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Festival highlights Vietnam-Korea cultural exchange

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Festival highlights Vietnam-Korea cultural exchange

Hoang Phong

Visitors pose for a photo on Nguyen Hue pedestrian square in downtown HCMC where a fashion show featuring hundreds of traditional costumes of Vietnam and South Korea takes place on November 18 - PHOTOS: THANH HOA

During 23 days of the HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017, thousands of city inhabitants, international tourists and the Korean community converged at some of the city’s famous sightseeing spots to partake in a variety of cultural exchange activities between Vietnam and South Korea.

A fashion show featuring hundreds of traditional costumes of Vietnam and South Korea took place on Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in the downtown area on Saturday night. The show was especially vivid with the colors of unique Vietnamese and Korean cultural traits as the Vietnamese models came on stage in ao dai (Vietnamese long dress) by well-known local designers such as Sy Hoang, Thuan Viet, and Dinh Van Tho while leading Korean fashion designer Lee Young-Hee also brought a surprise for Vietnamese spectators with a collection of Korean traditional costumes Hanbok.

Addressing at the event on November 18, Huynh Thanh Nhan, director of the city’s Department of Culture and Sports, said the fashion show is one of the highlights of the cultural festival, helping foster mutual understandings on historical and cultural values among Vietnamese and Korean peoples and creating opportunities for local and international visitors to enjoy entertainment activities.

The event serves as a bridge to further invigorate the fruitful friendship and deepen the growing ties between Vietnam and South Korea in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Nhan added.

The fashion show introduces a collection of Korean traditional costumes Hanbok to the public

Kim Sueng Eun, a Korean tourist who has been residing in the city for six years, remarked at the event that this fashion event celebrated the beauty, elegance and vibrancy of national costumes of the two nations. Such costumes boast very distinct identities in a particular way, highlighting the cultural features of each country. 

Meanwhile, enthusiasts of Korean movies are offered with an opportunity to watch films and delve into the culture and lifestyle of Korean people at the Vietnam-Korea film festival as part of the HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival. 

The movie festival lasting until November 22 features 12 movies of the two countries in diverse genres including action, horror, comedy, romance and family.

Eight Korean films produced from 2015 till now will be introduced to city audiences, such as Like for Likes, The Tunnel, The Silenced, Okja, Ash Flower, The World of Us, Phantom Detective and Assassination.

In addition, four Vietnamese films including Co Ba Sai Gon (The Tailor), Co can nha nam nghe nang mua (Motherhood), Sieu trom (Bitcoin Heist) and Hotboy noi loan 2 (Lost In Paradise 2) are screened during the film festival.

An art performance on the pedestrian quarter within the framework of the HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017

The films are shown at BHD Star Cineplex on the third and fourth floors of Bitexco Financial Tower at 2 Hai Trieu Street in District 1, HCMC.  

Furthermore, local youths over the weekend also rushed to September 23 Park in HCMC’s District 1 to experience unique Korean cultural spaces and admire a road lit with the sparkling lights along the sides of the park. 

Meanwhile, huge numbers of tourists showed up at the HCMC Fine Arts Museum to contemplate 100 artworks by Vietnamese and Korean artists during the Vietnam-Korea Fine Arts Exchange Exhibition, which is on from now until December 3.

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