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Special Feature for Visit Jeonbuk Year 2012 - Festivals in Jeollabuk-do Province

Jeollabuk-do Province is located in the southwestern part of Korea. It is known for its traditional culture and arts, well-preserved natural environment, and delicious cuisine.

Jeonju, a large city in Jeollabuk-do Province, is home to many festivals including the Bibimbap Festival, which highlights one of Korea's most famous dishes; International Sori Festival, which celebrates traditional music; and the Hanji Culture Festival, which focuses on Korea's traditional mulberry paper. To enjoy beautiful nature and fun hands-on experiences, visit the Gimje Horizon Festival, Muju Firefly Festival, or Gunsan International Migratory Bird Festival. If you have an interest in Korea's history, culture, and arts, visit the Iksan Seodong Festival, Jeongeupsa Culture Festival, Jinan Mai Cultural Festival, or the Namwon Chunhyang Festival.

☞ Website of Visit Jeonbuk Year 2012 (Jeollabuk-do Culture & Tourism): (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

1.Festivals by region

Festivals Month Venue Major programs
Jeonju-si (전주)
Jeonju InternationalSori Festival September Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do Pansori performance, sori concert, art performance
Jeonju International Film Festival April – May Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do and Street of Film area Independent film festival
Jeonju Bibimbap Festival October Hanok Village area National cooking contest, bibimbap-themed performance, food experience programs
Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival May Hanok Village area Hanji fashion show, hands-on experiences, hanji crafts exhibition
Gunsan-si (군산)
Gunsan Saemangeum Festival April Gunsan area Seafood festival, cherry blossom arts festival, sports events
Gunsan International Migratory Bird Festival November Migratory Bird Observatory area Migratory bird watching, bird exhibitions, cultural experience programs
Iksan-si (익산)
Iksan Seodong Festival September Central Sports Park Reenactment of Seodong & Seonhwa's wedding ceremony
Iksan Jewelry Expo April,
Iksan Jewel Museum Exhibition and sale of jewelry, jewelry making events
Jeongeup-si (정읍)
Jeongeupsa Culture Festival October Jeongeupsa Park area Singing festival, folk game competitions, fall foliage photo zone
Namwon-si (남원)
Chunhyang Festival April Gwanghanruwon Garden area Chunhyang Beauty Pageant, gugak (Korean traditional
Gimje-si (김제)
Gimje Horizon Festival October Byeokgolje area Agriculture experience programs, Seonbi (Confucian scholars) culture experience, folk games
Wanju-gun (완주)
Wanju Wild Food Festival October Gosan Natural Recreation Forest Car camping, local food sampling, wild food experience
Jinan-gun (진안)
Mai Cultural Festival October Jinan public sports ground Sansinje mountain god memorial service, performances and exhibitions, cultural events
Muju-gun (무주)
Muju Firefly Festival June Muju area Firefly exploration programs
Jangsu-gun (장수)
Uiam Joo Nongae Festival October Uiam Park area Nongae memorial service, cultural performances
Imsil-gun (임실)
Imsil Integrated Festival October Imsil area Making and cooking with cheese, hands-on events
Sunchang-gun (순창)
Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival November Traditional Gochujang Folk Village Making bibimbap for 2012 people, Sunchang gochujang cooking contest
Gochang-gun (고창)
Gochang Green Barley Field Festival April - May Hakwon Farm Walk through barley fields, concert, ecology experiences, traditional games
Buan-gun (부안)
Buan Masil Festival May Buan area Village parade, walking contest, catching clams, making a 99-meter-long kimbap (seaweed roll)

2.Festivals by month

Jeonju International Film Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Jeonju International Film Festival Organizing Committee]

The Jeonju International Film Festival identifies and presents challenging and unique independent films. It is growing into one of the leading independent film festivals in the world. The main programs include the Jeonju Digital Project, which highlights the works of three directors with unique filmographies, the Cinema Scape, which provides an overview of contemporary films, and the Retrospective, which explores the films of master directors.
Period: April 26 - May 4, 2012
Venue: Jeonju-si, Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do and Street of Film area

Gochang Green Barley Field Festival

The Gochang Green Barley Field Festival grew spontaneously from a beautiful and expansive barley field that attracted a growing number of photographers and travelers yearly. Major events include walking through the barley field, making barley rice cakes, playing traditional games, and herding sheep. There is also a concert held alongside the barley field.
Period: April 21 - May 13, 2012
Venue: Gochang-gun, Gongeum-myeon Hakwon Tourism Farm area

Chunhyang Festival

The Chunhyang Festival is held in Namwon, the setting of the famous tale of the lovers Chunhyang and Lee Mong-ryong, who overcame great difficulties for their love. Festival events include the Chunhyang Beauty Pageant, the Chunhyangjeon theatrical play, Korean traditional music performances, and a ssireum wrestling competition.
Period: April 27 - May 1, 2012
Venue: Namwon-si, Gwanghalluwon Garden, Chunhyang Culture & Arts Center, downtown area

Iksan Jewelry Expo

The Iksan Jewelry Expo features the new jewelry designs of top domestic and international jewelry producers and distributors. The crown-shaped Jewel Palace and the Jewelry Museum, the only one of its kind in Korea, are interesting to visit. Hands-on programs allow visitors to create their own natural jewelry, jewelry nail art, and rings.
Period: April 13 - 29, 2012 / October
Venue: Iksan-si, Wanggung-myeong, Jewelry Theme Tourist Site, Jewel Palace, and Jewelry Museum area

Gunsan Saemangeum Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs]

The Saemangeum Festival integrates local festivals held throughout the Gunsan area. Starting with a street parade and opening ceremony, events include a sea fish festival, tennis tournament, and marathon. The Gunsan Modern History Museum also organizes the Saemangeum Cherry Blossom Song Festival and concerts during this time. Meanwhile, the Eunpa Lake Park hosts a national photo contest, Korean traditional music festival, food contest, and song festival.
Period: April 13 - 22, 2012
Venue: Gunsan-si, Modern History Museum, Eunpa Lake Park and downtown area

Buan Masil Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Buan-gun Office]

'Masil' is a combination of the word 'Maeul (village)' and a word meaning 'go play in another village.' The Buan Masil Festival is set against the natural backdrop of the mountains, fields, and sea of Buan. The festival is a great opportunity for locals and tourists to mingle together. Hands-on programs include exploring an ecopark, visiting a farm, catching clams in a wetland, and a walking contest. Performances and food vendors are also offered at the venue.
Period: May 4 - 6, 2012
Venue: Buan-gun area (Main event venue: Buan Sports Park)

Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival

The Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival promotes the excellence of Jeonju's traditional hanji paper and celebrates outstanding hanji craftsmen. It features a national hanji crafts contest, hanji fashion show, and parade. The Hanji Theme Park is the venue for hands-on programs such as the making of hanji crafts and hanji lamps.
Period: May 3-6, 2012
Venue: Jeonju-si Jeonju Hanok Village area

Muju Firefly Festival

The Muju Firefly Festival is an environment-themed festival highlighting the firefly. Visitors can participate in an exploration program to visit the habitat of fireflies and take part in folk culture programs.
Period: June 8-16, 2012
Venue: Muju-gun, Muju-eup, Hanpungru, Namdaecheon, Bandi Land area

Jeonju International Sori Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Jeonju International Sori Festival Organization Committee]

The Jeonju International Sori Festival promotes Korea's traditional music including the pansori epic chant, which is a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The event also offers a venue of exchange for other forms of folk music from around the world. The festival features five different pansori performances, a Korean classic orchestra, traditional musical instrument performances, dances, and international folk music concerts. This is a great opportunity to enjoy various genres of music and performance from the world's leading folk artists.
Period: September 13-17, 2012
Venue: Jeonju-si, Sori Arts Center of Jeollabuk-do, Jeonju Hanok Village, Jeonju-si area

Iksan Seodong Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Iksan Seodong Festival Organization Committee]

Iksan is the birthplace of King Muwang (the 30th king of the Baekje Kingdom, reigned from 600 to 641). The Seodong Festival is about the love between Prince Seodong (the name of King Muwang during his childhood) and Princess Seonhwa (the third daughter of the 26th king of Silla). Visitors can enjoy a street performance, puppet play, and dance contest based on the song of 'Seodongyo,' which is said to have been made and spread by Prince Seodong in hope that he would marry Princess Seonhwa. A reenactment of the wedding ceremony between Prince Seodong and Princess Seonhwa and other love-themed events are also held.
Period: End of September 2012
Venue: Iksan-si Central Sports Park and Iksan area

Gimje Horizon Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Gimje Horizon Festival Organization Committee]

Gimje is the only place in Korea where the land is flat enough for observers to see as far as the horizon. With fertile soil and favorable conditions for growing rice, the fields of Gimje are the largest grain production center in Korea. The Gimje Horizon Festival offers visitors a chance to experience traditional agriculture through events such as catching grasshoppers, harvesting rice, and making scarecrows.
Period:October 10-14, 2012
Venue: Gimje-si, Buryang-myeon, Byeokgolje area

Uiam Joo Nongae Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Jangsu-gun Office]

The Uiam Joo Nongae Festival commemorates Joo Nongae, who sacrificed her life to save her country during the Imjin War, which took place in 1592-1598, when Japan invaded Korea. A memorial service and traditional cultural performances are held in Nongae's honor. In Jangsu, the birthplace of Nongae, visitors flock to the Nongae Shrine, the house and village where Nongae was born, and Nongae Memorial Hall.
Period: October 17, 2012 (one day)
Venue: Jangsu-gun, Jangsu-eup, Uiam Park area

Jeonju Bibimbap Festival

The Jeonju Bibimbap Festival aims to promote bibimbap, a quintessential Korean dish consisting of rice topped with an array of vegetables, egg, and sometimes meat. The event features exhibits of 101 types of bibimbap, cooking demonstrations, a bibimbap ingredient market, street cafe, traditional liquor makgeolli sampling, and a cooking contest.
Period: October 18-21, 2012
Venue: Jeonju-si, Jeonju Hanok Village area

Jeongeupsa Culture Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Jeongeupsa Culture Festival Organization Committee]

'Jeongeupsa' is the longest surviving song from the Baekje period (BC18-660) written in Hangeul. The song is about a wife worrying about the safe return of her husband, who didn't return home from work late one night. The Jeongeupsa Culture Festival is organized to promote the time-honored culture and arts of the city of Jeongeup. Held near Naejangsan Mountain, which is famous for fall foliage, the festival draws a large number of visitors.
Period: End of October 2012
Venue: Jeongeup-si, Naejangsan Mountain Culture Plaza, Jeonghae Village, Jeongeupsa Temple Park

Wanju Wild Food Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Wanju-gun office]

Wanju's well-preserved environment offers visitors an opportunity to make and enjoy traditional, wild-caught foods. Visitors can take part in catching fish in the river using traditional tools, catching mudfish, and collecting grasshoppers. They can also eat fish, potatoes, and rice cakes cooked using traditional methods. Wild foods that are hard to come by are also available for sampling.
Period: October 12-14, 2012
Venue: Wanju-gun, Gosan Recreational Forest area

Mai Cultural Festival

The Mai Cultural Festival is held around Maisan Mountain, where there are hundreds of spectacular hand-built stone towers that. A memorial service for the mountain gods is performed to wish for the health of the residents of Jinan County and a good harvest. The festival also features a parade, fireworks, traditional performances, sports, and a lantern event.
Period: October 11-13, 2012
Venue: Jinan-gun, Maisan Mountain, Eunsusa Temple, public sports ground, Jinancheon Stream area

Imsil Integrated Festival

The Imsil Integrated Festival is held in Imsil, the birthplace of cheese production in Korea. Various events are held in Saseondae, where it is said that a Taoist fairy came down to earth after becoming entranced its beautiful landscape, and at the Imsil Cheese Theme Park. Events include a Taoist fairy pageant contest, farmers' music contest, and cheese-themed performance. At the Cheese Theme Park, visitors can try their hands at making cheese and bottle-feeding calves, and visit the World Cheese exhibition.
Period: October 5-7, 2012 (scheduled)
Venue: Imsil-gun, Gwanchon-myeon Saseondae and Imsil Cheese Theme Park area

Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Sunchang Fermented Soybean Festival Organization Committee]

Sunchang Village has long been famous for its production of gochujang (red pepper paste). Every year, the Sunchang Gochujang Festival is held at the village. The gochujang of Sunchang is widely recognized for its outstanding qualities. During the festival, visitors can experience making traditional gochujang, making meju (blocks of fermented soybean that are used as a main ingredient for making gochujang), and other hands-on programs. There is also an exhibition of other regional specialties of Sunchang and a cooking contest using Sunchang gochujang.
Period: November 2-4, 2012
Venue: Jeollabuk-do, Sunchang-gun, Sunchang Gochujang Village, Gangcheonsan County Park

Gunsan International Migratory Bird Festival

[Photo courtesy of: Gunsan-si City hall]

The Gunsan International Migratory Bird Festival is held in the vicinity of Geumgangho Lake, the largest migratory bird habitat in Korea. Major programs include guided migratory bird watching tours, which offer up-close observation of the species at the lake. Other programs will be held near the Geumgang Migratory Bird Observatory, including a migratory bird drawing contest, bird feeding, performances, and a food market.
Period: November 21-25, 2012
Venue: Gunsan-si, Geumgang Migratory Bird Observatory and Geumgangho Lake, Ecological Park, Saemangeum area

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Date 07/04/2012

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