Courtesy JTO

Courtesy JTO

Gut, the Korean traditional shaman rite, is one of the most enduring of Korean cultural beliefs. It has played — and continues to play — an essential role in strengthening the solidarity of Korean families and villages and helps give meaning to its followers’ lives and memory.

Even though it was suppressed during the Joseon kingdom (1392 to 1910), when it was considered a peasant superstition, it has since been recognized as a valuable part of traditional Korean culture worthy of being preserved. The Jeju Traditional Culture EXPO 2013 will give festival goers a chance to watch and enjoy Jeju’s unique shaman rites and compare them with other shaman practices from other parts of Korea.

The Korean Healing Shaman Festival for MICE
Date: March 21 to 25
Location: Jeju National Museum (17 Iljudon-ro, Jeju City) and Sarabong (Geonip-dong, Jeju City).
Inquiries: 064-741-8783
Program:

March 21

  • 11 a.m. Gime making (pieces of paper used for decorating gut tables).
  • 1 p.m. Setting up a Keundae (a long pole believed to be the path gods follow to descend to earth).
  • 4 p.m. Chogamje (a Jeju ceremony to call gods at the beginning of the shaman worship).
  • 5:30 p.m. Geolgung (shaman and musical band’s performance).
  • 7 p.m. Jeju Cheonjiwang Bonpuri (a rite involving narration of the story of the beginning of the world.)
  • 7:20 p.m. Gut dance performance.

March 22

  • 11 a.m. Gime exhibition.
  • 12 p.m. Saenamgut from Seoul.
  • 3 p.m. Seminar on traditional shaman worship.
  • 5 p.m. Jeju shaman’s performance “Jacheongbi.”
  • 6 p.m. Jeju Yeonmulgut Chogongpuri (a rite involving the story of three brothers who created Yeonmul, the tools and musical instruments used for the rites).
  • 7 p.m. Jeju Cheonjiwang Bonpuri.
  • 7:20 p.m. Gut dance performance.
  • 8 p.m. Shaman’s performance “Segyeongnori” (a gut honoring Segyeong, the god of agriculture).

March 23

  • 12 p.m. Byeolshingut (a large-sized village rite honoring gods, typical of shaman rites from the east coast of Korea).
  • 5 p.m. Jeju Shaman’s performance “Jacheongbi.”
  • 6 p.m. Jeju Yeonmulgut Chogongpuri.
  • 7 p.m. Jeju Cheonjiwang Bonpuri.
  • 7:20 p.m. Gut dance performance.
  • 8 p.m. Jeju Shaman performance “Segyeongnori.”

March 24

  • 12 p.m. Jeju Keungut.
  • 5 p.m. Jeju Shaman’s performance “Segyeongnori.”
  • 6 p.m. Jeju Yeonmulgut Chogongpuri.
  • 7 p.m. Jeju Cheonjiwang Bonpuri.
  • 7:20 p.m. Jeju Shaman performance “Yeonggamnori.”

March 25

  • 12 p.m. Jeju Chilmeoridang Yeongdeunggut (a rite praying for safety on the high seas) to Yeongdeung, the god of wind. The rite was designated as the one of the UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009).