I love attending festivals in Korea and I was really excited to go to the firefly festival in Muju in June. Muju has been hosting this festival for 18 years, in the aim to promote their city and how clean and unpolluted by the city it is – providing the perfect environment for fireflies to thrive.
Although there were certain points of the festival that could be improved upon (the ticketing system, for one), I had a great time overall. We spent a good two hours in the morning waiting in line for tickets – we wanted to get tickets for the trout fishing and the nighttime firefly exploration. Unfortunately, the trout fishing tickets were all gone before we had a chance to get to the front of the line but we luckily snagged two tickets for the nighttime firefly exploration – which is, of course, the main reason why we decided to go to the firefly festival.
The rest of the day was spent checking out what the festival had to offer – informational video of the life of a firefly, a 3D light stimulation, and other educational aspects, aimed mostly at children.
The highlight of the trip – watching the fireflies was completely magical and surreal. I’ve never seen fireflies before and it was just… something else.
If you find yourself in Korea in June and you want to check out some things outside of Seoul, I think this festival would be pretty fun to attend. It’s also pretty close to Jeonju and you can make it a joint trip like I did.