Seoul hosts Seoul Friendship Festival 2019, from August 31 to September 1, 2019, in Seoul Plaza, Mugyo-ro, and Cheonggyecheon-ro. The Seoul Friendship Festival is a representative global festival where visitors can enjoy cultures from multiple countries in one spot.
Before the opening ceremony, the World City Parade will be held spectacularly with the starting signal made by Park Won-soon, the Mayor of Seoul, at 14:00 on August 31 in Seoul Plaza. 16 performance groups of Seoul’s sister cities will join the parade wearing the unique garb from their countries, followed by a citizens group, the honor guard of the Korea Coast Guard, and the drum and fife band of Yumkwang Girls’ High School. The parade section will be expanded this year to start from Seoul Plaza and go through Sejong-daero, Cheonggyecheon-ro, and Mugyo-ro and then return to Seoul Plaza. On the stage installed on Cheonggye-ro, colorful spectacles will be offered to the citizens who come to enjoy the festival.
|World Food Exhibition||World Tourism Promotion|
|Performances by Visiting Sister Cities||Performances by Visiting Sister Cities|
At the opening ceremony, there will be cultural performances by visiting sister cities on the stage installed at Seoul Plaza, including LA cheerleading, Estonian dance, Mozambican folk dance, traditional dance and instrumental music of Beijing, as well as a congratulatory performance by the winning team of the international K-pop dance contest that took place in Bogota, Colombia.
World Food Exhibition, which has been popular every year, will take place on Mugyo-ro and Cheonggyecheon-ro (12:00-18:00 on August 31 and September 1). From familiar dishes like phat thai of Thailand and tacos of Mexico to unfamiliar foods from Poland and South America, visitors can enjoy popular foods from cities all over the world at the same place.
47 countries will participate in World Tourism Promotion to display and sell various traditional items and introduce their charming tourist contents at booths installed in Seoul Plaza (12:00-18:00 on August 31 / 12:00-17:00 on September 1).