To cherish the meaning of Byeokgolje as the origin of Korean rice-farming culture, and to wish for a year of rich harvest, also while harmonizing the county people through the legend of Byeokgolje, “Gimje Cultural Center” and Gimje County chose September 9, 1960 (lunar calendar) as the “Day of Gimje County People”, and opened a folk festival.
During the festival, a memorial service cherishing the spirits of the maiden Danya, who sacrificed herself for the buildings of Byeokgolje, were taken place at the Jangsaenggau of Byeokgolje. Byeokgolje is a representative irrigation facility used when there is water shortage, and is both the oldest and largest among Korea’s top four irrigation facilities Sosanjae in Milyang, Euilimji in Jaechun, Gonggumji in Sangju. Byeokgolje is also recognized as the world’s best irrigation facility.
Although Gimje has always had splendid agricultural relics along with Byeokgolje, which was constructed based on an unprecedented high level of mathematical science and civil engineering, there has been no means to publicize Gimje as the birthplace of rice farming culture as well as preserving and handing down its relics. Therefore, in 1999, the City of Gimje decided to open a festival with the theme of “Korea’s only horizon”, in order to advertise the city and its special product “Horizon Rice”. This festival, the annual “Gimje Horizon Festival”, has been continued up to date.
storation of Gimje’s reputation as the heart of 5000-years of agriculture and Byeokgolje.
Creation of an image as “the only place where the sky and ground meet to form a horizon”.
Use of rice as a subject material for a region-speciaddzed festival, ultimately leading to increase in income for farming households.
A festival that best represents Gimje’s natural, cultural, and historical backgrounds. Differentiation from other local districts.