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Exploring Korean Culture in New Delhi

by Diplomatist Bureau - 1 May, 2024, 12:00 328 Views 0 Comment

Korea, a land of rich traditions and modern wonders, has captivated the world with its cultural exports ranging from K-POP sensations to delectable cuisine. Recently, the Korean Cultural Centre in New Delhi, India, organised a Cultural Exploration event, inviting members of the Indian media to explore the Korean heritage.

On April 30th 2024, media personnel gathered at the Korean Cultural Centre, eager to embark on a journey of discovery. The event commenced with a welcome from Mr. Hwang II Yong, Director of the Korean Cultural Centre, who set the stage for an engaging exploration of Korean arts, cuisine, and traditions.

The event featured a diverse array of activities designed to showcase the breadth and depth of Korean culture. Mr. Park Seung Tae, Deputy Director of the Korea Tourism Organization, with vivid presentations on Korea’s tourism potential, enticed them to explore the country’s scenic landscapes and vibrant cities.

Adding to the cultural immersion, Mr. Dragon Park from KOCCA (Korea Creative Content Agency) shed light on Korea’s dynamic creative industry, highlighting its contributions to global entertainment and innovation.

The highlight of the event was the captivating performances that showcased Korea’s artistic prowess. From the rhythmic beats of Samulnori performances to the precision and grace of Taekwondo demonstrations, attendees were treated to a feast for the senses. The infectious energy of K-POP cover dances had everyone tapping their feet to the rhythm of Korean pop culture.

But the experience didn’t end there. Attendees were invited to participate actively, trying their hand at playing traditional Samulnori instruments and donning the elegant Hanbok attire, symbolising Korea’s rich cultural heritage.

The festivities continued with traditional Korean games, fostering friendship and laughter among the participants. Guests embarked on a tour of the Korean Cultural Centre’s library, discovering a treasure trove of literature on Korean history, culture, and language, with many titles translated into English to facilitate cross-cultural understanding.

No exploration of Korean culture would be complete without indulging in its culinary delights. The guests were treated to a sumptuous meal at the Dalgrak restaurant, savouring the flavours of Korea through dishes that tantalized the taste buds.

Looking ahead, the Korean Cultural Centre announced its plans to further engage with the Indian audience through the “All India K-POP Contest 2024,” inviting enthusiasts to showcase their love for K-POP. Additionally, the Centre aims to expand its outreach by extending support to secondary schools in India, promoting the learning of Taekwondo and Korean language classes, fostering greater cultural exchange between the two nations.

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