See, feel and experience Korea in the Philippines through different events this month and October under the theme “Kita Kita Korea.”

These include the Korea Festival from Sept. 10 to 11 and the Phil-Kor Hats Exhibit on Oct. 14.

The Korea Festival will feature songpyeon, K-pop artist Soyou, hanbok, ramyeon, tteokbokki, jeon and japchae (Photos from KTO)
The locations for the different activities at the Korea Festival on Sept. 10 and 11 (KCC)

Hosted by the Korean Embassy, the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) and the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), the Korea Festival will be held at the Glorietta Activity Center and Palm Drive Activity Center from Sept. 10 to 11.

As Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated on the same day, visitors can experience authentic traditional Korean culture in the Philippines.

Even without going to Korea, Filipinos can experience and feel Korea and Chuseok first hand through making songpyeon (Korean half-moon rice cakes), which is a traditional Korean food.

They can 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.

People can also find the traditional Korean taffy seller roaming around the activity center, makgeolli (Korean rice wine) and jeon (Korean pancake) from the jumak (Korean traditional pub). Be sure to call the taffy seller’s attention and try out the yeot (Korean traditional taffy).

Visitors can also watch the performances such as The Painters, an innovative non-verbal performance that stages the entire 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 also showcase their talents on the main stage.

K-pop star Soyou, formerly of SISTAR, will shake it on the main stage and sing her hit songs to her Filipino fans.

Get a chance to experience Hangang Park, Dongdaemun or Myeongdong here 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 your friends and family members on picnic mats just like how Koreans do. Get a chance to try the ramyeon (Korean instant noodles) machine that automatically cooks your ramyeon for you, which is a trend nowadays in Hangang Park.

Complete your authentic Korean culture experience by trying out Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), or reminisce about teenage years by trying Korean school uniforms.

In addition, people can also join the Korea Travel Organization’s Korea Travel Quiz, the OX quiz, different traditional games and Korean calligraphy.

Korea Festival is the headline event of KCC for Korean culture fans. They can also see the Media Art Show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines from Oct. 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 Oct. 14 to Nov. 30, which will feature different Korean traditional hats and modern Filipino hats at the museum’s new location in Bonifacio Global City.

The different activities for the Korea Festival on Sept. 10 and 11 (KCC)
The different activities for the Korea Festival on Sept. 10 and 11 (KCC)

Source: Manila Bulletin (