Goyang Makgeolli Festival 2016

The blossoms are blooming and we are mid-way through this year’s cherry blossom season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more flowers to be amazed and take selfies in front of!  And what better way to enjoy the spring air and newly sprung flowers than with some makgeolli in hand?  Thankfully someone else thought of this winning combination, and made a festival specifically for flowers & makgeolli.

Goyang Makgeolli Festival


When:  April 29th – May 15th

Time:  11am – 9pm

Where:  Outdoor Square of Goyang One Mount (website in English for One Mount can be found here)  For directions follow the link and click on One Mount Transportation for a multitude of options.

What:  Free tastings of makgeolli from the 8 provinces of Korea, a variety of food dishes and performances.  Goyang is famous for its International Flower Festival which is held every year, and is one of the biggest flower festivals in Korea.  This year there will be a makgeolli festival to go along with it, so you can get the best of both festivals. The flower festival is held around Ilsan Lake and more information about it can be found here.

Get out and enjoy some makgeolli in the spring air with plenty of flowers!



Makgeolli Festival 2014

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. makgeolli festival poster 2014 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.

Cost:  Free

Schedule of Events:

Makgeolli schedule

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.


Some happy makgeolli tasters at teh 2012 World Cup Park Makgeolli Festival
Some happy makgeolli tasters at the 2012 World Cup Park Makgeolli Festival

So if you want to get out and about and try a variety of makgeolli, get yourselves to Ilsan this weekend!  Happy Tasting 🙂

Makgeolli Festival Roundup 2013

It’s that time of year when  we start seeing some excellent makgeolli festivals pop up for us to taste at and partake in.  It can be hard to know exactly when these things emerge until it’s too late, so here is a wrap up of what we know is going on.  We have our ears to the ground and we will be updating here when we get any new information about makgeolli events coming up.


Ilsan Makgeolli Festival

When:  Saturday October 5th – 6th

Where:  Ilsan Cultural Park (Cheongbalsan Station)

What:  An outdoor festival of tasting and exhibitions of various makgeolli brewers



Ilsan Festival


Makgeolli Day / Traditional Alcohol Festival @ World Cup Park


When:  Makgeolli Day is on the last Thursday of October every year, so that means this year it will be Oct 31st

Where:  Last year the festival was held at World Cup Park in Sangam on the last weekend of October.  It was the greatest festival we have ever been to, and we have been waiting on the edge of our collective seats ever since for it to happen again this year.  However when we searched for info about the festival this year, we haven’t been able to find anything planned.  Instead we found that there was a similar festival held in May (not sure how we missed that, but we are quite depressed that we did), and no information about the October festival.  However you can guarantee that we will be checking every day and asking everyone we know about what’s happening.  For a look at some pics from last year’s festival, check out our photo gallery here.



Makgeolli Expo

When:  November 6th – 9th

10am – 5pm

Where:  Coex (Samseong Station)

What:  The largest exhibition of makgeolli incorporating traditional liquor, hansik and traditional alcohol making tools.

Website:  The Korean Tourism Site is here, and the Korean site is here, but as yet there is limited info on this year’s event.

Makgeolli expo


Got any tips about other makgeolli festivals or exhibtions?  Got any questions we can help out with?  Comment below and let us know!