Seungsi Festival is more than just a temple stay experience.
From October 11 to October 14, for 4 days, Mt.Palgong Seungsi Festival will be held at Mt. Palgong Cine8 Car Theater.? ‘Seungsi’ means a market where Buddhism utensils were bought and sold. At Mt. Palgong area, you can find a trail where Seungsi will be held. Mt.Palgong Seungsi Festival is a festival for preserving Seungsi as a cultural asset and for people all around the world to enjoy, be touched and be happy all together.
On Oct 11th, the theme of the first day of the festival is ‘Buddhism culture meeting with Mt. Palgong’. The day will start with Nalmoi Drum Dance and Gongsan Farming Song performances which are Daegu’s intangible cultural assets, and finish up with Samyeong head monk at the Seungjang Parade.
On Oct 12th, the theme of the second day is ‘Buddhism meeting with healing’. This day consists of Sagyeong Contest, international Buddhism party, Healing Talk Show with Byeonjo Kim and a Buddhist monk, and to end the day with Seungsi singing contest for anyone to participate.
On Oct 13th, the third day’s theme is ‘Buddhists meeting with Seungsi’. Fusion Gukak performances, Buddhist wrestling contest, Beobgo Daehoi, and other colorful beautiful music concerts are anticipated to be part of the festivities.
On Oct 14th, the theme of the last day is ‘combination of Seungsi with people’. The day will start with Samulnori (Korean traditional percussion quartet) and finish up with Ganggang Sullae.
Other than those plans listed above, there will be exhibitions to enjoy and special foods to buy such as temple food and special regional food. The Seungsi culture buying and trading will also take place as the Buddhism marketplace for people to buy and/or trade items. Other experience events such as drawing Dancheong and Tanghwa (for temples) and making Buddhist prayer beads, wooden percussion instrument for chanting by Buddhists, etc. are also incorporated into the event. You can also learn how to play Korean traditional percussions, how to make temple food and have a pottery class.
Not only Seungsi culture but also Korean traditional cultures can be experienced and viewed through making Hanji (Korean traditional paper), pottery and playing tightrope walking and jumping on a board. You can have so much experience about Buddhism culture and Korean traditional culture all at the same place. This will be more than just a one night temple stay at the Buddhist temple.