Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the colours of Korea

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Korea is one of the few Asian countries celebrating the Lunar New Year (seollal in Korean) which is one of the most important traditional holidays for Korean people. Korea’s lunar new year customs include holding charye (a ceremony to honour the ancestors), offering saebae bow to elders with hanbok on, eating tteokguk (rice cake soup) and playing traditional games such as yutnori a board game or kite flying where new year wishes are written on.

The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) Australia hosts two events which include a ‘Hanbok’ exhibition complemented by a one-day ‘Seollal’ experience to Sydney on the occasion of the Sydney Lunar Festival 2020.

“This year, we especially put a focus on showcasing the colourful, eye-pleasing traditional attire, hanbok which is worn on the Korea’s New Year holidays by both children and adults.” said Sojeong Park, Director of the KCC.  “The custom of wearing a new set of hanbok on the New Year’s Day is important as it expresses respect and gratitude to our ancestors.  Both exhibits allow Sydneysiders to see, taste and experience a different kind of Lunar New Year celebrations that haven’t been offered so far.” Director Park added.

Co-presented by the KCC and the Hanbok Advancement Center in South Korea, Hanbok: The Colours of Korean Lunar New Year’ introduces many different kinds of hanbok, the traditional garment worn by Korean people on many traditional and family occasions including seollal, Korea’s Lunar New Year.  Both traditional and modern designs will be exhibited alongside accessories and ornaments that accompany hanbok, and creations from renowned traditional hanbok designers including Inja Kim and Young Ae Lee as well as modern hanbok specialists, Suntae Hwang and Jungok Um will be presented in the exhibition.

Also, a one-day ‘Seollal: Korean Lunar New Year Experience’ will be held on February 8, 2020 offering a tasting of Korea’s new year cuisine, tteokguk (rice cake soup), hands-on craft activities and a chance to try on hanbok.

WHERE & WHEN:
‘Hanbok: The Colours of Korean Lunar New Year’ exhibition will be on display at the Korean Cultural Centre in Sydney’s CBD, 255 Elizabeth St, from February 5, 2020 until February 21, 2020.

‘Seollal: Korean Lunar New Year Experience’ will be held on February 8, 2020 at 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm at the KCC.


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