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Festivals Calendar - September 2016

All Headlines 11:52 August 31, 2016

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- The following are the major cultural and tourist festivals to be held in South Korea in September.

* Wonju Hanji Festival

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Where: Wonju, Gangwon Province

The 18th Wonju Hanji Festival will offer visitors the chance to experience the beauty and versatility of "hanji," or traditional Korean handmade paper, with exhibitions, workshops, educational programs, events and seminars at various venues around the Wonju Hanji Theme Park.

One of the major attractions of the festival will be a fashion show featuring clothes made from hanji, to be held on Sept. 29. For further information, call 033-734-4739 or go to www.wonjuhanji.co.kr.

* Hyoseok Cultural Festival

When: Sept. 2-11

Where: PyeongChang, Gangwon Province

Lee Hyo-seok (1907-1942) was one of the most famous Korean novelists of the 20th century. The highland town of PyeongChang is famous as his birthplace and for the gorgeous buckwheat flowers that cover the land in autumn. The festival commemorating the novelist, the author of "Buckwheat Season," offers various programs amid the backdrop of the buckwheat village. Programs include performances of traditional folk plays, re-enactments of traditional marketplaces, performances of traditional and modern music and dance, and writing contests. Visitors will also have a chance to taste local specialty dishes made from buckwheat flour.

For more information, call 033-335-2323 or go to www.hyoseok.com.

* Baekje Cultural Festival

When: Sept. 24-Oct. 2

Where: Buyeo, Gongju, Nonsan, in South Chungcheong Province

This festival, one of the oldest cultural festivals in the country, highlights the golden days of the Baekje Kingdom (18 B.C. - 660 A.D.), an ancient Korean kingdom located in the southwestern part of the Korean Peninsula. Baekje was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, together with Koguryo and Silla. This year's festival will present nearly 100 events, including parades, a memorial ceremony for the four great kings of Baekje, folk games, exhibitions, and traditional Korean music and mask dance performances.

For more information, visit the festival's website at www.baekje.org or call 041-635-6980.

* Andong International Mask Dance Festival

When: Sept. 30- Oct. 9

Where: Andong and Hahoe Village, North Gyeongsang Province

From old times, the mask dance has been used to indirectly criticize the "yangban" class, or the ruling elite of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), by the common people.

Direct criticism of the yangban was strictly forbidden during that time, so the common people satirized the yangban from behind masks, developing the craft into various forms of mask dance with regional variations.

Visitors to Hahoe Village, one of the two South Korean villages recently added to UNESCO's World Heritage List, can see the villages' Confucian cultural characteristics.

For more information, call 054-840-6397~8 or visit the website at www.maskdance.com.

* Busan Jagalchi Festival

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 2

Where: Busan Jagalchi Market

Jagalchi Market is the largest fish and marine product market in Korea and a symbol of Busan, the country's largest port city. The huge size and bustling, lively atmosphere make visiting Jagalchi Market a unique experience for many visitors. Small food stalls serve fresh inshore hagfish grilled on briquette fires along with other unusual sea creatures and sashimi at market prices.

For more information, call 051-243-9363 or log onto the website at www.ijagalchi.kr.

* Jeonju International Sori Festival

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Where: Jeonju City

Sori is a Korean word referring to archetypal human voices with which humans communicate with nature and the universe. It also refers to the combination of the human voice and instrumental sounds, which forms Korea's musical heritage. The annual Jeonju Sori festival blends Korea's musical heritage, including pansori performances developed in the ancient city of Jeonju, with the world. Music lovers will have an opportunity to experience the music of Korea and the world. More information is available at www.sorifestival.com or by calling 063-232-8398.

* Geumsan Insam (Ginseng) Festival

When: Sept. 24-Oct. 3

Where: Geumsan, South Chungcheong Province

Geumsan is famous for its high-quality ginseng. The Insam Festival, held every September since 1981, is a traditional cultural event in which villagers pray for a good harvest the following year. Programs include ginseng harvesting, performances of traditional arts and rituals, concerts, an international ginseng trade fair, a ginseng cooking competition and more.

For more information, visit the festival's website at http://www.insamfestival.co.kr/html/kr/index.html or call 041-750-2413.

* Muju Firefly Festival

When: Aug. 28-Sept. 4

Where: Muju, North Jeolla Province.

Fireflies, known as "banditburi" in Korean, were ubiquitous in Korea several decades ago but disappeared from most of the nation during its industrialization. The insects are now considered a symbol of a clean environment. The 20th annual Firefly Festival in Muju offers a firsthand look at the environment through such activities as an exploration tour to see wild fireflies. Various modern and traditional art performances, including folk plays, will be offered, as well as rafting and chances to catch trout with one's bare hands.

For detailed information, visit the website at www.firefly.or.kr or call 063-324-2440.

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