|Title||Yesan hosts an event to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of its name on Sept. 21|
Diverse events including a reenactment of King Taejo of Goryeo’s procession to Yesan -
Yesan held a wide range of events to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of being assigned its current name including a reenactment of King Taejo of Goryeo’s procession to Yesan.
2019 marks the 1,100th year since the name, “Yesan,” was given to the area. This is why a commemorative event has been organized since 2017, with the aim of celebrating and remembering the proud and long history of the region.
A commemorative project has been organized under the slogan, “The Echoing of 1,100 Years of History & Hope for the New Millennium,” with the vision set forth as “Yesan, a town with 1,100 years of history and hope for the new millennium.”
Last year, an education tour across the eup/myeon areas of the country, special lectures on the local history and culture for youth, and other programs were carried out in order to instill pride in the local residents.
Also, the 1,100-Year Tower of the Future was erected at the 1,100-Year Square in front of the new county office, and various other tangible outcomes resulting from commemorative programs including the Yesansanseong Fortress archaeological project such as the discovery of a large stone-walled building site and a reservoir with a wooden frame dating from the Baekje period as well as Ingagwa and Yeonhwamun Wadang near the top of fortress.
A sunrise event was held near Yedangho Reservoir on New Year’s Day this year so as to celebrate the 1,100th anniversary. Lights were also installed in Yedangho Suspension Bridge, which was opened in April and became a hot issue across the country, to create a cultural area.
Of particular note, the Cheonbaekdungi Congratulation Program which involves making hand- and foot-print frames for newborns born in 2019 has been receiving a great response, and a special documentary on the 1,100th anniversary of the designation of the region as “Yesan” is being produced.
On September 21, a reenactment of the procession of King Taejo to Yesan was performed to commemorate the anniversary and bring together the residents in celebration. Also, a commemorative ceremony and the 31st Yesan Sports Fair were held at the same time.
The event kicked off with a pre-ceremonial performance at 9:20 a.m. It was followed by the opening ceremony of the sports fair, the reenactment of Taejo’s entry into Yesan, and proclamation of the future vision of Yesan before the official 1,100th anniversary celebration took place. Afterwards, various sporting events and a street parade (Goryeo Taejo Procession) were held.
The parade began at the Sports Complex at 11:00 a.m., and it passed through the Fountain Square on the Chusa Street, Yesan High School, and Yesan Station Square before ending up at Muhancheon Sports Park. During the parade, performances were staged at the Fountain Square and Yesan Station Square to delight people’s eyes.
Also, for the reenactment of the procession of King Taejo to Yesan, around 300 people in stage costumes designed based on the traditional attire of Goryeo people were mobilized to present the royal procession.
At 7:00 p.m. on the same day, there was a music concert held under the title “The Night at Yedangho Lake Colored with Lights and Sounds” at the cultural square of Yedang Tourist Complex, and a drone light show and fireworks show were organized to present jaw-dropping spectacles for those who came to celebrate the occasion.
Prior to the event, a county official said, “We hope that many local residents come to the event with their families and friends and create wonderful memories through the diverse events we’ve organized for September 21 in commemoration of the 1,100th anniversary of the designation of Yesan. We also hope that this celebration becomes an impetus for local residents to take pride in Yesan’s proud and long history and work to build the next thousand years with full of hope.”