South Korea’s Best Winter Events And Festivals 2013-2014

, and its capital Seoul in particular, is home to some of the most
exciting winter events in Asia, with a range of unique home grown festivals, as
well as international performance acts and celebrations of traditional
culture. These ten standout events are the best way to enjoy the South Korean
winter, for tourists and locals alike.

| Fuerza Bruta Original Team in Korea

11 October – 31 December 2013

is a sensational Argentinian theatre production which has spent the last
few years bringing its incredible sound and light show to audiences around the
world, and is finally making its way to Seoul. Produced by the innovative
theatre company De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta uses a range of acrobatics, light
displays and theatrical experiences to create an immersive experience in which
the audience becomes part of the performance. Following from the success of
such visual spectacles as Cirque du Soleil, Fuerza Bruta promises a unique 360
degree theatrical experience.

| Changwon Gagopa Chrysanthemum Festival

25 October – 3 November 2013

One of
the most popular festivals in Changwon, the Changwon Gagopa Chrysanthemum
celebrates the local flower industry, which grows a large proportion
of all the chrysanthemums found in Korea. This flower is valued highly in Asia
for its medicinal qualities, and is used to make tea and many other
specialities. The festival includes art exhibitions, food tastings,
performances and parades in a comprehensive celebration of the humble

| 2013 Seoul Lantern Festival

2 – 18 November 2013

November of every year the neon lights of Seoul’s skyscrapers are enhanced by a staggeringly huge lantern display which
stretches throughout the city. Over 30,000 lanterns are included in this visual
spectacle, which celebrates the Korean capital’s history as the seat of the royal family, as well as the rich panorama
of tradition and culture that is evident throughout the city. The lanterns,
which can be as large as houses, brighten up the Cheonggyecheon district and
are accompanied by a range of public displays and performances.

Film | Asiana International Short Film Festival

4 – 9 November 2013

The South Korean
film industry is one of the most celebrated in East Asia, with a host of big
name directors
who have garnered international acclaim for their distinctive
works. The Asiana International Short Film Festival celebrates this success,
whilst also fostering a new generation of cinematic talents. It welcomes short
films from all over the world to its competition, and this year has already
received 3,959 films from 104 countries, proving that there is an abundance of
young talent trying their hand at short films throughout the country and around
the world.

Food | Food Week
Korea 2013

6 – 9 November 2013

Korea’s top trade show, Food Week Korea
offers an incredible introduction to the food industry in Korea, as well
as bringing culinary stars from throughout the world to Seoul. The 2013 edition
of Food Week Korea includes eight separate food shows:
International Food Fair; Premium Agriculture, Fisheries & Livestock Fair;
Rice & Fermented Food Fair; Hotel & Restaurant Fair; Seoul Cooking Show
and Wine & Spirits Show. As if that wasn
’t enough, there is also a Craft Beer Festival running alongside Food

Film | Seoul Independent Film Festival

28 November – 6 December 2013

An annual
competitive film festival, which is committed to creative
independent films of all genres, The Seoul Independent Film Festival, is the
best way to gain an insight into the more alternative spectrum of South Korean filmmaking. Originating from the 1975 Korean Youth Film Festival, Golden Crown
Short Film Festival, and Korean Independent Short Film Festival, and supported
by the Korean Film Council, this year’s edition will be
the 39th and will include a ‘New Choice’ category to honor up-and-coming

Design | Seoul
Design Festival 2013

18 – 22 December 2013

South Korea has
become renowned in recent years for its innovative design studios which, buoyed
by a reputation for manufacturing and technical excellence, have become the envy
of East Asia. The Seoul Design Festival furthers this reputation by promoting
excellence in design through its annual displays of the best Korean and
international creations from countries such as Italy, France, Germany and the
UK. The Festival is both a platform for cultural exchange, and an opportunity
for local practitioners to compare their wares with the best European
designers. The Festival also recognizes the best Young Designer every year, and
offers an insightful look into the ever-changing state of the Asian design

Culture | Sunrise

31December 2013

Whilst Korean
New Year is celebrated as a traditional, family orientated event, the solar New
Year is more of a country wide party, and many South Koreans stay up all night
on the 31st of December to welcome in the New Year in a unique way: watching
the first sunrise of the year. Several festivals throughout the country are
devoted to this event, with the biggest being the Homigot Sunrise Festival and
Seongsan Sunrise Festival. The festivals feature local cultural performances,
fire shows, and sunrise concerts, whilst visitors may sample free tteokguk, a
traditional New Year’s Day dish.

Culture | Korean
New Year

January 31 2014

Held on the
first day of the lunar calendar, Korean New Year is a national holiday
commonly known as Seollal. Over this three-day celebration various rituals and
observances are performed, and many Koreans travel home to visit their
families. The ritual of charye, a memorial service for ancestors, is performed
by most families, and traditional snacks such as Tteokguk, a soup with sliced
rice cakes, are eaten. Although Korean New Year is very much a family holiday,
there are several performances and events in Seoul to mark the special

Culture | Taebaeksan Snow Festival Korea

25 January –
3 February 2014

Korea’s winters are typically very cold,
with the country staying below zero for much of the season, significantly reducing the
potential for outdoor activities. For those brave souls who want
to frolic in the snow in these freezing temperatures, the Taebaeksan Snow
is the perfect place to do it. Featuring a range of snow related
activities, as well as typical winter sports, the festival brings the Taebaeksan
mountain (which translates as
‘great white mountain’) to life. A particular
highlight of the festival is the snow sculpture competition and the ice art
competition, whilst local restaurants and hotels offer the best hearty
Korean winter fare to warm freezing festival goers after a long day in the