All aboard a traditional sailboat
The three-masted Bonghwangho, constructed by the NRIMCH in 2010, can be equipped with sails that are 20 meters tall and 5.4 meters across. The wooden ship weighs 19 tons. Until the 1980s, the original ship used to travel around many of the smaller islands along the western and southern shores of the peninsula, such as to Jindo and Wando, as well as to cities like Yeosu, Busan and Jeju. It shipped large jars that were considered necessities at that time.
Participants in the event can attend a shamanistic ritual to pray for a safe trip before heading to sea, as well as hoist the sails, help to paddle, control the wheel and practice their knot skills. To help understand traditional sailboats and sailing in general, there will also be various lectures on the types, structures and characteristics of traditional wooden ships, as well as the wind, sailing skills, Korea’s maritime routes and the traditional earthenware jars that were transported.
The NRIMCH will take a group of up to 15 people and will accept applications during the first ten days of each month on a first come, first served basis. To apply, please call 061-270-2089 or send an email to email@example.com.
By Limb Jae-un
Korea.net Staff Writer
Photos courtesy of the NRIMCH