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Geumsan Ginseng Festival

Aug - Sep 2009 (annual)
Link: Geumsan County Website
Anything wrong with your mind, body or spirit? Well, ginseng could sort it out, and Geumsan is the place to find it.
Ginseng has long been a Korean elixir and has been hitting the shops elsewhere. Its restorative properties are legion - including boosting the immune system, and preserving a youthful vitality - and all are celebrated in this festival. Entertainments include sampling Ginseng dumplings, and a variety of Korean dishes which use Ginseng in their ingredients. You can be taught how to squeeze, cut and harvest Ginseng roots by herbalist doctors who can recommend a variety of cures with the magic root. It's also an opportunity to buy ginseng at bargain prices.

The festival's opening ceremony involves the entire assembled crowd (of hundreds) involved in a mass praying Shaman Ritual. Folk band performances, singing contests, children's puppet shows, herb exhibitions and dance shows make up just some of the entertainment. Throughout the festival, there is a colourful parade in the morning through the streets of Geumsan.
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