Saturday, October 30, 2021

The 58th Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival "Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong", Behind the Scenes.


The 58th Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival <Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong>, held for 3 days from October 8, 2021 (Fri) to October 10 (Sun), ended with the participation of many citizens.

<Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong> was designed to convey the sense of accomplishment of protecting the World Cultural Heritage with my own hands and the value of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. And also, <Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong> is an eco-friendly plogging campaign that has been prepared step by step since the beginning of this year. Participants were recruited through advance reservations at Interpark, and the participants received their own kits and then enjoyed plogging(Sseudam Running*).

Plogging is a compound word of the Swedish word ‘plocka upp’ which means to glean, and the English word‘jogging’. It arose from the fact that sitting and getting up to pick up trash was similar to a squat exercise position. Plogging consumes more calories than simple jogging and is getting a lot of attention because it protects the environment.

* ‘Sseudam Running’ is an abbreviation for sseulegi damgi(pick up trash) Run, which is a Hangul that will replace plogging.

Nowadays, environmental issues have emerged as a big topic, even in the Joseon Dynasty, there was a king who recognized the importance of nature and put it into practice. That king was Jeongjothe 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty. Jeongjo promoted the planting policy of planting many trees to green forests that had been ravaged by fire and reckless logging.

With the planting policy carried out from 1789 to 1795 in Suwon, a total of more than 10 million trees were planted in 6 years alone. After that, King Jeongjo continued to plant trees, emphasizing the importance of planting trees to officials and people.

In this way, the Suwon Cultural Foundation tried to convey the will of King Jeongjo, who valued the environment, through an eco-friendly campaign called ‘Sseudam Running’ in the present era.

‘Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong’ program was held with Ahn Jung-eun (CEO of RUNderful), an SNS influencer with more than 80,000 followers and an active running evangelist.

CEO Ahn Jung-eun, a well-known Suwon person who was born and raised in Suwon. She has a lot of affection for the region, and has been preparing since this spring with the Suwon Cultural Foundation from planning to operation, such as planning and manufacturing eco-friendly products, and course composition.

The 'Sseudam Sseudam' kit that you can't miss when doing 'Sseudam Run'!

The kit is filled with practical and eco-friendly items, such as a functional T-shirt with Janganmun, socks made with eco-friendly yarn made from recycled plastic bottles, eco-friendly biodegradable plastic bags, and badges commemorating Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong.

The 'Sseuddam Sseuddam Kit' is divided into a first kit(T-shirt, biodegradable plastic bag, guide, gloves) and a completion kit(Eco-friendly socks, official badges, water/snacks). After receiving the first kit, enjoying ' Seuddam Run', and completing the mission in the guide video, participants was able to receive the completion kit. It rained for two days out of the three days of the program, but even in the rain, all the participants participated until the end and received the completion kit.

In the guide that includes the Sseudam Run course, a historical commentary video of CEO Ahn Jeong-eun for participants only. (*A special video is released to readers of the Ininhwarak blog! Scan the QR of the image!)

The course consists of two courses, A and B, with different levels of difficulty, and you can enjoy Suwon Hwaseong Fortress with different charms in both courses.

* ‘Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong’ was originally prepared as a face-to-face program, and CEO Ahn Jung-eun was going to run as the running leader(guide), however, as it was converted to a non-face-to-face program, she guided the participants through the video in the guide.

A total of 60 citizens participated in <The 58th Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

‘Sseudam Sseudam Suwon Hwaseong’> over three days.

With reference to the guidebook, participants were able to enjoy Suwon Hwaseong Fortress alone or with friends or family according to their preferences.

In particular, there were many people who participated as a family unit for children's education and memories. That made our hearts warm. :)

A lot of participants did 'Sseudam'!

One participant said that he was not happy to see the discarded garbage, but he also felt proud and fulfilled when he saw Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, which was cleaned by his activities.

(The garbage collected by the participants was separated and collected by 'Sseuddam Sseuddam Suwon Hwaseong Program’ team in charge.)

Unfortunately, this year's 'Sseuddam Sseuddam Suwon Hwaseong' ended with non-face-to-face voluntary participation, but we hope that next year, more people will be able to face each other and enjoy the World Heritage Suwon Hwaseong.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Online Uigwe Story "Exploration Life of Uigwe" #2


Are you enjoying the <Exploration Life of Uigwe> series, which are telling us the story of ‘Hwaseong Seongyeok Uigwe’ and ‘Wonhaeng Eulmyojeongri Uigwe’, the documentary heritages of Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon? (You can still watch the Suwon Cultural Foundation's YouTube playlist <World Heritage Festival Suwon Hwaseong> x <Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival>!)

In the last post, we looked at the behind story of the construction of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress through the story of <Hwaseong Seongyeok Uigwe> that Kim Chan-Soo (Dongwon High School history teacher) told us.

In this post, we will travel to the site of the King Jeongjo and his mother’s journey in the year of Eulmyo in 1795, recorded in <Wonhaeng Eulmyojeongri Uigwe> along with History Lecturer at Inha University, Gong-Gi-Taek. In the following video, we plan to share various stories with comedian Seung-Hee Jo, broadcaster Eun-Hyang Eom, and Dongwon High School student Jae-Hoon Lim.

Now, we will briefly introduce two stories about <Wonhaeng Eulmyojeongri Uigwe>.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Online Uigwe Story "Exploration Life of Uigwe" #1


The <Exploration Life of Uigwe> series, which tell the story of ‘Hwaseong Seongyeok Uigwe’ and ‘Wonhaeng Eulmyojeongri Uigwe’, the documentary heritage of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, has been released on YouTube.

In <Exploration Life of Uigwe>, two historians and three panelists follow the places inside the Uigwe and unravel the story that it contains.

A full story tour about <Hwaseong Seongyeok Uigwe> is done with teacher Kim Chan-Soo (Dongwon High School history teacher), and a vivid field tour of <Wonhaeng Eulmyojeongri Uigwe> is accompanied by Professor Gong Gi Taek (history lecturer at Inha University).

In addition to that, comedian Seunghee Jo, broadcaster Eunhyang Eom, and Dongwon High School student Jaehoon Lim are also waiting to explore Uigwe with you.

In this post, we’ll briefly introduce three stories about the ‘Hwaseong Seongyeok Uigwe’.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Walk Course with 'World Heritage Festival : Suwon Hwaseong'

We are introducing you the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress walking course during the World Heritage Festival Suwon Hwaseong event from October 2nd to October 24th.

The festival has been mostly changed to online due to the impact of COVID-19, however, we would still like you to take a look at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress - the background of the festival.

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is already loved as an 'outing place' by many people and in this post, I will introduce a course where you can view various street sculptures while you take a walk around Suwon Hwaseong.

In this course, a total of seven locations are included.

Various sculptures are installed in various places such as the Haenggung-gil Open-Air Theater and Hwaseong Haenggung - Haenggung Plaza, and you can enjoy them while taking a walk.

We ask that you observe all sculptures safely and only with your eyes.

Let's look at the first place.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

'World Heritage Festival Suwon Hwaseong' Exploring the objects in the poster #2


This poster is a poster of <World Heritage Festival Suwon Hwaseong>. It was made under the theme of "Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and its Records."

In the last post, among the objects in the poster expressed with embroidery techniques, we first introduced the pattern drawn from <Hwaseong Seongyeok Uigwe>In this post, we are going to take a look at the objects in <Wonhaeng Eulmyojeongri Uigwe>.