On March 7, I went to the countryside to experience the Jeju Fire Festival. For this festival they light one side of a hill on fire. The festival happens over the course of four days but the hill is set on fire the third night. It celebrates the lunar new year. A message is burned into the hill. This years message was: 2015 The Hopeful Rejuvenation of Fire Spreads Throughout the World.
EDIT: Nathan made a video from the festival which I love:
We met other friends there. Despite so many foreigners living on the island, Koreans are still super excited to see us. One man got a group of us together so we could clap and celebrate with some of the Korean women in costume. His friend was filming us looking ridiculous.
While the sun was still up we walked around the festival to visit food vendors, wishing stations (you write your wish and they burn it later in the night), and to scope out the general view of the place.
How do they keep such a fire contained, you ask? I really have no idea. It was a lot of fun. There was a dance party afterwards and we separated ways after. It’s rated one of the best festivals on the Island (or at least the tourism website says so).