Icheon has a 1,000-year history of producing celadon porcelain. The city, which was named South Korea's first Special Ceramics Industry Zone in 2005 and a UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Arts in 2010, boasts a large number of industrial-academic-research infrastructures, including the Korea Ceramics Art High School, the Korea Ceramics Foundation, the Korea Institute of Ceramics Engineering and Technology.
Icheon, Gyeonggi-do has been a valuable city for ceramic arts since the Bronze Age. In 2010, the city was designated as "City of Crafts and Folk Art" on the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. A variety of South Korea's finest ceramics such as Cheongja (celadon porcelain), Baekja (white porcelain) and Buncheong (grayish-blue powered celadon) are exhibited in this festival. This festival is Korea's largest ceramic culture festival and is a free exhibition that takes place every year during April and May.
Icheon Ceramics Village produces traditional Korean ceramics, which are of high quality. The village became the center of traditional pottery during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) for about 500 years due to the easily obtainable materials in the areas. Icheon Ceramics Village was also the center of Joseon Baekja ceramics. Presently, about 80 pottery factories are congregated at the village, and about 300 pottery kilns are in use.
Visitors can observe the pottery production process, and purchase them directly. It is worthwhile to see the crafts of these potters known as Living Cultural Treasures of Korea for creating the highest quality handicrafts. Not only are the traditional Cheongja, Baekja, and Buncheong pottery produced here, but you can also view modern design pottery. The Haegang Ceramics Art Center is the only ceramics Art Center in Korea, where you can learn about ceramics. One of the must-see events at Icheon Ceramics Village is the internationally famous “Icheon Ceramics Festival” held every year. Displayed pottery as well as, pottery classes, traditional kiln handling, pottery character show, and even parades are held.