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'Seogwipo Cultural Night' showcases Jeju Island's long, rich history Updated: 2020-08-04 06:02:04 KST

It's in the middle of summer, but a parade of Korean traditional music and performances pack the streets of Seogwipo in Jeju.
The so-called, 'Seogwipo Cultural Night', a program in its first year, reproduces key moment's from Jeju's long history.
By taking inspiration from things like paintings, such as the Tamnasullyeokdo from 1702, the program gives people an opportunity to learn about the island's early 18th century cultural heritage.
A director of the event said the goal was also to give people something to enjoy during the COVID-19 outbreak.

"I hope this event which utilized Jeju's culture could provide some comfort and joy for everyone who is exhausted from the COVID-19 outbreak."

At Seogwijinji , a military defense facility using during the Joseon Dynasty, many booths were set up for visitors to learn and experience Jeju's own intangible cultural heritage.
From children to adults, visitors were able to make their own traditional hats called 'Jeongdongbeollip' , which were used to avoid exposure to rain and sunlight.
At some other booths, visitors were making equipment long used by 'Haenyeo' , or woman divers. Some even tried their hand at archery.
One foreign visitor, who has lived on Jeju Island for over a decade, said the lights grabbed her attention.

"What caught my eyes was lights and when I got here was learning about the history of Korean culture and stuff."

As the event went on further into the night, there were performances of Korean traditional music called 'Gugak', various plays and dances.

" The various exhibits and performances which showcase the long and rich history of Jeju Island ended on August 2nd, but will return in October this year. Choi Won-jong, Arirang News. Jeju."
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