The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the UAE hosted Korea Festival 2016 on Corniche Beach in Abu Dhabi. The Festival provided a range of engaging Korean cultural activities and culinary experience. There was a corner for trying hanbook (korean traditional dress), also kids corner area for you to learn make a traditional kite, paper mask etc. For me who love to eat korean foods, it felt like a food paradise because there were so many food stalls under the supervision of Chef Jaehak Lee from Intercontinental Abu Dhabi. During the festival, visitors could try korean foods like Jap Cae (Glass Noodle Salad), Hotteok (Korean Pancake), Dakgangjeong (Crispy Chicken with Sweet and Sour Sauce), Bulgogi with Tteokbokki (Grilled Beef with Rice Cake), you named it, it’s there!
They also promoted Korean Red Ginseng!
Don’t ask me how did ginseng taste? Of course it didn’t taste like a soda. First time it touched my tongue, i could feel sweet-bitterness with earthy after-taste. The people in the booth informed us that Korean Red Ginseng has wide-ranging health-promoting effects on the human body. Maybe after drinking the red ginseng you can won 500 dhs in the korean wrestling arena. ?
A key attraction of the festival was K-Dance featuring different Korean dance forms including a performance by contemporary Korean dance group Goblin Party, and “The Lion Dance”, traditional Korean dance which was a popular style where one or more dancers put on a giant costume and performed.
What really amuse me was vocal and improvisation techniques from both traditional Korean and Western jazz. It was outstanding how traditional meets modernity made a perfect balance in harmony!
I went to the festival on last Thursday, together with my husband and daughter and met some Indonesian friends who love Korean wave also. Overall, I think, based on the increasing number of UAE residents visiting the venue, Korean embassy’s initiative to introduce their culture has been successful.
Standing applause for their great job!