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18 THINGS TO DO FOR SELECTED DATE RANGE

Green Tea Fields

April–August • activity

Check where your favourite beverage comes from and don't forget to try some green tea ice cream and green tea noodle soup

Hiking High Season

September–May • activity

The numerous mountains of Korea are home to gorgeous treks, Buddhist temples, cute squirrels, and other forest critters

Watch Squirrels and Chipmunks

March–November • nature

According to a local belief, meeting one of these little fellows can bring you luck

Suncheon Bay Wetland Reserve

All year | April–October (best views) • nature

South Korea is home to one of the world's largest coastal marshes which boasts a vast field of tall reeds

Traditional Villages (Agricultural Season)

May–November • activity

Fly away from the city buzz to enjoy peaceful rural surroundings, the indigenous lifestyle, and the living ancient traditions of Korea

Cool Down with Patbingsu

June–August • food

Instead of traditional ice cream, Koreans have another ice dessert for hot summers—shaved ice topped with sweet red beans

Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo)

March–May | September–November • nature

While Korea and Japan try to solve the ownership issue, these small rocky isles inhabited by a single Korean family draw tens of thousands of tourists

Poppy Fields

June • nature

A meadow of red wildflowers set amidst the mountains is the perfect place for your mind and soul to relax

Lotus Flower

May–mid-July • nature

At the lotus festival one can walk among thousands of flowers, drink lotus flower tea, learn how to make lotus flower soap and paper, and so much more

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

All year • activity

Paradoxically this is one of world's most militarized areas, labeled the scariest place on Earth, and still drawing lines of curious tourists

Beach Season

June–September • activity

The beaches of South Korea are delightful in terms of scenery and entertainment

Flowers in the Garden of Morning Calm

March–November • nature

The oldest private garden in Korea showcases 5,000 plant species, 20 themed sections, dozens of scenic walkways, and a series of festivals held throughout the year

Haeundae Sand Festival

May 25–29, 2017 • event

This event is all about sand art, beach sports, and night parties at the seaside

Figs

June–August • food

Korea bears juicy figs, distinguished by their sweet flesh and pleasant texture

Birdwatching during Spring and Autumn Migrations

April–May | October • nature

South Korea offers rich birding grounds to observe a variety of species, some of which are hard to see anywhere else in the world

Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital

All year • activity

Psychiatric hospitals are creepy in general and abandoned ones twice as creepy, and when they also have a reputation of being haunted—that's even worse!

Nonggyo Bridge

All year • activity

Can you imagine that a stone bridge constructed without cement could survive a thousand years in rising and falling river waters?

Seaweed Soup for Birthdays

All year • food

The idea to eat seaweed after giving birth might have been borrowed from whales, today seaweed soup is also eaten for birthdays to honour mothers

28 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Boryeong Mud Festival

not in rangeJuly 21–30, 2017 • event

Ten days of mud-packed activities are an excellent chance to wake up the inner child in you

Jindo Miracle Sea Road Festival

not in rangeApril 26–29, 2017 • event

The image of a parting sea evokes a figure of Moses and the Red Sea, but in the Korean version the miracle happens to a woman at the Yellow Sea

Jeju Fire Festival

not in range • event

A scary, and at the same time majestic spectacle—the sight of burning island is

Damyang Bamboo Festival

not in rangeMay 02–07, 2017 • event

Did you know bamboo is used in fishing, cooking, alcohol brewing, and numerous other crafts? Try them all at the bamboo festival in Damyang

Pohang International Fireworks Festival

not in rangeJuly 26–30, 2017 • event

If you're into fireworks and other festivities, you're going to like this mix of sparkling clouds, live concerts, and art

Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival

not in rangeJanuary, 2018 • activity

Winter festival provides an excellent way to beat the cold—enjoy ice fishing along with ice racing competitions and other amusing festivities

Andong Mask Dance Festival

not in rangeSeptember 29–October 08, 2017 • event

Get ready for your heart to burst with excitement at this exuberant celebration of the Korean tradition

Gimje Horizon Festival

not in rangeSeptember 20–24, 2017 • event

If you've never tried anything like maneuvering a cart driven by a cow, or catching grasshoopers, this festival offers some new funny experiences

Gwangalli Eobang Festival

not in rangeApril 28–30, 2017 • event

This festival is about fishing activities, cultural performances, and a spectacular night show of 30 fishing boats with torches

Jinju Namgang Yudeung Festival

not in rangeOctober 01–15, 2017 • event

You'll be amazed at the amount of lanterns and their style diversity, but this is more than just a matter of beauty

Entrance Exams Fever

not in rangeNovember 16, 2017 • activity

On the examination day friends and parents gather at school gates to pray for examinees and cheer them up—all want to pass the exam with a perfect score

Ginkgo Nuts

not in rangeOctober–December • food

When fruit from the outside smells like puke or poo, it's hard to believe the inside can be better, but you'll never know without trying

Azaleas

not in rangemid-April–mid-May • nature

You may occasionally see beautiful pink mountainsides in Korean movies, but reality is often better than the pictures

Cherry Blossom

not in rangeApril • nature

South Korea is generously blessed with cherry trees that in spring turn the country into a fairy tale

Skiing

not in rangeDecember–March • activity

Mountains occupy nearly three-quarters of the country's territory, which makes it a great skiing destination

Cold Naengmyeon Noodles on the Coldest Day

not in rangeJanuary • food

Despite the general trend, Eastern Asian medicine principles still encourage to eat this cold buckwheat noodle soup in the cold season

Pine Mushrooms (Songi)

not in rangemid-September–mid-November • food

Pine mushrooms are treasured in Korea not just for their subtle flavour and limited availability, but also as cancer preventors

Hangwa

not in rangeOctober 04–06, 2017 • food

If you miss Chuseok festival in mid-September, your hunt for bright-coloured Korean confectionary won't be easy

Eat Samgyetang on the Hottest Day

not in rangeJuly–August • food

Koreans obey Eastern Asian medicine traditions and consume their hottest dish—boiling hot stuffed chicken—on the year's hottest day

Fugu (Puffer Fish or Blowfish)

not in rangeNovember–March • food

Every year six people die from eating this fish. If you get thrills from life risks, you are welcome to challenge your fortune

Persimmon Harvest and Gotgam Making

not in rangeOctober–early December • food

Fresh juicy persimmon is good, but dried fruit ('gotgam') might appeal to you even more

Canola (Yuche) Bloom on Jeju Island

not in rangelate March–early April • nature

These scenic flowery landscapes signify that spring has arrived in South Korea

Buckwheat Bloom

not in rangeSeptember • nature

Pyeongchang's buckwheat fields are amazing during the blooming season

Gochang Moyang Fortress Festival

not in rangeOctober 25–29, 2017 • event

Walk three times around the fortress with a stone on your head—and you'll live a long, happy, and healthy life ever after

Sweet Potatoes and Chestnuts

not in rangeDecember–March • food

Korean winter offers rare street treats—cheap, delicious, and healthy at the same time

Kimchi

not in rangeNovember–February • food

If you want to try all available varieties, you'll have to make a long stay, for there're 250 types of this side dish

Sunflowers

not in rangelate July–mid-August • nature

A chance to enjoy the view in a field of sunflowers occurs just once in a long while—for a short period in summer

Polar Bear Swim Festival

not in range • event

Thousands of "polar bears" gather in the south of Korea every winter to bathe in the freezing sea water

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