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HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival in town

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HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival in town

Hoang Phong

Korean women wearing traditional costumes visit the festival - PHOTO: THANH HOA

The HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017 is taking place in HCMC with a variety of cultural exchange activities between Vietnam and South Korea.

Thousands of city dwellers, international tourists and Koreans in the city descended to Nguyen Hue pedestrian square in downtown HCMC to attend the opening ceremony of the festival replete with a jubilant atmosphere.
Dance troupes from 15 countries such as Korea, Russia, China, India, Thailand and Vietnam staged traditional dance performances.

Addressing the opening ceremony on Saturday night, HCMC chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong highlighted the significance of the large-scale festival, saying it marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and South Korea.

This festival will make a meaningful contribution to deepening ties between Vietnam and Korea, Phong added.
The festival scheduled to last until December 3 features art performances, fashion shows, film showings, sporting events, art exhibition and other cultural exchange activities which are being organized at popular sites in the city such as September 23 Park, the HCMC Fine Arts Museum, the Opera House, and Phu Tho Stadium.
In particular, a variety of programs promoting traditional products and tourist attractions of HCMC and Gyeongsangbuk-do Province are available at September 23 Park in HCMC’s District 1.

Notably, a historical dance performance titled “Promise to 800”, or “800 nam hen uoc” in Vietnamese, arranged by Korean choreographer Chun Yoo Oh last weekend was introduced to the public at the Opera House to open the cultural festival.

The show tells a story about Ly Long Tuong, the last prince of the Ly dynasty of Vietnam, who was on a boat trip with his relatives to escape extermination after a coup d’etat and took shelter in the kingdom of Goryeo (present-day Korea) in 1226.

Thanks to his great courage and determination, he assisted people in the kingdom in fighting against the Mongolians and was picked as general while his children were also high-ranking mandarins.

After nearly 800 years, there have been around 2,000 descendants of the Ly dynasty living in Korea, but they always make journeys back to Vietnam to find their roots.

In addition, visitors should not miss a chance to watch an opera titled “Return of Dragon” performed by Korean art troupes from November 14 to 16 at the Opera House at 7 Lam Son Square in District 1.

Furthermore, the Vietnam-Korea Fine Arts Exchange Exhibition is on at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum from now until December 3, featuring more than 100 artworks by Vietnamese and Korean artists.

As part of the festival, a dancing show will take place at Hoa Binh Theater in District 10 while a Vietnam-Korea music concert will be held at the HCMC Conservatory of Music in District 1.

Launched in 1998, the biennial festival is endorsed by the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

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