Inje Pond Smelt Festival
Inje Icefish Festival will be held at Soyangho lake in Inje. At this spectacular winter festival visitors will be able to try out ice fishing and exciting games such as human bowling on ice, ice soccer, and even a tug-of-war on ice.
For those icefish fanatics there will be an icefish eating competition, and visitors can sample the icefish for free.
Korea Food Festival
Korea Food Festival, organized as part of the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year campaign, is scheduled to be held in Jeollabuk-do Jeonju-si, known for its best-kept traditional culture and foods.
During the festival period, multiple subsidiary festivals centered around the theme of ‘Korean traditional dining and food’ will take place simultaneously. Visitors to the festival may enjoy a special experience of traditional dining along with beautiful scenery and memorable cultural programs.
Busan Jagalchi Festival
Jagalchi Market is the largest seafood market in Korea and one of Busan’s most well-known tourist attractions. The festival takes place every autumn and its slogan is “Oiso! Boiso! Saiso! (“Come! See! Buy!” in the Busan accent)”.
The huge size and bustling, lively atmosphere makes a visit to Jagalchi Market a unique experience for many visitors. Small food stalls serve fresh inshore hagfish grilled on briquette fires along with other unusual sea creatures and sashimi-sliced fish at market prices.
Jinju Namgang Lantern Festival
Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival originates from the lantern lighting custom used during the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle of the Imjinwaeran War (Japanese invasion, 1592) as a military strategy to prevent Japanese troops from wading the Namgang River.
The highlights of the festival are the floating of lanterns carrying personal wishes of the citizens along the Namgang River, and the parade of lanterns created by the students themselves.
In addition, the festival features gaejesik (lighting of lanterns in remembrance of the Jinjuseong Fortress Battle veterans), an exhibition of the world’s traditional lanterns, and many more participatory cultural programs.
Gwangju Kimchi Festival
Gwangju Kimchi Festival celebrates what could be called Korea’s national food, kimchi. At the festival, visitors may sample a wide range of kimchi varieties, and learn how to make some, too. In addition, exhibitions, educational and hands-on programs will be held during the festival period.
Meanwhile, visitors to the kimchi festival may tour Gwangju, known as ‘home of delicacies.’ Thanks to its wide open plains and easy access to Seohae (West Sea) and Namhae (South Sea) waters, Gwangju continues to cultivate bountiful products like rice and a variety of seafood, which are used as the basic ingredients for the region’s diverse delicacies.