Most Popular Events in Seoul, Korea for Spring 2024 - (2024)

Rankify has released their list of most popular March events based on search terms and Google Trends data (original article in Korean here). There are a few surprising events like the Korea House Kohojae and the Seoul Festa (which is targeted towards tourists). But mainstays like the Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival and the Gyeongbokgung Saenggwabang are popular events year after year.

Some of these events are scheduled for April and May, but they require reservations and tickets are extremely limited. Which is why everyone starts looking for tickets in March.

Korea House Kohoje

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Korea House in Seoul is hosting their seasonal spring Kohojae, a traditional Korean tea set featuring desserts that were served in the palace during the Joseon dynasty. The tea set changes each season with the spring season set having started in March. They are 25,000 KRW per person and definitely worth the experience. Check out our experience of Kohoje to see what it’s like.

Seokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festival

As if Lotte World wasn’t enough of a draw, Jamsil Station also has Seokchon Lake to draw in visitors from all over any time of the year. However, the lake is especially beautiful during the spring when the cherry blossoms that line the lake draw into full-bloom. This spring festival is one of the shortest, but there are plenty of performances, shops, and foods at the festival to make it worth a visit. Check out our post on theSeokchon Lake Cherry Blossom Festivalfor tips on your visit.

Seokjojeon at Night

Seokjojeon is one of the few examples of Western architecture built on palace grounds that remain today. Every year, a very limited event featuring tours of the Seokjojeon grounds, cafe with live music and a musical performance is held at night. Tickets are available for 26,000 KRW and reservations are set to start in March.

Seokchon Lake Autumn, Winter and Luminiere

  • When: Ended February 29, 2024
  • Where: Seokchon Lake

Welp. This was going to happen. You might’ve been able to tell by the title, but this was an event at Seokchon Lake during autumn and winter. So it stands to reason that the event ended before spring. And it did. In February. So, moving on…

Gyeongbokgung Saenggwabang

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The Gyeongbokgung Saenggwabang is a traditional tea house located inside of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Traditionally, the Saenggwabang was one of six departments in charge of housekeeping as well as preparing desserts and special meals for the king and queen. The tea house is only open for a limited time and has very limited seats. Which is why everyone clamors to make a reservation every year. For more information, you can check the Korean Cultural Heritage Foundation site.

K-Royal Culture Festival

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The K-Royal Culture Festival is the name of a group of events that take place throughout the year. Everything from the changing of the guard at Gyeongbokgung palace to the annual concerts held inside several palaces in Seoul. This year, the K-Royal Culture Festival celebrates it’s 10th anniversary with their spring festivities taking place from April 27 to May 5th. Details on the specific programs are slim, but we’ll update them as we get them.

Seoul Festa 2024

  • When: May 1 – 6, 2024
  • Where: Seoul Square, Gwanghwamun Square, Noeul Park

Seoul Festa is set to return this year with their spring programs scheduled for May of this year. Last year featured some great events with drone light shows, projection shows and festivals. We haven’t heard much about 2024’s events yet, but based on last year… it should be awesome.

Lotus Lantern Festival

  • When: May 10 – 12, 2024
    • Lantern Parade: May 11, 2024 (7 PM – 9:30 PM)
    • Traditional Cultural events: May 12, 2024
  • Where: Lantern Parade on Jongno Street (Google Maps, Naver Map)

The Lotus Lantern Festival is one of the most visually stunning festivals in Seoul. Thousands of people gather for the Lotus Lantern Parade down Jongno Street from the late afternoon into the evening. Then, the festival continues on with events at temples throughout the city.

Seoul Rose Festival

The Seoul Rose Festival is held every May and features markets, food tents, and a 5 KM long tunnel of roses. The festival centers on Jungang Park with a variety of colors and sizes that make up for a scenic walk for everyone who visits.

Changdeokgung Moonlight Tour

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Of the many late night tours of the Seoul palaces, this one might be our favorite. The tour features a late night walkthrough of the secret garden behind Changdeokgung. Even during the day, visitors are only allowed in via guided tour groups. This moonlight tour features a late-night tour, tea, and traditional Korean music. We visited a few years ago (blog) and it was an amazing experience. Tickets can be difficult to come by, but the experience is worth it.

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What is the spring festival in Korea 2024? ›

Seoul Festa 2024 will take place at Seoul Plaza, Gwanghwamun Square and other locations in central Seoul from May 1 to May 6 with the theme, "Enjoy All That Seoul," featuring a variety of cultural, fashion, food and other entertainment events, the officials said.

What is the most popular event in Korea? ›

Along with the Lunar New Year's Day, Chuseok, or hangawi, is one of the biggest and most important holidays in Korea, which is held on the 15th day of lunar August.

What is the weather like in South Korea in April 2024? ›

Weather overview

In April in South Korea, the average air temperature ranges from 18 °C (64 °F) during the day to 10 °C (50 °F) at night. There are 9 days of rain on average, where the rainfall is 140 mm (5.52 in).

What is the spring event in Korea? ›

South Korea in April is packed with spring festivals, but the Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is pretty much the largest and the most popular. The Korean festival includes 350,000 cherry trees lining the Yeojwacheon Stream in Jinhae, Gyeongsang-do.

When can you see cherry blossoms in Korea 2024? ›

The news everyone has been waiting for, here is the cherry blossom forecast for 2024. This year's cherry blossoms are expected to bloom one to seven days earlier than average. The earliest cherry blossoms can be seen in Jeju Island around March 24, while Seoul will have to wait until April 3.

What is the most important day in South Korea? ›

Seollal (Lunar New Year's Day) and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) are the most important traditional holidays for Koreans, so millions of people visit their hometown to celebrate with their families.

What is so famous in Korea? ›

What is South Korea famous for? South Korea is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, vibrant K-pop music scene, delicious cuisine like kimchi and bulgogi. It is also famous because of the technological innovations from companies like Samsung and LG, stunning natural landscapes, and traditional arts and crafts.

What to wear in Korea? ›

In South Korea, it's important to dress modestly, especially if you're visiting a temple or other religious site. This means avoiding clothing that's too revealing or tight. Women should leave low-cut shirts at home but should feel comfortable showing as much leg as they like.

What to wear in Seoul in April 2024? ›

To best deal with Korea's weather in April, layers are the name of the game. Jeans, trousers, skirts with leggings or tights, and long-sleeved shirts or sweaters work well. Bring along a hoodie, cardigan or light jacket, in case the wind starts up, or there's a brief cold snap.

How to dress in Seoul in April? ›

Layered dressing is recommended; a warm jacket and long pants are essential in early March, while April sees nicer weather with occasional rain and temperature drops. By May, short sleeves and shorts are suitable, but keep in mind the day-night temperature variation. Cardigans or jean jackets are spring staples.

What to wear in Seoul March 2024? ›

【1】Spring (March to May):

Spring in South Korea can be unpredictable, with mild temperatures and occasional rain. It's best to pack layers, including long-sleeved shirts, light sweaters or cardigans, and a light jacket or raincoat. Bring a mix of pants and skirts/dresses that can be paired with different tops.

When to visit Korea 2024? ›

Mild spring and autumn are the best time to visit South Korea. As cherries, azaleas, and lotuses are in bloom, April through June is the period when the whole country is dressed up pink, and the national parks are at their finest.

Where to go in Seoul in spring? ›

The Main Spring Flower Paths in Seoul
  • Namsan Park Trail (Cherry blossoms) Gyeongchun Line Forest Park (Cherry blossoms)
  • Eungbongsan Mountain, Seongdong-gu (Forsythias) Haneul Park in the World Cup Park (Forsythias)
  • Rose Street on the bank of Jungnangcheon Stream, Jungnang-gu (Roses) ...
  • Seoul Forest (Tulips)
Mar 27, 2024

What season is March 2024 in Korea? ›

Weather in Seoul during March can be quite pleasant as it marks the transition from winter to spring. Typically, temperatures range from around 1°C (34°F) to 11°C (52°F).

What is the forecast for spring flowers in Korea 2024? ›

Get ready to see the magnificent cherry blossoms! This year's cherry blossoms are expected to bloom one to seven days earlier than average. The earliest cherry blossoms can be seen in Busan around March 22nd, while Seoul will have to wait until April 3rd.

What to wear in Korea on March 2024? ›

If it's March, expect it to be much colder than April and May, so if you get cold easily, you may want to bring in some thermals just in case. Otherwise, the Korean spring season calls for only lighter jackets and some layering, you can leave the heavier and puffer jackets at home.

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