The Story of the Millenium: Love, Light, and Nature
“2011 Gyeongju World Culture Expo”
With all global cultures in harmony, the “2011 Gyeongju World Culture Expo” will be held for about two months (August 12-October 10) at the World Heritage site Gyeongju-si and in Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park.This is the sixth time to open Gyeongju Wolrd Culture Expo. The theme this year is “The Story of the Millenium - Love, Light, and Nature.”The participants are encouraged to imagine a thousand-year history and the splendid culture of Silla (an ancient kingdom in Korea).
Teams from 40 countries around the world will be attending the festival co-hosted by Gyeongsangbuk-do and Gyeongju-si. About 20 main events and 100 others will be organized in four different sections - official functions, performances, screenings, and exhibitions.
Plus, there are special events: “Special Day” and “Gyeongju Street Festival.”
Opens August 12,
about 40 Participating Countries
Global Culture Festival Will Continue for 60 Days
100 Various Events in Four Sections
“Big Four Killer Contents” of 2011 Gyeongju World Culture Expo
The core events of this 6th festival are: ▲Main Official Function “Flying” ▲ Main Performance “Byeokrucheon (Bracelet of Blue Tears)” ▲Gyeonggu Tower Multimedia Show ▲Main Exhibition “Story of the Millennium”
“Flying” is a nonverbal fusion martial art performance based on a story about the energy and Hwarangdo (Silla chivalry code) of the ancient Silla. Choi Cheol-ki, the director of the world-famous nonverbal performances “Nanta” and “Jump,” took on the role of the executive director for “Flying.”
The performance shows various happenings of hwarang (or “flower boys,” an elite group of male youth in Silla), travels to modern times in order to catch a runaway ddoggaebi (hobgoblin). The combination of different elements - acting, dance, martial arts, music, art, lighting, and screen - will touch the viewers and make them laugh.
“Flying” can easily approach people of different cultures by overcoming the language barrier. The running time is about 50 minutes. The performance will be on stage in the Expo Culture Center twice a day throughout the festival period.
Byeokrucheon (Bracelet of Blue Tears)
A distinctive feature of this year’s festival is that a thousand years of Silla’s ancient culture will be integrated with modern high technology. Gyeongju World Culture Expo has been showing three-dimensional (3-D) and four-dimensional (4-D) films since 2000, leading the Korean 3-D film industry.
The 3-D film that will be released at the festival this year is entitled “Byeokrucheon.” The movie puts actual images of Korean top stars into animation. This world-class movie using the best Korean screen technology is produced with the goal of overseas exports.
The story is about pure love. The running time is 20 minutes and it plays in the Expo Culture Center sixteen times a day during the festival period.
Multimedia Show in Gyeongju Tower
“Gyeongju Tower Multimedia Show” is set in Gyeongju tower, the landmark of Gyeongju-si. The show uses various tools (screen, lighting, laser, fireworks, sound) to show the beginning of mankind and the birth of Silla, the rise and fall of glorious civilizations, war and destruction, and a new light and hope.
It is especially meaningful as the first 3D optical art in Korea. It will create an impression of magic and is expected to attract many spectators.
The show runs for 20 minutes once a day after sunset.
The Story of Millennium
This is an exhibition that uses the high-tech multimedia of “Digi-Log” (combination of digital and analog technologies) and demonstrates the thousand-year history of Silla and its culture.
The exhibition is composed of the following segments: the Prologue “In Breath of Seorabeol,” then “Count the Stars in the Sky, Catch the Moon,” “Love of Silla People,” “Light of Silla,” “Inside the Samgukyusa (the record of history of the Three Kingdoms),” “Following the Silk Road,” and the Epilogue “Remember the Meaning and Sprit of Silla.”
A Large Variety of Attractions for People around the World
1. World Dance Festival
World Dance Festival is a culture festival intended to promote friendship among all people in the world. Sixteen nations, including China, Japan, Turkey, and Greece will take part in the festival. Visitors will appreciate global culture and arts as specially invited artists will show their performances.
The “Traditional Food Tasting Event” and “Traditional Dress Fashion Show” will be held as well. Visitors will have a chance to learn about traditional dress fashions and traditional food.
2. Street Performance
The theme of the street performance is “Rhythm-Eleven.” Visitors will see exotic street performances that, just as on the streets of Europe, use magic, clowns, mimes, and juggling.
3.Silla Costume Experience
In this event visitors try on costumes of the queen, princesses, nobles, hwarang - altogether over 200 sets of clothes - from the Hanryu Drama “Queen Seondeok(Queen Seondeok).”
There is also a photo zone that will give visitors another chance to experience the culture of the ancient Shilla Dynasty.
4. Exhibition of World Folk Dolls
Around 13,000 dolls in traditional costumes from ten different nations are on display by country of origin and continent. Looking at them, visitors can imagine a trip around the world.
It is a good “Edu-tainment exhibition” as it provides education and entertainment to children.
Plus Information "Transportation"
Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal: +82-54-741-4000
Gyeongju Intercity Bus Terminal: +82-54-743-5599
Geongju Intra-city Bus Lines
Line 1: no.10 (Terminal-Gyeongju Expo Park, starting at 11 minute intervals)
Start : Terminal → Gyeongju Station → Bunhwang Temple → Gyeongju Expo Park → Folkcraft Village → Bulguksa Temple → Tongiljeon → Museum → Anabji, Cheomseongdae → Gyeongju Station.
Line 2 : No.18, 100, 150 (Terminal-Gyeongju Expo Park, starting at 15 minute intervals)
Start : Terminal → Gyeongju Station → Bunhwang Temple → Gyeongju Expo Park
Terminal → Gyeongju Expo Park (about 20 minutes)
Yeongju Station → Gyeongju Expo Park (about 15 minutes)
Gyeongju Station: +82-54-772-7788,
Seoul Station → New Gyeongju Station KTX (19-22 trains a day: 05:30 (first train)~21:30 (last train))
New Gyeongju Station → Seoul Station KTX (22 trains a day: 05:33 (first train)~21:59 (last train))
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