Article written by: Edwin SOLAHUDDIN
ASEAN-Korea blog correspondent, Indonesia
Chuseok Festival in Bogor, Indonesia
Chuseok Day is a major harvest festival in Korea similar to Thanksgiving in the United States celebrated around the time of autumn which will fall on September 30 this year. During the festival, Koreans usually visit their hometowns, gather with their family, eat traditional food and visit their ancestral graveyards. However, in Bogor, Indonesia, hundreds of students and teenagers celebrated “Chuseok Day” early on May 19-20, 2012.
“Chuseok” is the theme for 2012 Korean Festival organized by Bogor Hotel Institute which is routinely held and was organized for the second time this year. Every visitor who enters the festival area was greeted with “Annyoeng haseyo” which means “hello”.
In order to enable the visitors to have the feel of Korean culture, the festival area was decorated with Korean ornaments. This year, the Korean Festival featured various events, such as live performance of Buchaechum Dance, Sogo Chum, Ramyeon Battle or ramen-eating contest, KPOP dance competition, and many more.
Various booths selling Korean trinkets and souvenirs especially those decorated with photos of KPOP artists such as 2 PM, T-ara, CNBLUE, KARA, 4 Minute, SNSD dan SHINee were also present in the festival. According to the chairperson of the festival’s organizing committee Maurene Julia Zefania, the purpose of the festival is to introduce Korean culture especially its dance and food.
Indonesian Woman Wearing Hanbok during Korean Festival
Korean food introduced at Korean Festival held in Bogor Hotel Institute last month were among others Songpyeon which was made of rice flour with nut or sweet sesame seed filling, Kimchi which was made with vegetables and seasonings, Kimbab, Bulgogi and others. There were also Korean comic bazaar and hanbok photoshoot wearing hanbok or Korean traditional clothing.
Courtesy of Bogor Hotel Institute