Welcome to the South Korea Travel Planning fortnightly newsletter for 27 January 2019, which includes information to help you plan your trip to South Korea, top travel deals and articles about South Korea.
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South Korea Events
South Korea Upcoming Events
The major upcoming events are below including how to book tickets for each event:
9 February 2019. Gangneung K-pop Concert 1 Day Tour in Gangneung City
Check out this great opportunity to attend a top level K-pop concert in Gangneung City, which includes entry tickets and return transfers from Seoul.
8 – 10 February 2019. 20th Seoul Dessert Fair
Check out this awesome dessert festival in Seoul with a theme of ‘Chocolate & Strawberry’. Yum! Click here for more details.
Winter Events in South Korea
7 January to 15 February 2019. Hwacheon, Cheongpyeong, Pyeongchang & Gapyeong Ice Fishing Festivals
Klook has a great option to book a day tour to one of the Hwacheon, Cheongpyeong, Pyeongchang or Gapyeong Ice Fishing Festivals depending on the date you choose. You have a choice of shuttle bus only or a full day tour including shuttle bus, entry ticket, breakfast, fishing rod and stool rental.
1 March 2019. Independence Day Public Holiday
7-10 March 2019. Jeju Fire Festival
The Jeju Fire Festival is an annual event held in Jeju City. Click here for further details.
23 March 2019. Jindo Sea Parting Festival.
Visit Jindo Island to watch the sea open up to reveal a 2.9km pathway from shore to island. You can walk all the way to Modo Island and take amazing photos. Additional activities include gathering abalones, watching performance and much more. This tour is available departing and returning from either Seoul or Busan. Click here to book through either Trazy or Klook.
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Until 31 March 2019. Lights Festival Garden of Morning Calm in Gapyeong
The amazing Garden of Morning Calm has an illumination festival running until 31 March 2019. Click here for further details.
Featured South Korea Tours and Tickets – Spring Festivals!
South Korea holds a multitude of spring festivals across the country. You may not be aware that South Korea is also a big cherry blossom destination!
Here is the selection of the most popular options on offer. You can book some great packages through either Trazy or Klook which include transport to and from each event from either Seoul or Busan or both locations – check each tour carefully to confirm the departure and return points.
March 2019. Gwangyang Maehwa & Gurye Sansuyu (Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom) Festival.
There are a selection of different tour packages available for the Gwangyang Maehwa and Gurye Sansuyu Cherry Blossom and Plum Blossom Festivals which are detailed below. Here is a link with further information about the festival experience.
- 12 & 15 March 2019. Gwangyang Maehwa & Gurye Sansuyu Flower Festival day tour from either Seoul or Busan. Click here to book through Trazy.
- 18 – 27 March 2019. Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Festival & Strawberry Picking day tour from Busan. Click here to book through Trazy.
- 8 – 15 March 2019. Gwangyang Maehwa Flower Festival & Jeonju Hanok Village day tour from Seoul. Click here to book through Trazy.
29 March – 7 April 2019. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Jinhae Gunhangje Festival is Korea’s biggest spring festival which is located a short distance west from Busan which usually attracts around 2 million visitors! There are a few different day tour options as follows, all of them include visits to Jinhae, Yeojwacheon Stream and Gyeonghwa Station cherry blossom viewing areas, as well as a large selection of cultural shows and activities.
- One day Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival tour from either Seoul or Busan. Click here to book through either Trazy (Seoul or Busan departure) or Klook (from Busan or Seoul).
- Evening Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival tour from Busan, including Yeojwacheon Stream Starlight Festival. Available 28 March – 10 April 2019. Click here to book through either Trazy or Klook.
- Trazy also offers an option to visit both the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival and Busan Daejeo Ecological Park from Busan to see the 3.3km pink cherry blossom tunnel along the Nakdongganag River. Click here to book through Trazy
- Klook also has a separate tour option from Seoul using a tour bus where you can choose either a standard or VIP Package. Click here to check out the details and book through Klook.
6-16 April 2019. Peak Cherry Blossom Season in Seoul
Over mid April will be peak cherry blossom season in Seoul.
Klook has on offer a Cherry Blossom Chasing Day Tour for Seoul which includes visits to three cherry blossom locations and a traditional lunch. Click here to check out the details and book through Klook.
14 April – 12 May 2019. Taean Tulip Festival and Strawberry Farm.
The Taean Tulip Festival is one of the top 5 tulip festivals in the world. This great tour enables you to visit the Taean Tulip Festival from Seoul, and also stop in to pick strawberries. Click here to read more about the Taean Tulip Festival.
- The Trazy tour option operates every day from 14 April to 12 May 2019. Click here to book through Trazy.
- The Klook tour option only operates every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 14 April to 12 May 2019, with the exception of not operating on 5 May 2019. Click here to book through Klook.
30 March – 8 April 2019. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the top cherry blossom festivals in South Korea, and is located one hour drive north from Busan. As well as exploring the lovely streets full of cherry blossoms, you can also enjoy traditional food and market stalls, as well as music performances, Korean arts and crafts.
- Trazy has two different tour options departing from either Seoul over 1-5 April 2019 or Busan from 30 March to 8 April 2019. Click here to book through Trazy from either Seoul or Busan.
- Klook has a day tour option from Busan only, which is available over 30 March to 8 April 2019. Click here to book through Klook from Busan.
13 & 15 April 2019. Ever Cherry Blossom Festival & Everland One Day Tour.
Everland Theme Park also offers a great cherry blossom experience and festival close to Seoul – where you can also go on the rides and explore the theme park! Click here to book through Trazy.
2-6 May 2019. Boseong Green Tea Festival.
The Boseong Green Tea Festival will be held over 2-6 May 2019. The Boseong Tea Plantation was listed on “31 Beautiful Sights on This Incredible Planet” by CNN! Learn everything you ever wanted to know about how green tea is made, and enjoy the festival performances.
You can book this one day tour package from either Seoul or Busan for departures only on 3 May 2019. Click here to book through either Trazy (Seoul/Busan departure) or Klook (Seoul departure and Busan departure).
Top South Korea Travel Deals This Week
Voyagin Chinese New Year Promotion
Voyagin is currently running their New Year Sale to celebrate Chinese New Year from 7 January to 10 February 2019 with the following coupon code discounts, note that this deal does not include discounts on Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea tickets or whole of Japan Rail Passes:
- Spend $US 80, Save $US 5, use coupon code`NEWYEAR5`
- Spend $US 130, Save $US 10, use coupon code `NEWYEAR10`
- Spend $US 350, Save $US 30, use coupon code `NEWYEAR30`
To see a great range of popular purchase options through Voyagin to take advantage of this sale I suggest you check out the Voyagin Tours and Tickets for South Korea at this link – options include theme parks, shows, Discover Seoul Passes and much more!
Top Articles This Week From the Facebook Group
Planning a Trip to Korea? Top Korean Travel Tips by Pretraveller
If you are reading this article you have probably already booked your flights to South Korea and are now entering the final stages of planning your trip. For some of you this may be three to six months before you fly out and for others you may be departing in less than a week. This stage gets very exciting as you draw closer and closer to your departure date.
When we started the first version of this article (four weeks before flying to Seoul), our youngest child was so excited that he started a countdown on our family calendar.
Our goal with any article we write is to make the travel planning process easy and fun. Our tips for travelling to South Korea are useful for all travellers, regardless of whether you are backpacking, travelling solo, mid level or luxury. Check it out to make sure you are ready to depart and you can focus on having an enjoyable trip that you will remember fondly forever. Click here to read more…
17 Amazing Rural Korea Getaways by Hedgers Abroad
There’s a good balance to be found in South Korea somewhere between the sprawling modernity of Seoul and the charming rural areas found just beyond city limits. We have traveled this country extensively during our time abroad and wanted to share some of our favorite rural destinations in South Korea. We’ve already written about some of these locations in separate blog posts, but wanted to collaborate with some of our friends to make a list of the top places to visit outside of Korea’s major cities. Click here to read more…
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