Experience The Chosun DynastyHow were prisoners tortured during the ancient Chosun dynasty?
A festival will be held at Haemi Castle in Sosan South Chungchong province from June 3 to June 4 in order to provide visitors with the opportunity to experience the ancient Chosun lifestyle. Tourists can request to be tortured or to be placed in jail for as long as he or she might desire.
A Chosun-style government office and market will be recreated based on ancient Chosun historical records. Visitors will be able to buy Sosan special products including garlic and salted oysters. Visitors can also participate in a military parade and wear Chosun military uniforms.
Actors will disguise themselves as Chosun beggars, policemen and peasants and walk around the castle in order to make the event appear more authentic.
Haemi fortress is a historical landmark where famous Chosun navy general Lee Soon-shin worked as a military officer. The castle was also the site of catholic persecution in the 19th century.
Jeong Gang-hoan, tour event director at the university of Baejae, planned the festival with the hope that visitors would walk away from the festival feeling as if they has stepped out of a time machine. For more information call the Sosan Cultural Center at 0455-669-5050.
by Kwon Hyuk-joo