Korea’s oldest celebrated folk festival, the Gangneung Danoje Festival
will take place on June 8th (May 5th of the Lunar Calendar year) at the Dano
Cultural Center and the Namdaecheon River region, with the holiday season beginning
on June 4th lasting through until June 11th. The Gangneung Danoje Festival is
a nationally celebrated tradition passed down through generations and was designated
as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
The festival is well known for its folk play programs for visitors and various
entertaining cultural arts performances.
This year’s Gangneung
Danoje Festival will begin on June 6th with the Yeongsin Parade, followed by
the Dano Gut and the Gwanno Mask Drama. However, the festival not only presents
cultural events, but events such as a Ssireum competition (Korean wrestling),
swinging competition, and other programs tourists could participate in as well.
The festival will also feature international performance teams in addition to
the traditional Korean performances, including China’s Sichuan Opera, Mongol’s
Mongolian Melody, and Japan’s Gamigaki Sagat ritualistic dance.
festival’s information desk will also offer translation services in English,
Japanese, and Chinese for its foreign tourists.
- UNESCO World Heritage, the Gangneung Danoje Festival
Gangneung Danoje Festival
Danoje Festival Details
- Festival Period: June
4th, 2008 ~ June 11th (8 days)
- Location: Gangwon-do Gangneung-si
Danojang & Festival Grounds
- Language Services: Tourist Information Centers (available in English,
Japanese, and Chinese)
- Contact: Gangneung Danoje Festival Committee
Station TIC +82-34-640-4449 (Korean, English,
- Homepage: www.danojefestival.or.kr
(English, Japanese, Chinese)