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  • Korean kites bring life to Seoul

  • SMG 3538

    Seoul City said it launched a dazzling exhibition of kites designed with traditional and modern patterns at the Namsangol Hanok Village on Nov. 25, offering visitors the chance to feast their eyes on 50 colorful kites until the end of the year.

    Rainbow kite, Monster kite, Chinese phoenix kite, Dragon kite

    Kite-flying has been an age-old activity traditionally enjoyed by the young and old during the first 10 days of January. The activity also served as a symbolic means of banishing and forgetting all the misfortunes of the past year.

    Intangible cultural assets in the art of kite-flying are also participating in this exhibition. In addition to showcasing colorful traditional and contemporary kites, the exhibition features kites believed to have been strategically used by Admiral Yi Sunshin during the war. This story passed down by word-of-mouth from the town of Tongyeong, experts say.