Photo courtesy of Yangyang-gun Office
A unique festival of fish and fun, the 2012 Yangyang Salmon Festival (held at the Namdaecheon Stream area in Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do) is a two-fold festival that combines a weekend of official events (Oct 20-21) with an extra weekend of fishing grabbing (Oct 27-28).
The festival, which celebrates its 16th anniversary this year, is popular among both the local and international communities, with foreigner nationals making up about 20% of the festival’s total attendees.
Official events (held Oct 20-21) include: Yongwangje (a ritual praying for a good harvest, a good catch, and the well-being of residents), a program in which participants try to catch salmon with their bare hands, and a variety of other fish-related programs. On the weekend of October 27 and 28, only the bare-handed salmon-catching program will be offered, giving you a second chance to snag a fish.
Admission to the festival venue is free of charge, but the ever-popular fish program costs 25,000 won for adults and 20,000 for children. Book your spot in advance by calling one of the numbers below or sign-up onsite at the festival venue.
< 2012 Yangyang Salmon Festival >
☞ Venue: Namdaecheon Stream area, Yangyang-eup, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do
☞ Period: October 20-21 & October 27-28, 2012
☞ Admission: Free (participation fees charged for some activities)
☞ Yangyang-gun homepage: http://yangyang.go.kr
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• Bare-handed Salmon Catching Event
☞ Participation fee: Adults: 25,000won / Children: 20,000won
☞ Reservations: Reserve spots by phone or sign-up onsite
☞ Inquiries: +82-33-670-2135 (English) / +82-33-670-2723, 2724 (Korean)
☞ Homepage: http://salmon.yangyang.go.kr
☞ 1330 tt call center: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)