Festivals spreading at the UNESCO spots


A picture of the masks of various colors and expressions and 'An epic tale of Korea through the world heritage site' is written on it.

1. Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival - Suwon

As a representative festival of Suwon, the Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival will be held in autumn in 2017 at world cultural heritage Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, which was constructed to commemorate Joseon’s 22nd King Jeongjo’s filial spirit and hope to build a strong and prosperous nation.

Left: Lots of people on Korean traditional clothes are standing on the stage. / Middle: one of the Korean traditional dance performances is at the outdoor stage./ Right: lots of foreign tourists on Korean traditional clothes shaking hands in the parade.

The Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival will hold various performances and experience-oriented events such as the Suwon Love Lantern Festival held at Suwoncheon Stream, reenactment events such as King Jeongjo’s parade to the royal tombs as the highlight of the festival, as well as Queen Hyegyeonggung Hong’s 60th birthday feast. In the autumn of 2017, visitors can have a realistic experience of the Joseon Dynasty while enjoying various food and things to see in Suwon, a place of culture and art where past and present coexist.

An open view of King Jeongjo’s parade around the Suwon Hwaseong from the sky.


- Representative programs

Opening and Closing Ceremony

Queen Hyegyeonggung Hong’s 60th birthday feast

Party Feast for Crown Princess Hong

Nighttime Martial Arts Performance

World Costume Festival 

- Performance Programs

Pungnyu – Intoxicated with music

Nakseongyeon (feast celebrating the completion of the Fortress)

Moonlight music concert at Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion

Reenactment of national examination with King Jeongjo’s attendance – Military examination

- Participatory programs

Suwon Hwaseong Construction Experience

Hwaseong Haenggung Experience (traditional crafts experience)

Nori Madang (architecture school for making Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and hanok house, experience of musical instruments)

Yeonmu play (martial arts experience)

Left: a group on Korean traditional clothes beating the big drums, one of closting ceremony performances./ Right: a picture of Nighttime Martial Arts Performance

Period: Sept. 22~24

Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

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2. Gwangju Namhansanseong Cultural Festival - Gwangju

The 22nd Gwangju Namhansanseong Cultural Festival is to be held based on the spirit of national protection at Namhansanseong Provincial Park for 3 days from September 22 to 24. Namhansanseong Fortress is a historic place where citizens took strategic actions during the national crisis of the Second Manchu Invasion or “Byeongjahoran.” It has never been conquered for the past 2,000 years. With the recovery of relics such as rooftiles from the Silla period during the recent restoration of Haenggung (a temporary palace), the history of Namhansanseong Fortress is in the spotlight again.

Left: a picture of 'Sangmo', the Korean traditional hat used in the Korean traditional farmer's music. / middle: a waman waving a flag, a part of the performance based on the history of Namhansanseong Fortress. / Right: a dance performance of the festival's closing ceremony

This year, the fortress is celebrating the 2nd anniversary of its designation as world cultural heritage. During the Namhansanseong Cultural Festival, visitors will be able to learn about the history and life wisdom of our ancestors through various cultural performances such as royal inspection performance, Changing Ceremony of the Royal Guards at Hannamnu Gate, Nammun Guards Pitting, and National Protection Storytelling Tour.

Left: a part of the parade through the Namhansanseong Fortress. / Right: A dance performance on Korean traditional clothes is on in front of Namhansanseong Fortress.

- Opening event (tightrope, Taekwon dance, dance performance, popular singer performance), Royal Inspection Performance, City Farmer’s Music Band, Youth Dance Contest, Open Broadcast (Boohwal, Seo Young-eun, Lazybone), Folk Play Experience, Literary/Military Tests, Military Camp Experience, other auxiliary events.

A part of martial arts performance; two person shoot the arrows and the other blocked it with a shield.

Period: Sept. 22~24

Address: 784-16 , Namhansanseong-ro, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

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3. Anseongmatchum Namsadang Baudeogi Festival - Anseong

The Anseong Namsadang Baudeogi Festival began to succeed Namsadang’s traditional culture and Baudeogi’s artistic spirit, developing into the most Korean traditional cultural festival using traditional materials.

Left: a thrilling tight-rope walking perforamance named 'Eoreum', one of Namsadang 6-madang experience./ Middle: an open view of the festival from the sky./ Right: a parade showing Korean traditional performances of the festival at night.

The highlight of the festival is Namsadang Performance, which is held at the main stage; the market stage presents Namsadang 6-madang, such as pungmul nori (instrumental play) and beona nori (spinning hoops and dishes). In particular, Eoreumsani’s risky tight-rope walking is a very thrilling spectacle.

(Both of them: Deotboegi, a masque performance of Namsadang 6-madang) Left: a dance performance on Korean traditional dance clothes. / Right:  a man playing janggu, double-headed drum with a narrow waist in the middle.

Main Performance
- Namsadang Performance

Other performance: Traditional feast by region, creative performance, world parade, etc.

Experience - Namsadang 6-madang experience, folk play experience, bare-hand fish catching, etc.

A picture of Beona nori, the performance of spinning the plates

Period: Sept. 28 ~ Oct. 02

Address: 198, Namsadang-ro, Bogae-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do

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About korean culture

Namsadang Nori (Itinerant Troupe Performance)

Namsadang Nori refers to traditional Korean performances presented by a group of itinerant male entertainers as they visit different farming and fishing villages across the nation. The performances were usually enjoyed by commoners as they dealt with themes such as gender discriminations and immorality of the noble class. Through their sarcastic humor, the performances comforted helpless commoners. Contemporary Namsadang Nori consists of pungmul (farmer’s music), beona (spinning dishes), salpan (tumbling), eoreum (tightrope dancing), deotbogi (mask dance drama), and deolmi (puppet play).

Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty Seosamneung (West Three Royal Tombs), Goyang

Seosamneung refers to the west three royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty located in Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do: Hyoreung, Huireung, and Yereung. There used to be Huireung and Hyoreung centering on Jeongneung, which is the royal tomb of King Jungjong; after the construction of a royal tomb site nearby, the tombs of royal concubines, royal relatives, princesses, and king's daughters by concubines during the reigns of King Myeongjong and Sukjong and until the end of the Korean Empire were made. During the first year of King Gojong, Yereung was made, forming Seosamreung that refers to Hyoreung, Huireung, and Yereung.

Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

Hwaseong is a fortress in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do built during the Joseon Dynasty. From the beginning of its construction, it was planned as a fortified town consisting of a walled town, a residential area, and a mountain fortress for defense. The fortress was built using traditional construction methods and scientific technology, and it has various defense facilities that were not available in previous fortresses. The fortress has architectural beauty since it was built in harmony with its surrounding topography.

Namhansanseong Fortress

There used to be four major fortresses protecting the outskirts of Seoul: Gaeseong on the north, Suwon on the south, Ganghwa on the west, and Gwangju on the east. Enemies continuously attempted to invade these fortresses, which have endured sufferings and wounds silently, with giving glory to future descendants as their only wish.

Namhansanseong Fortress was on the east side of Gwangju. It was built along Gwangju Mountain Range, occupying an area of 159,859 pyeong (528,460m2) belonging to the current Sanseong-ri, Namhansanseong-myeon, Gwangju-si. After walking up along the well-paved mountain paths for about 20 minutes, you will see low fortresses resembling a folding screen built along the beautiful curves of 490m-high mountains. From the fortress, visitors can have a panoramic view of downtown Seoul and Seongnam at a distance. About 359 years ago, King Injo knelt down in front of the Qing army; thus, he is remembered as a character in Korea’s shameful history.