June 2017: Things to Do in Seoul – Events and Festivals – Seoulistic

June 2017: Things to Do in Seoul – Events and Festivals

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Changgyeonggung Royal Palace Night Viewing

May 21 to June 3

Photo Credit: dragonphoto

A few times throughout the year, Koera’s royal palaces open up at night for moonlit evening viewing. From May 21st to June 3rd, Changgyeonggung, one of quieter palaces, will have moonlight viewing hours from 7PM to 9:30PM. Tickets are limited to 300 for foreign visitors (IDs are checked) and may only be purchased from at the Palace gate. Come here for beautiful night photography and beautiful strolls in one of Seoul’s most beautiful palaces.

Location: Changgyeonggung Palace
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NTKB7eYX6AR2
Admission: 1,000 won
Hours: 7PM to 9:30PM

Chuncheon Lake Starlight Festival

(춘천 별빛나라축제)
June 1 to June 4


Chuncheon is one of the most romantic cities in Korea with their fresh air, space and delicious foods. This perfect city for a 1-day getaway now has a reason for you to stay the night. The starlight festival is in front of Uiamho Lake, and there are night lights that’ll make for a beautiful walk around the park. Festival runs until December.

Location: Gongchicheon Park, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UETD1t1sEQT2
Official Website: http://www.chmbc.co.kr/ (Korean Only)
Admission: Free

Hwaseong Boat Festival 2017

(화성 뱃놀이 축제)
June 1 to June 4

This summer festival is great for getting some fresh air and venturing out to the sea. Located in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi-do, this festival is perfect for a one-day getaway to ride yachts, sailboats, speedboats and even go fishing. If you’ve been stuck indoors all day and need to set yourself free for a weekend, what better way than to do it on a yacht? (Requires advance registration).

Location: Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi-do
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KXJ9CPWWh8r
Official Website: http://www.hs-festival.co.kr/ (Korean Only)
Admission: Free

Seoul Grand Park Rose Festival

(서울대공원 장미원 축제)
May 27th to June 11th

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Seoul Grand Park is a perfect place for sunny and breezy days of June. They have a zoo, and theme park and theme gardens. Beginning from May 27th to June 11th, Seoul Grand Park will have the Seoul Grand Park Rose Festival for visitors to walk around and literally smell the roses, 20,000 of them from 290 species to be exact. Take a few instagram pictures, visit the zoo and make a day out of this Seoul summer festival.

Location: Seoul Grand Park
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/JYXpaWUsXGP2
Official Website: http://grandpark.seoul.go.kr/engMain.jsp
Admission: 2,000 won (Adults) / 1,500 won (Students) / 1,000 won (Children)
(*Note: Prices are for the park only)
Hours: 9AM – 7PM

Ultra Music Festival Korea 2017

June 10th and 11th

Photo Credit: Ultra Korea

Party culture in Korea is big, and what better way to groove than UMF Korea 2017? The legendary music festival is back in Korea, with headliners KSHMR, Pendulum, Tchami, Alesso, Dash Berlin, Dubfire and more. Like any good music festival, this one sold out quickly. But there are still a few pre-door tickets available if you’re lucky. If you can’t score these tickets, you can try the scalpers or maybe craigslist. And even if you can’t score tickets, it’s a great day to head to the clubs for the crazy afterparties. (FYI: The official afterparty for UMF Korea will be held at Club Octogon).

Admission: 130,000 / 180,000 won
Hours: Festival Starts 1PM (Ticket Zone Opens 11AM)

Welcome to Joseon 2017

Open now until June 18th

Photo Credit: Koart

Maybe you’re a fan of historical Korean dramas. Or maybe you have an obsession with Joseon era hanbok. If you want to experience what Korea was like in the Joseon Dynasty, this summer festival in Korea is currently running until June 18th at the Korea Folk Village in Suwon. They have performances throughout the day that include traditional Korean tightrope walking, Joseon era music and dance, and horseback riding shows. The Korean folk village is located in Suwon and is great for a one-day experience trip.

Location: Suwon
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/4VxPKxrjtcR2
Official Website: http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr/multi/english/
Admission: 18,000 (Adults) / 15,000 (Adolescents) / 13,000 (Children)
Hours: 9:30AM – 6PM

Seoul International Book Fair 2017 (SIBF)

(서울국제도서전 2017)
June 14th to June 18th

If you love reading, you might want to check out the Seoul International Book Fair, which is an official event of the International Publishers Association (IPA). Of course, you can peruse the huge exhibition center for your favorite novels or magazines. But you can also find greeting cards, stationary, travel books, maps and globes. If you’re in the publishing industry, this is the fair to go to.
Networking for publishing industry

Location: COEX: Hall A1, B
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/B67qrUf8f2m
Official Website: http://www.sibf.or.kr/
Hours: 9AM – 6PM
Admission: 5,000 won (Adults) / 3,000 won (Students) / Free (Under 7, Over 65, Disabled)

Keith Kim is a Korean-American who has been living in Korea for almost a decade. Being in a unique position as both a Korean and a non-Korean, he's put all his experience and knowledge for surviving in Korea in Survival Korean . Read it to learn how you can survive in Korea. Follow him on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.


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