BUSAN, May 11 (Korea Bizwire) —The Gwangalli Eobang Festival (Gwangalli Fishing Village), known for its celebration of Busan’s cultural heritage, is shifting its focus to prioritize eco-friendliness this year.
The festival’s name, Eobang, originates from a historical fishing cooperative in Suyeong Fortress that taught and encouraged fishing techniques to promote the industry.
Busan’s Suyeong-gu announced on Wednesday its plans to host the Gwangalli Eobang Festival for three days from May 12 to 14 at Gwangalli Beach and Suyeong Historical Park.
The festival, which is now in its 21st year, will focus on “people, environment, and history” as key themes. This year’s festival aims to be eco-friendly by promoting carbon neutrality and raising awareness about the climate crisis.
One notable change is that all food booths at the festival will use reusable containers instead of disposable ones.
The “Jindu-eohwa” event, which recreates the way fishermen used to fish at night by torchlight in the old Jwasuyeong eobang (Suyeong’s left-side fishing village), will use LED bulbs instead of torches.
Additionally, environmental YouTubers will participate in Gwangalli Beachcombing activities to help clean up the beach.
The festival boasts 43 programs under five themes. Visitors can experience a golden barley harvesting event for elementary school students at Minrak Beach Park, where blue barley fields have been planted.
Following the musical Eobang performance, 60 fishing boats will perform the jindu-eohwa event off the coast of Gwangalli. Visitors can also experience a gigantic net dragging event, where they can learn how to drag large nets.
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