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This weekend’s Korea Festival features Sistar’s Soyou, ‘hanbok’ and K-culture

By: Super Squad

Visas are not required to experience Korean culture.

On Sept. 10-11, Filipinos can experience a bit of Korea at the Glorietta’s Activity Center and will extend to Palm Drive Activity Center through Korea Festival. The event hosted by the Korean Embassy, the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) and the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will feature different activities and food offerings from Korea.

The festival coincides with Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving Day. K-Culture fans and the curious will get the chance to experience authentic traditional Korean Culture. Guests can make songpyeon, a half-moon rice cake which is a symbol of Chuseok. They can participate in the Ganggangsullae Flash Mob. Ganggangsullae is a traditional dance. It is performed during Chuseok to celebrate a prosperous harvest. The dance is a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Treats will be available from a taffy seller who will go around the activity center during the two day Korea Festival. The perfect combination of rice wine called makgeolli  and the pancake called jeon are available from the jumak  or traditional pub. Learn how to make the perfect japchae or stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables with Chef Sharwin Tee.

Scheduled to perform on the first day are The Painters. The group will present a non-verbal performance that stages the entire process of painting with visual effects and a witty blend of dance, comedy and mime. Traditional drum performers will take you to the Joseon era as they make music with their instruments. Filipino artists Mona and Z2Z completes the lineup for the day.

Second day will feature KTO’s honorary Ambassador Kyline Alcantara, VXON and KAIA. Kpop star Soyou, formerly of SISTAR, will perform her songs to Filipino fans. The performances will start at 5 p.m.

Picnic ala Hangang

Bring your mats and pretend your having a picnic at Hangang Park. Experience authentic Korean food found in Dongdaemun or Myeongdong from Kaya and K-mall. The two-day event will have a wide selection of food like chimaek ( fried chicken and beer), tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes) and sundae (Korean sausage). Try having ramyeon from a machine that automatically cooks your your instant noodles perfectly for you.

Finally, complete your authentic Korean culture experience by trying out Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), or reminisce your teenage years by trying Korean school uniforms. Try out Korean calligraphy or learn how to speak “Annyeonghaseyo” confidently by learning Hangeul. Participate in KTO’s Travel Quiz, the OX quiz, different traditional games to win cool prizes. Travel booths will also be available to prepare you for your next trip to Korea.

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