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Local Festival

The 29th Icheon Ceramics Festival

Producing 50% of the clay used for ceramics in Korea and home to some 200 kilns, Icheon is a tourist attraction famous for ceramics.

With ceramics serving as a medium that connects citizens and visitors, the Icheon Ceramic Festival is held every year. The Icheon Ceramics Festival will feature many different hands-on activities for visitors, such as a ceramics class where visitors learn and make their own pottery and a firing of a traditional kiln during in which visitors can see potters bake their own works themselves, not to mention an exhibition and sales of ceramic works by ceramic artists. Every year, under a new theme, the festival features numerous different programs and activities that can be enjoyed by everyone, men and women, the young and the old, and it shows traditional cultures and beautiful ceramic works from other countries of the world for all visitors to enjoy.

  • Duration : Apr. 24 ~ May 17
  • Venue : Seolbong Park, Icheon
The 29th Icheon Ceramics Festival

The 18th Gwangju Royal Ceramics Festival

Gwangju in Gyeonggi-do Province produced good quality clay and had an abundance of firing wood. This and its proximity to Seoul made Gwangju the center of research and production of Joseon white porcelain. It was here that the royal kilns produced the porcelain used by the Joseon royal household. Some 310 kiln sites are scattered throughout Gwangju.

The Gwangju Royal Ceramics Festival was launched in 1998 to uphold the tradition of the area and showcase the excellence of Gwangju royal ceramics, which used to be presented to the king. The festival will feature many different programs and activities including both traditional and modern performing art, a participatory event, and hands-on activities, and of course an exhibition and sales of the best quality ceramics.

  • Duration : Apr. 24 ~ May 17
  • Venue : Gonjiam Ceramic Park, Gwangju
The 18th Gwangju Royal Ceramics Festival

The 27th Yeoju Ceramics Festival

With clean water, pine trees, and high quality kaolin clay readily available, Yeoju is an ideal place to produce pottery. Yeoju is a major center of ceramic livingware: Six hundred potteries are scattered throughout the area and produce 60% of all ceramic livingware consumed in Korea.

The Yeoju Folk Ceramics Cooperative was founded in 1985 at the initiative of ceramics manufacturers and potteries in Yeoju, and the first Yeoju Ceramics Festival was held in May 1990. The year 2015 will celebrate the 27th Festival, during which a diverse range of ceramics from traditional ceramic livingware inspired by Goryeo celadon and Joseon white porcelain to modern ceramic livingware produced by young artists with fresh ideas will be exhibited, and will be available for sale at reasonable prices.

  • Duration : Apr. 24 ~ May 17
  • Venue : Tourist spot around Silleuksa Temple, Yeoju
The 27th Yeoju Ceramics Festival

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