K-Culture Next Door: KCC brings the best of Korea—Jeju Island— to Cebu

Performances, food tasting, and other activities on June 15–16, from this neighbor who's 'just a doorbell away'

K-Culture Next Door 2024 Korea Festival in Cebu

Maayong adlaw! Dad-on namo ang K-culture diha kaninyo, mga Cebuanos! (We’re bringing K-culture next to you, Cebuanos!)

The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) is bringing K-Culture Next Door: 2024 Korea Festival to Cebu. It’s set at SM Seaside City Cebu, Mountain Wing Atrium, on June 15-16, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Opening ceremony is at Sky Hall of SM Seaside City Cebu, June 15 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This free two-day event is a unique opportunity to immerse in Korean culture. It is part of the celebration of 75 years of friendship between Korea and the Philippines. The theme K-Culture Next Door signifies the close bond between the two nations.  Korea and the Philippines have influenced and supported each other through cultural exchange and interactions over the years.

Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Dance Company

This year’s Korea Festival is not just a platform for cultural exchange and performances, but  also celebrates the friendship between two island cities, Jeju and Cebu.  KCC is bringing Jeju Island’s unique history, culture, and traditions to Cebu.  Performing is the Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Dance Company at the festival’s opening ceremony at Sky Hall on June 15 at 2 pm.

The dance company, established in 1989, is the “cultural envoy” of the island, showcasing Jeju’s works that present the island’s distinct cultural and historical characteristics. It has performed around the world, from the US to Africa.

University of Cebu Dance Company

To represent Cebu, there will be a traditional performance by the University of Cebu Dance Company, which won the Best Folkloric Dance Troupe at the 2012 Korean World Travel Fair and Expo.


With traditional performances come modern dances: K-Tigers, Korea’s pop taekwondo group with over 1.4 million YouTube subscribers, will give an exhilarating K-fusion taekwondo performance alongside a K-pop cover dance competition, Everyone’s KPOP: Cebu, which aims to spotlight Cebuanos’ dancing prowess.

This year’s festival, supported by various Korean government agencies and corporations, will feature traditional elements such as Hangeul (alphabet), Hanbok (costume), and Jeontongnori (traditional games), as well as contemporary experiences, including free Korean food tasting. Corporate partners include Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc., showcasing their latest vehicle, and AMOREPACIFIC Philippines, bringing top-notch K-beauty products.

With the Korea Tourism Organization-Manila Office (KTO), the Jeju Tourism Organization, and the Korea Copyright Protection Agency Manila Representative Office (KCOPA), this festival will truly bring a slice of Korea to Cebu.

With the collaboration of local partners such as SM Supermalls and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), KCC  brings the full cultural experience for free.

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