How many festivals are there in Korea? According to the 2009 estimate by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, there are a total of 921 annual festivals around the nation each year. Of all the regions, the capital city Seoul topped the list, with 119 festivals, closely followed by 115 in Gyeonggi-do (Gyeonggi Province), 112 in Gyeongsangnam-do (South Gyeongsang Province) and 105 in Gangwon-do (Gangwon Province).
But these figures only include events of notable scale. Counting seasonal festivals that are held every year – snow festival, flower festival and so on -- and large commemorative events held in a particular year only, the number can easily add up to a thousand. For newcomers in Korea it may be a daunting task to know what to choose. Korea.net now presents the top 10 festivals, officially recognized as such by the culture ministry. (Some of the sites shown below will be updated soon)