Category Archives: Festival

The Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheongyecheon

I just happened to encounter the Seoul Lantern Festival at Cheongyecheon stream. Cheongyecheon has an interesting history. The short version is that it was once a natural stream flowing through Seoul which was a tributary of the great Han river. … Continue reading

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Pansori Performance at Jeonju’s Sori Festival

I didn’t plan it – I just happened to be in Jeonju, the capital of Jeollabuk Province, when the Jeonju International Sori Festival was happening in the hanok maeul. The Jeonju International Sori Festival is a music festival with a … Continue reading

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Festivities, Museums, and Art in Gwangju

One of the top tourist draws in Gwangju is the museum complex which includes the Gwangju National Museum, Gwangju Art Museum, Gwangju Folk Museum, and hosts the Gwangju World Kimchi Cultural Festival and Gwangju Biennale. As it so happens, when … Continue reading

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A Documentary about Jeju Shamanism at the Jeju Women’s Film Festival

I happened to be in Jeju City during ‘And she still sings!’ the 15th Jeju Women’s Film Festival. I got a one day pass, and saw quite a few films. The one film I saw which was specific to Jeju … Continue reading

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Hahoe Byeolsingut Talnori: A Traditional Masked Drama

Hahoe village in Andong City (described in the previous post) is famous for preserving its traditional drama featuring masks, known as ‘byeolsingut talnori’. The original purpose of the masked drama was to serve as a shamanic rite to appease the … Continue reading

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The Andong Mask Dance Festival

I timed my visit to Andong to coincide with their annual Mask Dance Festival. When I checked into the hostel in Andong, I met my roommate, a young woman from Germany. South Korea was the first country she had visited … Continue reading

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Cheongju: City of the Jikji

Cheongju is the capital and largest city in Chungcheong-buk province (which is not saying much, since it is the third least populated province in South Korea). Did you think that Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press? Think again. Before … Continue reading

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