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Explore Korea's Rice Heritage: The Icheon Rice Culture Festival

Rice takes center stage in Korea’s culinary and cultural heritage, often said to be the soul of Korean cuisine. In Korea, rice is not just a staple food; it’s a way of life. Without a steaming bowl of rice, a meal in Korean culture is considered incomplete. The Korean word for rice, “밥” (bap), is synonymous with food itself. It’s a testament to the essential role that rice plays in the daily lives of Koreans. Are you interested in finding more about rice? Well, if you happen to be in Korea from October 18th to 22nd, 2023, there’s a delightful opportunity of cultural experience waiting for you – the Icheon Rice Culture Festival

A Celebration of Rice Culture in Icheon

Icheon, a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, is known for its high-quality rice production. In fact, Icheon’s rice has been presented to the King since ancient times. The city’s dedication to rice farming has earned it a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the best rice in the country, and the city is now widely known as the home of rice. Icheon’s fertile land and favorable climate contribute to the production of high-quality rice. Icheon also takes pride in preserving traditional rice farming practices. When you visit the Icheon Rice Cultural Festival, you’ll not only taste delicious rice, but you can also learn about the time-honored methods that have been passed down through generations.

The Icheon Rice Culture Festival

The 22nd Icheon Rice Culture Festival takes place from October 18th to 22nd, 2023. It takes place at the Icheon Agricultural Theme Park, and is hosted by the Icheon-city and Icheon Rice Cultural Festival Committee. It is a celebration of Ichon’s strong connection with rice and a chance to experience the heart of Korean culture and appreciate the significance of rice in Korean history and daily life. Icheon welcomes you to an abundant autumn, enjoying the harvest feast together. 

What to Expect?

There’s a lot to look forward to at the festival, with each day packed full of exciting activities. You can find all the festival’s information and time schedules on the official website, so be sure to check it out. Here, I’ll provide a brief overview of what you can anticipate at the festival.

  1. Opening Event Don’t miss the grand opening event scheduled for October 18th at 2:00 PM at the Sky Zone. In celebration of the excellent Icheon rice and harvest, the 22nd Rice Culture Festival will kick off in style.
  2. Iron Pot Cooked Rice The finest Icheon rice will be expertly cooked in a large iron pot and shared with everyone. You can watch the rice being prepared and savor its delicious taste.
  3. Rainbow Rice Cake A highlight of the Icheon Rice Culture Festival is the creation of a stunning 600-meter-long rainbow rice cake.
  4. Closing Event The closing event will also take place at the Sky Zone, marking the end of the festival. Participants can write wishes on paper, burn them for family wealth, and experience the essence of lively traditional games like ‘ganggangsullae.’ Don’t miss out on the joy of autumn gifted by traditional agricultural culture until the very end!
  5. Various Experience Zones The festival venue boasts a wide range of experience zones for you to enjoy. You can create lanterns, decorate marimos, get a rice-themed fashion tattoo, make ceramic egg crafts, have your face painted, get a henna tattoo, and much more. There’s an abundance of fun waiting for you, so gather your friends and family and get ready to have a fantastic time!

Icheon is conveniently located to the northeast of Seoul, and it only takes about 1 to 2 hours by car, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway. So if you are interested in learning more about Korea’s famous Icheon rice, don’t miss this festival!

Event Details

WhenOctober 18th ~ 22nd, 2023
WhereIcheon Agricultural Theme Park (48, Gongwon-ro, Moga-myeon)
PriceFree
InquiriesHomepage: ricefestival.or.kr
Tel: (+82) 031-644-4135~7
Instagram: @icheonricefestival22

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