The 48th Jeongseon Arirang Festival: Experience Korean Heritage

Experience the Magic of Korean Culture at the 48th Jeongseon Arirang Festival(정선 아리랑제)


As the clear autumn skies emerge, we extend a warm invitation to you for a remarkable journey into the heart of traditional Korean culture. The Jeongseon Arirang Festival, now in its 48th year, promises an unforgettable experience beneath the picturesque Korean sky. Arirang, the quintessential folk song of Korea, holds a special place in the hearts of Koreans. Among its many variations, Jeongseon Arirang stands as the original and most revered form. This traditional gem has earned the distinction of being a local intangible cultural asset and, in 2012, was proudly recognized as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. With over 5,000 recorded lyrics, Jeongseon Arirang remains a living cultural treasure, continuously evolving and captivating audiences to this day. Join in celebrating this cultural legacy at the Jeongseon Arirang Festival, a hallmark of Gangwon-do, which draws visitors from across the globe to experience the essence of Korea.

Check out the highlights of last year’s Jeongseon Arirang Festival

Unveiling the 48th Jeongseon Arirang Festival:
The 48th Jeongseon Arirang Festival is scheduled to take place over four days in the charming city of Jeongseon, Gangwon-do. This grand event boasts a multitude of attractions, promising something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a glimpse of what awaits you:

1. Chilhyeon Jerye 
The festival kicks off with the Chilhyeon Jerye, a solemn ceremony that marks the beginning of the Jeongseon Arirang Festival. It’s a captivating ritual that beautifully showcases the deep-rooted cultural traditions of Korea.

2. Opening Ceremony Performance:
The opening ceremony is a dazzling spectacle, featuring mesmerizing performances that set the stage for the festivities to come. Be prepared to be enchanted by the artistry and grace on display.

3. Arirang Parade

The Arirang Parade is a visual feast that encompasses various genres of performance. From traditional dances to contemporary interpretations, this parade offers a rich tapestry of Korean culture. 

4. National Arirang Singing Contest

Rejoice for the National Arirang Singing Contest! This competition brings together talented vocalists from across the nation to showcase their renditions of the beloved Arirang.

5. A-POP Contest 
The A-POP Contest is a platform for artists to fuse traditional Korean music with contemporary elements, resulting in a unique and captivating musical experience.

6. And Lots More!

Various foods, participation programs, tradtional cultural exchanges, reenactments, and various performances and side events are waiting for you!

Getting There:
To fully enjoy the 48th Jeongseon Arirang Festival, you’ll need to know how to get there and navigate the event. Here are the details to ensure you arrive at the festival hassle-free:

Reaching the Festival Venue:
The Jeongseon Arirang Festival is centrally located at the Jeongseon Public Stadium. Getting there is easy:

– By Car:
If you’re traveling by car, simply input ‘Jeongseon Public Stadium(정선공설운동장)’ into your navigation system. The stadium’s location is well-marked, making it a straightforward journey.

– By Public Transportation:
For those relying on public transportation, ‘Jeongseon Station’ is your destination. From Jeongseon Station, a convenient shuttle bus service is available to transport you to the festival venue, the Jeongseon Public Stadium. To plan your journey efficiently, please refer to the shuttle bus timetable provided below. 

With so much to see, taste, and experience, the 48th Jeongseon Arirang Festival is set to be an unforgettable celebration of Korean culture and tradition. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary event!

Event Details

WhenSeptember 14th ~ 17th, 2023 10:00 ~ 21:30
Where104 Bongyang-ri, Jeongseon-eup, Jeongseon County, Gangwon Province Jeongseon Public Stadium (정선공설운동장)
PriceAdmission to the festival is free, but food and experiences within the event venue may incur costs.
Tel: (+82) 033-560-3013~15
Instagram: arirangfestival_official

Event Venue Map

Shuttle Bus Operation Hours


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