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The Hyoseok Cultural Festival 2013 is taking place at the Lee Hyo-seok Culture Village in Bongpyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, from September 6 to 22.
Bongpyeong-myeon is where Korean novelist Lee Hyo-seok* was born and raised. The main reason why the Hyoseok Cultural Festival is so popular is that it is held against a huge field of buckwheat flowers in September when the flowers are in full bloom. The festival features theater and musical performances, as well as other events such as a visit to the buckwheat flower field, buckwheat food sampling, agricultural culture experience programs, and traditional folk games. The events all fall under the central theme of Lee Hyo-seok’s famous novel Memilkkot Pil Muryeop (When Buckwheat Flowers Blossom).
September is the best time to visit the Bongpyeong region as this is when the soft scent of buckwheat flowers is all around. Admission to the festival is free of charge.
*Lee Hyo-seok (1907-1942) – a well-loved Korean novelist during the 1930s who is famous for the artistry and beautiful depictions in his work. The actual backdrop in his novel Memilkkot Pil Muryeop (When Buckwheat Flowers Bloom) is the venue of the Hyoseok Cultural Festival.
Courtesy of Hyoseok Cultural Festival