Gyeongju City to launch '2013 Hallyu Dream Festival'
Posted : 2013-09-12 18:57
Updated : 2013-09-12 18:57
By Huh Yoon-jin
Gyeongju, the old capital of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC — 935 AD) and home to numerous cultural assets, will host a hallyu or Korean wave festival next month.
The North Gyeongsang Province and Gyeongju City will be launching the 2013 Hallyu Dream Festival at the Gyeongju Civic Stadium in Oct.
5-6. The festival will be under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
Gyeongju had previously hosted the annual event for the last three years to mark the Visit Korea Year promotion. This year, the city, in cooperation with the Korea Entertainment Producers Association, agreed to extend it to further promote Korean culture and tourism.
On the first day of the two-day event, a K-pop Cover Dance Festival will take place, followed by the Hallyu Dream Concert on the next day.
Top K-pop groups including TVXQ, KARA, 2AM, Sistar, 4minute and Apink will perform at the concert, already attracting a lot of domestic and international K-pop fans and tourists to the event.
As a part of the festival, there will also be special traditional food markets set up and exhibitions of local products.
Visitors will be able to easily access local goods, and local merchants will be able to present their products, positively impacting the local economy.
Most of the K-pop festivals were held in or around the capital city, Seoul. We want to show that we are able to overcome the geographical difficulties, as we are holding this event in Gyeonju City.
In fact, we expect this event will not only contribute to local economic vitalization, but also to promote tourism within Korea and strengthen our national brand image, said Choi Yang-sik, the mayor of Gyeongju City.
For more information visit the official website of 2013 Hallyu Dream Festival (www.hallyudreamfestival.or.kr), and for inquiries please call Interpark Ticket (1544-1555).
Tickets opened at the Interpark website (www.interpark.com) Thursday.