Asan Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin Festival
The Asan Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin Festival celebrates one of Korea’s most famous war heroes, Yi Sun-Sin. This Admiral defeated the Japanese in a momentous naval battle about 460 years ago. The actual festival takes place around the same period as the Admiral’s birthdate on April 28 in order to commemorate his achievements. Events at the festival will include a reenactment of the parade when Yi Sun-Sin took his sailors off to war and displays detailed reproductions of the famous turtle-shaped ships (Geobukseon, “Turtle Ship”), which were used in the battle.
The festival will include all kinds of educational and cultural events. It will always be with the people and include a number of unique items. It will be sublimated into history. There will be stories about Admiral Yi from his childhood to his accomplishments as a great commander and his designations as a hero are all illustrated.?Asan’s culture and art festival is shared with all the people in Korea each year around the birthday of Admiral Yi. The festival starts with the delivery of a water presentation from Gwangeumpo. This was in the south sea where Admiral Yi died on April 24. For fun, there is a kite flying competition for memorizing the tactical secretes of Admiral Yi and the representation of military service examination are also held.
The Yi Sun-Shin Performance
The special entertainers dressed like the Admiral Yi and circulated in predefined areas at predefined time. They spent time with the visitors. The visitors dressed in admiral costumes and the soldiers could get around inside the festival venue.
The Banishment Parade of Yi Sun-Sin
A series of procedures with the convicts moving on ox-carts from the execution grounds to the place of exile during the Joseon Dynasty is curtailed and presented. Admiral Yi, who was dishonored, gets on an ox-cart moved by military officers, warders and common soldiers.
The Geobukseon Parade
The parade is effectively organized using: the peasants’ musical instrument team, the military band, the vehicles and the entertainers. It is performed during day rather than at night. Then a practical parade is presented. After that the Geobukseon model is set in the festival venue to enable visitors to take pictures.
The Representation of Military Service Examination
There are about 20 staff members, that include special entertainers and volunteers that present the military service examination event. Visitors enjoy the festival better because there are more things to see. This induces visitors to the festival. There are humorous and dramatic elements that enhance the visitors’ satisfaction.
The Outdoor Yi Sun-Sin Performance
The Yi Sun-Shin performance presents the stories related to Admiral Yi. The story about Mrs. Byeon, Admiral Yi ‘s mother, not only relates to the birth of Admiral Yi, but a variety of affairs that Admiral Yi experienced when he was a boy as a filial son as well. These are all organized in the performance. The performance of the Noryang Naval Battle, where the Admiral Yi, died presents a story about Admiral Yi and The Geobukseon.
Sponsor / Management: Asan / Asan Foundation for Arts and Culture; (041) 534-2634, (041) 540-2544
Festival Date: April 25, 2014 ~ April 27, 2014
Festival Location: Onyang Oncheon Station Square and downtown Asan area
Homepage: www.e-sunshin.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Transportation: Onyangoncheon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, Janghang Line)
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