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Korean cultural festival ongoing in Vietnam capital

Korean cultural festival ongoing in Vietnam capital

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 11:48 GMT+7

A festival promoting special Korean cultural characteristics is scheduled to take place in Hanoi from August 17 to 23.

The event, ongoing at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, provides participants with an opportunity to enjoy Korean food, wear Hanbok (traditional Korean clothes), and learn traditional dances.

Besides an exhibition on Korea’s Pungmul mask and art, the festivities also include a Talchum and Pungmul folk dance performance presented by 14 Korean artists.

There will be more than 20 colorful Hanbok, the traditional dresses which have long been well-known in Vietnam through Korea dramas, for participants to try wearing.

Pungmul is a Korean folk music tradition that includes drumming, dancing, and singing. Most performances are outside, with dozens of players, all in constant motion. It was originally played as part of farm work, on rural holidays, and at other village community-building events.

Talchum is a Korean dance performed while wearing a mask, miming, speaking, and sometimes singing. It also features significant dramatic content with masked characters portraying people, animals, and sometimes supernatural beings.

The festival is jointly organized by the Vietnamese Women’s Museum and the Korean Cultural Center in Vietnam with an aim to bring Vietnamese a deeper understanding of Korean long-standing culture which has been preserved for a long time.

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