Top Choice Cultural in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Seoul Lantern Festival

For a fortnight in November, both banks of the Cheong-gye-cheon are illuminated by a fantastical array of lanterns made by master craftsmen.
Performing Arts in Seoul

Seoul International Dance Festival

The largest dance festival in South Korea, SIDance showcases dance programs from Korea and the world at several venues around Seoul, including the Seoul Arts Center, Arko Art Center and Gangdong Arts Center.
Religious in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Lotus Lantern Festival

On the Saturday before Buddha’s birthday (usually in May), a huge lantern parade takes place from Dongdaemun to Jogyesa, starting at 7.30pm.
Cultural in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Jongmyo Daeje

On the first Sunday in May, this ceremony honours Korea’s royal ancestors, and involves a costumed parade from Gyeongbokgung through central Seoul to the royal shrine at Jongmyo, where spectators can enjoy tradition…
Cultural in Gwanghwamun & Jongno-gu

Sajik Daeje

Normally held at Sajikdan on the third Sunday of September, the ‘Great Rite for the Gods of Earth and Agriculture’ is one of Seoul’s most important ancestral rituals and designated as an Important Intangible Cultura…
Music in Itaewon & Yongsan-gu

HBC Festival

Taking place at various locations along Sinheung-ro in the Haebangchon neighbourhood, this expat music festival was born out of the area's thriving indie band scene. A one-day festival, it takes place in May and Oct…
Food & Drink in Western Seoul

Oil Tank Culture Park Forest Picnic Market

A night market comes to life in the warmer months at a culture park converted from old oil tanks. Food trucks and music events make for a pleasant evening, with a flea market selling products with an ecofriendly ben…
Music in Seoul

Greenplugged Seoul

Usually held in May, this ethically minded, two-day music festival beside the Han River features mostly established and up-and-coming Korean indie, folk and pop bands.
Fireworks in Seoul

Seoul International Fireworks Festival

Best viewed from Yeouido Hangang Park, this festival sees dazzling fireworks displays staged by both Korean and international teams.
Art in Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival

Half a million animation fans pack auditoriums in and near the DDP in Seoul each year to see why the city is an epicentre of cartoon craftsmanship.