Korea’s unique heritage was on full display during the 2022 Korean Culture Week. Last year, closures forced the event to be held online. However, this year, the highly anticipated event was finally back in person.
On October 8, over 2,000 attendees were treated to an array of features and activities that ranged from art to martial arts at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
One of the main events was the 6th Consul General Taekwondo Championship. Hosted by the BC Taekwondo Foundation, over 600 participants demonstrated techniques that wowed audiences. The performance was certainly one of the highlights of the event and successfully showcased traditional Korean martial arts.
Other hugely popular attractions were themed booths by the Korean Consulate in Vancouver. One booth provided the perfect photo opportunity for guests as they got to try on hanboks, the traditional Korean clothing.
Kids and adults alike also got to learn how to play Tuho, a traditional game that’s deepy rooted in history and culture. There was also a demonstration where guests got to see how a traditional drum called sogo was made. Those interested in art also got to see Minhwa colouring (a style of Korean folk art) as well as the art of Korean calligraphy called seoye.
Another main feature of this year’s Korean Culture Week was the Korean Calligraphy Exhibition “Hangeul Enlightens the World.” The exhibit was a celebration of Hangul Day, which takes place on October 9 and commemorates the invention of the Korean alphabet.
“I feel true happiness in being able to express my understanding of Korea to other people through Korean art,” said calligrapher James (Jung-hyun) Kim.