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Preston’s university marks Korea Day with K-pop dances and traditional dresses

Posted on - 16th October, 2023 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
Performing traditional Korean dance for the UCLan celebration Pic: UCLan

All things Korea were celebrated at Preston’s university.

The Korea Day celebration saw everything from K-pop dances to learning how to use Korean chopsticks.

A group of students from the University of Central Lancashire’s K-pop Dance Society performed two K-pop dances while the chance to try on traditional Korean dress proved very popular with all ages.

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Hangul calligraphy demonstrations attracted large numbers while others took the opportunity to sample Korean paper flipping, shuttlecock kicking and arrow throwing.

Getting dressed up for Korea Day celebrations Pic: UCLan

Stalls which used Minecraft to experience South Korea’s Gyeongbokgung Palace and allowed visitors to attempt to use Korean chopsticks were also well-liked.

Dr Sojin Lim, MA North Korean Studies and Course Leader and Co-Director of UCLan’s International Institute of Korean Studies, donned a traditional outfit, called a hanbok, to showcase her nation’s traditional outfit.

She said: “We offer the largest Korean Studies programme in the UK and are globally recognised for being a major centre for Korean studies.

“This fantastic event allowed us to share our culture and heritage with the wider University community, some of whom have never interacted with any Korean culture before. It was so wonderful to see some many people join in or stop and watch the performances.”

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Among the attendees was Livia Faria, an MA student in Intercultural Business Communication.

The 28-year-old, from India, who is a K-pop fan, commented: “I happened to be walking through and thought I must stop and take part as it was so bright and pretty. I’m really please I had the opportunity to try on the traditional Korean outfit, hanbok, which was fantastic, because my friend went to Korea and said it was beautiful so I wanted to see for myself.”

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