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Published on Mar 7, 2010
The annual Jeju Fire Festival has origins in harvest activity where farmers would light the grass on fire to help control the bug population.
In 1997, it was rebranded as a tourist attraction, that makes reference to the eruption of Halla-san (the enormous volcano, dormant some 30,000 years now, which created the island). It starts with massive fireworks, followed by people throwing torches onto the hillside to burn. There were letters on the side of the hill, which we were surprised to find, were packed with fireworks that went off when the fire reached them.
It was an epic display, and put every single 4th of July display I've ever seen (including DC, Philly, and NYC) to shame.