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Seoul Street Arts Festival

The city comes together

Written by
Hahna Yoon
How impressed are you when you hear that the legendary Woodstock attracted an estimated 400,000 concert-goers? Or that the largest greenfield festival in the world, Glastonbury in Somerset, England is attended by almost 175,000 people? Then prepare to be amazed, because approximately more than 1.5 million visitors a year attend this particular festival. Organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture, the Hi Seoul Festival is known as one of the largest annual performing arts festivals in the world. Focusing on non-verbal performances, incredibly renowned musical performers, dancers and even mime groups are brought in from all over the world, as well as domestically. Since the festival is free and language barrier-less (non-verbal, remember?), it invites people of all nationalities and socio-economic classes to gather together in one space. A cornucopia of families, tourists and arty-farty hipsters, this is one city-organized event that’s actually worth marking down on your calendars.


1. Remember that this is an outdoor festival and it’s no longer summer. Nights will be chilly, so bring a hoodie or prepare to cuddle.

2.There’s a schedule of events posted on their website. Don’t miss out on the acts you want to see.

3. While other festivals may cancel events on account of rain, the show will go on with even if there’s a light drizzle. With fewer crowds, it’s actually not so bad if you have a poncho or an umbrella.

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