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Experience Korea starting this weekend, from K-pop to food, art

'Kita kita Korea' celebrates Chuseok and everything else you're enjoying in the Korean wave

The Korea Festival, with the theme “Kita kita Korea,” is letting everyone, who’s now in the grip of the Korean Wave, experience Korea in the Philippines, September 10-11, and on to the Phil-Kor Hats Exhibit on October 14.

Hosted by the Korean Embassy, the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) and the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), the Korea Festival is at the Glorietta Activity Center and Palm Drive Activity Center Sept. 10-11, 2022. As Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated on the same day, K-culture stans, non-stans and even those who are just curious can experience authentic traditional Korean culture in the Philippines. You can make songpyeon (Korean half-moon rice cakes), the traditional Korean food that’s a symbol of Chuseok, and also try out and be part of Ganggangsullae Flash Mob Traditional Performance, a Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage folk play culture that’s performed to wish for a prosperous harvest during Chuseok. There will be the traditional Korean taffy seller roaming around the activity center, and the makgeolli (Korean rice wine) and the jeon (Korean pancake) from the jumak (Korean Traditional Pub).

Aside from experiencing Chuseok, you can also check out performances such as The Painters, an innovative non-verbal performance that stages the full process of painting with visual effects and a witty blend of dance, comedy and mime, and Super Stick, a group of Traditional Korean drum performers.

Learn more about Korean cuisine, and cook japchae (Korean stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables) with Chef Sharwin Tee. Talented Filipino acts and celebrities such as Kyline Alcantara, Mona, Z2Z, VXON and KAIA will perform. K-pop star Soyou, formerly of SISTAR, will sing her hit songs.

Get a chance to visit Hangang ParkDongdaemun or Myeongdong in the Philippines by having a taste of authentic Korean food from Kaya and K-mall. Eat a wide selection of food, from chimaek (Korean fried chicken and beer), tteokbokki (Korean stir-fried rice cakes) and sundae (Korean sausage) with friends and family members on picnic mats just like how Koreans do. Try the Ramyeon (Korean instant noodles) machine that automatically cooks ramyeon, which is a trend in Hangang Park.

Complete the authentic Korean culture experience by trying out Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), or reminisce your teen years by trying Korean school uniforms!

You can also join the Korea Travel Organization’s Korea Travel Quiz, the OX quiz, different traditional games, and even Korean calligraphy!

Korea Festival is the headline event of KCC to K-Culture stans, non-stans and even curious individuals under the theme “Kita Kita Korea”. There are other events such as the Media Art Show at CCP from October 6 to 21, which will feature the longstanding friendship between Korea and the Philippines through a motion capture art displayed on the façade of the CCP building, and the Phil-Kor Hats Exhibition with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila from October 14 to November 30 which will feature different Korean traditional hats and modern Filipino hats at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila’s new location in BGC.

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