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Busan’s Korean traditional folk recreation which transmits the wisdom and spirit of our ancestors

Suyeong was a naval fort from 1592 until the Eastern Gyeongsang Maritime Defense Command closed in 1894. Residents outside the East Gate were engaged in the fishing and salt industries, and those living outside the South and North Gates focused on farming. Based on these geographical characteristics and the residents’ occupations, the Suyeong Field Play, East Suyeong Fishing Play, and Suyeong Agricultural Community Recreation were created.

The Suyeong Agricultural Community Recreation reflects the process of farm labor, especially rice farming. The recreation involves agricultural sound effects such as cutting grass, spade sound, removing the young rice plants from the seedbed, rice planting, weeding and threshing. The Suyeong residents also add to the amusement by adding barley threshing and bull fights, by singing traditional folk songs, and dancing. This recreation is a form of local art which expresses the simple lifestyle of the residents. Since the agricultural community was abolished, the recreation was designated by Busan as its Intangible Cultural Asset No. 2. It is certainly Busan’s Korean traditional folk recreation which transmits the wisdom and spirit of our ancestors.

It is no longer possible to see the farm work in Suyeong as the former farm villages have now turned into modernized urban areas. Yet, fortunately, the reappearance of the Suyeong Agricultural Community Recreation has enabled everyone to see the farming process in a realistic way. In addition, the recreation introduces traditional farm tools, such as plows, harrows, spades and hoes.

The mechanization and urbanization of farm villages has caused a collapse in the traditional rural communities and have been rapidly removing the traditional folk songs and the farming customs. Yet, it is truly fortunate to be able to encounter the entire process of farming, as well as the agricultural community and songs, in a completely urbanized district of Suyeong.

In the reality in which our traditional things are simply disparaged, the successors’ effort to restore the traditional farming method is certainly an effort to inherit the national heritage, and shall become a firm foundation of reestablishing our cultural awareness.

- Jeong-oh Yoo
President of the Conservation Association for theSuyeong Agricultural Community Recreation

Address: #43 Suyeongseongno(#229-1 Suyeong-dong), Suyeong-gu, Busan Tel: 82-(0)51-752-2947, Fax: 82-(0)51-754-5541