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Literary Festivals, Events and Places

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[A photograph taken at the Suju Literary Award Ceremony in 2016. This was the 18th Suju Literary Award and Ha Su-hyeon (the fourth person sitting in the front row from the left) was awarded the regional literary award for her work ‘Common Minke WhalePresent at this award was also Ko Gyeong-sook(a poet and Chairman of Bucheon Writers Association) who is currently a member of the Steering Committee for Bucheon City of Literature Project for UCCN.]

Literary Festival

Bucheon's most representative literary festival is the Suju Literary Festival celebrating the work of Suju Byun Yeongro (Suju was the poet's pen name.). During the festival, the Suju Literary Awards are presented by the Bucheon Branch of the Writers Association of Korea to the best poems selected from across the country. On average, more than 400 works are submitted each year and 68 poets have been recognized so far. Diverse side events include the Suju Youth Essay Contest, the Suju Literature Symposium, and the Night of Suju Byun Yeongro, which features a poetry recitation and presentation of critiques.

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[A photograph taken at the 6thSuju Literary Festival: this event was held on October, 22, 2010 and the play “Redder Than Poppies” was performed at the Boksagol[Peach Blossom Valley] Culture Center.]

Bucheon also hosts the Pearl Buck Festival, a celebration of Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973), a world-famous novelist and Nobel laureate. Immediately after the Korean War broke out, Pearl Buck established an orphanage in Bucheon to take care of war orphans and children born between U.S. soldiers and Korean women. The festival was inaugurated in 2006 along with the opening of a memorial hall commemorating her service to the city. An important part of the festival is the Pearl Buck Literary Award and Pearl Buck Community Service Award, which honor the author's contribution to literature and her spirit of volunteerism. The latter awards are presented by the Minister of Gender Equality and Family. In memory of Pearl Buck's service to society, Bucheon strives to protect and promote cultural diversity in view of the social changes taking place in the city. 

Since 2000, Bucheon has held the annual Library Culture Hanmadang Festival with the aim of promoting library use and reading in the local community. The festival features various literary programs and reading programs for residents with awards for avid individual readers and families, as well as a book review contest. In 2017, the festival will be expanded to a nationwide event under the new name Bucheon Book Festival.

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    [A photograph taken during the Bucheon Library Festival on October, 29, 2016: this festival was hosted by Fantastic Cube which is a library specializing in film.]
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    [A photograph taken during the Pearl S. Buck Festival: the opening performance was held in the plaza south of the Bucheon Station]

Literary Events

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    [A festival encouraging cooperation between the region and universities: this event was held on May 23, 2015 in order to develop and support the regional community. Students from the University of Bucheon hosted this festival and as part of the event, a booth was set up inside a library whereby teenagers were invited to ask and talk about books.]
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    [A photograph taken during the Boksagol Youth Art Festival which took place between September 3 through to September 4, 2016 at the Central Park in Bucheon: the photographed are the team members who participated in the DoDo Competition]
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    [Bucheon Writer’s Association Poetry Exhibition: this event was held on May, 4, 2017 at Bucheon’scentral park. This was the 33rd Boksagol Arts Festival and the venue for this event was at the square plaza within the Bucheon City Hall.]
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    [A photograph taken during a Korean traditional folklore performance which was specifically aimed at children on May, 18, 2017. During the ‘Culture picnic to the museum’ held at the Bucheon Onggi[Pottery] Museum, a traditional play ‘The Rabbit and the Tortoise’ was performed for the children. *The ‘Culture picnic to the museum’ event was intentionally held on the international museum day (18th May) to celebrate museums as well as to commemorate the ‘Family Month’ (May).]
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    [A photograph taken during a story-telling event for children on October, 10, 2015: Bucheon City’s annual story-telling event for children. (11th holding)]
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    [Members of the Bucheon Women’s Literature Society participating in the K-Radio Broadcasting event “Si Kung”[Deept Touch of Poetry]. This event was held on April 8, 2017 in Songnaeuhwool Hall in Bucheon. The K-Radio serves Korean-Americans residing in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, etc. In this program, the works of new Korean poets were introduced to the Korean-Americans. ]
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    [A photograph taken during a story-telling event in a bookstore on July, 16, 2016: this event was held in the Sinwonjong Bookstore and the theme was ‘Creating My Own Book’.]
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    [Poetry recitation in Café Gongam[Sympathy], a literary café– this event was held on July, 20, 2017. Numerous poems were recited, Yun Dong-ju’s poem being one of them.]
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    [A talent show contest for citizens – on October 2, 2016, the 11th talent show contest for citizens was held. The venue was in front of the Bucheon City Hall and for this event, cars were prohibited from entering. Citizens were able to show their talents as well as to socialize and to have a great time.]
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    [The Bucheon Literary Writer’s Week – this event was held from November 7 to November 12, 2016. In order to introduce and to inspire the citizens of Bucheon to write, the second week of November became designated as Bucheon’s official ‘Literary Writer’s Week.’ This week welcomes citizens in Bucheon to submit poems, essays, novels, children’s books as well as offering lectures on literary works. Ko Gyeong-sook, a poet, came forth as Bucheon’s representative poet and contributed greatly to this event (Ms. Ko is also a member of the Steering Committee for Bucheon, City of Literature for UCCN). ]
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    [A short poetry contest for citizens. Every February there is a poetry contest open for the citizens. The poster reads: The Sixth Contest of “Si ga hwaljjak” [City Blossoms as Poetry Blossoms]. The banner in front of Wonmi Library read: When a heart supports another heart, they can become one.]

Literary Places

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    [The statues of the “Poet”(To read a review of The Poet of Wonmi-dong, press the link) and “Old Man Kang” from Yang Gui-ja’s famous novel, A Distant and Beautiful Place (Wonmi-dong saramdeul). These and other statues of the key figures in the novel are built in Wonmi-dong, the birth place and setting of the novel read by most young Koreans.]
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    [The Mok Il-sin Literature town – this town is a cultural area dedicated to the literary figure Mok Il-sin. It is located in the Beombak-dong area within Bucheon and it presents a culture park, culture center, a library as well as other memorial businesses associated with Mok Il-sin. This project began in 2017 and it is due to be completed by 2020.]
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    [The Pearl S. Buck Memorial Hall. This memorial hall was constructed where the original Sosa Hope House was built and operated. In 1967, the Sosa Hope House was constructed via the Pearl Buck International organization and for about ten years, it housed and nurtured mixed-race war orphans with love and care. It was re-built as a dedicated memorial hall for Pearl Buck in 2006. The first floor is an exhibition hall and the second floor is used as a small library and as a space for learning.]
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    [The Pearl S.Buck Culture Park – this park was opened in 2006 and it is situated near the Pearl S. Buck Memorial Hall, covering around 2,500㎡  On the green cover of the book shaped artwork you can read a passage from The Living Reed, a novel about Korean people and their struggle for freedom, which is regarded as her best work after The Good Earth. It reads: A GEM of a country inhabited by a noble people.]
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    [The commemorative streetcreated in Yeokgok-dong for Im Kkeok-jeong – a very popular righteous outlaw [Robin Hood figure] in Korea and hero of numerous novels, films, dramas, and comics. The design of this statue is from the famous cartoon character by Lee Doo-ho. When Im was active, he is said to have frequented Bucheon because Bucheon was near to his main routes of operation and movement. Mr. Lee Doo-ho served as Chairman of Buchoen Cartoon Information Center [currently, The Korea Manhwa Contents Agency(KOMACON)] and, in 2013, served as Chairman of the Organization Committee of the Korean Cartoon Special Exhibition at the International Festival of Angoulême (Festival international d'Angoulême : exposition spéciale dédiée à la bande dessinée coréenne).]
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    [A statue of Aunt Walsun[Unruly middle aged woman] in front of the Bucheon Free Market – Aunt Walsun is a well-known and widely loved cartoon character in Korea, symbolizing the power and spirit of indomitable women. A few more illustrations of Aunt Walsun can be found scattered inside the market and this was done during the November of 2002 with the motivation to enhance and solidify Bucheon’s image as the city of cartoons.]
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    [Dokko-tak baseball field – This new baseball field is named after Dokko-tak who is a loved baseball cartoon character created by Lee Sang-mu. A special exhibition “A Boy Who Refuses to Cry, Lee Sang-mu” was opened in the Korean Cartoon Museum in Bucheon to  commemorate the anniversary of the artist, who, in 1971, by creating a cartoon character with an indomitable spirit who works hard, overcomes hardship, and achieves his goal after numerous setbacks and crises, gave many Koreans comfort and courage. The baseball field is located in the Bucheon City North Water Resources EcoPark.]
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    [Inside one of the subway carts in Bucheon. In order to promote and celebrate Bucheon’s cartoon industry, Subway Line 7 was decorated with cartoon illustrations. The motivation was to set a colorful and enjoyable mood. This subway passes through Seoul and Korea Manhwa Contents Agency in Bucheon. The plan is to operate this service from January 2017 – December 2017.]
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    [Simgok Citizen’s river bridge - Simgok-cheon area was an under-developed part of the city and was targeted for industrial development in 1986. The river itself was covered with concrete to expand the road system. However, as part of the city’s drive for eco-friendly urban development, the concrete cover was removed to restore the river in June 2017. Six small bridges were made over the river and named ‘Simgok Citizen’s river bridge. Four of these bridges commemorate the literary figures associated with Bucheon: Byun Yeongro, Yang Gui-ja, Pearl Buck and Mok Il-sin.]
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    [Past and Present of Simgok Citizen’s river]
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