Sunday, October 5, 2014

The 2014 Seoul Hanji Culture Festival (First Edition)

While taking part in the Hanji Festival in Wonju last week, I found out that a brand-new Hanji Festival will be held in Seoul on October 9-11, 2014.

The theme of this first edition of the Seoul Hanji Culture Festival is "Hanji, emit its light"; this event wishes to communicate and promote the multiple qualities of Hanji paper, and its importance in Korea, as well as everywhere else in the world.

The 3-day event will occur at the Seoul City Hall Plaza, from October 9 (Thu) to October 11 (Sat). The opening ceremony, which will include a dance performance and a Hanji fashion show, will be held Thursday night. An open-air market, where visitors will be able to see and purchase a wide variety of Hanji-related items, will be held on Friday (10am-7pm) and on Saturday (10am-5pm).

I was hoping to participate myself in the Hanji market, but my work schedule prohibits me from taking part into the event this year. What a shame! Despite this disappointment, I will surely go to Seoul on Saturday to check out the market and visit the Festival site. 

I don't have much information about the Festival; you can check the official website (, but I have to warn you that the site has been unstable for the last few days, and the contents of the pages is solely in Korean. 

Once again, it frustrates and puzzles me to see that an organization that aims for the international promotion of Hanji can't provide basic information in English (or any other foreign languages, for that matter) on their website... Doesn't it defeat the purpose?

The only information in English I was able to gather is from a Korea Time article published a few days ago :

There is also a Facebook for the event (but the contents is only in Korean) : 

I will keep you informed if I can gather more information on the Festival !! If you happen to have any useful info, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below!

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