This section introduces Anseong where families and friends can leisurely take a tour while enjoying fresh air. Anseong is operating a high-quality tour every Saturday for visitors to see various things and hear interesting stories. Unlike other regions, Anseong City decides courses beforehand to be suitable for each season and month. It announces annual city tour courses weekly on the official homepage of the Anseong Culture Tour. Since each week offers a tour of different tourist sites and experiences, visitors can take a tour for 2 or 3 consecutive weeks.
In September, the tour is operated for three Saturdays except during the Chuseok holiday week. On September 3, after touring the thousand-year-old temple Cheongnyongsa, visitors can have a kyoho grapes harvest experience and watch namsadang nori (itinerant troupe performance).
On September 10, visitors will tour the March First Independence Movement Memorial Hall, Chobyunghwa Literary Museum, and Mirinae Holy Site, and then watch Taepyeongmu Dance. On September 24, visitors will tour the Anseong Machum Museum, engage in a fishing experience with families, and then visit Chiljangsa Temple, a thousand-year-old temple carrying a legend about secret royal inspector Bak Mun-su.
In addition, there is a festival that attracts many visitors every year – it is Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival, Korea’s unique traditional festival full of exciting rhythm and exclamation sound. From the dizzyingly thrilling tightrope walking to exciting play courtyard, international folk performance, and various experience-oriented events — make Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival a representative festival of Gyeonggi-do Province for all to enjoy regardless of age and gender!
Baudeogi was an actual person who lived during the reign of King Gjong of the Joseon Dynasty, and she was a star with various artistic skills in namsadangpae (itinerant troupe). She was a very popular entertainer at the time.
During the time Regent Heungseon Daewongun was reconstructing Gyeongbokgung Palace, Baudeogi’s namsadangpae in Anseong presented the best performance for laborers, and Heungseon Daewongun offered okgwanja (jade ornaments), which was equivalent to dangsanggwan (state councilors), as a sign of appreciation. When the other itinerant troupes encountered Baudeogi’s troupe, they paid their highest respects to Baudeogi. Sadly, Baudeogi died at the age of 23, and she was buried in Buldanggol Village, Cheongnyong-ri. Anseong City built a shrine at the place in honor of her artistic talent.
The festival’s representative performances include pungmul nori (Korean spinning hat dance), puppet show, ttangjaeju (literally meaning talents held on the ground), tightrope performance, beona nori (spinning hoops and dishes), and deotboegi (mask dance drama).