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2013 Baekje Cultural Festival:Resurrecting Ancient History & Culture

Photo courtesy of Baekje Cultural Festival Organizing Committee

Every autumn, the cities of Buyeo, Gongju, and Nonsan of Chungcheongnam-do Province, home to the ancient Baekje Kingdom, play host to the Baekje Cultural Festival. This year, the Baekje Cultural Festival is scheduled to take place from September 28 through October 6.

The festival is a tribute to the Baekje Dynasty, which occupied the region for 678 years and engaged in active exchanges with China and Japan. A street performance called the "Foreign Relations of Great Baekje' Parade" will be carried out four times in Buyeo and Gongju. One recommended program at the festival is a falconry demonstration, which is designated as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The opening ceremony will be consist of a percussion performance and a fireworks show and the closing ceremony will include a international creative dance contest, video highlights of the festival, and congratulatory performances.

Baekje Cultural Land (Buyeo)

Experience the royal palace and daily life during the Baekje Dynasty. Some of the most representative cultural pieces from the kingdom have been recreated, bringing the bygone era back to life. These replicated treasures include Sabigung Palace, the Neungsa Temple, the Life & Culture Village (showing housing by social class), Wiryeseong Fortress, Baekje Tumuli Park, and the Baekje Forest. Make sure to stop by the Baekje History and Culture Center for an even closer look at the culture and history of the Baekje kingdom.

Baekje History & Culture Museum (inside Baekje Cultural Land)

The Baekje History and Culture Museum houses permanent exhibitions, children's programs, the Information and Materials Room, and various education facilities.
Events Introduction

Photo courtesy of Baekje Cultural Festival Organizing Committee

The Baekje Cultural Festival 2013 will host several major activities like performances, parades, hands-on programs, a reenactment of the battle of Hwangsanbeol, and exhibits. In addition, Gongju's ornamental light display and the Baekje Lamp Festival will take place alongside some hands-on programs like "Get into the Baekje Culture" and a calligraphy contest among calligraphers from Buyeo. The festival will begin on September 28 with an opening ceremony (6:30-8:30 p.m.) on the main stage of the Geumgang Singwan Park in Gongju. It will feature gugak (traditional Korean music), fusion percussion performances, and a fireworks show. The festival will end on October 6 with a closing ceremony (6:30-8:30 p.m.) on the main stage of Gudeurae Park in Buyeo.
Major Programs

Photo courtesy of Baekje Cultural Festival Organizing Committee

The Baekje Cultural Festival has prepared 95 different programs for its visitors to enjoy including exhibits and hands-on programs during the day, main stage performances and parades in the evening, and a ornamental light display and lantern festival at night. The "Baekje Village" set up inside the Gongsanseong Fortress and "Experience! Into the Baekje Culture" hands-on programs located in the area of Gudeurae Park in Buyeo are popular among family and group visitors.
Performances and Parade

Taking place in Gongju and Buyeo is the "Foreign Relations of Great Baekje Parade", a reenactment of the parade envoys from China and Japan who came to pay tribute to the King of Baekje. The parade in Buyeo, titled "Procession of Baekje History and Culture", features over 1,000 local residents displaying the magnificence of Baekje culture through splendid performances. The parade in Gongju, titled "Unjinseong Fortress Parade", also features local residents wearing masks and carrying torches.
Hands-on Programs

Photo courtesy of Baekje Cultural Festival Organizing Committee

The "Baekje Village" and "Get Into the Baekje Culture" allow visitors the opportunity to experience the lives of the Baekje people. At the Baekje Village, you'll be able to discover the Baekje people through relic exploration games, battle games, and archery. "Get Into the Baekje Culture" lets visitors try on Baekje era clothes, make a relief copy of a Baekje earthenware vessels, and play traditional games from the Baekje period.
Hwangsanbeol Battle Reenactment

Photo courtesy of Baekje Cultural Festival Organizing Committee

The "Reenactment of Hwangsanbeol Battle," which was first introduced in 2008, will be hosted at the historic site of General Gyebaek located in Nonsan. The Hwangsanbeol Battle was a major battle between the Baekje and Silla (BC 57-AD 935) Kingdoms.
Exhibition Program

The "Baekje Cultural Festival Historic Exhibition Hall" inside Gudeurae Park, which is one of the main event venues in Buyeo, will host the "Special Exhibition of Baekje Gilt Bronze Incense Burners", an exhibition featuring approximately 150 incense burners of Korea, China and Japan. The exhibition will run from September 27 to November 24.
2013 Schedule of Major Programs
Location Program Date & Time
Gongju Opening Ceremony Sept. 28 (18:30-20:30)
Foreign Relations of Great Baekje Parade Oct. 1-2 (19:30-20:30)
Falconry Demonstration Sept. 29-Oct. 1 (14:00-17:00)
Ungjin Fortress Parade Sept. 29, Oct. 3 (18:30-21:00)
Baekje Village Sept. 28-Oct. 6 (10:00-21:00)
Injeolmi Festival Sept. 28 (15:00-17:00)
Ungingol Experience Village Sept. 28-Oct. 6 (10:00-21:00)
Buyeo Procession of Baekje History and Culture Sept. 28 (16:00-18:00)
General Gyebaek's Going to War Oct. 3 (19:00-20:30)
Foreign Relations of Great Baekje Parade Oct. 4-5 (19:30-20:30)
Falconry Demonstration Oct. 4-6 (14:00-17:00)
Traditional Folk Performances Oct. 5 (11:00-17:00)
Baekje Instrumental Music Mamiji Mask Performance Sept. 29 (16:00-17:00)
Oct. 3 (15:00-16:30)
Closing Ceremony Oct. 6 (18:30-20:30)
More Info

2013 Baekje Cultural Festival

☞ Period: Sept. 28~Oct. 06, 2013
☞ Venue: Areas in Nonsan-si, Gongju-si, and Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
☞ Admission: Free (Some hands-on programs may charge a fee)
☞ Festival Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese)
☞ Inquiries: +82-41-857-6955 (Korean)
☞ Gongju Culture & Tourism Homepage:
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian)
☞ Gongju Accommodations:
(Korean,English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian)
☞ Buyeo Culture & Tourism Homepage:
(Korean, English, Japanese,Chinese)
☞ Buyeo Accommodations: Lotte Buyeo Resort, Baekche Tourist Hotel, Samjung Buyeo Youth Hostel, etc.
☞ Chungcheongnam-do Culture & Tourism Homepage: (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Related Column
Gongju, the Glory of Baekje Lives On
Last updated on August 28, 2013
Date 09/27/2013

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