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Sunflowers in South Korea

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

Best time: late July–mid-August


Fields of sunflowers dotted with thousands of other wildflowers represent the main attraction of the Alpine Botanical Garden located in the village of Guwau, in Gangwon-do Province. Sunflowers become gorgeous by the end of July, that's when the Taebaek Sunflower Festival sets in and continues for approximately two weeks until mid-August.

During the festival, the Garden remains open until late at night, so attendees can make use of a unique opportunity to stroll through the yellow fields, enjoying a particularly romantic evening atmosphere.

Festivities are not limited to walks among flowers, of course. The cultural program also features various art exhibitions like photos or sculptures, music performances, films, and dances. Besides, you can try ancient mining techniques, observe 300 species of wildflowers, get acquainted with the local fauna, and even contribute to an eco campaign. Overall, it seems like you'll have quite an action-packed weekend.

If you happen to travel to Jeju Island in the summer, you can also observe vast sunflower fields there. It is about a 30-minute drive from Jeju airport, Kim Kyung Sook’s Sunflower Farm occupies 33,000 sq. m (355,209 sq.ft). The flowers blooming in mid-summer create perfect backgrounds for a photoshoot.

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When is the best time to visit the sunflower field in Guwau, Gangwon-do Province?

Attendees can enjoy Guwau, Gangwon-do Province's sunflower fields, at their best between Late July and mid-August when the Taebaek Sunflower Festival is held. Guests may travel through the yellow fields of the Alpine Botanical Garden during late-night hours, immersing themselves in a romantic atmosphere. Show more

Where is Kim Kyung Sook’s Sunflower Farm located?

Kim Kyung Sook's Sunflower Farm lies on Jeju Island, approximately half an hour's drive from Jeju Airport. In the middle of summer, massive sunflower fields create ideal backgrounds for photo sessions across the farm's 33,000 sq. m (355,209 sq.ft) property. Show more

What else is there to do at the Taebaek Sunflower Festival besides walking among flowers?

The Taebaek Sunflower Festival features live music, art exhibitions, and dance performances, in addition to wandering through the sunflowers. Discover ancient mining methods, local flora and fauna, and an eco-campaign. With 300 wildflower kinds, the festival offers excellent opportunities for photography and environmental activism. Show more

Can visitors participate in any eco activities during the festival?

The festival welcomes every participant to the eco-campaign, consisting of cleaning campaigns, environmentally-focused educational forums, and other awareness-raising activities. Guests of the Taebaek Sunflower Festival can do their part to ensure cleanliness and conservation for both the fields and their surroundings. Show more

Are there any unique photo opportunities at Kim Kyung Sook’s Sunflower Farm besides the sunflower field?

Kim Kyung Sook's Sunflower Farm has numerous chances for memorable photo opportunities. Colorful tractors, a traditional Korean house, and more are just a portion of a range of activities offered on this 33,000 sq. m (355,209 sq.ft) property. The farm offers workshops and play areas for making sunflower oil and other traditional activities that create lasting memories. Show more

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