Sand Festival at Haeundae Beach in Busan


Sunday, June 3

Haeundae Sand Festival

This weekend was the Sand Festival at Haeundae Beach in Busan. Dave and I stopped by on our way back from Ulsan. There were so many people! We even saw some of my students within minutes of being there.

The festival is a fun experience. The entire beach is lined with really impressive sand sculptures. This festival is in the beginning of June. Details for next year’s festival will be released online closer to the festival date.

Location: Haeundae Beach
Date: Early June

Jinju Lantern Festival

Friday, October 7, 2011

One of my favorite festivals in Korea is the Lantern Festival in Jinju. It is fantastic. They have lanterns floating in the river, and decorating all of the surrounding areas. Unfortunately, I didn’t arrive in Jinju until quite late at night, but I heard it’s really beautiful at dusk and we have plans to go back in 2013 to find out!

Location: 626, Namgang-ro, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
Date: October 1-13, 2013. (It’s around this same time each year)
Website: The official website still has last year’s dates up, but you can use the Visit Korea page about this festival for more details.

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 9

Cherry blossoms bloom in the spring and only last for a few weeks. The trees are scattered all throughout Korea and it’s really beautiful to see them in bloom. There are a few cherry blossom festivals in Korea, but one of the most famous ones takes place in Jinhae. My friends and I all met up one Saturday morning to take the bus to the festival in Jinhae. The bus was only a few dollars and the trip was only an hour long. The festival was a lot of fun.