Both my mind and my body are so ready for Spring to come. I can’t wait to stop having to wear thermals, be able to cycle along the rice fields and spend our evenings sipping wine on our balcony. For now though all I can do is reminisce about Springs gone by.
The best thing about Spring in Korea is all of the festivals and if there’s one thing that Korea knows how to do it’s festivals! They have a festival for everything! A few include; Kimchi making, green tea, strawberry, mask, sunflower and the list goes on!
These festivals are usually a lot of fun although they can get pretty crowded. One of my favourite festivals that I’ve been to here in Korea was actually a bull fighting festival in Cheongdo. I was a bit skeptical about it before we went but I’m so glad that we did go.
Korean bull fighting is different from Spanish bull fighting. Luckily none of the bulls get killed and the bulls actually fight other bulls and not people. Two bulls are put in to the stadium and lock their horns together. The first bull to turn away loses. I’m going to be perfectly honest and admit that I didn’t actually like watching it. Some of the bulls got a bit bloodied and as an animal lover I’m not a fan of seeing animals being hurt or in pain for sport (a cliche I know, since I’m a massive meat lover!). We only watched the bull fighting for about 15 minutes.
But the real reason that I loved this festival was what was happening outside of the stadium. There were stalls placed in a big area that were selling different products, there were also entertainers on different stages. We spent most of our time just relaxing and enjoying the food and drink. The best reason to come here is to be able to view the stalls without the large crowds that go to other festivals. We weren’t being pushed or shoved and were able to relax.
The wine tunnel is a beautiful abandoned train tunnel that has been turned in to a wine cellar. When you walk in there are bottles stored all along the tunnel. It is so beautiful and it’s cool in there so you can get away from the midday heat. They also make their own persimmon wine so we sat down and relaxed with some wine for a while.
Cheong-do is a beautiful town and I’d definitely recommend visiting, especially to see the wine tunnel!