The East sea is the first vacation stop in summer. The East sea has become one of the best squid festivals in the nation because of the clean crystal swimming beach and the most famous local product in the East sea, the squids. Some of the main events are as follows: catching squids with bare hands, catching shell fish, and all sorts of squid related competitions such as cutting squids, making raw fish competition, cooking squid, squid quiz, and swimming in the sea. Other events such as Poongeoje, Yeongdeoungpoongsinggoot, squid ocean parade, making sand sculpture, and arm wrestling competition are also other exciting events found there. Viking rides, Jumping smile, Carnival, Merry-go-round, and bumper cars are also some of the main rides provided in the festival.
Samcheok Beach Festival is held at the climax of summer vacation season every year. Tourists can participate in activities, and numerous music and dance performances are prepared. Popular singers and underground live group’s concert, firework, African song and dance, and percussion performances are played together in World music > dance festival. Catching flatfish and trout with bare hands are also activities visitors can enjoy. Get cool summer in Samcheok Beach Festival.
Every August, manifold summer festivals with clear crystal nature are held in Hongcheon, Gangwon-do where the home of the national flower, Mugunhwa. Hongcheon Waxy Corn Festival is held with the theme of Waxy Corn, one of the local agricultural products. It is a more popular and folk-like festival than other area’s festivals. By providing opportunity to feel friendliness and old country atmosphere, more visitors went there year over year.
At the foot of the Mt. Baekamsan, which is the origin of the song “Bimok,” the most beloved song of the nation, Gangwon-do and Hwacheon-gun held Hoguk-Anbo Cultural Festival with the theme of “Flowers of Sacrifice, Wind of Hope” around June 6th , the Memorial Day. They memorize the fallen patriots died for our country and, as an only divided country in the world, sublimate the pain of division of the Korean peninsula into the peaceful reunification in this Festival.
Mt. Dosolsan Battle Memorial Festival is a national grand festival held every year with hoping reunification of Korea. During Korean War, Korean Marines won Mt. Dosolsan battle after 17 days of fierce combat from June 4th ~ 20th 1951. In commemoration of the victory and to light up the fighting spirit of insuperable marines by sacrificing their flower-like youth for freedom and peace, the festival is held. Mt. Dosolsan battle played an important role to recover Yanggu area and secure current cease-fire line by winning a victory after fierce offensive and defensive battle and countless sacrifices of Korean Marines who replaced US Marines to recapture Mt. Dosolsan . Furthermore it is very meaningful battle since it was recorded as one of five great operations in Marine history to secure important bridgehead in Mid-east battle line with unprecedented bloody offensive and defensive mountain battle.
At that time, the President Rhee Seung Man bestowed a writing, “Mujeok Haebyeong (無敵海兵; Insuperable Marines)” on Korean Marines who won a victory in Mt. Dosolsan battle. “Song of Mt. Dosolsan” for the battle is still alive as a permanent marching song of all Marines. Yangu, Gangwon-do! There are vestiges of fierce battles everywhere. Like Mt. Dosolsan battle, Bloody ridge battle, Mt. Baekseoksan battle, Punch ball battle, Gachilbong battle, Heartbroken ridge battle, Christmas high land battle, etc, many renowned battles happened in Yanggu. Take the chance to see the reputation of ‘Ghost buster Marines,’ and ‘Insuperable Marines.’
Wonju Tattoo is a World Military Music Festival and the only military and instrument music festival in the nation. As the “World Peace Fanfare” held in 2000 and 2002 was recognized the originality of military music and cultural importance, it was officially approved as an international event by the Government in June 2003.
egwallyeong International Music Festival gives lovely melody to residents in the background of Daegwallyeong, Ganwon-do every year. Invited domestic and overseas musicians and Gangwon-do musicians present unforgettable memory to tourists visiting Gangwon-do. Why don’t you come and make unforgettable memory of melody in Daegwallyeong, Gangwon-do every beginning August.