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Seoul Rose Festival: one of the city’s biggest spring events

Redhead walking through a red rose tunnel at the Seoul Rose Festival

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The Seoul Rose Festival (서울장미축제) is an annual event that brings in crowds every year. It’s a yearly celebration of the blooming of colourful roses in Jungnang Park and brings this Seoul neighbourhood to life. It’s home to many exciting events and is most famous for its rose tunnel that stretches to an impressive 5km.

You can enjoy the multiple types of roses, in almost every colour imaginable while you indulge in street food and purchase spring-related handmade goods.

The event is free to all ages and there really is something for everyone – assuming you like flowers. The roses are in bloom for much longer than the festival weekend so if you can’t get enough you can always go back for more flower viewing. Just be aware that the market stalls and stages are only there for the festival events.

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A large sign that reads "Seoul Rose Festival" along a metal fence on a boardwalk

How to get to the Seoul Rose Festival

Location: Seoul Jungnang-gu Muk-dong 361-2

Independently

By Car

Seoul is a large city so it can be easy to drive around, but it can be difficult to find appropriate parking at times. Luckily, for the Rose Festival, there are multiple places where you can park your vehicle right next to the festival grounds.

Don’t have your own car? If you have your international driving permit before arriving in Korea you can rent a car to get around. Check out how to rent a car as a foreigner in Korea.

By subway

The closest stations to the Seoul Rose Festival are:

  • Meokgol station (Line 7 – dark green) You can take exits 5, 6 or 7. Walk towards the river for about 5 minutes.
  • Junghwa Station (Line 7 – dark green) You can take exits 3 or 4. Walk towards the river for about 5 minutes.
  • Taereung Station (Line 6 – orange) You can take exits 7 or 8. From here you can cross the bridge and follow the river south. You will quickly reach the festival and can walk from one end to the other.

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On a guided tour

If you don’t have much confidence in attending the festival independently or alone, there are often group-guided tours that you could join instead.

As soon as next year’s tours are available with confirmed dates, I will let you know in case you’d like to join one. Check back here!


A green wall of plants with some red flowers poking through and a floral tunnel in the distance

Seoul Rose Festival: What is it?

The Seoul Rose Festival is an annual event every May in Seoul, Korea. It’s a time when the roses are in full bloom in Jungnang Rose Park and along the river.

It’s an annual celebration of the spring season and these flowers that are typically associated with love.

As well as having what seems like a million roses of different sizes and colours in one part of the city, there are also photo areas, 2 stages and many food and souvenir market stalls for visitors to enjoy.

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A large neon sign showing the entrance to Jungnang Rose Park

Opening Dates & Times

The Seoul Rose Festival is an annual event every spring for two weeks during May.

The 2023 seasons dates are between 13th and 28th May.

The main events

Festival EventDates
LITTLE ROSE FESTIVAL13th – 28th May
GRAND ROSE FESTIVAL
– Happy Rose DayFriday 19th May
– Romantic Rose Dayrose tunnel Saturday 20th May
– Love Rose DaySunday 21st May
GYEOMJAE ROSE FESTIVAL
– Gyeomjae Trot ConcertSaturday 27th May
– Gyeomjae Bridge Dance FestivalSunday 28th May

Crowds of people in the Rose tunnel at the Seoul Rose Festival

Seoul Rose Festival: Attractions

Rose Tunnel

One of the highlights of the Seoul Rose Festival is the huge rose tunnel seen above. It’s a 5.15 km (3.2 miles) long trail with multiple archway trellises with brightly coloured roses all over. Along the rose tunnel trail, you’ll see mostly red and pink roses of different sizes. It’s one of the biggest rose tunnels worldwide!

Everything about this trail feels romantic and you will see lots of couples and people trying to take the perfect photo for the ‘gram.

The path of the rose tunnel is narrow and it will be busy! Be aware that it can feel very crowded.

The red rose tunnel with some crowded tents in a market down on the street below

Rose Road Market

The Rose Road Market is a typical market where you can find things to purchase. You’ll find traditional market stalls and booths with food, handmade items and even an international exchange hall.

Luckily, since this festival is so popular each year, most of the vendors accept debit and credit cards as well as cash so you should be fine making purchases with either one.

a concert stage with dancers at the Seoul Rose Festival

Dance & Music Garden

Throughout the period of the Seoul Rose Festival, you will get to enjoy the rose & music party and the popular rose concert.

There are two different stages at opposite ends of the event grounds. The main, large concert stage is down by the river to the east of the festival. This is where the dance party area is with artists and music playing for most of the days during the event.

Beauty Garden

In the Beauty Garden, you will find multiple opportunities to test and purchase some beauty products and cosmetics. Plus, if you enjoy Korean traditions you’ll be excited to know that you can rent stunning Hanboks to wear and take photographs surrounded by the roses. Not to mention you can also see the clothes of the time of enlightenment as well.

Surgar covered strawberries on a stick being held in front of a flower bush at the Seoul Rose Festival

Food & Picnic Garden

This is the best part of the Seoul Rose Festival for all hungry visitors as this is where the food trucks are parked just ready and waiting for your order. There are lots of tents with tables and chairs inside for people to sit and enjoy their food.

You’ll find savoury and sweet food, as well as hot food and snacks. There is something for everyone.

  • Try the strawberries covered in hard sugar if you have a sweet tooth.
  • Prefer savoury? Try the spiral cheese potatoes!
A big bright floral photo opportunity in the Seoul Rose Festival selfie zone

Selca (Selfie) Garden

In this area of the Seoul Rose Festival, you will see the ever-so-popular photo zone along with a field of bright yellow rapeseed flowers. There are roughly 8 different places to take photos throughout the selfie garden including a swing, a small pagoda, a horse carriage a giant photo frame and more.

You’ll also find a pop-up garden with a whole range of coloured roses and towards the entrance of the Jungnang Park you’ll find the Gyeongseong Sculpture Exhibition.


Yellow and white roses in Jungnang Rose Park

Final thoughts on the Seoul Rose Festival

This festival is very popular and very crowded so you should be prepared to be around a lot of people.

As far as spring festivals go, this was a fun event with something suitable for all age groups. The festival grounds are split across a vast space so it is much larger than one might expect, so you’ll also be getting a lot of steps in.

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and probably one of the biggest spring festivals I have attended recently. I’d recommend visiting for at least one day if you’re in Seoul the next time it is on!

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