Enjoy Baekje, the birthplace of Hallyu.
The festival’s origin traces back to 1955 in which the people of Buyeo County built an altar at Busosanseong Fortress and held a sacrificial rite for Baekje’s three loyal subjects. Until 1965, the rite continued to be held in Buyeo, Baekje’s capital, but in 1966 as the province, instead of the county, began hosting the festival, it began being held in Gongju as well. Since its 20th year in 1974, the festival was held simultaneously in Daejun, Gongju, and Buyeo, and in 1979, the Baekje Cultural Festival Improvement Committee decided to hold the festival in Buyeo in even number years and in Gongju in odd number years. Since then the festival has been held alternately in each location every year.
This local festival is organized by Buyeo County or Gongju City, and supervised by the Baekje Culture Enhancement Committee to maintain its status as a traditional culture festival. The festival’s main events include the National Poetry Reading Competition, Archery Competition, Fireworks Show, Samsan Ritual, Baekje King Relocation Ritual, Baekje 6 Kings Worship Ritual, Suryuk Festival, Costume Parade, Traditional Performance, Baekje Culture Activity, academic seminars, Baekje King, Queen and Prince Pageant, and 60 other programs. In particular, the Baekje Culture Grand Parade that involves King Munju’s Ungjin Castle Relocation Ritual and marches with 5,000 participants is the festival’s main event that reenacts and passes down Baekje’s culture.