Korea’s remarkable semi-tropical, volcanic island.
With its incredible scenery and warm-hearted people,
Jeju-do is a once in a lifetime destination! Every
year, on the 15th day of the first lunar month,
many people visit Jeju-do Island to take part
in the Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire festival, which
follows the ancient Korean tradition in celebrating
the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. The magnificent
sights of the Jeju Fire festival and the many traditional
ceremonies attract people from all over the world.
This year it was visited by as many as 300,000 people.
The festival is full of ancient symbolic rituals
that wish for health and happiness in the coming
year and that ward off misfortune. These include
writing wishes and attaching them to haystacks,
called 'Moon Houses,' which are then set alight.
visitors never forget the sight of
Jeju’s volcanic cones ringed in flames, as the
fields are set on fire. Kite flying and horseback
martial arts displays are also highlights of the
festival’s packed program.
remarkable landscape, delicious local specialties,
immerse yourself in Korea’s cultural traditions.
Watch our videos to find out what mustn’t
be missed at the
Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire
island covered in spectacular scenery.
An island filled with warm-hearted people.
Jeju-do: Korea’s treasure.
you turn on this island, you will be
struck by the beautiful views. Every
year a very special festival is held
here. The Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival celebrates the first full moon
of the Lunar New Year. Not only can
visitors take part in ceremonies dating
back hundreds of years, but the festival
also features entertainment from all
over the world.
Watch our videos
and discover what to do, what to see,
and what to eat at the unique and exhilarating
Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival.
event that attracts lots of attention
is the thrilling horseback martial arts
display. Skilled athletes perform death-defying
feats on the beautiful horses of Jeju.
This tradition dates back over 2000
years and was once used for fighting.
Another highlight of the festival program
is kite flying! In Korea kite flying
historically takes place during the
New Year period. If your kite string
broke then you’d have bad luck, but
if your kite flew the longest then you’d
win a prize. During the festival, Jeju’s
sky is embroidered by kites of all shapes
and sizes, as young and old take part
in this fun activity.
At the Jeju
Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival you
can see extraordinary kites from all
over the world. When night falls, it’s
time for another traditional Korean
game! Time to start Jwibulnori. Cans
are filled with burning charcoal and
spun in circles while participants make
wishes for the New Year. Not only will
this chase bad luck away, but the arresting
sight and strong woody smell will make
for an unforgettable experience.
For three full days, the festival is
packed full of unique, exciting activities,which
visitors can try for themselves. Visit
Jeju’s famous fire festival and get
the New Year off to a glorious start.
Discover Korean traditional games and
make memories you’ll never forget.
all of the festival’s fun activities,
you’re bound to get pretty hungry,
but don’t worry; Jeju has an
abundance of delicious local specialties!
The surrounding ocean of Jeju
is known to be especially clean, and
so it’s a great place to eat seafood,
particular raw fish. This is gwangeo
hoe (raw flatfish). This dish is Jeonbok
butter-gui. Here abalone
have been cooked with butter and vegetables.
It’s a rare delicacy that's only eaten
in some parts of the world.
are plenty of local specialties that
shouldn’t be missed during your stay
in Jeju! There’s another dish that
is unique to Jeju! The silver scales
have been removed, but the flesh of
the galchi-hoe (raw hairtail fish) still
glistens. The yellow color shows that
this galchi has been perfectly grilled!
Galchi-jorim is boiled with radishes,
green onions, and various marinades!
How will it taste? Jeju-do Island’s
dining tables are filled with unique,
fresh seafood! After eating their
fill of these delicacies, visitors are ready
to have even more fun at the fire festival.
Jeju’s local cuisine; you can only
find these delicacies here! The freshest
ingredients are combined with secret,
Come to the Jeongwol
Daeboreum Fire Festival and enjoy the
unique tastes of Jeju!
was the 13th year of the Jeju Jeongwol
Daeboreum Fire Festival!
time around, the festival was visited
by as many as over 300,000 people from
all over the world. These talented beauties
have come all the way from the United
States. They’re a dance team from Santa
Rosa, the sister city of Jeju-do Island.
Everyone who comes to the fire
festival writes a wish and hangs it
on these hay stacks known as 'Moon Houses.'
This is a long-held Korean custom. It’s
believed that when the Moon House and
the wishes are burnt, your wishes will
come true. The skies glow in beautiful
reds above the Moon Houses.
it gets dark, the major highlight of
the Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire festival
begins. Festival participants join together
in a torchlight parade. The torches
burn brighter and an air of anticipation
builds. The atmosphere at the festival
is intense! Everyone joins in on the
countdown and then set fire to the oreum
The Moon House
on the Oreum is burning fiercely. In
the past people believed that the full
moon fires would chase away harmful
insects and ensure a good harvest in
the coming year. These days visitors
to the festival put past difficulties
behind them and wish for health and
happiness in the future. This is a magnificent
culmination to a unique festival that
celebrates Korea’s traditional customs
and beliefs. Full of astonishing sights,
exciting activities, and rare enticing
dishes, the Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire
festival makes for the perfect start
to a new year.
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