The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) held a competition event for global youth presentation on Korean culture and the award ceremony of the “Cheongchuninmun Nonjangpan,” or “Exploring Korean Humanities Together,” a program to explore the traditional Korea culture, in Yangpeyong, Gyeonggi Province from July 4 to 5. The event which marks its third anniversary this year is a program where foreign students and Korean university or graduate students form teams and explore the Korean traditional culture and freely present the results.
The program was created to encourage foreign college students, who will lead the future, to have interest in the Korean traditional culture and create a venue of steady exchanges through pro-Korea networks while participating with Korean college students. This year’s exploration theme is “Rediscovering Korean Traditional Culture.” 110 people in 27 teams from 28 countries took part in the program this year.
The KOCIS selected a total of six teams as prize winners after a review by specialists. One team took home the Grand Prize, one team, the Gold Prize and two teams, the Silver Prize. The Bronze Prize went to the remaining two teams. Team Ttelight picked up the Grand Prize. The team consisting of Korean, Russian, U.S., Japanese graduate students made a presentation under the theme of“Pungmulnori Meets the World.”
“I came to Korea and fell in love with Pungmulnori. This time, I could explore it more deeply,” said Twinig Lyndsey, an American. “I hope that friends with various nationalities and cultural backgrounds will share our feeling about the attractiveness of Pungmulnori”
Team Jiphyeonjeon was the runner-up for its presentation titled “Towards K-Feed after K-Pop and K-Drama.”
“I was surprised to see foreign students’ strong interest in and passion about the Korean traditional culture,” said Kim Gab-soo, director of the KOCIS. “I am grateful to them for studying the Korean traditional culture from global perspectives over the past three years.”