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|Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal
(ceramic tea cup) Festival will be held in the area of Mugyeongsaejae in Gyeongsangbuk-do from May 2 to May 9, 2015. Marking its 17th year, the festival will have thematic events with a story about pottery makers throwing clay on the potter’s wheel.
Mungyeong also features Mangdaengi, the oldest kiln in Korea. The festival aims to retain its identity as the top place for traditional ceramics and also spread its reputation across the country as the birthplace of tea culture.
The festival aims to improve the regional culture and make Mungyeong a traditional Korean cultural brand as well as strengthen the bond of the local community. The world class cultural brand attracts international and domestic visitors experiencing the traditions of Korea.
Beautifully nestled at the foot of the Baekdudaegan Mountain range, Mungyeong abounds with high quality soil and firewood, and also produces a greater amount of ceramics due to its location on the way to Yeongnam-daero. The village also has three national master potters who actively produce beautiful pieces for visitors to enjoy.
The Mungyeong Traditional Chasabal Festival started in 1999 and became a representative and traditional festival, certified as a recommended festival by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2009. There are various leisure sports like paragliding and hiking available, as well as a spa and various accommodations for visitors to relax, making Mungyeong one of the best family trip spots in Korea.
Besides its famous ceramic tea cups, Mungyeong is also home to Mungyeongsaejae, an old path used during the Joseon period, which is now used for filming locations for historical TV dramas, diverse leisure sports, and also has many accommodations. It is a unique spot where the cultural heritage of the Chosun dynasty can be experienced in one place; Gunggwol (the king's residential palace), yangban (the nobles of the Chosun dynasty), and seomin (commoners of the Chosun dynasty). It also offers other various activities, like a traditional tea cup experience with master potters, strolling down the old roads learning the historical culture, and experiencing military life at its strategic location within Korea.
|Admission: Adult - 5,000 won; Teen and Children - 3,000 won
(Included with admission is one yeopjeon (coin) worth 2,000 won to use like cash at the festival venue.)
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Mungyeong (문경).
* Bus schedule: 06:30-20:00, 20-70 min intervals / Travel time: 2 hours
From Mungyeong Bus Terminal, take local bus No. 100 to Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park (문경새재도립공원).
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