Festivals, Celebrations and Holidays


Until the mid-20th century, Korea was primarily an agricultural society, and the seasonal rhythms of daily life were organized by the lunar calendar. As a society where farming was hugely important for the subsistence of its members, it developed a great variety of semi-religious events where prayers were offered for a good harvest and abundant food, and which gradually developed into communal celebrations and festivals. 


Enjoy Hanbok Culture Week from Oct 15 to 21

Hanbok, with its elegant lines and splendid displays of color, has been receiving worldwide attention in recent years. In Seoul, it's easy to spot fashion aficionados and tourists dressed in Hanbok garments, strolling the palace grounds. 

This October, those visiting Korea will be able to experience an entire week of cultural events during Hanbok Culture Week 2018. 


Korea's biggest art fair wraps up with record artwork sales

 The Korea International Art Fair (KIAF), the country's biggest annual art market, posted record sales, partly boosted by the participation of renowned galleries overseas and a bigger number of visitors, the organizer said Monday.

According to the Galleries Association of Korea, the KIAF organizer, the 17th event attracted around 63,000 visitors and garnered record sales of 28 billion won (US$2.47 million), bigger than last year's 54,000 visitors and 27 billion won worth of sales. The fair was held at the Convention and Exhibition Center (COEX) in southern Seoul from Oct. 3-7.


Who exactly was King Sejong the Great?

King Sejong the Great was inaugurated as the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty in 1418.

As a leader, he put his passion for intellectual pursuits, love for his people, and keen interest in improving the lives of the common people into action. Consequently, the Joseon Dynasty made great strides in various fields during his reign (1418-1450), improving the lives of his subjects in all aspects.

What does Hangeul mean?

The name Hangeul is made up of two words: han (한) and geul (글). Han means either “big” or “great,” and geul refers to a writing script; Hangeul, therefore, means “great alphabet.”

The original name of the Korean alphabet was “Hunminjeongeum,” which translates to “the proper guiding alphabet of the people.”

When Hunminjeongeum was first created, it consisted of 28 letters. From its original system, four letters have been dropped and the remaining 24 letters are now commonly referred to as Hangeul.

Korea’s Beautiful Script, Hangeul

October 9 of every year holds a very special place in the hearts of Koreans; it is the birthday of Hangeul, the native Korean alphabet.

The Korean alphabet is unique in that it is the only writing system in the world about which both the creation date and creator are known.

Before the invention of Hangeul, Chinese characters called “hanja” were used in Korea.

However, hanja was difficult to learn, especially for people of lower social status with little to no access to education, and this led to rampant illiteracy throughout the country.

Photo exhibit shows beauty of Korea

People walk over the bridge with torches in their hands, hoping for a good harvest this year and for harmony to prevail in the town. Such excitement and dynamism of a traditional folk play is condensed into a single photo. It’s Lee Sangwoo’s “Gangneung Hapyeong Dapgyo Nori” that received the grand prize in the 46th Korea Tourism Photo Contest. The annual contest is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). 

"Exhibitiion of Korean chopsticks in Sydney to showcase Korean traditional spirit"

As part of the Sydney Craft Week, Feast of K-Chopsticks explores diverse craft practices on chopsticks from Korea. Spanning relics, artifacts and handicrafts, this exhibition showcases culture of chopsticks and a wide variety of artistic chopsticks related to local craftsmanship. 80 artists focus on a range of approaches to complete the aesthetic sensibility with functionality.


Travel smart with VisitKorea mobile application!

We are living in an era in which technology has amazingly progressed to the stage where almost everything you need can be found and searched within a few moves of the fingertips, through portable devices. Thus, this has led to the emergence of mobile application services. Such developments are also seen in the fields of business travel, where lesser number of people is now dependent on tour guides but on their smart gears instead.



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