Romantic Evening Out at Lighting Festivals around Seoul
When the night is longer than the day, a diversity of lighting festivals open up in the Seoul metropolitan area. With LED lights, these lighting festivals create fantastically bright, romantic atmospheres in the evening. If you are looking for a special place to visit during your time in Korea, don’t miss out on the great opportunity of lighting displays!
The LED Rose Garden at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) has transformed an open space into a beautiful night garden. Popular among couples, this is also a great place for nightscape photography. When night falls, a total of 25,550 LED roses light up, with impressive skyscrapers serving as the backdrop. Visitors may wonder, “Why such a specific number of roses?” The display began on National Liberation Day in 2015 as a celebration of the nation’s 70th year of independence. The number of roses on display corresponds to the number of days since liberation: 365 days multiplied by 70 years is equivalent to 25,550 roses.
- ☞ Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (Grass Plaza area)
- ☞ Directions: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 4, 5), Exit 1 / Dongdaemun Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4), Exit 7. Walk approx. 6 min.
- ☞ Operating period: Open all year round (No set end date)
- ☞ Lighting hours: 17:30-24:00 (Lighting subject to change depending on time of sunset)
- ☞ Website: www.ddp.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Petite France is designed as a small French Village in Korea, and it is also recognized as a top filming location for popular Korean dramas such as “My Love from the Star (2013)” and “Secret Garden (2011).” The lights used for the decorations were directly purchased from France, and the design of Little Prince Lighting Festival was inspired from a small suburban city of Montpellier, located in southern France. The buildings painting in pastel tones harmonize with the lights strung throughout the village to create a fairytale atmosphere. Performances such as “Do Minjun's Supernatural Power Time,” “Marionette Dance Performance” and other exciting programs are lined up for all visitors to enjoy!☞ Address: 1063, Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do ☞ Directions: From Cheongpyeong Station/Gapyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line, ITX), take Gapyeong City Tour Bus → Get off at Petite France *Refer to Petite France website for operating schedule ☞ Event period: December-February * Official dates for 2017 not yet decided ☞ Operating hours: 09:00-20:00 * Lights will be on throughout event period ☞ Admission: Adults 8,000 won/ Teenagers 6,000 won / Children (36 months-elementary school) 5,000 won ☞ Website: www.pfcamp.com (Korean, English, Chinese)
The Ansan Starlight Village hosts a beautiful year-round lighting festival matching each season. The theme of this year is Animal & Heart Village, and visitors will be greeted by over 200 animal displays. The many areas to explore include White Road, Cupid Road, Rain Road, and Propose Road. With the many colorful lights and lively sculptures, the park is perfect for romantic trips. Enjoy a wonderful time with your family and loved ones when the sun sets.
- ☞ Address: 1723, Suin-ro, Sangnok-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do
- ☞ Directions: From Jungang Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), take a taxi for approx. 9 min.
- ☞ Operating period: Open all year round / Animal & Heart Village Light Festival ends February 28, 2018
- ☞ Operating hours: Weekdays 15:00-23:00 / Weekends & public holidays 15:00-24:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
- * Lighting subject to change depending on time of sunset
- ☞ Admission: Adults (Middle school & above) 7,000 won / Children (24 months-elementary school) 5,000 won
- * Separate fee (4,000 won) applies to Mirror Maze
- ☞ Website: www.star1723.co.kr (Korean only)
Pocheon Herb Island in Gyeonggi-do is a beautiful arboretum by day, but when the sun goes down, the garden transforms into a romantic space lit by colorful lights on every side. Visitors can enjoy a light festival in various themes throughout the year. The attractions are endless, from the lovely pink wish tunnel to Santa’s Village, featuring Santa House and Santa Church. The photo spots throughout the park are perfect for couples to commemorate their love for one another.
- ☞ Address: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
- ☞ Directions
- ① Public transit: Soyosan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 1. Cross the street to Soyosan Station Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 57, 57-1, 57-2, or 57-4 → Get off at Samjeong 1-ri or Samjeongri Herb Island Bus Stop → Cross the street and walk approx. 5 min.
- ② Shuttle bus: Runs weekends & public holidays (excluding Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays)
- - City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 9. Departures: 09:00, 15:00 (excluding Sundays)
- - Sports Complex Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 9), Exit 2. Departures: 10:00, 15:40 (excluding Sundays)
- ※ Bus operates with advanced reservation system (On-site boarding available in the case of open seats).
- ☞ Event period: Winter light festival October-December, 2017
- ☞ Operating hours
- November-April: Sunday-Thursday 09:00-21:00 / Friday-Saturday 09:00-23:00
- May-October: Sunday-Friday 09:00-21:00 / Saturday & public holidays 09:00-23:00
- ☞ Admission: Adults (Ages 17 and older) 6,000 won / Children (37 months-middle school) 4,000 won
- ☞ Website: herbisland.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
The Garden of Morning Calm, nestled in the pristine nature of Chungnyeongsan Mountain, showcases the traditional beauty of a Korean garden. Every evening in winter, the arboretum glows with multi-colored lights in various themes throughout the gardens, including Korean Theme Garden, Morning Plaza, Road to Heaven, and Moonlight Garden. Visitors can see giraffes, deer, bears and other forest animals, as well as a starlight tunnel in the Hometown Garden. The bright lights decorating the grassy plaza will dazzle the eye.
the Hometown Garden. The bright lights decorating the grassy plaza will dazzle the eye.
- ☞ Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
- ☞ Directions: From Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeongchun Line, ITX), take Gapyeong City Tour Bus. (Please see website below for operating schedule)
- ☞ Event period: December-March
- * Official dates for 2017 not yet decided
- ☞ Operating hours: Sunday-Friday 11:00-21:00, Saturday 11:00-23:00 / Open all year round
- * Lighting: sunset-closing time
- ☞ Admission: Adults 9,000 won / Teenagers 6,500 won / Children (36 month-elementary school) 5,500 won
- ☞ Website: morningcalm.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- ☞ Gapyeong City Tour: www.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Russian)
* This column was last updated in October 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.