Prepare your swimsuit for the upcoming rainy season, because you’ll undoubtedly drown in all the delights this year has to offer! Fans will have the opportunity to see, feel, and experience Korea in the Philippines through various initiatives and activities beginning with the Korea Festival on September 10 and 11, 2022 and ending with the Phil-Kor Hats Exhibit on October 14, 2022.
The Korea Festival will be hosted by the Korean Embassy, the Korean Cultural Center (KCC), and the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) on September 10 and 11, 2022 at the Glorietta Activity Center and Palm Drive Activity Center. At Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated on the same day. K-Culture fans, non-fans, and even those who are merely curious can enjoy traditional Korean culture in the Philippines! Even without traveling to Korea, Filipinos may experience and feel Korea and Chuseok in one of the metro’s busiest cities. Songpyeon (Korean half-moon rice cakes) is a traditional Korean food that is a symbol of Chuseok. You can also try out and participate in Ganggangsullae Flash Mob Traditional Performance, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage folk play culture that is performed to wish for a prosperous harvest during Chuseok. In addition to the makgeolli (Korean rice wine) and jeon (Korean pancake) from the jumak (Korean Traditional Pub), don’t miss out on the traditional Korean taffy vendor who roams the activity center as well as the traditional Korean taffy. Call the attention of the taffy vendor and sample the yeot (Korean traditional taffy).
In addition to experiencing Chuseok firsthand, you can also watch performances such as The Painters. It is an innovative non-verbal performance that stages the entire process of painting through visual effects, dance, comedy, mime, and Super Stick, a group of Traditional Korean drum performers who will make your hearts beat as loudly as their drums! Chef Sharwin Tee will teach you about Korean cuisine and how to prepare japchae (stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables). In addition to Kyline Alcantara, Mona, Z2Z, VXON, and KAIA, talented Filipino acts and celebrities will perform on the main stage! Soyou, formerly of SISTAR, will perform on the main stage for her Filipino fans and perform her hit songs!
Visitors will get a chance to visit Hangang Park, Dongdaemun, or Myeongdong by sampling authentic Korean cuisine at Kaya and K-mall in the Philippines! Eat chimaek (Korean fried chicken and beer), tteokbokki (Korean stir-fried rice cakes), and sundae (Korean sausage) with your friends and family on picnic mats, as the Koreans do! In Hangang Park, the Ramyeon (Korean instant noodles) machine that automatically prepares your ramyeon is currently trendy.
Finally, complete your true Korean cultural experience by trying on Hanbok (traditional Korean attire) or school uniforms!
On of September 10th and 11th you can also participate in the Korea Travel Organization’s Korea Travel Quiz, the OX quiz, various traditional games, and even Korean calligraphy!
Under the theme “Kita Kita Korea,” Korea Festival is the premier event of KCC for K-Culture stans, non-stans, and interested folks. They will be able to see and experience Korea in the Philippines not only through the Korea Festival. They also through subsequent events such as the Media Art Show at CCP from October 6 to 21. This will feature the longstanding friendship between Korea and the Philippines through a motion capture art displayed on the facade of CCP. From October 14 to November 30, The Phil-Kor Hats Exhibition with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila which will feature different types of hats from Korea and the Philippines.