On 8 October 2018, a group of famous Filipino Youtube bloggers visited South Korea. The ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) welcomed them at the ASEAN Hall of the ASEAN-Korea Centre. Ms. Monica Dulos, Officer of Information and Data Unit, had a group discussion and introductory session of the roles and objectives of the AKC.

Furthermore, Ms. Dulos had a chance to reply to the questions about Seoul’s tourist attractions and culture. She stated that “Seoul is the capital of South Korea and there are many hidden places in the city. If you want to experience history ‘Gyeongbokgung’, to have traditional culture ‘Sinsa-dong’, internationalised community ‘Itaewon’, shopping district ‘Myeong-dong’, modern city landscape ‘Jamsil and Gangnam’, city night views ‘Namsan Seoul Tower’. All the places referred can be accessed by public transportation and underground stations have a variety of convenient facilities. Moreover, the ‘Little Manila’ festival has been organised as a place for cultural exchange for over twenty years in Hyehwa area in Seoul. Seoul is a dynamic city and has a range of beautiful aspects that attract people across the world.”Monica_and_the_PhillipinesAfter the interview with Ms. Dulos, a group tour programme in Seoul Gwangjang Market started. Several Project Assistants from the AKC joined the Youtube bloggers who were introduced to Korean food, beverage, culture, clothes, and had time for shopping in various venues around the place.

The first journey started from the East Gate of the Market, and they looked around traditional Korean products. The bloggers were amazed by traditional Korean cookies and saw Taeguek symbols on fans. Although most collections of traditional food at the Market are no longer served on daily Korean household tables, the bloggers praised the clothes and food as essence of beautiful Korean culture that reflect Korean beauty and sophistication. They also tried Korean seaweed, Kimchi, Radish Kimchi. After seeing the traditional stores street, the next place was Hanbok stores. They touched the fine-ramie(mosi) fabrics of luxurious Hanbok and felt that the knowledge of ancestors making the clothing comfortable but beautiful at the same time.

There was a food court in the middle of the Market. The bloggers tried spicy rice cake (Tteok-bokki), Sundae, pork trotters (Jokbal), pancakes that most Korean people may have tried in their life time. The Filipino bloggers were unable to eat spicy hot food but the pancakes were the best food category for them to enjoy.

The Filipino bloogers had joyful experience of trying Korean food and clothes. We expect this opportunity to be served as a tool to promote positive relations in culture, economy and community.

Those who would like to visit the Centre may send their inquiries to visit@aseankorea.org or contact the Centre by calling +82-2-2287-1177.