BUSAN, South Korea — If you are preparing to visit Korea this year, you shouldn’t skip Busan. Busan is full of festivals and attractions all year. In the spring, there are the Dalmaji Oncheon Festival and Haeundae Sand Festival. In summer, numerous tourists visit Haeundae and Songjeong. The Busan International Film Festival is held in the fall for Korean and overseas film makers, and the Busan Fireworks Festival lights up the night sky. Later in the year, there is the Busan Christmas Tree Festival that lights up the Nampo-dong area. These are reasons why you should not miss out on Busan during your trip to Korea in 2013.
The Dalmaji Oncheon Festival is a folk event that takes place every Jeongwol Daeboreum, burning large daljips. Jeongwol Daeboreum is every Jan. 15 in the lunar calendar, which is Feb. 24 in 2013, a day with a full moon. Many folk events are held to prevent disasters and bad luck on full moon days. Gilnori and traditional food spots also open.
In early summer, there is the Haeundae Sand Festival at which visitors make art and sculptures using the sand from Haeundae Beach. Every year, about 600,000 visitors gather to see the world famous sand art.
Busan in the summer is a heaven for vacationers. Beautiful Haeundae and Gwangalli beaches attract many people who line up to enjoy wind surfing and banana boat riding. The Busan Sea Festival, the icon of summer in Busan, runs from Aug. 1 to 9. Many events can be enjoyed seaside. During this period, there is an international rock festival, hip-hop festival and magic show.
As fall comes, the Busan International Film Festival, which is emerging as one of the five major film festivals in the world, and the Busan Fireworks Festival will delight visitors. The Busan International Film Festival, or BIFF, will take place for 10 days at the Busan Cinema Center from Oct. 3 to 12. Famous Korean and international stars will gather at Busan, but another charm is that visitors can enjoy 300 films. After BIFF, millions of fireworks will light up the Gwangalli night sky for two days from Oct. 25-26.
Winter is not an exception for festivals, and there is no need to shiver in the cold weather. In November, Korea’s largest game festival G-STAR comes to Busan. Gamers can explore trends and try new products. Just before the year ends, the Christmas Tree Festival takes place at Gwangbokno in December. In January, the Polar Bear Swimming Competition takes place, attracting Korean and foreign visitors.
Source: Busan City News