Photo Credit: Gurye County Festival Propulsion Committee (left)
In its 14th year, the Gurye Sansuyu Flower Festival will take place from March 29-31 around the Jirisan Hot Spring Complex.
The Gurye Sansuyu Flower Festival is held to promote Gurye, a designated city of tourism and leisure known for Sansuyu (Cornelian cherries). Gurye is responsible for 70% of Korea’s Sansuyu fruit production.
The festival takes place every spring when Sansuyu flower blossoms are in full bloom. This year, the festival will start with a ceremony called Pungnyeon kiwonje (풍년기원제) to pray for a year of good harvest. This ceremony will take place on March 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Gyecheok Village in Sandong-Myeon, the site where the first Sansuyu tree in the region was planted.
Visitors to the festival can participate in various activities and can even try Sansuyu inspired food or get a Sansuyu foot bath. Various folk games will take place and there will be a Gurye Spring themed photo contest with a first place prize worth 500,000 won. Admission to the festival is free, but fees may apply to participate in some of the accompanying activities.
Courtesy of Gurye County Festival Propulsion Committee