Friday, September 10, 2010

Great Baekje World

Showcasing the cultural heritage of the Baekje Dynasty, the festival is a global event in collaboration with China and Japan.
Date : Sep. 18, 2010 - Oct. 17, 2010
* Buyeo- Nakhwaam Rock alongside Baekmagang River
Enormous performance of 2000 actors against the backdrop of Nakhwaam Rock, featuring a love story and the founding spirit of the Baekje Dynasty
* Gongju- Gomanaru Ferry alongside Geumgang River
A dynamic performance telling the story of a bear in the ancient history of the Baekje Dynasty, and various historical stories reflecting the glory of the Ungjin Period during the dynasty
* Special Exhibition of Baekje Relics
Displays hidden relics of the Baekje Dynasty reflecting its rich cultural heritage
* International Academic Conference
Discussion of historical aspects of the Baekje Dynasty by experts from Korea, China and Japan, focusing on the theme of “World Historical Cities & Festivals, the Ancient Cultural Exchange between Korea, China, & Japan, and the Future of Cultural Exchanges of the 21st Century”
* Digital Hall of Baekje’s Cultural Heritage
Displays lost relics of the Baekje Dynasty along with historic sites, cultural properties, and architectural techniques, the last of which transferred to Japan
1) Instruments by Five Musicians of Geumdong Daehangno
2) Time Travel to the Baekje Dynasty
I think it's a pity, because everyone knows more or less on Japan history, but Korean one is totally neglected. Even if we are unable to go to the exhibition (sniff), I gathered some quite useful links to read.
Those of you who watched Queen Seondeok may know the name of Baekje. Those of you who know something on Japan, may know this name as well (in Japan this kingdom was known as Kudara).
Japanese claimed they conquered Shilla and Baekje in 4th century, but, hmm... how to put it nicely... Japanese in 4th century were happy that they finally managed to grow rice. Only super-nationalists would believe that the country that knew no iron could actually subjugate fully developed, military strong nation. I mean, Nihongi is a pile of sh*t.
The website of the event:
There is also very interesting Baekje History and Culture Hall:
And an "official website" of Baekje:
Here you have Wikipedia, with minor errors, not that important for an outline. I wouldn't recommend Wikipedia as the ultimate and the only source of information. I use it to get the links at the bottom of the pages, because I found so many mistakes on different pages...
And last but not least, a website that is a little bit controversial, but useful. If you're an avid fan of "everything Japanese" don't click on the link. Because some statements there are unpleasant for Japanese, and the  blind admirers. Useful, though.