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|The Gangneung Danoje Festival was designated a ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO in 2005 and ‘Important Intangible Cultural Property No. 13’ in Korea in 1967. The festival serves to preserve the folk culture of the Joseon Dynasty and has been a popular festival since 1975.
Danoje Festival includes rituals such as the Daegwallyeong Guksa Seonghwangje (a tribute to Monk Beomil, believed to protect Gangneung) and Yeongsinje (a deity greeting ritual). Folk performances, ssireum wrestling, swing riding, and tug-of-war competitions follow these rituals. During the Danoje Festival, visitors are also invited to participate in various events: watching a traditional wedding ceremony, making surichui rice cake, washing their hair in iris-infused water, and drinking alcohol offered to the gods. There are also regional dialect contests and other cultural programs.
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|-Event period: May 3 (Sat) - June 7 (Sat), 2014
-Main festival: May 31 (Sat) - June 7 (Sat), 2014
|Admission fees: Free
* Separate participation fees may apply for experience programs.
1) From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Gangneung Bus Terminal.
* Bus info: 06:31-23:05 / 30min intervals
2) From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Gangneung Bus Terminal.
* Bus info: 06:00-23:30 / 20-30min intervals
From Gangneung Intercity/Express Bus Terminal, take a taxi to the festival venue (Danojang, 단오장).
|www.danojefestival.or.kr (Korean, English)|