Reenactment of Maponaru Gut (Exorcism)

Maponaru Gut was held to pray for Mapo’s safety and prosperity as well as the safe sailing of boats coming in and out of Mapo Port in old times. Every June, A reenactment of Maponaru Gut takes place, as a local traditional and cultural event, in Mangwon District at Hangang Park. The event offers district residents the opportunity to experience traditional culture by reenacting Yongsingut (the Sea God Ritual), Yukjigut (the Land God Ritual), and Daedongje (Unity Festival), praying for the residents’ peace and prosperity.

Mapo, developed as the port, located on the Hangang Riverside in Seoul’s southwest low-lying land, was an important point in water transportation from the early Joseon period. In ancient times, Mapo residents held Maponaru Gut in May before Dano (the 5th day of the 5th month of the year according to the lunar calendar), wishing the safe sailing of ships at Mapo Port. As the port’s surrounding environment was changed and the development project was performed in earnest after the Korean War, the number of participants in Maponaru Gut decreased and gradually the event didn’t take place. Therefore, some Mapo residents, who felt regretful about this, prepared and held the first reenactment of Maponaru Gut in 1991. Since then, the event has taken place every year.

  • PeriodEvery May ~ June
  • Venue Under the Seongsandaegyo Bridge in Mangwon District of Hangang Park, 467, Maponaru-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
  • Inquiries02-312-1100