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Gaya Culture Festival

Name Name The 40th Gaya Culture Festival
Date Date Friday, April 20th - April 24th; for five days
Venue Daeseong-dong Ancient Tombs, Sureungwon Garden, Gaya Street, Haebancheon Stream
Content Official ceremonies, folk performances, commemorations, hands-on ac
Website www.gcfkorea.com


As one of the biggest prides of Gimhae, the Gaya Culture Festival is committed to preserving the spirit of Kim Suro, the progenitor of Garakguk, which is also called Geumgwan Gaya, and inheriting the tradition of Gaya as well as contributing greatly to enhancing communal harmony.


Founded in 42 AD, Garakguk, Geumgwan Gaya, developed an iron culture and marine trade and prospered for over 500 years.

In 2007, in order to instill confidence and dignity in the Gimhae citizens as heirs to the legacy of Gaya and promote its glory abroad, the Garak Cultural Festival, which took place on the occasion of memorial services for Kim Suro on the 15th of March by the lunar calendar beginning in 1962, was renamed the Gaya Culture Festival. It was redesigned by incorporating the Gaya International Festival of Culture, which was held twice in 2005 and 2006 to pray for the designation of the historical assets of Gaya as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Gimhae was the seat of Geumgwan Gaya. Geumgwan Gaya was the leader of the Gaya Confederacy, a federation of six small states.

Kim Suro founded Geumgwan Gaya in 42 AD and married Heo Hwang-ok, a princess from Ayuta, India, in 48 AD. They are considered the first international married couple in the history of Korea. Advanced in the production of earthenware and ironware, Gaya created a splendid civilization. Thanks to economic relations with neighboring nations—including China, Japan, and Nangnang—it was able to thrive as a hub of Northeast Asia.

Organized by Gimhae, abundantly endowed with cultural treasures from Gaya, the Gaya Culture Festival gains a global reputation. The Gaya Culture Festival is part of efforts to introduce Gaya to the world. Gimhae strives to position Gaya as one of the four flourishing countries in ancient Korean history, along with Silla, Baekje and Goguryeo.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Gaya Culture Festival, under the theme ‘Endless Love Path for Kim Suro and Heo Hwang-ok, will allow visitors to feel closer to Gaya. Fun participatory events and exciting reenactments have been prepared better than ever before.

Responsible official Jeong Sang-jae, Culture & Arts Division