Rang De Korea Two-Day Korean Cultural Festival Open Today

K-Pop Girl Group ‘BugAboo’ And Boy Group ‘Kingdom’ Stole Audiences’ Hearts

October 15, 2022, New Delhi: On the occasion of the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Cultural Center India (KCCI), the center organized “Rang De Korea”, the two-day Korean cultural festival which took place open today at DLF Avenue Saket.

The festival started with the lighting of the lamp by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India HE Chang Jae-bok and the main guest Shri Kumar Tuhin, Director General of ICCR, in the presence of other dignitaries and of thousands of energetic spectators.

HE Chang Jae-bok, while welcoming “friends of Korea”, said that the Korean Culture Center’s journey over the past 10 years in popularizing Korean culture in India has been truly memorable. Thanks to his dedication and efforts, Indians, especially young people, are getting to know Korea and its multi-colored culture better. Today, from music to movies, from fashion to food, young Indians have started loving all things Korean. He also acknowledged the support of Indian partners and the Indian government without whose active cooperation the cultural center would not have achieved this important milestone. We look forward to your continued support.

He also appreciated the artists, performers and other cultural figures who played an important role in this journey.

The festival started with traditional Korean music Samulnori and the performance of Haegeum, which was followed by the first-ever traditional Korean wedding ceremony to be held in India on such a grand stage. Two couples were selected in a preliminary event, today Indian couple Vishal Gupta and Jyoti Gupta got married in traditional Korean style in the presence of family and friends. Both Korea and India having the same values ​​place a lot of meaning and importance on this graceful occasion, its customs, ceremonies, traditions and celebration. This special event will be a mirror of Korean culture, reflecting traditional music, dances and etiquettes.

Noon saw the energetic performance of Taekwondo by the K-Tigers who are globalizing Taekwondo (Korean traditional martial arts and sports) through well-done performances and demonstrations.

Then came the Korean fusion music group ‘ID’ which combined traditional Korean music with the rhythm and modes of Western music. This made the audience tap their feet to their beats.

The evening could never have been so thrilling with enthusiastic performances from K-Pop boy group ‘Kingdom’ and K-Pop girl group ‘BugAboo’, the rookie groups that will lead the next generation of K-pop.

The evening of Day 1 ended with the ‘Hanbok’ fashion show led by Samuel Chung, Vice President of the Korea Culture Promotion Association, who is a veteran and has various experiences in the world capitals of fashion like Paris (just coming from the last fashion show in Paris). He personally designed and led the fashion show in India with his own designers and Korean management team. He was thrilled to see how traditional Korean 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 – Naming and Korean Calligraphy Experience Center where one experienced Korean calligraphy while getting your own Korean name on the spot, a Hallyu flea market which was voluntarily run by local fans of Hallyu, a gallery where exhibits owned by the KCCI were displayed, a Korean center for showcasing diverse Korea operated by the Korea Tourism Organization, the event mascot of the festival which is a lion, the divine guardian animal of Korea and India.

Tomorrow the festival will welcome you again at 11:00 am.

Darcy J. Skinner