“Gangneung, which boasts of the greatest natural scenery in the country and a long history, has been widely known as a treasure trove of cultural assets that have been infused with the breath of culture since long ago. From the Silla period to the present day, the footsteps of numerous writers have not ceased because of the breath of deep culture they can experience through the cultural assets scattered throughout Gangneung.”
(From the Statement of Purpose of the Gangneung Heritage Culture Night)
Gangneung Heritage Culture Night, which was first introduced in 2016, was a big issue in the culture and art world at the time. This is because, breaking away from the general format of festivals held during the day, the cultural assets were illuminated at night under the concept of a night culture festival, and people gathered to these cultural properties at night time.
Before the night event opened, the general perception of cultural assets was that they needed to be cherished and preserved. So the doors were locked at night and monitored with strict security and CCTV. They became subjects that needed to be protected without anyone entering. However, the idea of the Gangneung Heritage Culture Night was different. Cultural properties are valued through the interest of people and by finding a place in people’s memories. The memories created with cultural properties become the power to preserve and pass down these cultural properties.
Gangneung is a city that knows how to enjoy ‘festivals and fun’. For the past thousand years, the people of Gangenung enjoyed Dano in harmony with the gods and the heart of munhyang and yehyang continued through Dobae rituals. Also, as a city of ‘Hansongjeong’, it became a city that hosts coffee festivals. The civic consciousness to preserve and pass down the traditions of the region appear to be the driving force behind the Gangneung Heritage Culture Night.
The Gangneung Heritage Culture Night, which opens at night for people to walk around and enjoy the culture, is in itself ‘Gangneung’. It is not an ordinary festival with invited performances of famous singers or market place of merchants across the country, but a true spirit of Gangneung culture that shows its tradition and modernity at the same time by utilizing historical and unique cultural contents centered on cultural assets and by conjoining with the nearby old downtown and traditional market. At the Gangneung Heritage Culture Night, you can enjoy not only Gangneung’s tangible cultural assets but also Gangneung’s intangible cultural assets such as Gwanno Mask Play and Nong-ak, which is traditional Korean music performed by farmers. In addition, there are various attractions such as a reenactment of the arrival procession of the Daedohobusa, a government official who was appointed as the third grade of official in the Joseon Dynasty, in Gangneung with the motif of the Joseon Dynasty’s ‘procession form’, a changing of the guard’s ceremony performance, and a drone light show.
From September 29 (Thursday) to October 1 (Sat), Gangneung Heritage Culture Night will hold 38 programs with 8 themes of the night in the Gangneung-daedohobu Government Office area. We invite you to a beautiful night out that embraces the traditions of Gangneung.