Korean Traditional Drink and Rice Cake Festival


Every month we try to showcase an activity that is happening around the world. This month we celebrate the Korean Traditional Drink and Rice Cake Festival in Gyeongju. If you’d like to learn more about this, don’t miss your class on April 17~23.

The Korean Traditional Drink & Rice Cake Festival in Gyeongju (City in Eastern S. Korea) resembles a village feast that lasts for six days.  Events include traditional music and dance performances, as well as opportunities to learn traditional Korean arts and crafts. However, the festival is focused on two ingredients of the culinary tradition: alcoholic drinks and Ddeok (Korean rice cake).

Rice dough is being pounded here and there, and rice cakes are being made in all sorts of shapes and flavors. Many people stand in long lines to taste these rice cakes. At the main stage set up at the center of the venue, visitors are invited to pound rice dough with a huge mallet and make rice cakes themselves.

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In addition to the audience participation booths, there are food booths set up by famous rice cake shops from all over the country. This attraction is especially appealing because visitors can sample the many kinds of rice cakes before purchasing by choosing the ones they like. Visitors can sample and shop for a selection of mouth-watering delicacies not only from Gyeongju but also from a variety of other regions in Korea.

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There are other events in which visitors can participate including slicing roll-shaped rice cakes while being blindfolded, making pan-fried rice cakes adorned with azaleas, making songpyeon (a crescent-shaped rice cake with different kinds of fillings), and printing patterns on rice cakes. Also, there is Gayangju or home-made liquor making, which can be performed together with family or by couples.