Every county has its hallmark festival. Taean’s is the Tulip Festival, located in Korea Flower Park just at the back of Ggotji beach on Anmyeondo. It has been an annual event since 2012, and as I write this in April 2020 I’m glad to see that it has survived the Covid-19 lockdown.
What more is there to say than that there are lots of tulips? Not much. There are a few alliums too, but I suspect that’s because the next festival after the Tulip Festival is the Allium Festival. I have to say that I went along just because it happened to be on at the time when I was visiting my friend in Taeangun. I had reasonably moderate expectations – after all, surely there’s only so much enjoyment that one can get from a few flowers…
But I was blown away. It was totally spectacular. Chris and I paid a night-time visit after our crab stew dinner nearby, and we came back the next day to see it in the daylight. I recommend both.
I have no clue how many tulip bulbs had been planted to create these displays. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it was into the millions.
The pleasure was to be had in the richness of the colour, in the subtle colour combinations, and indeed in the not-so-subtle colour combinations. There was pleasure in the sheer vastness of the site, with tulips extending in every direction. Night-time displays were atmospheric, day-time displays gladdened the heart. Yes, there were some Trot performers, a petting zoo and probably some other attractions too. But go for the tulips. They’re pretty damn impressive.
I’ll shut up now, and let the flowers do the talking.
The 2020 Taean Tulip Festival runs from 14 April to 11 May 2020