Year-round Jeju festivals
Festivals that will make the hot summer and sweet autumn more joyful are held in every corner of Jeju-do. Rest your body and mind with abundant spectacles, plays, and eateries at the festivals.
Commemoration of the spirit of Chusa Kim Jeong Hui,
Daejeong village Chusa culture art festival
Daejeong village Chusa culture art festival is the event commemorating the spirit and works of Chusa Kim Jeong Hui. In the past, in the Joseon Dynasty, with the link to ‘Death in Prison of Yun Sang Do’, Kim Jeong Hui was exiled at Jeju Daejeong village for 9 years, but studied harder even with the harsh exile life, and led the education of Jeju-do people. Daejeong village Chusa culture art festival held every year since 2002 starts with the yearning rite which commemorates the spirit of Chusa, and it has various experience events such as the reenactment of exile procession, traditional poem writing, exhibition of books, stationery exhibit of Chusa material and various folk material, writing family mottos, traditional wedding experience, rubbing stone text, walking exile trail, etc. In 2007, since ‘Chusa’s exile house’ was upgraded to major historic heritage, and as in 2010, when the Jeju Chusa Memorial House was completed, the Daejeong village Chusa culture art festival is becoming a more diverse and colorful festival.
44, Chusa-ro, Anseong-ri, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea +82-64-760-3406 In November
Enjoy Chuja-do trekking and yellow corvina!
Yellow Corvina festival
The Yellow Corvina Festival, started in 2008, is the representative festival in the Jeju region combining the top regional product of Chuja-do, yellow corvina, with the traditional culture of the ritual for a big catch of fish. It publicizes the superiority of yellow corvina, and at the same time, it introduces regional traditional culture and plays a big role for not only inviting tourists and the activation of the regional economy, but also, publicizing the value of traditional culture that is easily forgotten in modern society. The Yellow Corvina festival is held at Chuja port region every year, and it is connected to the Nabaron sky trail, Chuseoksan Mountain Soweol trail, etc., so tourists who enjoy trekking can have easy access. Walking under a clean blue sky along the open coast road, and encountering the Yellow Corvina festival will present an unforgettable experience in Jeju to the tourists. The Yellow Corvina festival is very popular and selected as the best festival by Jeju-do every year.
Chuja-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea +82-64-728-4261~4 Sep. ~ Oct.
The history of a thousand years of Tamra at a glance!
Tamra Grand Festival
First held in 1962 with the name of ‘Jeju Art Festival’, the Tamra culture festival has a long history with its 56th festival this year. Tamra Grand festival, held with a new slogan and name every year, will be an excellent opportunity to show the essence of the culture of one thousand years of Tamra to the tourists visiting Jeju. The main event is held at Tap-dong plaza near Jeju Culture Center, and with the start of the ‘Ritual Festival’ wishing peace to the Jeju-do people and cultural revival, various festivals of more than 10 festivals are held every day including ‘Jeju Original Culture Festival’ succeeding Jeju’s original culture, ‘Jeju Intangible Cultural Asset Festival’ performed by intangible cultural assets inhabited with the spirit of Tamra people, and the ‘Participating Culture Festival’ making the harmony of Jeju-do people and tourists, etc. Along with the first day’s opening festival, the closing performance on the last day provides abundant spectacles crowded with all tourists that are visiting Jeju.
Top-Dong Open Square, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea +82-64-710-4704 In October
The feverish art soul of Lee Jung Seob felt on the streets
Lee Jung Seop Art Festival
Lee Jung Seop Art Festival is the festival where tourists can identify with the artistic spirit of Korea’s representative painter, Lee Jung Seop. In 1998, as the old house where Lee Jung Seop lived was restored, and the street was named after him, the 1st Lee Jung Seop Art Festival started. Regarding major events, there are various programs such as Lee Jung Seop seminar, student painting competition held by Art Association, Pungmul play of Korean classical music association, street performance, dance festival by Dance Association, Pipe music performance by city pipe music group, face painting, painting exhibits, recitation of poems, writing letters to painter Lee Jung Seop, etc. Lee Jung Seop Art Festival was held in a very big scale in 2011, on the 60th anniversary of Lee Jung Seop entering the island, and 19th festival held last year commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lee Jung Seop, and had the unique performance event of laying down white cloth 250m in length and getting visitors to draw on it.
29, Leejungseop-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea +82-64-760-3941 In October
Exploring the wisdom and culture of people in old times
Deoksu-ri Traditional Folk Custom Reenacting Festival
Jeju-do, isolated from the main land, valued the living essentials from the old times. It wasn’t easy to have trade with the main land against the waves and crossing the long ocean path, so Jeju-do people chose self-sufficiency. Seogwipo-si Andeok-myeon Deoksu-ri was like a small factory for Jeju-do people producing and supplying various necessary goods. Deoksu-ri Traditional Folk Custom Reenacting Festival is held every year to show the wisdom and culture of the people in old times who made and supply living essentials through various material including straws, horse tail, and wood, etc. Traditional plays such as hoop rolling, throwing the shot put, Jangyunnori, etc. and events such as Gotjawal walking, hanging stripes on the house, writing the house motto, making the photograph frame, etc. are also held. Representative ‘Mortar Stone Rolling Song’ of Deoksu-ri, designated as a major intangible cultural asset will also be performed for the tourists.
Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea (Deoksu-ri Folk Performance Stage next to Jeju Sculpture Park) +82-64-760-4315 In October
Traditional experience with delicious Omegi cake!
Jeongeui Village Folk Festival
At Seongeup Folk Village, where Jeju-do’s unique traditional culture is vividly apparent, various cultural events are held every October. You can make and taste traditional rice cakes such as Momul beombeok, Sangoe Tteok, Geonggi Tteok, Momul mandi, Omegi tteok, Chin tteok, etc. that you can only taste in Jeju, and you can experience Jeju-do’s unique traditional customs such as hanging straw on the roof, Jeju’s traditional wedding, making a kite, threshing in the yard, Goragolgi, Milling, etc. Jeongeui Village Folk Festival, held from 1994 for the harmony of village residents and the succession of traditional culture, as it is held year by year, became the outstanding traditional festival, not just the small event of Pyoseon-myeon residents, but publicizing the unique living customs and culture of Jeju-do people in old times to the tourists. A fireworks event is held on the last evening of the festival, and it will provide unforgettable memories for the tourists.
14, Seongeupseomun-ro, Seongeup-ri, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea (Seongeup Folk Village) +82-64-760-4413 In October
Trekking to fully enjoy the green nature
Bonggae Peace Trekking Festival
Bonggaedong, where Bonggae Peace Trekking festival is held, is a popular place for good scenery. It is closest from the downtown, and the beautiful Jeju Jeolmul Natural Recreation Forest is nearby, so the tourists can easily enjoy the beautiful scenery and trekking. Along the tracking course, you can see various sizes of small oreums centered on Jeju 4.3 Peace Park and wild plant groups. Also, it is designed with an easy route so that Jeju-do people and tourists can participate without experiencing any burden. Bonggae Peace Trekking Festival provides various spectacles including enjoying the beautiful nature of Jeju-do, visiting historical sites, and experiencing the old agricultural culture of Jeju. Also, many participation type programs including the environmental experience, straw clothes experience, book text engraving experience, etc. and various subsidiary events such as auto-camping site, Summer night’s music concert, fireworks, etc. are prepared.
430, Myeongnim-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea +82-64-728-2421 In September
Held in the home of the horses,
Jeju Horse Festival
Jeju Horse festival is the only festival in Korea with the theme of the horse. Stationary exhibitions related to horses, and various subsidiary events such as horse riding experience, horse meat tasting, demonstration of cooking by famous chefs, singing competition, OX quiz for all participants, etc. are prepared. On the first day of the festival, starting with the Pungmul street play, ‘Jeju Big Ritual’, intangible cultural asset No. 13, wishing for a successful festival, is held. The big ritual demonstration is held in the order of Chogamje, Yong nori, Buldo Maji, Chogongjilchim, Yeonggam nori, and some experience opportunities are provided to the visitors. After the big ritual, the visitors may learn the songs of the ritual such as Seoujet Sori and Dambul Sori, etc. with the instruction of Seosunsil Simbang, and you can taste the ritual food directly at the site. Exciting performances are held by famous singers on the stage, and around the vast ‘Let’s Run Park’, various experience stages are held.
1206, Yusuam-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea +82-1566-3333 Sep – Oct.
Stay cool at the beach during hot August
Soesokkak Black Sand Festival
The name ‘Soesokkak’ came from the shape of the lying down cow. Fresh water flowing from Hyodoncheon meets the sea water, making the deep-water puddle of the shape of ‘cow’, and ‘cow (So)’ and ‘end (Kkak)’ of the stream are combined to become Soesokkak. Soesokkak is one of the hidden sceneries along the seventy miles of Seogwipo, it is also a must-visit place for tourists in Jeju. Soesokkak Black Sand Festival is held in August, when most of water is gathered, and it is composed of finding treasure hidden in black sand, family health event, ‘Run with upholding family’, and all visitors participating in the ‘Adult Singing Festival’, invited famous singers’ performances, and drawing lots for presents, etc. Unlike the regional festivals mostly held in autumn, the Soesokkak Black Sand Festival is held in the summer, and it will present wonderful memories to the summer vacationers visiting Jeju.
990-1, Hahyo-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea +82-10-4732-3123 In August
Island, the Resonance of the Wind!
Jeju International Pipe Music Festival
Jeju International Pipe Music Festival is a very high class international festival with groups participating from more than 20 countries each year. The 2017 International Pipe Music Festival, that will be held with the slogan of ‘Island, the Resonance of Wind!’, starts with the city street parade publicizing the event near the performance stages, and Province pipe music performance team choir perform the celebration concert on the stage. The highlight of the Jeju International Pipe Music Festival is when the Jeju international pipe music concurs with the youth participation. In 4 areas including tenor trombone, horn, trumpet, and brass quintet, groups compete representing each country compete against each other. Jeju International Pipe Music Festival held in August will provide a true trip with the high-class performances of famous groups in the world, making up for those bored vacation trips every year. On summer nights, in Jeju-do, experience pipe music with the family!
270, Taepyeong-ro, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Republic of Korea (venue not fixed) +82-64-722-8704 Aug. 8th-16th
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