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Yeongam Wang-In Cultural Festival - 04/04/2003 - 04/07/2003

Address : Yeongam, Jeollanam-do
Scholarly Pursuit at the Wang-In Cultural Festival in Yeongam.
Yeongam has a long history as the center of Korean, Japanese and Chinese trade from ancient times during the Goryeo Kingdom (918-1392 A.D.). It is also the birthplace of many distinguished scholars, in particular, Wang-In who introduced the Thousand-Character Classic and the Analects of Confucius. Furthermore, potters and weavers from the area (which was the Baekje Kingdom, one of the three kingdoms during the period) migrated to Japan during the 1600s to ply their trade, which later bloomed into Japan’s Aska culture.

The festival is a tribute to the noble ideals of Wang-In and highlights his accomplishments. It opens in April when cherry blossoms are in full bloom on Mt. Wolchulsan creating one of the most beautiful scenery in Jeolla-do. The festival is full of opportunities to experience the origin of the Confucian culture during the ancient Three Kingdoms Period. Wang-In & Chunghyang Festival, Baekjae dance, Baekjae costume fashion show, Baekjae folk games, parade dedicated to Wang-In, etc.

Duration: April 4 to April 7, 2003 (4 days)
Historical Relic Site of Wang-In and Yeongam Ceramic Cultural Center in Yeongam, Jeollanam-do
Inquiries :
Culture and Information Section of the Yeongam County Office, Local Festival Promotion Committee of Yeongam County
Tel: +82-61-470-2241, 2350 / Fax: +82-61-470-2577, 2347 / E-mail:
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Accommodations : Wolchulsan Spa Resort Hotel (1st class) (Tel: 061-473-6311,
-House for Mountaineers (guest house) (Tel: 061-473-3778: 31 guest rooms)
Nearby Tourist Attractions : Mt. Wolchulsan National Park, Historical relic site of Wang-in, Yeongam Ceramic Cultural Center, Yeongsanho Lake National Tourism Site
Tourism Information: Jeollanam-do Tourist Information Center (Tel: +82-62-940-0214)

Seoul –> Yeongam (4 hours and 30 minutes by bus)

Jindo Yeongdeung Festival - 04/16/2003 - 04/19/2003

Address : Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
Walking on Water: Jindo Yeongdeung Festival
The Jindo Yeongdeung Festival is held when the tide drops six or seven meters to part the sea between Hoidong Village and Modo Island. You can walk across the seabed, gathering edible seaweed, conches, clams and octopus while experiencing this Korean version of the “Moses parting the sea.” It will be a memorable experience to learn the interesting legends associated with the parting of the sea and the traditional folk customs of the Jindo region. Yeongdeungsal Nori (ritual dedicated to Grandmother Bbong), shaman rite to exorcise evil spirits, reenactment of the evacuation of villagers, farm band musical performance, praying for an encounter with Grandmother Bbong, Namdodeul songs (farm songs of the Jindo region), etc.

Duration: April 16 to April 19, 2003 (4 days)
Venue: The beach and sea path between Hoedong-ri and Euisin-myeong in Gogun-myeon, Jindo-gun, Jeollanam-do
Culture and Tourism Section, Jindo County Office, Jeollanam-do
Tel: +82-61-540-3133 / Fax: +82-61-540-3577 / E-mail:
Website: Http://
Accommodations: Jindo Tourist Motel (Tel: 061-542-2133, Fax: 061-542-2122: 33 guest rooms)
Nearby Tourist Attractions : Ullimsanbang Villa, Yongjang Fortress, Namjin Museum of Art, Namdo Stone Castle, Sejangnakjo, etc.
Tourism Information: Jeollanam-do Tourist Information Center (Tel: +82-62-940-0214)

Seoul –> Jindo (6 hours by bus)

Hansan Ramie Fabric Festival in Seocheon - 05/01/2003 - 05/06/2003

Address : Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
The beauty of Hansan Ramie at the Hansan Ramie Fabric Festival
Hansan ramie originated in the Baekje Kingdom and was sent as tribute to kings during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Hand-woven, white ramie textiles from hansan area have long been renowned for their fine texture, porosity, snow-white color and gossamer lightness, which made them the preferred material for summer clothing. The festival marks its 14th anniversary in 2003, and will offer a wonderful time to appreciate ramie fabrics and elegant traditional ramie clothes, as well as trendy new styles. You will be dazzled by Korean ramie’s beauty and elegance through the fashion shows and exhibitions. Artisans designated as national intangible cultural assets will demonstrate how ramie becomes transformed into apparel. Also, an early morning market will open to peruse or buy ramie products. In the do-it-yourself programs, visitors can try on ramie clothes, and nationally designated masters will teach them the hand splitting of raw ramie, thread twining by hand, weaving on a loom, and dyeing.
Main events
Ramie fashion show, World Textile Art Exhibition, demonstration of ramie-cloth weaving, demonstration of natural dyeing of ramie cloth, sampling ramie clothing, ramie festival, etc.

Duration: May 1 to May 6, 2003 (6 days)
Venue: In the vicinity of the Hansan Ramie Museum, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
Inquiries: Culture and Information Section, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do Province Tel: +82-41-950-4016 / Fax: +82-41-951-4242 /
Accommodations: Beach House: Tel. 041-956-3230, 45 guest rooms Geumgang Beach Motel: Tel. 041-956-8811, 38 guest rooms
Nearby Tourist Attractions:
Hansan Ramie Fabric Museum, Geongji Fortress Wall, Biin Five-Storey Stone Pagoda, Maryang Camellia Forest, birthplace of Wolnam Lee Sang-Jae
Tourism Information: Chungcheongnam-do Tourist Information Center
Tel. +82-41-950-4016

Take a train on Janghangseon Line from Seoul Railway Station to Seocheon (3 hours, 16 trains daily), or a bus from Nambu Bus Terminal in Seoul to Seocheon (2 hours and 30 minutes, 6 buses daily).

Namwon Chunhyang Festival - 05/04/2003 - 05/09/2003

Address : Namwon, Jeollabuk-do
Enjoy the Chunhyang Festival in Namwon, the town of fidelity. The festival is held in honor of Chunhyang, the literary heroine of a classical love story who preserved her chastity through painstaking dedication of faithfulness. Set in Namwon during the Joseon Dynasty, the “Story of Chunhyang” is about a beautiful girl born of a low-class family who falls in love with Lee Mong-Ryong, the son of the town magistrate. The festival, in its 73rd year, is the oldest traditional cultural and art festival in Korea. Chunghyang Festival, held under the theme of the unshakable love of the Korean woman, features a memorial service dedicated to Chunhyang and various folk games with opportunities to experience diverse and vivid cultures harmonizing the traditional as well as the modern.
Traditional street performances, memorial service dedicated to Chunhyang, performance of Chunhyang music, Chunghyang National Folk Music Performance, Chunghyang Beauty Contest, etc.

Duration: May 4 to May 9, 2003 (6 days)
Special stage in Yocheon, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do / Gwanghallu Pavilion, Chunghyang Culture and Art Hall, etc.
Inquiries: Culture and Tourism Section, Namwon, Jeollabuk-do
Tel: +82-63-620-6544~5 / Fax: +82-63-620-6535 / E-mail:


-Korea Condominium (Tel: 063-632-7400, 160 guest rooms)
-Kookmin Hotel (Tel: 063-633-3751, fax: 063-632-3436: 44 guest rooms)

Tourist Attractions Nearby:

Gwanghallu Pavilion, Silsangsa Temple, Namwon Tourist Complex, Baemsagol Valley, Gyoryong Fortress, Manineuichong Tomb, Mt. Jirisan, etc.
Tourism Information: Jeollabuk-do Tourist Information Center (Tel: +82-63-232-0226)

Seoul -> Namwon (4 hours by train and bus)

Hampyeong Butterfly Festival - 05/03/2003 - 05/11/2003

Address : Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Soar with the Butterflies
The Hampyeong Butterfly Festival presents the magnificence of tens of thousands of butterflies soaring among an ocean of flowers across a 33 million square meter site in Hampyeong. This festival is a true celebration of the wonders of nature with live butterflies, insects and nature as the featured themes. Diverse programs are offered for children growing up in urban areas to enable them to experience the mysteries of nature. The exhibition of rare butterflies from around the world is also planned. Octopus and shrimp are other treats offered here along with sightseeing various cultural relics nearby Hampyeong.
Main Events
Exhibition of butterflies, experiencing the magnificent flight of butterflies, exhibition of butterfly and insect specimens, Green Musical Concert, Hampyeong Butterfly Marathon

Date:May 3 to May 11, 2003 (9 days)
Lakeside Park and Environment-Friendly Agricultural District in Hampyeongcheon, Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Culture and Tourism Section, Hampyeong-gun, Jeollanam-do
Tel: +82-61-320-3224 / Fax: +82-61-320-3466 / E-mail:

Accommodations :
Hampyeong Spa Resort (Tel: 061-323-8123: 35 guest rooms) / Kukje Motel (Tel: 061-322-0880: 37 guest rooms)
Nearby Tourist Attractions :
Hampyeong Natural Ecological Park, Yongcheon Temple, Kkotmureut Park, Korea Freshwater Ecological Hall, Sotdae & Jangseung Park
Tourist Information:
Jeollanam-do Tourist Information Center: Tel. +82-62-940-0214

Seoul –> Hampyeong (4 hours and 10 minutes by train, 4 hours and 35 minutes by bus)

Daegu Yangnyeongsi Festival - 05/07/2003 - 05/11/2003

Address : The medicinal herb market in Daegu
Browse through the traditional medicinal herbs at Yangnyeongsi Festival!
Yangnyeongsi in Daegu is the traditional medicinal herb market which has distributed Oriental medicines throughout the nation since over 350 years ago. Oriental medicines were distributed to many other nations including China, Manchuria and Russia and thus achieved a worldwide reputation as a hub of Oriental medicine. The festival is held around the Namseongno Street in Daegu, where over 350 herbal medicine clinics and herb shops line the streets. You can experience the culture of Oriental medicine as well as buy herbal medicine ingredients at bargain prices.

Planting medicinal herb garden, free Oriental medicine examination, medicinal herb speed chopping contest, foods made from medicinal plants, rice cake made from medicinal plants, medicinal products market, exhibition of alcoholic beverages made from medicinal plants, etc.

Duration: May 7 to May 11, 2003 (5 days)
The medicinal herb market in Daegu, Yangnyeong Exhibition Hall
Inquiries: Dept. of Health, Daegu
Tel: +82-53-429-2563 / Fax: +82-53-429-2429 / E-mail:

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Inter Burgo Hotel (Deluxe) (Tel: 053-953-0088, 207 guest rooms)
Hotel Kumho (1st class) (Tel: 053-252-6001, 125 guest rooms)

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Gatbawi Rock, Donghwasa Temple, Mt. Biseulsan Natural Forest, Nokdongseowon Academy, Bullodong Gobungun, Yaksan Spa, etc.
Tourism Information: East Daegu Station Tourist Information Center (Tel: +82-53-939-0080, 0045)

Seoul –> Daegu (One hour by air, 3 hours and 10 minutes by train, 4 hours by bus)

Chuncheon International Mime Festival - 05/28/2003 - 06/01/2003

Address : Chuncheon, Gangwon-do
Join in the Act at the International Mime Festival in Chuncheon, the City of Lakes! The Chuncheon International Mime Festival held in Chuncheon every year since 1989 has developed the genre of mime through Korea’s traditional festival approach. Theater groups invited from all over the world attract citizens and tourists with their unique attractions of mime-based, traditional Korean motions and Asian traditions through diverse performances. Visitors will long remember the unforgettable events including the goblin plays, which are performed in the downtown area all through the night.
Major Events
Performances by theater groups from Korea and abroad, street parades, goblin plays, mime workshops, etc.

Duration: May 28 to June 1, 2003
Venue: Children’s Hall, Culture and Art Hall and downtown Chuncheon in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do
Inquiries: Culture and Tourism Section, Chuncheon, Gangwon-do Tel: +82-33-250-3541 / Fax: +82-33-250-3357 / E-mail:
Website: /
Sejong Tourist Hotel (1st Class) (Tel: 033-252-1194, 65 guest rooms)
Bears Town Tourist Hotel (1st Class) (Tel: 033-256-2530: 78 guest rooms)

Nearby Tourist Attractions:
Gugok Pokpo Waterfall, Munbae Village, Deungseon Pokpo Waterfall, Mt. Samaksan, Cheongpyeongsa Temple, Namido Island, Gangchon Village, Soyangho Lake, etc.
Tourism Information:
Gangwon-do Tourist Information Center (+82-33-244-0088)

Seoul –> Chuncheon (1 hour and 40 minutes by train, 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus)

Hadong Mountain Dew Tea Cultural Festival - 05/08/2003 - 05/11/2003

Address : Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Mountain Dew Tea Cultural Festival in Hadong, the Birthplace of Korea’s Tea Culture
Hadong County in Gyeongsangnam-do is the nation’s most famous tea cultivation area. Tea was first cultivated here under the proclamation of the King in 828 during the Silla Dynasty, who had brought tea seeds from Tang Dynasty China. In particular, Hadong is famed for its high quality tea cultivated at large plantations. Unlike regular tea, Hadong tea undergoes nine grueling, repetitious cycles of painstaking hand processing. Rubbing and drying the leaves starts in the rainy season and lasts until late May. During this time, Ssangyesa Temple in Hadong is filled with the aroma of tealeaves. Visitors participating in the festival of picking the tealeaves, tasting the tea and becoming drenched in the aroma of mountain dew tea of Hadong will hold those memories throughout their lifetime. Tea ceremony at tea cultivation areas, picking your own tea leaves, demonstration of tea making, green tea sampling, the Premier Tea of the Year Contest, tea drinking etiquette contest for children, etc.

Duration: May 8 ~ 11, 2003 (four days)
Venue: Tea Plantation in Hwagae-myeon, Hadong-gun and Maksabal Doyoji in Gyeongsangnam-do
Inquiries: Culture and Tourism Section, Hadong County Office, Gyeongsangnam-do
Tel: +82-55-880-2341 / Fax: +82-55-880-2339 / E-mail:
Website: /
Accommodations: Mirinae Hotel (Tel: 055-884-7292: 14 guest rooms) / Subingak (Tel: 055-883-4440, 28 guest rooms)
Nearby Tourist Attractions:
Ssanggyesa Temple, Bulil Pokpo Waterfall, Hwagae Market Place, Choipansadaek (residence of the vice minister during the Joseon Dynasty), Mt. Jirisan Cheonghak Seonwon Samseonggung, Cheonghak-dong in Mt. Jirisan, Hadongsongnim, Chilbulsan Temple, etc.
Tourism Information: Gyeongsangnam-do Tourist Information Center: (Tel: +82-55-673-9509)

Seoul –> Hadong (6 hours by train, 5 hours by bus)

Onyang Cultural Festival - 04/26/2003 - 04/28/2003

Address : Asan, Chungcheongnam-do
Feel the Spirit of Patriotism at the Onyang Cultural Festival
Onyang Cultural Festival is held around the birthday of Admiral Yi Sun-Sin to inspire patriotism in memory of the national hero who fought against the Japanese Hideyoshi Invasion in 1592. A variety of events are planned to pay tribute to the accomplishments of Admiral Yi over four centuries ago and to inspire people to feel closer to the heroes of history. Nearby tourist attractions include the Hyeonchungsa Temple which houses the war diaries written by the admiral, the Turtle Ship, which is the first ironclad battleship, and the long sword, designated as a National Treasure, as well as the famous hot springs such as Onyang Spa and Asan Spa. Turtle Ship Sea Battle Game, Kite-flying contest, Marathon Contest of Heroes, re-enactment of the military service examination, etc.

Duration: April 26 to April 28, 2003 (3 days)
Venue: National Tourism Site, Lake Sinjeongho, Asan, Chungcheongnam-do
Culture and Tourism Section of Asan, Chungcheongnam-do and Onyang Cultural Festival Promotion Committee
Tel: +82-41-540-2544 / Fax: +82-41-540-2569 / E-mail:
Website : /
Accommodations :

Onyang Grand Hotel (Deluxe) (Tel: 041-543-9711, 157 guest rooms
Korea Condominium (Tel: 041-542-4121, 107 guest rooms)
Tourist Attractions Nearby : Hyeonchungsa Temple, Oeam-ri Folk Village, Onyang Folk Museum, Lake Asan-ho, Lake Samgyo-ho Recreational Ground, Mt. Yeonginsan Natural Forest
Tourism Information: Chungcheongnam-do Tourist Information Center (+82-42-273-8698)

Seoul –> Asan (1 hour and 30 minutes by train, 1 hour and 30 minutes by bus)

Tripitaka Koreana Festival - 04/09/2003 - 04/13/2003

Address : Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Become Enlightened at the Tripitaka Koreana Festival in Hapcheon, the Holy Ground of Korean Buddhism
The Tripitaka Koreana is the most complete collection of Buddhist scriptures that is preserved in Haeinsa Temple. It consists of over 80,000 wooden printing blocks engraved on both sides and has been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The Tripitaka Koreana Festival highlights Korean Buddhist culture at Haeinsa Temple and Mt. Gayasan, a renowned mountain in Korea. ‘Temple Stay’ and sampling of traditional temple dishes will be offered to foreigners, presenting a unique opportunity to experience the Buddhist spirit of Korea. Diversified and fun-filled programs are planned to enable not only Buddhist believers but also the general public to get to know Buddhist culture with ease in the pristine environment of Mt. Gayasan.
Dance drama of Tripitaka Koreana, Hapcheon Ogwangdae Nori, Lighting ceremony of lotus lanterns and candlelight ceremony, etc.

Period: Sat. through Sun., April 12 ~ 13, 2003
*Departure : Saturday in front of KNTO at 7:00 am.
Venue: Haeinsa Temple, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do Province
Participation fee: 50,000 won includes: - Accommodations, transportation, meals, insurance and English guide will be provided.
Reservation deadline April 9, 2003, first come, first served
* All applicants may pay participation fee only via bank wire, by the reservation deadline.
Cash will not be accepted.
* Do not pay participation fee until after sending us your application form and receiving confirmation notification.
- Bank account: 047-039624-04-010 (Industrial Bank of Korea,기업은행)
- Account holder: 테마투어코리아 (Theme Tours Korea)

Seoul –> Hapcheon (4 hour and 30 minutes by bus)

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