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Cheongdo, which was a small town state called Iseo-guk during the ancient three Han states, is rich in culture and history. The region was the center of the Gaya Kingdom, which had a sophisticated civilization and advanced agricultural technology. During the era of the three Kingdoms, the area was the cradle to the Hwarang spirit, the force behind Silla's unification drive, and home to many famous scholars and officials who grew up in picturesque surroundings that include Unmunsa Temple and Mt. Biseulsan.
Unfortunately, there weren't any events that reflect the achievements of our forefathers and to pass down the great tradition of arts and culture. Although there have been few isolated efforts, they never developed into a festival that all Cheongdo residents participate and enjoy. In 1983, a discussion to hold a county-wide festival began centered around the Cheongdo Arts Culture Research Center (then-President Kim Jeong-jik) , an amateur theater troupe made up of high school teachers in the area. They decided that various cultural events, which had until then been held separately, were to be staged collectively under the name Doju, which is the old name for Cheongdo. With the support from the county office and Cheongdo Cultural Center, the first three day Doju Cultural festival was held on October 1, 1983.
The first Doju Cultural Festival was held in Cheongdo-gun and featured seven sections, which were calligraphy fair, custom parade, art exhibition, photo exhibition, music festival and drama festival. These events were supported by various art groups and art teachers in the country. The first Doju Festival was held on October 1, 1983.