Photo: Wishing cards on a traditional dongji (winter solstice) tree (top) / Winter solstice ritual (bottom left) / Red bean porridge event (bottom right) A number of major tourist attractions are in preparation of events to celebrate the longest night of the year – dongji(winter solstice)!
On December 15, the National Folk Museum of Korea will be demonstrating dongjigosa, Korea’s traditional ritual performed to chase away evil spirits using red bean porridges. A bowl of red bean porridge will also be offered to visitors during the red bean porridge sharing event.
Another exciting winter solstice festival will be held in Namsangol Hanok Village on the actual day of winter solstice, December 21, with pungmul (folk music) performances, red bean porridge tasting event, wishing cards event, and more.
As for the Korean Folk Village, celebration will take place beginning from December 17. Visitors can expect cultural events, namely red bean porridge sharing event and traditional tree decoration event, as well as fun events such as red bean porridge eating contest and haunted house.
☞ Event Period:December 15, 2016 11:00-16:30
* Dongjigosa 11:00-12:00 / Red bean porridge sharing event 1st round 11:30-13:30, 2nd round 14:30-16:30 (free of charge, first-come, first-served)
☞ Address: 37, Samcheong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
☞ Directions: Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway, Line 5), exit 2 → Take Jongno Bus no. 11 to Jeongdok Libarary Bus Stop → Walk approx. 2 min.
☞ Website: www.nfm.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, Spanish)
Namsangol Hanok Village 2016 Warmhearted Winter Solstice
☞ Event Period: December 21, 2016 12:00-15:00
* Red bean porridge tasting event 1st round 12:00-12:30, 2nd round 14:00-14:30 / Free tickets for red bean porridge tasting event will be distributed at the ticket booth one hour prior to the events.
☞ Address: 28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
☞ Directions: Chungmuro Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 and 4), exit 3 or 4. Approx. 5 min. walk into the alleys.
Korean Folk Village Dongji Night
☞ Event Period: December 17-18 & 21, 2016
* Red bean porridge sharing event: From 15:00 until porridge runs out (free of charge, first-come, first-served)
☞ Address: 90, Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
☞ Directions: Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), exit 5 → Take Bus no. 37 to Korean Folk Village / Free shuttle bus bound for Suwon Station (Seoul Subway, Line 1) & Sangal Station (Seoul Subway, Bundang Line) ↔ Korean Folk Village (refer to Korean Folk Village official website for details)
☞ Inquiries: +82-31-288-0000 (English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Website: www.koreanfolk.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Information and photo courtesy of Korean Folk Village, National Folk Museum of Korea, Namsangol Hanok Village