2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year
This year 2016 Suwon city is determined to host the 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year. Throughout this year there will be a variety of different cultural events and festivals across Suwon city and especially at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, home to the UNSECOs world heritage site. This year marks the 220th years of the construction of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress since its completion in 1796. And the 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year is hosted not only to celebrate the 220th anniversary of the completion of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress but also to introduce and promote the world heritage Suwon Hwaseong to people worldwide.
Suwon city, the Human City as the slogan, has been committed to promote the city as the tourist destination city, and over the past years various cultural activities and festivals have been held at the Suwon Hwaseong and across the city. With this soon coming 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year, in order to mark 220 years of the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and to make the Human City Suwon become tourist destination, Suwon City will host various magnificent cultural activities and festivals which are included but not limited to as following:
The opening ceremony of the 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year will be held from 20th January to 22nd January 2016 at Ramada Hotel and Suwon Gymnasium. The opening event will vary from conference and forum to brief the Suwon tourism policy following the official opening ceremony with a music concert at Suwon Gymnasium featuring the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra and Civic Chorale at the last day. Detail schedule can be found at http://culture.suwon.go.kr/culture/ingCultureView.do?ctrSeqNo=379 (in Korean).
From May 5 to May 8, 2016, Suwon Theatre Festival will be hosted at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress area and Suwon city respectively. This is Suwons most famous performing arts festival using the world cultural heritage, Suwon Hwaseong as its stage. Prominent Korean theatre companies and foreign participants will be here to perform various shows such as drama, street performance and musicals. It will also offer several people-leading programs that the audiences can become the heroes and heroines on the stage (Human City Suwon, 2016 Visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Year Brochure).
From 5th May to 8th May 2016, the 2016 Gyeonggi-do Suwon-si Air Warfare, the only domestic Air War show, will be demonstrated at members of the Suwons airfield. The program will comprise of air warfare related education, exhibition and demonstration event. Detail of this event can be found at http://2016.suwon.go.kr/?p=34&viewMode=view&idx=114 (in Korean).
(Participants at the Air Warfare Show, Photo Credit via http://2016.suwon.go.kr/)
From 19th May to 21st May 2016, the Asia Model Festival 2016 will be hosted at the Suwon Gymnasium. This Festival is the Asias biggest festival for fashion and beauty industries including Asias model industry, and it is the Asias biggest festival where artists who engage in businesses related to fashion and beauty in Asia can exchange and communicate their expertise. Artists from 25 Asian countries will come to Suwon city to participate in this 3-day Asia Model Festival 2016 and several sophisticated shows such as the Asia countrys traditional clothing shows, fashion shows, hair shows, and beauty shows, are expected to be live at the event stage. Further information of this Asia Model Festival 2016 is available at http://2016.suwon.go.kr/?p=34&viewMode=view&idx=115 (in Korean).
(Asia Model Festival in Suwon via http://2016.suwon.go.kr/)
On August 2016, Gwanggyo Lake Park Jazz Festival will be organized at the outdoor of Gwanggyo Lake Park. Once in Summer nights, it will offer fantastic evenings that combine the lake, lights and jazz music, and this is a great opportunity to experience the beautiful nightscape of Gwanggyo Lake Park which received the Korea Landscape Award as the nations best landscape in 2014 offered by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Human City Suwon, 2016 Visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Year Brochure).
(Pictures from www.naver.com)
On 17th June and 18th June 2016, K-Pop Super Concert will be organized at the Suwon World Cup Stadium to show the splendidly dynamic cultures of the Suwon city. K-pop, an abbreviation of Korean pop or Korean popular music, is a musical genre consisting of electronic, hip hop, pop, rock and R&B originating in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and K-pop has been rapidly growing popular among teenagers not only in Korea but across regions from Asia to Europe. Information about the K-pop Super Concert during the 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year can be found in detail at http://2016.suwon.go.kr/?p=34&viewMode=view&idx=116 (in Korean).
(Kpop concert, Photo Credit via http://2016.suwon.go.kr/)
In August 2016, Suwon Hwaseong International Music Festival will be celebrated at Suwon SK Atrium, Gyeonggi Arts Centre, Suwon Outdoor Hall 1, and other parts of Suwon city. The Suwon Hwaseong International Music Festival that transforms Suwon into a city music flowing by world-acclaimed artists is the best classical festival for Suwon citizens and music lovers. Renowned classical artists from around the world together with the Suwon Municipal Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Kim Dae-jin), the pride of Suwon, will make various genres performances and master classes and seminars for talented young musicians (Human City Suwon, 2016 Visit Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Year Brochure).
Last but not least, in October 2016, the 53rd Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival will be held. The festival will illustrate in detail the revival of King Jeongjo's Royal Parade to his Father's Tomb and the Citizens' Parade. Suwon citizens particularly are proud of King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty not only due to the creation of Hwaseong Fortress but more significantly the King's vision for reforms for a better world. Further information this Hwseong Cultural Festival is available at http://2016.suwon.go.kr/?p=34&viewMode=view&idx=117 (in Korean).
(Performance of Royal Parade of King Jeongjo, Photo Credit via http://2016.suwon.go.kr/)
Abovementioned are just some remarkable events of the upcoming 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year to be organized by the government of Suwon city, yet there are a lot more events, festivals and activities to be organized across the Suwon city to celebrate this 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year through the entire year. Therefore, please stay tuned to the website http://2016.suwon.go.kr/ for updates of information of the 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year. .Also, useful information and places related to Suwon city can be found at http://www.suwon.go.kr/.
If you plan to visit Korea, visit this year and come to Suwon city to enjoy yourself to the fullest with the brilliant 2016 Suwon Hwaseong Visit Year.
Written by Vatnakoudom Samith