Published on : Tuesday, May 5, 2015
In May in the Republic of Korea, the departure of spring only means one thing: the arrival of summer, a season for celebration. Every year, in May, all celebrations, big or small, will be competing to host it in Korea. From 1 to 10 May, Mungyeong Saejae, a mountain pass in South Korea, will organize a pottery festival, where visitors will be able to learn more about famous pottery bowls. In fact, the famous Mungyeong Saejae is considered to be a historical route that connected Korea to Hanyang in Wuhan, China in the 15th century. The route was also commonly used by ancient scholars who were entering the city for their imperial examinations. Today, Mungyeong Saejae is labelled as one of the national parks in Korea.
Here at Mungyeong Saejae, you can customize your very own pottery bowls, a memento that is truly and uniquely yours. After all the celebrations, activities and shows, catch your breath and unwind in antique Korean teahouses. While you’re at it, remember to check out volunteers dressed in the traditional Hanbok costumes giving tea appreciation performances, providing visitors like you with knowledge on teas and a taste of Schisandra, dandelion, green and lotus teas. On top of that, visitors can try out the red Schisandra rice cakes, one of the many specialties in Mungyeong Saejae.
But that’s not all. May is also the month when Korea celebrates the birth of Buddha (8th April on the lunar calendar). More than just a 600-year-old tradition, this celebration is a proud display of the diversity in the Buddhist culture in Korea. This is portrayed through performances and events such as traditional lamp exhibitions at the Samseong-dong Bongeunsa temple. Here, tourists can also make their own lotus lanterns and view paintings that are related to Buddhism.
From 25 to 31 May, tourists can also check out the romantic Gangwon Chuncheon International Mime Festival, where ideas, thoughts and feels are expressed artistically through limb movements only. More than 80 mime troupes and groups from Korea, Taiwan, Denmark and Germany will be take part in the Mime Festival, giving audiences a visual feast. Only two hours from Seoul, the festival is a stone’s throw away from Nami Island, Zhaoyang River and many other tourist attractions, celebrations and sightseeing sites.
In addition, Korea features many other cultural festivals like the Boseong Tea Festival and Damyang Bamboo festivals, which will surely was away your fatigue while you embrace nature in this unforgettable country.