Once in every year, The Korean Alphabet Day, known as Hangeul Day is celebrated among Vietnamese universities which teach Korean language for undergraduates. The meaning of this day is about commemorating the invention and the proclamation of Hangul (한글), the alphabet of the Korean language. However, in Vietnam, this day provides more than that. It is not only an opportunity for Korean students in Vietnam to share their culture with the local people here but also for Vietnamese students to learn more about Korea.

Representatives from Korea and VietnamPhoto credit: Mứt Cóc

Representatives from Korea and Vietnam
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On October the 24th, 2015, Hangeul Day Festival was held at Hanoi University and received a participation of students majoring in Korean from 12 universities and colleges all across Vietnam. Main activities were divided into two main parts: quiz show with outdoor camping in the morning and Korean culture-related performance contest in the afternoon in which each university prepares a fifteen-minute item for the both judges and the audience.

Kiosks exhibiting about Korean CulturePhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Kiosks exhibiting about Korean Culture
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Korean Culture from traditional contemporaryPhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Korean Culture from traditional contemporary
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In the morning, the quiz show was held in the main hall of Hanoi University where students competed in the field of Korean culture and civilization.

Teams from participant universities compete in the quiz gamePhoto credit: Mứt Cóc

Teams from participant universities compete in the quiz game
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Between the intervals of the game are cheerleading performances to encourage each team. The best cheerleading performance was awarded at the end of the quiz game.

Two of the teams in cheerleading contestPhoto credit: Mứt Cóc

Two of the teams in cheerleading contest
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Two of the teams in cheerleading contestPhoto credit: Mứt Cóc

Two of the teams in cheerleading contest
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Cheerleading Awards are given to the winnerPhoto credit: Mứt Cóc

Cheerleading Awards are given to the winner
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At the same time, a few feet from the main hall was the camping area where kiosks introducing Korean arts, cuisine, and costumes were crowded with students from different parts of Vietnam. From morning until late in the afternoon, the campus atmosphere was energetic and lively.

Crafts and “Tattoo” DrawingsPhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Crafts and “Tattoo” Drawings
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Hanbok _ Korean traditional costumePhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Hanbok _ Korean traditional costume
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Hanbok _ Korean traditional costumePhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Hanbok _ Korean traditional costume
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At the same time, a few feet from the main hall was the camping area where kiosks introducing Korean arts, cuisine, and costumes were crowded with students from different parts of Vietnam. From morning until late in the afternoon, the campus atmosphere was energetic and lively.

Korean traditional dance performed by Hanoi UniversityPhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Korean traditional dance performed by Hanoi University
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Korean traditional dance performed by Hanoi UniversityPhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Korean traditional dance performed by Hanoi University
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Through the competition, Korean songs with harmonious melodies connected the people together as everyone paid all their attention to every performance. This proved the fact that music can somehow go beyond every boundaries and link all people.

Another Korean traditional dancePhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Another Korean traditional dance
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Another Korean traditional dancePhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

Another Korean traditional dance
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MCs from both countriesPhoto credit: Nguyen Thu Thao

MCs from both countries
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Two countries with two different languages but the time has proven that language barriers would soon be no problem as long as cultural exchange programs like this can be initiated in the future. It is not just a celebration with mere entertainment; it is, indeed, also a common ground for the young to share and learn from each other.

The festival ends in the happiness and satisfaction of all the participants as it is worth an experience for all people involved.

Team building of Hanoi UniversityPhoto credit: Mứt Cóc

Team building of Hanoi University
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By Nguyen Thu Thao, ASEAN Correspondent from Vietnam

 

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