• Korean Culture Caravan goes to UP

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    Korean-Culture-Caravan20130710The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, in cooperation with the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) will be holding a Korean Culture Caravan at the University of the Philippines on July 13 in the hopes of further promoting Korean culture and tourism in the country by reaching out to the academic communities in the Metro.

    The Korean Culture Caravan in UP consists of lectures from the Director of the Korean Cultural Center, Hwang Seong-un, and the Marketing Officer of KTO, Jan Hye-jin. Included in the program are raffles, cultural performances and special classes such as the sagunja or the Korean Traditional Ink Painting and the Korean traditional fan dance. There will also be a book exhibit, which will be featuring the collection of the Center such as DVDs, books, and magazines. All these are slated for July 13 at the GT Toyota Auditorium, supplemented by a Photo Exhibit mounted by KTO, which is ongoing until July 31 at the Hall of Wisdom, Japan Gallery.

    The Korean Culture Caravan is an initiative of the Korean Cultural Center and is part of its second year anniversary celebration. Earlier this July, the Center held the Pinoy KPOP Star and will soon have its Korea Night on July 19 at the SM Centerstage, Mall of Asia; the 50 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum from August 1 to 23 and the Hangeul Ornaments Exhibit at the Korean Cultural Center from August 16 onwards.

    Korea Night at SM MOA
    Meanwhile, a night of nonstop performances is set to mark the second year anniversary of the Korean Cultural Center through the “Korea Night,” which will be held on July 19 at the SM Cinema Centerstage at the SM Mall of Asia.

    The Korea Night will be headlined by the KPOP Cover Dance Festival, hosted by the Visit Korea Committee in the hopes of further expanding the base of Korean culture as well as to promote awareness of Korean tourism. The local cover dance groups will duke it out on the dance floor and the winning team will be sent to Gangwon, Korea to compete against the representative cover dance teams from around the world.

    Supplementing this will be the TAL Musical, a nonverbal performance that fuses both the Korean mask tradition and the Taoist-based Taekwondo training. The TAL Musical will feature a fantastic story harmonized with the Korean traditional dance and Oriental drumming, as well as a set of B-Boy performances regarded as the current cultural icon of the youth.

    The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines was established last July 19, 2011 and is offering a variety of programs especially designed for the Filipino market, in response to the growing interest of the locals to Korean culture.

    For further information and queries, contact the Korean Cultural Center at 555-1711 or e-mail events@koreanculture.ph; or visit http://koreanculture.ph.

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