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‘Rang De Korea’ – the two day long Korean Cultural Festival

The two days Korean Cultural Festival ‘Rang De Korea’ Festival organised by Korean Cultural Centre India opened on 15th October 2022 at DLF Avenue Saket. The festival is being organised by the Korean Cultural Centre India (KCCI) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of (KCCI).

The festival began with the lightening of the lamp by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India H.E. Chang Jae-bok and chief guest Shri Kumar Tuhin Director General, ICCR, in presence of other dignitaries and thousands of energetic viewers.

H.E. Chang Jae-bok while welcoming the ‘friends of Korea’ said, the journey of the Korean Culture Centre over the past 10 years in popularising Korean culture in India has been truly momentous. Thanks to its dedication and efforts, Indian people, particularly youth now have better knowledge of Korea and its multi-hued culture. Today, from music to movies, fashion to food, Indian youths have begun loving everything Korean. He also acknowledged the support of Indian partners and the Government of India without whose active cooperation; the cultural centre would not have crossed this significant milestone.

He further hoped to receive continued support from the Indian people and government. He also appreciated artists, performers and other cultural personalities who played important roles in this journey.

The festival started with traditional Korean Music Samulnori and Haegeum performance, which was followed by the first-ever Korean traditional wedding ceremony taking place in India on such a grand stage. Two couples got selected through a preliminary event, today Indian couples Vishal Gupta and Jyoti Gupta tied the knot in traditional Korean style in the presence of their family and friends. Korea and India, both having the same values put a lot of meaning and importance on this gracious occasion, its customs, ceremonies, traditions, and celebration. This special event will be a mirror of Korean culture, reflecting traditional music, dances, and etiquette.

An energetic Taekwondo performance by K-Tigers who are globalizing Taekwondo (Korean Traditional Martial Arts & Sports) followed and then the ‘ID’ Korean fusion music band that combined traditional Korean music with the rhythm and modes of Western music made the audience tap their toes on their beats.

In the evening, thrilling enthusiastic performances of the boy group ‘Kingdom’ and of the K-Pop girl group ‘BugAboo’ kept the audience glued to the venue.

Day 1 closed with the ‘Hanbok’ fashion show directed by Samuel Chung, vice president of the Korean Culture Promotion Association, who is a veteran and has various experiences in the world’s fashion capitals like Paris. He personally designed and directed the fashion show in India along with his own designers and directing team from Korea. It was exciting to see how the Korean traditional clothing, Hanbok was reinterpreted to show India its potential to lead the global fashion trend.

The Festival was filled with various experience events such as— Korean naming and calligraphy experience centre where one experienced Korean calligraphy while getting your own Korean name on the spot, a Hallyu flea market which was voluntarily run by local Hallyu fans, a gallery where the exhibits owned by the KCCI was displayed, a Korea Centre to introduce diverse Korea operated by Korea Tourism Organization, the mascot for the festival event which is a lion, the divine protector animal of Korea and India.

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