Seoul will hold the 18th Seoul Silver Grass Festival in Haneul Park from October 18 to 24, 2019 when the period the growth of silver grass reaches its peak.
Haneul Park, the location of the festival, was once a landfill before being reborn into a park in May 2002. Visitors can enter the park during the daytime, but normally at nighttime, entrance is restricted so that the wild animals can live their lives without disruption. However, during the seven days of the festival, Haneul Park will stay open until 10 p.m.
This year, silver grasses in Haneul Park have grown more beautifully than last year. As the levels of rainfall and sunshine have been adequate, the silver grasses have grown more than 30 cm taller than last year, making a landscape of rich silver grass fields. All of the fields make for fantastic photo zones.
The biggest charm that the Seoul Silver Grass Festival has to offer is walking along its narrow and broad trails that snake through the silver grass fields of Haneul Park. Visitors can find 10 different photo zones along these trails.
For the only week in the year during which Haneul Park is open until 10 p.m., the “Silver Grass Lighting Show” will take place, where the silver grasses will be painted with different colored lights every day. The Silver Grass Lighting Show will be held at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day of the festival. To enjoy the show to the fullest, come watch the show from the front of the information center in Haneul Park.
Ivy has been growing over the past ten or so years at the place that was used as a storehouse for a long time. As its life as a storehouse came to an end, the city of Seoul searched for other ways to use, just like this park that was a landfill in its past life. As a result, the building turned into a resting area for citizens called, “Storehouse of Memories,” which will be open to the public for the first time during the festival.
The most marvelous spectacle of the festival this year might be the massive silver grass sculpture standing in the silver grass field. The four-meter statue of the great spotted woodpecker, a protected species of Seoul discovered in Haneul Park, will also greet visitors.
Cultural performances will take place in the silver grass fields, such as performances of folk songs, saxophone, ocarina, electric violin, and more. The performances will take place on the central stage, in the circular plaza, and at pavilion at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., and 7 p.m. on the weekends (October 19 and 20). On October 19, the lighting ceremony will be held to announce the opening of the festival.
Event: The 18th Seoul Silver Grass Festival
Date & Time: October 18-24, 2019 until 10 p.m.
Venue: Haneul Park
|Nighttime Lighting||※ Silver Grass Wave Lighting Show at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day|
|7:00 – 10:00 p.m.|| Lighting of the silver grass fields and sculptures
※ Lighting and opening ceremony on October 19, 18:30
|Cultural Performances||3:00 – 3:45 p.m.||Ocarina and guitar performances||Pavilion|
|5:00 – 5:45 p.m.||Busking performances by park artists||Circular Plaza|
|7:00 – 8:30 p.m.||Busking performances||Central Stage|
|Sculpture Exhibitions||Continuous operation||Find the three silver grass sculptures!||Haneul Park|
|Continuous operation||Pink muhly garden||Haneul Park|
|Continuous operation||Experience event||Central Stage|
|Experience Programs||2:00 – 6:00 p.m.||Making a wish at the perfect place to make a wish||Wishing Rock|
|Writing an invitation for Seoul Silver Grass Festival 2020||Storehouse of Memories|
|10 experience zones, including making a frame by papercutting||Experience Zone|