For your calendar: Jeju Fire Festival (March 2-5)

%ec%a0%9c%ec%a3%bc%eb%93%a4%eb%b6%88%ec%b6%95%ec%a0%9c201315Just a little heads up on Jeju’s upcoming representative festival — the Jeju Fire Festival — which kicks off for a weekend of traditional celebrations of spring, community building, and fun.

Generally many tens of thousands of people turn out over the four-day event at Saebyeol Oreum, along the 1135 Road southwest of Jeju City.

In addition to many traditional games and foods you can try, there will be a tug-of-war and singing contest, a torch-lit procession, a stone lifting competition and much more.

If you’re not afraid of a few sparks, then try jwibulnori, which is where people spin around cans filled with burning wood or charcoal.

There are a huge number of events to enjoy, so please consult the festival’s English website for all the details:

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%eb%93%a4%eb%b6%88%ec%b6%95%ec%a0%9c4The main event — lighting Saebyeol Oreum on fire in a tradition known as bangae (where farmers would burn their pastures to rid the land of pests and old grass) is scheduled to begin on Saturday, March 4 at 7:55 p.m. There will also be fireworks and a laser show that evening.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of firefighters on hand so you can safely enjoy the event!

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Did you know?

If you’ve heard of the Fire Festival but have never attended, then this year is your best chance yet. A number of changes to the festival program in recent years have made it all the more easy and pleasant to attend.

In light of the unpredictable weather that the original February schedule presented, some years back the organizers moved it to early March to take advantage of the better weather. 

A large parking lot has also been set up to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion issues at this very popular event.


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