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  • November 6~8, Seoul Plaza Becomes a Giant Gimjang Workshop

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    – Global Culture City Seoul shares the kimchi-making experience with foreigners
    – A ‘Kimchi alliance’ government offices, regional governments, NGOs, businesses and citizens join to make voluntary donations to charity.
    – 6000 people of various nationalities, including 2500 foreigners, to crowd in Seoul Plaza and mix Kimchi.
    – Seoul Plaza to become a gigantic cabbage field. Learn teamwork and make donations while playing a variety of games.

    For the 3 days beginning on the coming Friday (November 6th) until Sunday (November 8th), the “Gimjang Market” opens at the center of the Global Culture City of Seoul (Seoul Plaza, Taepyeong-ro, and Gwanghwamun Square) where you can see, taste and experience everything about the unique Kimchi-making of Korea, Gimjang, all in one place.

    Seoul Gimjang Festival has been held annually since 2014 to reproduce and inform the world of the superiority of the Gimjang culture that is unique to Korea, also registered as a UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    Unlike last year, this year every participant, including citizens, businesses, groups, and foreigners, pay a fee and participate as pre-registered ‘voluntary donors’ to share Gimjang and the spirit of charity.

    To begin with, the 6th and 7th are the ‘Gimjang Party Days’ when 6000 people of various nationalities including 2500 foreigners fill Seoul City Plaza and mix Kimchi. Participants keep only some of the Kimchi, and the rest is automatically donated to underprivileged neighbors, showing the world Korea’s warm neighborly love.

    On the last day, the 8th (10:00 to 15:00), there will be the unusual scene of a giant cabbage field of 5000 cabbages lay out in the center of Seoul. This is the ‘Cabbage Festival’ (8th 11:00). It provides the opportunity to join in the feeling of labor, cooperation and unity of Gimjang, by playing a game of harvesting cabbages planted on about half Seoul Plaza, at the center of Seoul. You can take home the cabbages you harvest or you can donate to play your part in Korea’s unique culture of sharing. The plan is for the Cabbages taken home to become the starting point for the Gimjang of each household, making this the starting point of the Nation’s Gimjang. In addition, leftover cabbages will be donated to World Vision to be used as ingredients for ‘lunch pack of love’.

    Korea Gimjang Market

    Sweet & Spicy Kimchi Playground (November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Taepyeong-ro): A Kimchi playground for children with popular character appearances of Pororo, Tayo the Little Bus, Tobot

    Excellent Kimchi (November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Gwanghwamun North Square): Korean Kimchi Companies participate to offer free Kimchi tasting and ‘win a prize’ event that anyone can enjoy

    ‘Long Life with Seafood’ Market (November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Gwanghwamun North Square): Fish market, exhibition, and free tasting event with ‘Long Life with Seafood’ campaign by Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries promoting the excellence of Korean seafood from the perspectives of public health improvement and nutrition

    Community Flea Market (November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Sejong Main Street): Kimchi-themed handmade craft, accessories made by ‘Munho-ri River Market’, a local market near Yangpeong-gun, North River

    Exhibitions & Classes

    Gimjang Scene (November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Gwanghwamun Square): Gimjang shows run by Gimjang masters where anyone can enjoy free tasting and Gimjang experience

    Kimchi Universe (November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Gwanghwamun Square): Exhibition of a traditional fermented Korean dish, Korean traditional pottery, and a 1000 year of Kimchi history themed of ‘The present and future of Kimchi’

    Museum ‘Kimchi, the between’ (間): (November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Insa-dong, museum, ‘Kimchi, the between’ (間)): Special discount for “the 2nd Seoul Gimjang Festival” participants

    Kimchi Masters’ Delicious Kimchi Class with Bibigo (November 6th to 8th, 11:00/13:00/15:00, Gwanghwamun Square): A program to learn special kimchi recipes from Korean Kimchi masters, Hayeon Lee, Soonyi Kang, and Monk Sunjae and make them on-site

    Children’s Kimchi Class (November 6th to 8th, 11:00/13:00/15:00, Gwanghwamun Square): A cooking class for children with Kimchi Museum ‘between’ and Monk Sunjae that allows them to make children’s kimchi and Kimchi side dishes.

    Gimjang Village(November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Gwanghwamun Square): A promotion hall of Gwangju Kimchi, “Authentic taste of Southern province Kimchi” and Korean temple food(Kimchi) “A true taste of temple food, Kimchi”


    Kimchi Art Gallery(November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Gwanghwamun Square): A Space Art project that aims to reinterpret the Gimjang culture from different point of views from 9 young artist of Munlae-dong Art Project team called ‘Jeong Da Bang’. Anyone can participate and enjoy the performance.

    Kimchi Star K Fusion Madang-guek(traditional Korean outdoor performance, November 6th to 8th, 10:00~17:00, Gwanghwamun Square): A creative outdoor performance that expresses 8 different province’s Kimchi with unique vocal sound of 8 provinces. Similar type of popular competition TV show such as Super Star K, Korean Food Battle with a theme of Gimjang culture and storyline of Korean traditional tales Byeoljubujeon, Shimcheongjeon

    ‘Long Life with Seafood Campaign’ festival by the Ministry of Maritime Affaires and Fisheries (Gwanghwamun Northern Square)

    ‘2015 ‘Long Life with Seafood Walkathon’

    ‘2015 ‘Long Life with Seafood’ seafood Gimjang cooking competition’

    ‘The ‘Long Life with Seafood Walkathon’ opens on Sunday, November 8th, from 9 am to 12 pm. in the Gwanghwamun Square area.

    You can participate by pre-registering at the Seoul Gimjang Festival website, or registering on-site. The cost is free.

    Seoul City announced that it will open [Seoul Gimjang Culture Festival] as above, with the motto ‘let’s Gimjang, Seoul’.

    The program will comprise of 3 fields, ‘Gimjang day(Gimjang party/performance)’, ‘Gimjang Market Republic of Korea (sales/class)’, ‘Colorful Kimchi-culture(performances/art, exhibitions/experiences)’ and 20 or more programs

    For questions and pre-registrations, please visit the homepage at www.seoulkimchifestival.com or call the Seoul Gimjang Culture Festival office (02-2133-4751).

    “We hope to revive the dying traditional culture of Gimjang by way of this year’s Gimjang Culture Festival, opening in Seoul, which is a global culture community. We will support it as best as we can so that it can rise to be a global festival where we can unite through the Gimjang culture, transcending generations and nationalities.” said Lee Chang Hak, Head of Seoul Division of Culture.