Free Cultural Events to do During Chuseok


Chuseok is one of the biggest and most important holidays in Korea and takes place from this Thursday until Sunday.

While many restaurants and stores will likely be closed on Friday, the official day of Chuseok, there are plenty of opportunities for traditional free events around the city to enjoy.

Family members from near and far come together to share food and stories and to give thanks to their ancestors.

Free Cultural Events during Chuseok

Visitors to Busan’s museums and tourist attractions (listed below) can enjoy Korean traditional folk games, including Jegichagi (shuttlecock-kicking), tuho (traditional stick-throwing), neolttwigi, (seesaw), gulleongsoe (hoop-rolling), yut nori and more.

The Korea National Maritime Museum is holding a Chuseok Cultural Event from the 12th until the 15th.

The event offers various programs such as “Conversation with the Curator,” “Hanbok Diver Fitting Show” and “Chuseok Special Screening of Ocean Movies”.

In the “Hanbok Diver Fitting Show”, divers in traditional attire will feed fish and greet the audience for 15 minutes from 11:40 am until 11:55 am on Saturday and Sunday.

There will also be ocean-themed animation movies for families to enjoy free of charge at 2 pm every day in the main auditorium of the museum.

Date/Time Location
Sep. 13 – Sep. 14, 10:00 – 17:00 Busan Museum
Sep. 12 – Sep. 15, 10:00 – 17:00 Jeonggwan Museum
Sep. 12, 14, 15, 9:30 – 17:30 Busan National Science Museum
Sep. 12 – Sep. 15, 11:00 – 17:00 Songsanghyeon Square
Sep. 15, 16:30 Busan Citizens Park

Cultural Performances

Date/Time Location Program
Sep. 14, 15, 16:00 – 20:00 Busan Citizens Park Music and dance
Sep. 14, 16:00 – 17:30/ Sep. 15, 14:00 – 18:00 Children’s Park Gugak, folk music, juggling show and more
Sep. 13, 16:00 – Outdoor stage of the Busan National Gugak Center Korean Music & Dance
Sep. 13 – Sep. 14, 13:30 – 14:00 Busan Museum Folk performance – samulnori, folk songs
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