It is that time of the year again.  A time when the last snow melted and the first spring rain has fallen. It is spring again.  A new beginning has finally come.  Mother Nature has awaken from her deep sleep.  The birds have started singing songs full of life, cheers, and joy.  Everything seems so fresh.  Even the breeze seems friendlier.  Strolling around seems more exciting and enjoyable. And of course, flowering trees, shrubs, bushes, herbs and grasses; both cultured and wild, will soon start to bloom.

In Korea, there are a lot of flowers blooming in spring.  Thus, there are a lot of flower festivals around the country.  The most popular types of flower festivals are the cherry blossom festival, plum blossom festival, and sansuyu blossom festival.  Many places in South Korea host these types of festivals.  The most popular ones are the Gwangyang International Maehwa (Ume) Festival (March 18-27, 2016),  Yeongdeungpo Yeouido Spring Flower Festival (April 1-10, 2016),  Jeju Cherry Blossom Festival(April 1-10, 2016), Jinhae Gunhangje Festival (April 1-10, 2016), and Gurye Sansuyu (Cornelian Cherry) Festival (March 19-27, 2016).

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Apricot Blossom

But of all the spring festivals in South Korea, my personal favorite is the Taean Tulip Festival.  I like it because it is not common.  I always wanted to see a “sea of tulips”, like those in Holland.

The first Taean Tulip Festival was held in 2012.  Each year it is getting bigger and gaining popularity.  In October 2015, the World Tulip Summit Society (WTSS) has named Taean as one of the World’s Top 5 World Tulip Festivals Worth Visiting.

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Last spring, I got a chance to visit and see the Taean Tulip Festival with my husband.  We went there with a Korean tour group.

The festival showcased over a million tulips of different species.  I was really happy to be there.  I was able to see a variety of tulips that I have never thought even exist.  Walking around the festival grounds was like strolling around a paradise.  The subtle scent of the flowers all around added to the magical feeling brought about by the scenery.  I did not want to go home.  All I wanted to do was sit there and watch the beautiful and colorful tulips dance and sway before my eyes.

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Aside from tulips, there are other flowers available for public viewing, such as canola, lupines, foxgloves, and lilies.  My favorite were the lupines by the pink windmill.

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Though the time we spent there was relatively short, I really enjoyed it.  I wish I could go back there.

This year,  the 5th Taean Tulip Festival is scheduled to be held on April 16th-May 5th  at Taean Nature World.

How much is the Entrance Fee

The entrance fee to the festival venue is 9,000 won for adults, 7,000 won for kids and teenagers (3-18 years old) and people with special needs. For groups with over 30 members, the fee for adults is 8,000 won and 6,000 won for kids and teenagers.

How to Get to Taean

By Bus

  • From Seoul Nambu Terminal ~ Taean Bus Terminal leaves every 20 minutes from 6:30 to 19:10(It takes at least 2 hours 30 minutes)
  • Dongdaejeon ~ Taean Bus Terminal leaves every 15~20 minutes from 7:26 to 18:47
    (It takes at least 3 hours)

Hot to Get to the Tulip Festival Location

From Taean Terminal, take a local bus heading to Gomseom and get off at Morenon Bus Stop. (It takes at least an hour.)

For more information about transportation, please click here and here (Korean Only)

 

 

 

2016 5th Taean Tulip Festival

25 thoughts on “2016 5th Taean Tulip Festival

  • February 24, 2016 at 1:32 am
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    I am truly waiting for this. 🙂
    What about direction from Geoje? Thanks!

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    • February 24, 2016 at 3:42 am
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      I think the best option for you Sien is to take a bus from Gohyeon Intercity Bus Terminal to Daejeon Bokhap Terminal. Then, from Daejeon Bokhap Terminal take a bus to Taean Intercity Bus Terminal. It might take a longer time.

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  • February 24, 2016 at 3:16 pm
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  • February 29, 2016 at 7:04 am
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    Hello! My friend and I will be in Seoul on April 13-18, and we’re planning to go to the festival. Magkano kaya ang pamasahe back and forth? We’ll just spend the day in Taean, then be back in Seoul in the evening. Kaso sabi nila sa gabi daw they have this lights kiyeme, and it’s supposed to be really awesome. May idea ka ba friend kung hanggang anung oras yung last trip ng bus from Taean to Seoul? Thanks! 🙂

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    • March 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm
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      Hello po. 6:40 pm yata ang last bus from Taean to Seoul Nambu Terminal. If you plan to see the light festival, you might have to stay in Taean overnight. Tapos yung roundtrip from Seoul to Taean is about about $17.00

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  • March 22, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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    Hi. Thanks for sharing this lovely event. I plan to go there with my friend on 17/18 apr. Noticed that there are1 day tours from seoul at usd77 including strawberry picking somewhere else n a lunch. Or usd97 including atv rides and visit to kkotji beach. Roughly how much if we take bus and transfers? Just worried the bus waiting time would be long. Is’t possible to walk from the festival to the beach? From the map looks far. You mentioned bout optional atv rides. Are they also available in the festival or nearby beach? Not sure what else we can do after travelling so far from seoul. Thanks in advance!

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    • March 22, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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      We went with a tour group last year. But I think if you commute, it will cost you about $30-$40. I didn’t mention anything about ATV’s though, what I mentioned was the trolley that runs around the festival ground. But I think, you can find the ATV’s near Kkotji Beach. Kkotji Beach is in Anmyeon-eup, a little far from the festival site. I think the best option for you if you want to save time is to go with a tour group. Though it is a bit more expensive.

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  • March 29, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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    May I know which tour agent conduct trip to here ? Planning to do on 22 april 2016

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  • April 5, 2016 at 1:51 am
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    Hello,

    Thanks so much for the information! It looks really pretty and i am so excited to visit. Do you know if the flowers will still be there even after the festival is over? Because unfortunately for me i will only be in korea on 9th may onwards

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  • April 10, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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    Hello,
    I am going to Ulsan on April13-18. I am excited to visit a tulip garden nearby but can’t find good ones.
    1. What is the best transport/route from Ulsan to get to Taean tulip?
    2. Can you please recommend a good hotel in Taean and Seoul?
    3. Anyone has local agency contact that can arrange ground transportation for Seoul and Taean?

    Thank you so much.

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    • April 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm
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      If you just want to see the Tulips, Daegu’s E-world Amusement Park will be holding a Tulip Festival from April 13~26. It is closer if you’re coming from Ulsan. http://www.artsybunny.com/uncategorized/spring-festivals-e-world-tulip-festival-2016/
      Traveling to Taean can be time consuming. You will need to take a bus to Daejeon or Seoul and another bus from Daejeon or Seoul to Taean. I’m not sure about the hotels because we usually just take day trips.

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  • April 20, 2016 at 1:15 am
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    Hello,
    Thank you for sharing the information. I live in Wonju and am so excited to visit this festival. Can you please let me know what the best direction from Wonju to Taean is?
    Thank you

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    • April 20, 2016 at 2:21 am
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      I think there is a bus from Wonju that goes directly to Taean Bus Terminal. Maybe you can check the schedule at Wonju Bus Terminal to make sure. If the direct bus is not available, Wonju- Seoul Nambu Terminal- Taean Bus Terminal is the second best route. However it will take much longer.

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  • May 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm
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    Hello po. Ask ko lng kapag tapos na ba ang festival tatangalinna nila ung mga tulips? B

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    • May 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm
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      Hello, Fe. Di naman siguro right away. Pero kapag wala na talagang bulaklak baka tatanggalin nila at papatuyuin.

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  • March 7, 2017 at 1:15 am
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    Good morning,

    Would you know if we could still visit the Taean Tulip even after the festival dates? I’ve read a lot of blogs and tour packages that says the festival will run from April up to May 10, 2017. We will be visiting Seoul on May 13 and it will be great experience to visit this place.

    Thank you so much!

    -Mina

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    • March 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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      Hello Mina. I think you can still visit the festival venue. Though some of the flowers might be gone by that time, I think many will still be there.

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  • April 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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    Hi, i’ve read some of the comments and can’t help but notice you some travel directions from Daejeon. I will be taking the bus from Gwangju to Daejeon to Taean, can you advise which bus terminal in Daejeon should I go to for the bus to Taean??? Thank you very much!

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    • April 11, 2017 at 8:45 am
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      Hello. You can take buses to Taean Bus Terminal at Daejeon Bukhap Terminal (대전부합터미날). It takes about 2 hours and cost a little over 9,000 won. Bus Schedule: AM 7:40, 8:20, 9:20, 10:00 PM 12:20, 1:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 7:30

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      • April 11, 2017 at 9:37 am
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        Thank you so so so so much!

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        • April 12, 2017 at 12:04 am
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          You’re welcome. Enjoy your trip.

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