The Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to promote the diverse customs of Korea’s Chuseok holiday to enable foreign residents to better understand traditional Korean holidays and relieve their homesickness, while enjoying traditional games and participating in traditional ceremonies.
The Seoul Global Center, which is located in Taepyeong-ro, Jung-gu, will hold a “Festival of Harmony” with foreign residents in Seoul from 3 pm to 5 pm on September 8.
The “Festival of Harmony” will comprise a series of events in which foreign residents will have the chance to dress up in a hanbok, set the table for charye (a ritual in which family members pay homage to theirs ancestors), and make and taste songpyeon (half-moon shape rice cake).
The Festival of Harmony will showcase various promotional materials to assist foreign residents with life in Seoul, and hold a cultural performance, including a photo contest featuring snaps of the various events for foreigners, which the City Government has hosted over the past few years.
The City Government’s Global Village Center and Migrant Workers’ Centers, which are operated in areas with a large foreign population, will also hold diverse events to celebrate the Chuseok holiday.
The Yeoksam Global Village Center will hold an event designed to enable foreigners to experience hanbok and learn about traditional Korean customs and etiquette at Namsan Hanok Village from 10:30 am on September 5.
The Geumcheon Migrant Workers’ Center will organize a songpyeon-making event and traditional games at the center from 10 am on September 6.
The Yangcheon Migrant Workers’ Center will also offer a songpyeon-making event and an event enabling foreigners to experience a traditional Korean holiday from 1 to 5 pm on September 7.
The Ichon Global Village Center will hold an event for foreigners to experience songpyeon-making from 11 am on September 9.
The Gangdong Migrant Workers’ Center will hold a song contest during Chuseok for more than 100 migrant workers, and an event enabling them to experience traditional games at the underground auditorium of the Seongnae Social Welfare Center from 2 pm on September 9.
Photos of events held in 2010