Most Koreans traditionally have a strong love for their land. This emotion is so strong that much of it is being reflected in their beliefs, philosophy and even religion. Nature has played an important role in shaping the thoughts and relationships of people towards the peninsula, which is then very much evident in the culture and festivals in Incheon. This deep love for their culture and land is then celebrated in the many festivals of the city. Here are six of the most popular festivals in Incheon:
1. Incheon Marine Festival – With the intense love for land and nature of the Incheon culture, the Incheon Marine Festival celebrates the location of the city situated right next to the sea. The festival actually acts as a coolant to bring down the heat being experienced months before the month of August. There is practically no other place in the world that celebrates a city’s location as much as Incheon does.
2. Hanmeneun Cherry Blossom Festival – Celebrated at the Jayu Park, the Hanmeneun Cheery Blossom Festival is celebrated during April of every year. The festival is marked by performances such as live music shows, songs from the Jung-gu Choir, a Wolmi Theme Wedding Show, the Beggars’ Dance and the Wolmi Health Run Contest.
3. Wolmi Festival – There are actually two versions of the Wolmi Festival. The first is the Wolmi Island Festival that promotes the Wolmi Island as a tourist destination where many Koreans visit to enjoy the cool and refreshing sea breeze of the island. The other Wolmi Festival is another festival celebrated in the Island of Wolmi Street of Culture. Here, mixtures of events are done to celebrate the idea of freedom and excitement of Incheon City.
4. Incheon China Day – Incheon China Day is one of the biggest festivals in the city that takes place during October of every year. Similar to the Cherry Blossom Festival, Incheon China Day also takes place at the Jayu Park where Koreans can catch a glimpse of the Chinese culture presented by the Chinese residents of Incheon. The festival is much like experiencing China in Incheon as it goes back to the development of the relationship between the two countries.
5. Incheon Hapsaal Festival – Started in year 2001, this Incheon festival celebrates the rice supply of Incheon that is known for its superior quality and taste. Rice is regarded by Koreans as a food staple and is the best representation of an indigenous product Korea has ever produced.
6. Incheon World Ceramics Festival – With the aim of promoting the city as an international hub for all products related to ceramics, the Incheon World Ceramic Festivals was started in year 2001 with the International Ceramic Expo. The expo was visited by thousands of people despite its initial launch. Because of the successful impact of the very first Ceramic Expo, organizers decided to turn the expo into a festival to be held every year. The festival showcases traditional Korean pottery along with modern styles created by renowned artists from all around the world.
The Yongu Beach Festival and the Yong Dong Big Well Festival are two other popular celebrations of the city. Make sure to book your trips at any of these times to get a glimpse of the rich culture and festivals in Incheon along with its hospitable people.