the Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival (March 23~31).

Whichever of Korea’s spring flower festivals in 2013 you’d like to visit, I hope the information below can help you plan your trip. Do note, however, that spring flowers are a fickle lot, so check the festival websites as dates change.

Now… let’s take a look at Korea’s Spring Flower Festivals in 2013! (in chronological order):

Gwangyang Maehwa Festival

(Maehwa Village, South Jeolla Province)
March 23~31, 2013
Traditionally one of Korea’s first spring flower festivals, Maehwa Village’s 83 acres of apricot trees cover the Baegunsan mountains with their white blossoms. In addition to flower watching, the festival features lots of music, dance and experience programs.
(more info: call +82-61-797-2721 or visit the KTO page.)

Gurye Sansuyu Festival

(Gurye, South Jeolla Province)
March 29~31, 2013
Gurye is famous for its teas, liquors and food made from the cornus flower, also known as the Japanese Dogwood. These flowers are said to protect the liver and skin. Gurye is a picturesque farming town located between Jirisan mountain and the Seomjingang river. Visitors can enjoy performances, hands-on programs, fireworks and a national arm wrestling competition! There are also three important Buddhist temples and the Jirisan Hot Springs Resort located nearby.
(more info: call +82-61-1330 or visit the KTO page.)

Hwagae Cherry Blossoms Festival

(Hwagae Market, Hadong County, South Gyeongsang Province)
Early April, 2013
Held since 1993 around a historic marketplace in lovely Hadong County that’s a crossroads for three provinces, the festival highlight is a six kilometer road that is lined with mature cherry trees, and nearby several great cultural attractions.
(more info: call +82-61-1330 or visit the KTO page or http://toureng.hadong.go.kr/04festival/01_02.asp)

(51st) Jinhae Naval Port Festival

(Jinhae, South Gyeongsang Province)
April 1~10, 2013
The big daddy of all of the spring flower festivals, Jinhae’s world-famous flowering cherry trees boast the world’s largest concentration of the spring favorite. The festival dates back to 1952 and celebrates Korea’s greatest naval hero, Admiral Yi Sun-shin. At the festival, climb aboard a recreated turtle ship, a modern naval ship, view the Naval Academy Museum, and just enjoy the beautiful harbor and cherry trees! Don’t miss the “Romance Walk” near Jinhae Station.
(more info: call +82-61-1330 or visit the KTO page.)

(13th) Nonsan Strawberry Festival

(Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province)
April 3~7, 2013
Home to some of Korea’s tastiest strawberries, the festival invites visitors to pick (and eat) as many strawberries as they can, not to mention purchase any number of strawberry treats to take home. In addition to the food is fireworks, an exhibition, hands-on activities and a visit to Nonsan’s specialty market.
(more info: call +82-41-1330 or visit the KTO page.)

(14th) Icheon Baeksa Sansuyu Flower Festival

(Icheon Baeksa Village, Gyeonggi Province)
April 5~7, 2013
For over 100 years, the beautiful sansuyu, or Japanese dogwood tree has grown naturally in the Baeksa Village area of Icheon. During this festival, participants can play traditional folk games and watch a parade. The festival is a popular attraction for amateur and professional photographers.
(more info: call +82-61-1330 or visit the KTO page.)

(22nd) Jeju King Cherry Blossoms Festival

(Jeju City, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province)
April 5~7, 2013
Due to its southern location, Jeju Island typically hosts the nation’s first spring flower festivals. Among the most popular, the Jeju King Cherry Blossoms Festival takes place in the downtown Seogwipo area and the Citizen Welfare Town. Festival events include live music.
(more info: call +82-64-728-2754 or visit the KTO page.)

(9th) Yeouido Hangang Spring Flower Festival

(Yeouido, Seoul)
April 12~18, 2013
Seoul’s best location to see cherry blossoms is on Yeouido Island. Specifically, the road behind the National Assembly building is lined with hundreds of mature cherry trees that were planted before many people even lived on the island. For a few short days every spring, the island erupts into a riot of pale pink blossoms, and some four million people are expected to visit.
(more info: call +82-2-1330 or visit the KTO page.)

(31st) Jeju Canola Blossom Festival

(Seogwipo City, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province)
April 19~21, 2013
Jeju Island’s southern location means it’s the first place to experience spring, and the burst of spring color. Starting in February, Jeju’s landscape is covered in the bright yellow yuchae, or canola blossoms. At this festival, visitors can purchase various locally-made canola flower items and celebrate the coming of spring!
(more info: call +82-61-1330 or visit the KTO page.)

Cheongpunghoban Cherry Festival

(Cheongpungho Lake, North Chungcheong Province)
April 19~21, 2013
Lake Cheongpungho is the site of this spring festival, which features not just cherry blossoms, but also azaleas, forsythias and other wild flowers. Beyond the beautiful spring blooms, the festival features great performances, exhibitions, competitions and various activities on the nearby lake.
(more info: call +82-43-1330 / +82-43-641-4870 or visit the KTO page.)

(15th) Hampyeong Butterfly Festival

(Hampyeong, South Jeolla Province)
April 26~May 8, 2013
See tens of thousands of butterflies frolicking around over 8,000 acres of rapeseed flowers in Hampyeong’s celebration of butterflies, and all insects. Definitely a unique festival and experience!
(more info: call +82-54-1330 or visit the KTO page.)

(15th) Damyang Bamboo Festival

(Damyang, South Jeolla Province)
May 3~8, 2013
Damyang is famous for its forests of bamboo trees. This festival has a long history, originating from the feast held at the end of the bamboo planting season. Sample bamboo alcohol and food!
(more info: call +82-61-1330 or visit http://bamboofestival.co.kr/)

(38th) Boseong Green Tea Festival

(Boseong County, South Jeolla Province)
May 14~19, 2013
Probably Korea’s most famous tea growing region, the orderly hedges of tea shrubs create a picturesque backdrop for Boseong‘s annual green tea festival, which offers visitors a number of tea-related cultural activities and even green tea themed foods, like green tea ice cream and pork belly!
(more info: call +82-61-850-5577 or visit the KTO page.)

(17th) Hadong Wild Tea Cultural Festival

(Hadong County, South Gyeongsang Province)
May 17~19, 2013
Beautiful Hadong County was recently named one of South Korea’s first “slow cities” for its embrace of traditional culture. It’s also where the first tea plants were grown in Korea. The area retains its heritage by harvesting high-grade teas using traditional methods. The annual festival offers many tea and ceramics-related activities, as well as concerts and a temple stay program.
(more info: call +82-55-1330 or visit the KTO page.).
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