This year is racing by and the dates for the annual Jeonju Hanji Culture Festival in Korea for 2014 have just been announced.
|May 3rd to May, 6th, 2014|
|Pungnamdong1-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do
전라북도 전주시 완산구 전주천동로 20 (교동)
|Jeonju Hanok Village, Hanji Industry Support Center area|
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The Hanji Festival is organised to promote the many qualities of Korea’s traditional paper and it features a myriad of products, some you would never guess made from Hanji, as well as contests, exhibitions, hands-on programs for visitors, and a traditional market. The whole city becomes alive with traditional music performances, street dancers and exhibitions related to the many traditional and modern uses of Hanji.
Unfortunately I'll miss it by a month this year due to time restrictions but I remember attending the Festival when I was living in Korea and I was inspired by all that I saw.
In Jeonju there is a Hanji Traditional Pavilion and a Hanji Products Special Invitational Exhibition. The highlight for me when I went, was the Hanji Craft Competition, where Hanji craftsmen from all over the country display their work, and where winners feature and exhibit their work in the categories of traditional, modern, and cultural products. My teacher 'Matilda' was exhibiting one of her pieces in the show. I can't remember now how she went but I know it was a very serious business and great accolades went to the winners.
There is also a Hanji fashion show featuring Hanboks, Korean traditional dresses, and a Hanji patented-products invitational exhibit.
If you're not sure whether this is going to be enough to get you there then why not go to try the Jeongju Bimimbap. Jeonju is considered the home of bibimbap, the famous Korean dish of rice with vegetables and beef and after a little bit of research I found out why I like it so much.
'The rice used for bibimbap in Jeonju is cooked not in plain water but in beef broth so it looks and tastes better. Bean sprouts, a key ingredient in Jeonju bibimbap, are Rhynchosia volubilis from Imsil, North Jeolla Province. Even if cooked for a long time, they do not get too mushy but retain their crispiness. Bean sprouts are usually cooked in the last stage of rice cooking, and Jeonju bibimbap is usually served with clear bean sprout soup. Other vegetables like spinach, balloon roots, drop water and shiitake mushrooms are also included along with raw marinated beef and red pepper paste. This makes the dish healthy food, providing all the key nutrients in one bowl.' The Chosunilbo