When the first edition was initiated in 2005, the Anyang Art Park was newly established. Since then contemporary artworks and programs have been brought to a broad audience in and out of the city.

About 20 kilometers away from the capital, Anyang is a commuter town near the Seoul metropolitan area. It is a home for diverse communities and is surrounded by mountains on all four sides and fed by the Anyang Stream. The name of Anyang, which originates from a temple built during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) that adopted Buddhism as a state religion, refers to utopia where one resets one’s mind and body. Currently more than 600,000 people live in Anyang, comprising 225,000 households.