At this time every year, Chuncheon
gets crowded with people from all areas. Taking advantage of its
geographic vicinity to Seoul, Chuncheon always tops the list of
destinations for summer vacation. However, there is one more reason to
visit Chuncheon in the first week of August. The city of mountains,
lakes, and rivers turns into a stage for dancers.
Earlier this month on August 2, Chuncheon started to attract visitors to open the day-day 2012 Chuncheon Art Festival
. In addition to the party of Korean dancers from modern dance, Korean dance
and ballet at the opening, a series of impressive performances
including Korean gugak combined with jazz and classical continue to
excite festival attendees.
at the Chuncheon Art Festival include Korean dance, modern dance, and
ballet, as well as impressive acts combining Korean gugak with jazz and
classical music (photo courtesy of the 2012 Chuncheon Art Festival).
Chuncheon Art Festival has been enjoying explosive popularity with
tickets selling out every day. Now, just one day is left towards the
end. But, you do not need to be sad even if you miss the chance
tomorrow. There are still plenty of cultural vacation spots that await
you to come. A highlight of the Korean rock calendar: 2012 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival
The 2012 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival is ready to sweep away the summer heat wave at Gyeongin Ara Waterway Incheon Terminal (Jeongseojin) from August 10 to 12.
rock festival’s reputation grows with each year, and the amount of
festival-comers has been proportionally rising up. Last year, the number
reached a record high at 54,000, proving it Korea’s representative rock
event. The festival has been recognized for its popularity by the
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and is listed as one of Korea’s
best festivals. Everybody gets to know each other easily since they find
one strong thing in common: music. Their eyes are pinned at the stage,
no matter whether they are standing under the burning sun all day or
even in torrential downpour.
Rock fans at the 2011 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival enjoy the energy onstage (photo: Yonhap News).
name of ‘Penta-port’ came from Incheon’s new city development plan
which incorporates five types of ports: airport, seaport, and teleport,
as well as business-port and leisure-port. It has been less known that
Incheon is the region where Korean rock culture originated from early in
the 1980s to the ‘90s, producing many indie bands even before Hongdae
The festival will be attended by over 50 rock
groups, each of which has their own typical characteristics. The
national backgrounds of the groups are diverse, coming from England,
China, Japan, France, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Canada, and Sweden.
This is the chance to meet a variety of international rock bands
performing right in front of you.
The line-up includes legendary
Korean rock group Baekdoosan, well-known for their guitar skill that is
no match to any young groups. Also, the stage will be dominated by
heavy rock band Gate Flowers, funk band Icy Cider, and Windy City who
performs reggae, a rare genre in Korea.
The Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival attracts a growing number of rock fans each year (photo: Yonhap News).
Admission tickets for this three-day festival are available at TicketPark
or reachable through the information center at 1544-1555. Last-minute
tickets can also be purchased on site upon arrival. A one-day pass costs
around 77,000 - 88,000 won, a two-day pass at 132,000 - 143,000 won,
and a 165,000 won ticket lets you spend all day long at the venue during
the whole festival.
Here is a travel tip for those who take public transportation. Jeongseojin, the main event venue, can be best approached by AREX
(Airport Railroad Express), from Geomam Station. From there, it still
takes about 15 minutes to get there, so the organizing committee
operates shuttle buses that can accommodate as many as 45 passengers
every 30 minutes. As well, the operation hours of rail express trains
back to Seoul will be extended till 1:00 a.m. for the comfort of the
visitors.Mix of Film, Music and Nature, Jecheon International Music & Film Festival
of fun programs with creative concepts, the Jecheon International Music
& Film Festival has been garnering rave reviews each year.
Popular actress Kim So-eun arrives at the Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (photo: Yonhap News).
year’s event was designed to break the usual customs of film festivals,
getting rid of big ceremonies for festival-goers who feel tired of the
conventions,” explained someone at the JIMFF.
The films screened
at the festival are selected based on the soundtrack, which itself could
be the main source for the story of the film or featured within the
film and contributing to the film’s success. The first film screened at
the opening will be Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary about Sixto
Rodriguez, an iconic American folk singer from the 1970s who had never
been exposed in the spotlight but happened to sell millions of albums
when his songs reached South Africa. “I hope you're able to see this
film,” says Roger Ebert, film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. “You
deserve to. And yes, it exists because we need for it to.”
more element to add to the excitement for the festival is the campsite
established in the neighborhood of the festival venue. Now, it relieves
visitors’ concerns of last year caused by an insufficient amount of
accommodation facilities. The outdoor campground also provides a stage
for young new musicians and nearby JIMFF Camp Stage is also set to open
the program One Summer Night. The campsite costs 32,000 won per night.
For more information, visit the official JIMFF website.
By Lee Seung-ah
Korea.net Staff Writer