The Jeju Fire Festival, celebrating the first full moon of the lunar calendar, is one of the biggest events in Jeju. Now in its 16th year, the festival has more events than ever to attract festival-goers and is on the list of the most promising festivals of Korea in 2013 (as selected by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism).
Date: March 8 to 10
Location: Saebyeol Oreum, San 59-8, Bongseong-ri, Aewol-eup, Jeju City.
Friday, March 8. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
10 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. Tug of War.
1:40 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. Shaman ritual wishing for over 20 million tourists to the island this year.
2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. “Nul” making contest (Nul is a Jeju language word referring to the dry grass haystack for cattle.) (Includes a special contest for foreigners.)
3:40 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Song contest for village representatives.
5:20 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. Daedongnori, the parade following a band of Korean musicians.
6:10 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. Opening performance “Welcome to Jeju.”
6:25 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. Festival opening declaration.
6:35 p.m. to 7 p.m. Performance of “Healing in Jeju” and torch lighting.
7 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Torchlight procession and video screening of messages for hope in 2013.
7:20 p.m. to 8 p.m. Burning of a “nul.”
7:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Art show with fireworks on the topic of Jeju’s birth.
7:40 p.m. to 8 p.m. Multimedia art show projecting a picture on the oreum.
Saturday, March 9. 10 a.m. to 8:50 p.m.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tug of War.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Inter-village match of Neokdungbegi (a Jeju traditional board game) (includes a special match for foreigners.)
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Straw rope twisting contest (includes a special contest for foreigners.)
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Horseback martial arts.
4 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. Contest for the youth.
5:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Jeju dialect speaking contest.
6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jeju farming song performance.
7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Jeju Healing Concert.
7:40 p.m. to 8 p.m. Laser performance.
9 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Torchlight procession.
8:10 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Burning of a “nul.”
8:30 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Multimedia art show.
Sunday, March 10. 11 a.m. to 8:50 p.m.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tug of War.
1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Large stone “Deumdol” contest (includes a special contest for foreigners.)
2:20 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Horseback martial arts.
3:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. Open stage contest.
5:20 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A performance celebrating international sister cities.
6:30 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. Dance performance.
6:40 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. Closing performance.
6:50 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. Torch lighting and torchlight procession.
7:05 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. Reciting message wishing for hope.
7:10 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Fireworks on top of the oreum, depicting a volcanic eruption.
7:15 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Burning of a giant “nul.”
7:20 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Setting fire to the oreum.
7:40 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. Fireworks on the top of the oreum, with music and narration.
7:50 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Light and laser show finale.
Permanent events for three days:
Festival photo contest, Korean traditional musical instruments experience, Jeju traditional food and wine tasting, fire kite flying, photo zone, Korean pottery experience, oreum trekking, horse riding and more.