The Seoul Metropolitan Government will hold the 2011 Hangang Seoraeseom Rape Flower Festival at Seoraeseom in Banpo Hangang Park from May 10 to 15.
The Hangang Seoraeseom Rape Flower Festival, which marks its eighth edition this year, was held for the first time in 2004. It is an environmentally-friendly festival that is highly popular among Seoul citizens as a representative seasonal festival of the Hangang.
The festival comprises four main programs, namely, Rape Flower Photo Zones, the Rape Flower Concert, Experience Programs, and a Flea Market.
The Rape Flower Photo Zone, the festival’s iconic program, has been immensely popular among families and couples every year. Photo Zones are designated at various sites of Seoraeseom to allow families and lovers to create beautiful photographic souvenirs of the festival.
The Rape Flower Concert will feature a wide variety of small-scale performances, including a string music ensemble, a daegeum (large Korean bamboo flute) performance amid spring breezes, a five-man brass band, an acoustic guitar and percussion performance, a juggling act, and a yoyo show.
The Experience Program consists of events and activities that are most popular among children on family outings. The venue for this program is filled with children’s laughter every year. Children can participate in this program through on-site registration.
Seoraeseom Flea Market, which makes its debut this year, has been organized to allow citizens to experience diverse cultures together with foreigners, and to enjoy the good-natured mood of a flea market. The market will open at the outdoor basketball court at the entrance to Seoraeseom on Tuesday, May 10, the opening day of the festival.
For further information on the festival, please visit its website (www.hangangfest.co.kr), or dial the secretariat of the Hangang Seoraeseom Rape Flower Festival (+82-2-2605-9898, extension 103), or the Hangang Project Headquarters’ Culture and Tourism Division (+82-2-3780-0799).