As summer slowly comes to an end here in Seoul, the city is rolling out festival after festival to make the most of the good weather. From Korean dramas to book fairs, September has a little something for everyone. The festivities this month also give you a good excuse to travel a little bit out of Seoul (still on the Seoul subway!) to see even more of Korea!
September 2-3 | Seoul Friendship Fair
The plaza in front of City Hall is home to many festivals, but this might be the tastiest! Seoul Friendship Fair brings together chefs, entertainers, and artists from over ten countries to share their culture all in one place. There’ll be performances by dancers and musicians from all over the world, as well as plenty of food. Admission is free so be sure to stop by! For more information, visit their English website.
September 7 | Seoul International Drama Awards
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Attention all Korean drama fans! This is definitely not a night you want to miss. The Seoul International Drama Awards aims to celebrate dramas from all over the world! The award ceremony showcases the best for K-Entertainment including performances from top Kpop artists. While tickets might not still be available, you are free to arrive at KBS Hall for the red carpet to see the likes of Song Joong Ki, Kim Jaejoong, and more! For more info, click here.
September 15-17 | Paju Book Sori Festival
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This festival is for all the bookworms out there! Just an hour’s bus ride from the center of Seoul lies the city of Paju, which is known for its Book City. There are numerous bookstores, publishing houses, and galleries in this area, and for this weekend in September, they go all out for a massive book festival! The residents in the area even open their doors for an open house event, so make sure you don’t miss out on the food and books in this magical town! Check out their website for more deets (in Korean only).
September 22-24 | Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
To the south of Seoul lies the city of Suwon which is most famous for its Hwanseong Fortress Wall and its traditional village. For one weekend in September, there is a huge celebration in the heart of the old city. Don’t miss out on the highlight of the festival, the royal procession of King Jeongjo! There will also be many traditional music and dance performances along with lantern displays, food, and plenty of fun! It’s not every day you get to be taken back in time, so here’s your chance! Click here for more info.
September 30 | Seoul International Fireworks Festival
This is definitely one of the most magical nights in Seoul all year around. Millions of people show up each year to watch the fireworks light up the sky from the Hangang Park and millions more are watching from rooftops all over the city. Teams from different countries take part in this festival to show off their fireworks performance, and of course Korea’s fireworks team always ends the show with a bang. A word for the wise: if you want to watch from Hangang Park, get there very early. Also, have a plan for how to get home afterwards. Public transportation is chaos after the show. But trust me, its an experience you don’t want to miss! Check out the website for details.
Cari Clark is currently based in Seoul, South Korea where she spends most of her time doodling in cafes, taking long bus rides, and eating the spiciest food she can find. She has seen every corgi video on the internet and she is still searching for the perfect burrito outside of her native San Diego, California.