For the year 2016, the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism has selected 43 representative Korean cultural tourism festivals to be divided among four categories: 3 Premier Festivals, 7 Top Festivals, 10 Outstanding Festivals, and 23 Up-and-Coming Festivals. In addition to these, three former representative festivals: Boryeong Mud Festival, Andong Mask Dance Festival and Jinju Namgang Yudeung (Lantern) Festival have been chosen as Global Festivals, as they are expected to increase the awareness of Korean tourism in the international arena.
The festivals are selected based on the frequency of visits by international tourists in previous year. The three premier festivals are Gimje Horizon Festival, Jarasum International Jazz Festival and Hwacheon Sancheoneo Festival. Check out the list below for more festivals and details to look forward to in 2016!