September 4, 2017

Jeongseon Arirang Festival in Gangwon

Jeongseon Arirang is the regional variety of Arirang, Korea’s best-known folk song, native to Jeongseon area of Gangwon-do. A festival is held annually, usually in October, in an effort to preserve and develop this folk song, which has been designated as Gangwon-do Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Jeongseon Arirang Festival inaugurates with a costumed parade and street folk performances. The performance of Jeongseon Arirang, the main highlight of the festival, is followed by a variety of other folk performances, cultural events and programs, including singing, dance, writing and drawing competition.

Admission/Participation Fees: Free
Period: 29 Sep-2 Oct 2017
Location: Around Jeongseon-eup Arari Park
Transportation: From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Jeongseon. 
(7:10-18:55, departs every 1hr~1hr 30min / est. travel time: 3hrs 30min) 
From Jeongseon Terminal, take a taxi to the festival grounds. (5-10min)

And while you are in Jeongseon, you can visit or experience other local attractions. 

Arari Village

Ararichon Village has replicas of traditional houses that were located in Jeongseon. Sculptures inspired by Park Ji-won’s novel 'Yangbanjeon' (A Story of a Nobleman) are on display throughout the village. Here, you can see unique traditional houses of Jeongseon such as Jeoreupjib House, Neowajib House (a single-roofed house), Doljib House (a stone-roofed house), and Gwiteuljib House (log house), which are not found in other regions.

Arirang School Memories Museum

The Memories Museum is a museum located inside Jeongseon Arirang School, exhibiting historical artifacts from modern and contemporary eras. Items from bygone decades, such as quaint school textbooks and notebooks, ttakji (folded paper cards used for a mae whose object is flipping a card upside down by slapping with another card) are displayed alongside a collection of 1,125 folk artifacts. Exhibits also include household items and other daily objects and close to 4,000 items related to the folk song Arirang.


The train opened on January 22, 2015, from Cheongnyangni Station in northeastern Seoul and passes through several stations in Gangwon-do, including Mindungsan and Jeongseon, which hosts the "Jeongseon Five-day Market", and arrives at Auraji Station. 

The "A" in the train's name comes from "Arirang", and the words "amazement" and "adventure". 

The train has four themed cars with large windows and glass walls; one is a sky room, one a tea room, and two of the cars are decorated in regional colors of red, yellow, blue and purple representing Jeongseon's geographical features such as the Dong River and the mountain ridges. The train's exterior includes a purple color for the pulsatilla, Jeongseon's official flower, and is decorated with curves that symbolize the Arirang melody. Activities on the train include storytelling, music, magic shows and quiz games.

The new line to Jeongseon is the first train to be named after a Korean town, and generated additional local interest due to the proximity of the scheduled 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, a nearby town.

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