History

Doju Cultural Festival

In the 18th Century (1759) , the tug-or-war was called Doju rope and it was played to console the spirits in the Gangji region, outside the north gate of Hwayang-eup. In the 19th Century (1838) , many villagers from Miryang and Changnyeong participated in the folk game, making it one of the largest in the country; however, in the 20th Century (1914) , with the Japanese colonial rule, the participants dwindle and the play stopped altogether with the beginning of the Korean War and the subsequent unrest.

The tug-of-war was revived with the new name "Hwayang" in 1983, and two years later on the 15th day of first month on the lunar calendar, 10,000 people joined in on one of the longest ropes ever. Since then, the folk game was played, albeit in smaller sizes, during Doju Cultural festivals. The game was renamed Cheongdo Doju Tug-of-War during the 10th Cheongdo Doju Cultural festival held in 1997 to mark the local autonomy and to foster harmony of county residents and to succeed traditional folk game. It was the biggest tug-of-war in the world with 250,000 participants.

The rope was more than 1-meter thick and 170-meters long. It took 1200 people 5 days and more than 100,000 bales of straw to make the rope.

  • The Origin of the name Doju
    • The region was called Doju and was the province capital for 7 years from 1010 to 1017, when King Cheonghae of Goryeo Dynasty upgraded the Cheongdo-Gun's status to honor Kim Seon-jang, the local hero who put down rebels and established peace in the country. The region, famous for its scenic nature, has been for a long time a center of transportation. The people lived in peace and the region was famous especially for observing the proprieties.

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