The weather is getting cooler and being outside is a pure joy, which means it’s the time of year for the annual makgeolli festival! Every year in October, it’s a big month for the makgeolli and traditional liquor industry. The last Thursday of October is designated as ‘Makgeolli Day’, and there are a number of festivals and events leading up to and including that week. Two years ago there was a massive makgeolli festival held at World Cup Stadium Park in Sangam, and we can honestly say it was one of the best festivals we have ever been to. Ever since, we have been eagerly awaiting its return, however last year it did not make an appearance in Seoul but rather there was one in Ilsan. As such, we sadly missed it. But this year we are much more on our game, and can say that it will be again held in Ilsan rather than World Cup Stadium Park. Basically the festival is an exhibition of about 120 different makgeolli brews, and there are free tastings for all of them. That’s a lot of tastings, and we can say from experience, prepare to make a day of it! This festival runs on the first weekend of October, so this year that means this weekend October 4th & 5th at the Ilsan Culture Park. Here is a quick overview:
When: Saturday October 4th & Sunday October 5th 2014
Where: Ilsan Culture Park (일산문화공원)
How to Get There: Take the orange line 3 to Jongbalsan (정발산) station. Exit 1 or 2 should be the best to get to the park, and it should be quite close. Here is a map for orientation.
Schedule of Events:
Note: Each day starts at 10am and runs until 5:30 on Saturday, 6:00 Sunday
For more information about the festival in Korean, you can check out the article here.
So if you want to get out and about and try a variety of makgeolli, get yourselves to Ilsan this weekend! Happy Tasting 🙂