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A taste of Korea

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 14 2009   /  09:21 am

Enchanted music: Sookmyung Gayageum plays “Let It Be” and “Obladi” of The Beatles during the opening of Korean Culture Festival at Balai Kartini, Jakarta. JP/Arief SuhardimanFamiliar with actor Bae Yong Joon? Or pop singer Rain? Or perhaps you have a taste for kimchi? Well, there’s more to South Korean culture than that, as demonstrated in a current cultural festival.

Timed to coincide with the celebration of Korea’s national day, the Korean Culture Festival aims to give Jakartans a glimpse of what the country has in store.The festival opened last week with a night of mostly traditional performances. If there’s one thing that Indonesia could learn from South Korea, it is its effort in going the extra mile to ensure that its cultural heritage is preserved.“We also have problems with the younger generation liking pop culture more than traditional ones. But there are ...