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Festival Calendar
Festival Calendar
* Busan Sea Festival
Aug. 1-9
Haeundae and other major beaches in Busan

The Busan Sea Festival has opened on Aug. 1 every year since 1996 on various beaches in Busan, including Haeundae and Gwangalli. The festival in the country's largest port city consists of various programs and cultural performances showcasing the city's attractions. Festival events include the following: an international rock music festival, hip-hop and magic festivals, K-pop music concerts and activities such as swimming, yachting and windsurfing.

For more information, call 051-888-3395 or visit

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* Gangjin Celadon Festival
July 27-Aug. 4
Gangjin, South Jeolla Province

Goryeo celadon is one of Korea's unique cultural assets and enjoys international acclaim. For those who want to see for themselves the secrets to making Goryeo celadon, a trip to Gangjin, the birthplace and a major production base of the pottery in South Jeolla Province, will certainly be a good experience. Programs include workshops, exhibitions, performances of traditional and contemporary music, dance and other artistic genres as well as "do-it-yourself" events. Visitors will have a chance to buy celadon works at discounted prices.

For more information, call 1688-1305 or visit

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* Chuncheon Puppet Festival
Aug. 9-15
Chuncheon Puppet Theatre and other venues in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province

Chuncheon, the capital of Gangwon Province, has become a mecca of puppet dramas with the opening of the Chuncheon Puppet Theatre and the Puppet Drama Museum. A total of 96 puppet drama troupes will give performances. Foreign troupes will visit from France, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Spain and Japan.

For more information call 033-242-8450 or visit
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* Jochiwon Peach Festival
Aug. 10-11
Jochiwon, South Chungcheong Province

Peach is one of many summer fruits in Korea. There are many peach festivals held across the country from July through September. The peach festival to be held at the Sejong Campus of Korea University in Jochiwon will offer cooking shows with peaches, performances of folk plays, peach picking, a singing contest, a peach-eating competition and facial massages with peach seed oil.

For more information call 041-865-2156 or visit

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* Hansan Daecheop (Great Battle of Hansan) Festival
Aug. 14-18
Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province

A re-enactment of a heroic sea battle during the Hideyoshi Invasion of Korea more than four centuries ago will be conducted from Aug. 14 in the waters off Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province. In the Hansan Daecheop, or Great Battle of Hansan, Korean naval ships led by Adm. Yi Sun-sin destroyed an invading Japanese armada. Over 100 ships will take part in the re-enactment, which will be the highlight of the commemorative Hansan Daecheop Festival.

For more information call 055-644-5222 or go to

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* Seoul Fringe Festival
Aug. 29-Sept. 14

The Seoul Fringe Festival will provide a showcase of independent artists. Individual artists or groups can freely perform drama, dance, mime, music and arts in the festival, which will allow both the performers and the audience to enjoy the freedom of expression and selection. A total of 140 individual artists and teams will put on performances in various indoor and outdoor venues like small theaters, live clubs, galleries and streets near Hongik University in western Seoul.

For more information call 02-325-8150 or go to

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* Sacheon International Percussion Festival
Aug. 8-11
Samcheonpo Daegyo Park, Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province

About 19 percussion groups from 11 countries will participate in this year's Sacheon International Percussion Festival to be held at the Samcheonpo Daegyo Park in the southern coastal city of Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province, from Aug. 8-11. With the beautiful backdrop of Hallyeo Maritime National Park, percussionists from the United States, Japan, China, Vietnam, Italy, India and four other countries will show off their skills and unique music every night.

For more information, call 055-835-6493 or visit the Web site
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