• By: OLM Staff

Head to Lansdowne on June 1st for Korean Jeollabuk-Do Culture Day

When: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 4 pm – 8 pm
Where: Casino Lac Leamy Plaza at Lansdowne Park, 1525 Princess Patricia Way
Cost: Free — Event registration is not necessary for the Jeollabuk-Do Culture Day!

On the heels of the highly successful events that kicked off 2022 Korea Week, the Korean cultural institute of Canada is hosting more activities and performances in celebration of Asia Month. On Wednesday, June 1, the Korea Cultural Institute celebrates the south-western province of Jeollabuk-Do.

Known as the province that embodies the traditional Korean culture, Jeollabuk-Do is the birthplace of Pansori, a traditional genre of musical storytelling where a singer performs, accompanied by a drummer. Many master calligraphers also call Jeollabuk-Do home; in addition, the province is well known for its traditional cuisines like Jeonju Bibimbap. For those not familiar with the dish, bibimbap is a beautifully arranged and colourful dish of meat, vegetables, and rice. Typically served in a bowl, the dish is so famous that it contributed to the city of Jeonju being named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in Korean culture. All scheduled activities are free, but make sure to have some cash on hand to sample the world-famous Jeonju choco pie and to shop from the traditional Korean crafts at the flea market booth.

Here is a rundown of what you can expect to see on Wednesday, June 1, at the Casino Plaza, Lansdowne Park. 

Hanbok Fashion Show: 6 pm – 6:30 pm

The fashion show will be presented by Canadian students wearing hanbok, Korea's traditional garment. The models will showcase casual everyday hanbok to more formal ones, and even royal hanbok reserved explicitly for kings and queens. There will be hanbok available for guests to try on.

Traditional Korean Performances: 7 pm – 8: pm

The famous Jeollabuk-do Gugak Centre artists, all the way from Korea, will be performing traditional Korean music and dance, including ‘pansori.’ Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Bring a lawn chair to sit and get comfy!

Calligraphy Demonstration: 4 pm – 7 pm

Watch master calligrapher HoAm YOON, Jeom-Yong showcase his ability using a giant brush, and experience the art of calligraphy for yourself.

Hanji Experience: 4 pm – 7 pm

Create your own beautiful bookmark using traditional Korean paper and flowers.

Craft Flea Market: 4 pm – 8 pm

Shop for a variety of crafts made in Korea using traditional Korean techniques. The pieces are all made by hand.

Traditional Food Miniature Exhibition: 4 pm – 8 pm

See incredible miniatures of food from Jeonju, Jeollabuk-Do made by a Korean YouTuber, and watch these lifelike miniatures being made.

Experience traditional games: 4 pm – 7 pm

Try various traditional Korean games such as tuho, kicking, air play, and colouring.

Taste Food from Korea's top foodie destination: 4 pm – 8 pm

Taste an assortment of Korean treats for sale, including Jeonju choco pie, a local specialty that has been flown in directly from South Korea for the event!. The homemade pie has plenty of sweet chocolate and strawberry jam, cream, and walnuts in a soft cake. It will be available for just $2, so don't forget your toonies!

Jeollabuk-Do Tourism: 4 pm – 8 pm

For those interested in finding out more about the province of Jeollabuk-Do, tourism industry officials will be on hand to help you plan your own Korean cultural experience.