October brings a unique blend of Korea's rich history and modern influences. From the historical charm of lantern-lit festivals to the glitz of international film celebrations, Korea in October is a cultural hotspot. If you're planning a trip or looking to immerse yourself in Korean festivities, here's a lineup of the must-visit festivals.
Dates: Oct 8 – Oct 22, 2023
Location: 626, Namgang-ro, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do경상남도 진주시 남강로 626
Fee: Free entrance
Witness the ethereal beauty of the Jinju Namgang Yudeung Lantern Festival as the historic fortress and its surroundings radiate in the glow of vibrant lanterns. Apart from the mesmerizing evening lantern parade, immerse yourself in cultural performances, local food stalls, water light shows, and participate in lantern-making and sailing activities.
Dates: Oct 2 – Oct 9, 2023
Location: Old Andong Station, 239 Yuksa-ro, Junggu-dong, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do경북 안동시 육사로 239 탈춤공연장
Fees: Free entrance
Step back in time and relive Korea's rich heritage at the Andong Mask Dance Festival. A week-long cultural experience, enjoy activities ranging from traditional Korean performances like Taekwondo and orchestras to traditional mask dances from around the world.
Dates: Oct 4 – Oct 13, 2023 (from 6PM)
Location: 120, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan부산광역시 해운대구 수영강변대로 120
Fees: Tickets range from 9,000 to 30,000 KRW (~8 to 28 USD) (Purchase here)
For movie enthusiasts and glamour seekers, the Busan International Film Festival is the place to be. Fondly referred to as the Cannes of Asia, witness the grandeur of world cinema, from red-carpet events, international premieres, to up-and-coming indie productions.
Festival Dates: Oct 7 – Oct 8, 2023
Location: Samnak Ecological Park. 1231, Nakdong-daero, Sasang-gu, Busan부산광역시 사상구 낙동대로 1231
Fees: 1 day, 110,000 KRW (~80 USD), 2 day 165,000 KRW (~122 USD) (Purchase here)
Rock music takes center stage at the Busan International Rock Festival. Revel in two days of powerful performances from global bands. Enhance your experience with the unique camping opportunity, offering an immersive festival feel.
Festival Dates: Oct 6 – Oct 9, 2023
Location: 100 Surigol-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
강원특별자치도 강릉시 경강로2021번길 9-1
Fees: Free entrance
For caffeine enthusiasts, the Gangneung Coffee Festival promises a brew-tiful experience. Set against the backdrop of the picturesque coastal city, sip on Korea's finest coffees while enjoying barista showcases and serene sea views.
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October in Korea promises an eclectic blend of festivities. Whether you're a culture enthusiast, a movie buff, or a music lover, there's something in store for everyone. Pack your bags and embark on a journey of cultural discovery!
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