Sunday June 25th marked the celebration of the first Korean Culture Fair in Ottawa, part of the summer long K-Connected Events (hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre) and in collaboration with “Ottawa Welcomes the World”, for Canada 150.
The chance to re-live my Korea experience through K-POP dance, Korean food and countless other Korea-themed activities in my own hometown? Yes, please! Hosted in the historic Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, hundreds of people gathered to learn, experience, and enjoy everything Korea related- an awesome turnout for a memorable first event.
Attendees were greeted and given a full day schedule listing the times of all the events, such as the kimchi making workshop, tourism talks, and taekwondo demonstrations. Participants were also given a Ottawa 2017 passport, which they can use to collect various stamps from other “Ottawa Welcomes the World” events.
Scattered strategically throughout the venue were many different types of booths and activities- from traditional Korean calligraphy to modern K-POP dance performances. Whether you enjoy art, music, sports, food, games, dance, or a combination of all of the above- there was something for everybody. Including…
Tour around places in Korea using the virtual reality goggles at the Korea Tourism Booth.
…the sports enthusiasts
Shoot to win fun prizes at the Korea Tourism Pyeonchang 2018 Olympic booth!
Only for the most competitive and daring- the spicy noodle competition.
Colouring tables, calligraphy booths, and plenty of Korean artwork on display.
Show-stopping K-POP dance performances for K-POP fans and those new to the genre to enjoy.
…the music fans
Traditional Samulnori performances by “Samulnori Canada”.
Take your shot at Tuho, a traditional East Asian game.
(But isn’t that all of us?!) Plenty of classic Korean snacks to sample or purchase, as well as a full hot buffet filled with traditional Korean street food!
A successful Sunday event hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre and the City of Ottawa. Hopefully this will be a first of many Korean Culture Fair’s to come!