BUSAN, South Korea — The 1st Goun Choe Chiwon Cultural Festival will be held on October 19, 2013, at Haeundae Beach and Dongbaekseom Island. The festival aims to praise Goun Choe Chiwon, a great Korean poet of the late Unified Silla period, and to also shed a new light on the history and culture of Haeundae.
Cho Chiwon was a great poet of the late Unified Silla period. While wandering around Dongbaekseom Island one day, he is said to have been so enamored with the beautiful view of Haeundae Beach that he engraved one of his pen names, Haeun, on a rock at the Island. This is the story of how the name Haeundae came to be.
Date & time: October 19, 2013, 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Venue: Haeundae Beach and Dongbaekseom Island
Events on the Eve of the Festival
October 18, 2013, Dongbaekseom Cultural Tourism Festival
Ceremony paying tribute to the memory of Goun Choe Chiwon
Traditional music performances
Performance by 20 participating choirs from the 2013 Busan Choral Festival & Competition October 19, 2013, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Choirs will parade from Dongbaekseom Island to Haeundae Beach
Korean Calligraphy Contest for Korean and Foreigners
October 19, 2013, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Haeundae Beach
Online registration at tour.haeundae.go.kr/content/02_08_02.php or call (051) 749-4061~5
200 participants on a first come, first served basis (both Korean and foreign residents)
Contestants will be given one of Goun Choe Chi won’s poems to write for the contest
Participants will wear costumes to reenact the old state examination and also form a street parade
Moonlight Music Concert
October 19, 2013, 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Haeundae Beach
Korean traditional music performances
Hosted by: Haeundae-gu
Organized by: Haeundae-gu Cultural Tourism Association, Haeundae Cultural Arts Institute
Source: Busan City News