Posted by: Matt Kelley | 2 May 2009

Hi Seoul Festival 2009


When Korea co-hosted the 2002 FIFA World Cup football/soccer tournament with Japan, people around the world saw hundreds of thousands of Korean fans clad in red swarm onto Seoul’s streets. To relive that festive spirit, the city launched the Hi Seoul Festival in 2003.

20090502_masksHundreds of painted masks from last year’s Hi Seoul Festival.

Last year, some 1.5 million people participated in the festival. Now in its seventh year, Seoul City is celebrating itself again via a wide variety of events and activities for Koreans and foreigners, alike. This year’s theme centers around Seoul’s five Joseon-era palaces and spring flower blossoms. The nine-day fest begins today with a “Hot Pink Parade” at 7:00 pm at the Cheonggye Plaza.

20090502_smokeA smoky scene from last year’s Hi Seoul Festival.

Events will include Korean traditional music, an International Exhibition of the Korean Empire, the Seoul Friendship Fair, the Hangang High Wire World Championships and a concert on the steps of Deoksugung Palace. Festivities will conclude with an “Eight Color Dance Party” from 8-10 pm on Sunday, May 10. Most events are free.

More information:
Visit the Official Hi Seoul Festival 2009 Site (in English)
To view the Festival schedule, click here.

Getting There:
→ Festival events are being held at Seoul’s five grand palaces and on the Cheonggye Stream. Reach Gyeongbokgung Palace via subway line 3’s station of the same name. Reach Changgyeonggung or Changdeokgung palaces via line 3’s Anguk Station. Deoksugung Palace can be accessed via line 2’s City Hall Station. Gyeonghuigung Palace is located in between subway line #5’s Seodaemun and Gwanghwamun stations.


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