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FESTIVALS IN KOREA

Hi Seoul Festival

There are spring, summer, autumn, and winter four seasons of festival in Seoul. It is not a festival that shows at only one time but is a festival that you can meet anytime, anywhere in the city. It has offered happy experience every year with new themes and within participation of people.

Pyeongchang Trout Festival
www.festival700.or.kr


The Pyeongchang Trout Festival takes place during winter in the town of Jinbu-myeon in Pyeongchang-gun district. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a variety of programs including
ice and lure fishing for trout, snow programs, ice programs, folk programs, and more. There will also be traditional folk games including sledding and top spinning, and visitors can try out
sports such as riding 4-wheel ATVs, snow rafting, sleigh trains. Any trout caught from ice fishing and lure fishing can be prepared right away at a nearby restaurant. Trout farming first started
in Pyeongchang due to its cold, clear waters. Trout offer plenty of nutrition, and their natural taste makes them delicious when eaten raw.

Boseong Tea Fields Festival of Lights
www.boseong.go.kr/en/

This winter a magnificent festival of lights will take place in the green tea fields of Boseong, one of Korea’s most well-known tourist destinations. A large tree will be set up and various other places will be decorated with lights in the Hoecheon-myeon, Yeongcheon-ri regions. The festival will send a message of hope for the New Year to tourists and residents who visit Boseong during the winter period.

Boseong, the green tea capital, will present the nation’s largest green tea field tree, which will strike a beautiful image of Boseong into the hearts of all its winter guests. Those who visit the festival will wish to stay longer in Boseong and participate in all the events, rather than merely passing through.


Gwangju International Film Festival
http://www.biff.kr/

The mission of the Gwangju International Film Festival is to present work that combines cultural heritage traditions with the new media of film.
The Gwangju International Film Festival is divided into two concepts, discovery and rediscovery. A variety of superb productions are introduced at the festival, which would otherwise not be seen in Korea, under genres such as Young Cinema and Non-Fiction Cinema. The film festival aims to rediscover productions that follow mainstream films in terms of aesthetic beauty and historical value, but have never properly advanced in the film industry due to business limitations.
Originally, the GIFF was a non-competitive event, but since 2002, the film festival has introduced competitive categories.
During the festival period, films are presented at the Gwangju Megabox Movie Theater.

Cheonbuk Oyster Festival
http://ubtour.go.kr/

The Cheonbuk Oyster Festival is an event prepared by the Boryeong Cheonbuk Oyster Festival Commission. This event promotes the diverse dishes and nutritious tastes of Cheonbuk Oysters to tourists and is a good opportunity to visit the Boryeong region.
A variety of events have been prepared for the oyster festival, with, of course, the best-grilled Cheonbuk Oyster delicacies of the west coast and other delicious oyster dishes for tourists.

Yeongdong Dried Persimmons Festival 12.19.2009 ~ 12.21.2009
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Yeongdong is the largest fruit-producing center in Korea, it is even known as the Holy Land of Fruit, and during the Yeongdong Dried Persimmons Festival, fruit producers and customers alike gather to celebrate one of the region’s most famous fruits.

At the Yeongdong Dried Persimmons Festival visitors can experience persimmon jam making, persimmon peeling, and can even enjoy foot bathing with persimmon leaves and persimmon peels.

Chuncheon International Taekwondo Championships
As the master country of Taekwondo, Chuncheon Open International Taekwondo Championships provide the opportunity for Taekwondo artists from all over the world to demonstrate their Taekwondo skills. The championships are held every other year.

Chungmugong Noryang Haejeon Seungcheopje Festival
www.namhae.go.kr/eng

The Chungmugong Noryang Haejeon Seungcheopje Festival celebrates the triumphant victory of General Lee Su-sin in the Noryang Haejeon Naval Battle, which was the final sea battle in the 1592 Japanese Invasion of Korea. This 3-day festival will include a reenactment of the navel battle, featuring Lee Sun Shin’s victorious turtle ship as well as Japanese ships. A “turtle ship” has been restored for guests to tour and ride for free. The festival will also include other enjoyable events such as folk performances, singing contests, student writing competitions, a celebratory concert at Madang Theater, fireworks, and more. The festival, which started in 2001, originally took place over Lee Sung Sin’s birthday on April 28. However, in 2004 the festival was moved to November 19th, the anniversary of Lee Sung Sin’s death, and it’s name was changed to the . Chungmugong is General Lee’s official title. This year the festival will take place from November 14 to 16th. The festival will take place in Seolcheon-myeon town, which is located in the Namhae-gun district of Geongsangnam-do Province. Festival events will be centered around Namhae bridge in Noryang-ri.

Goseong Pollack and Sea Festival
http://myeongtae.com

Launched in 1999, the Pollack Festival is held each February to celebrate the local fish specialty of Goseong-gun in Gangwon-do Province. To ensure a good haul and community prosperity, this festival is held at Geojinhang Port, known as the primary place of Pollack fish in Korea. The festival includes numerous hands-on events such as a sea festival, a cultural festival, and a local culture experience. The festival has helped the city to promote their local seafood, farm products and other specialties, thus contributing to the growth of the local economy.

Taebaek Snow Festival
http://festival.taebaek.go.kr/

Since it was established in 1995, the Snow Festival in the city of Taebaek, Gangwon-do Province, has been a major winter event. Visitors can enjoy both the beautiful snow-capped landscape of Mt. Taebaeksan and take part in a number of hands-on programs.
This year’s event is organized in connection with the local travel industry. Starting on January 26 with a snow street parade, the festival will feature a snow and ice carving exhibition as well as a variety of hands-on programs and performances.

Nature Theme Park at Inje Icefish Festival
www.injefestival.co.kr

The Inje Ice-fishing Festival, designated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism as a representative festival of Korea, is one of the largest wintertime events in Korea, drawing 700,000 visitors every year. As part of the festival, the river ice is broken to reveal clean waters flowing through a beautiful landscape, offering to both adults and children the pleasures of fishing. In addition to ice fishing, festival-goers will enjoy a variety of hands-on events and games.

Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival
www.buriburi.go.kr

On the Full Moon Day, which falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month of the year, the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival is held in order to pray for a healthy year and good fortune. Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, the three-day festival unfolds against the beautiful landscape of Jeju Island. The event begins with a torch relay, which moves across the length of the island. The relay ends when organizers set ablaze a huge, 82-acres field of oreum (a parasitic volcano).