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A play with a reformed version of anchovy fishing performed around the Gwangan beach

The term “East Suyeong(Jwasuyeong)” was added to the play’s name because the Eastern Gyeongsang Maritime Defense Command was founded in the area where Suyeong is now located, in 1592. After the castle was completed in 1670, a fishing community was established in Poijin, the castle’s outpost. The fishermen were gathered in this community and learned fishing techniques to promote the fishing industry. This community was called the East Suyeong Fishing Community(Original name: Jwasuyeongeobang).

Due to the abundant fish resources, the Suyeong Bay is the first area in which the fishing industry developed in Busan. Since the fishing community was established here, the fishing industry developed further, enabling better supply of side dishes for the naval forces personnel.

The eobang is a fishing community, and the current East Suyeong Fishing Play is originated from the fishing community members catching anchovies with nets, which were common on the Suyeong beaches.

The East Suyeong Fishing Play is a traditional play with a reformed version of anchovy fishing performed around the Gwangan beach, and represents Suyeong’s regional characteristics most effectively. The play has continued on without ceasing, because unlike the simple fishing songs passed down in other regions, fishermen in Suyeong sang many fishing songs to improve the work efficiency. Since the fishermen stopped catching anchovies with nets after the Korean War, these songs were no longer sung at work. Yet, fortunately, the elderly people who participated in the anchovy-catching activities and still remembered and could sing the fishing songs reenacted the fishing community scenes, studied the data and the remains. They then dramatized the data and the anchovy-fishing motions, making the Eastern Suyeong Fishing Play, which was designated as the Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 62 in 1978 and has been preserved and transmitted from generation to generation.

The successors to the Eastern Suyeong Fishing Play shall continue to fully develop and succeed the folk culture of Suyeong, and shall continue to value the intangible cultural assets, with the self-esteem as successors of the cultural arts of Busan.

- Jung-sam Gang
President of the Conservation Association for the East Suyeong Fishing Play

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