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The Hallyu Festival of Korean Culture will be held next month

A K-pop concert at last year’s “Korean Culture Festival” (K-Culture Festival)

A Hallyu festival showcasing all things Korean Wave will be held in Seoul next month, the culture ministry announced Thursday.

The “2022 Korean Culture Festival” is scheduled to kick off on Oct. 1 in areas around Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul and Jamsil Sports Complex in southern Seoul.

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Poster of “2022 Korean Culture Festival” (K-Culture Festival)

With the theme of exploring a cultural journey of Hallyu to the planet “THE-K”, the festival aims to provide a chance to experience various aspects of Korean culture, ranging from traditions, food and beauty to dramas and music.

On September 30, the day before the festival, a show combining tradition and modernity with a performance of traditional ink and wash sketches in Gyeongbokgung will kick off the eight-day festival.

A K-drama-themed gala show will open the festival on October 1 in the Gwanghwamun area. Singers including Kyuhyun of boy group Super Junior and Paul Kim will perform original songs from drama series such as “Itaewon Class,” “The Red Sleeve,” and “My Liberation Notes.”

A demonstration of K-beauty to last year

A demonstration of K-beauty at last year’s “Korean Culture Festival” (K-Culture Festival)

From October 2 to 8, a Hallyu Fan Fair will be held at Gwanghwamun and Jamsil Square, providing visitors with a place to have a hands-on experience exploring Korean food, beauty and fashion.

“THE-K Stage” will run throughout the festival at both venues, featuring K-pop groups Pentagon, Brave Girls, Viviz and CIX.

On October 7, K-pop groups including NCT Dream and StayC will perform at “THE-K Concert” at Jamsil Olympic Stadium. In collaboration with the American music and entertainment magazine Billboard, the “K-Billboard Awards” will highlight the achievements of K-pop artists who have made a name for themselves on the Billboard Chart.

The festival will end with a parade around Gwanghwamun Square.

A talk show of K-pop stars from last year

A K-pop star talk show at last year’s “Korean Culture Festival” (K-Culture Festival)

For those unable to visit the venues in person, the festival will be streamed live online via the official K-Culture Festival YouTube channel every day during the festival.

The “Korean Culture Festival 2022” is jointly organized by the MCST and the Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange.

By Hwang Dong-Hee ([email protected])