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Great festival alert- Seoul Friendship Fair May 4,5

 
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:47 am    Post subject: Great festival alert- Seoul Friendship Fair May 4,5 Reply with quote

This festival is held at Seoul City Hall down to the stream. There are representatives from 60 different countries wearing native costumes and performing on a large stage. But the food tents make this a great festival. There's food, beer, and wine from all around the world. Get off the subway at City Hall Station (line 1). It usually runs from noon into the evening.

Official link
http://seoulfriendshipfair.org/en/

More information
http://english.seoul.go.kr/cav/ena/eview.php?pYear=2013&pMonth=04&idx=670

Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/since1996.seoulfriendshipfair

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Marking its 18th anniversary, the downtown multi-culture festival will be held in Seoul Square and Mugyo-dong during the first weekend of May. The event will feature many programs such as exhibit of cuisines and folk culture of 60-plus countries, performances by Seoul’s sister cities (14 groups, 300 people) in foreign countries, exhibit of costumes of the world, music café, and nanum (sharing what you have with neighbors) event.

Two-day world travel!
Please come join us in this merrymaking event designed to build friendship.
Contents of the Event

Pre-event: Opening street parade
Main event: Opening/Closing ceremony; performances of local and foreign artists; exhibit of cuisines and folk culture
Ancillary programs: Exhibit of costumes of the world exhibit of culture of ASEAN countries music café; exhibit of pictures painted by children attending foreign schools in Seoul; nanum (sharing what you have with neighbors) event


Introduction to major programs

Performances by Seoul’s sister cities
300-plus performers from 14 cities, including: - Maputo, Mozambique; Minsk, Belarus; Jakarta, Indonesia; Hokkaido, Japan
Venue: Seoul Square
※ A specially made stage in Mugyo-dong: 20-plus performer groups, locals, and foreigners

Exhibit of world cuisines and folk culture
With the participation of 60-plus foreign embassies in Seoul
(venue: Seoul Square and Mugyo-dong)

Exhibit of pictures painted by children attending foreign schools in Seoul
Displayed items: 100-plus selected ones
Theme: How I see Seoul in 2030

Ancillary programs
Exhibit of costumes of the world: hanbok and unique costumes of 30-plus countries
Exhibit of culture of 10 ASEAN countries: traditional costumes and dances
Nanum (sharing what you have with neighbors) event
Guerrilla K-Pop flash dance mob
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It starts tomorrow. There will be a report from the frontlines.
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korea252



Joined: 17 Jul 2006
Location: Seoul, Haebangchon

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you come tomorrow, get here early because stuff sells out fast. Recommend the south african lamb and the french cabbage and sausage. The brazilian cocktail is good too. No greece or russia tents though.
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Scorpion



Joined: 15 Apr 2012

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another pathetic photo op and pretense that Korea is multicultural, open, welcoming and inviting. Get all the foreigners up on stage in silly costumes and dance around. While they're at it let's get the police to photograph them all to look for 'foreign criminals'. Let's have K-pop flash mobs and end this great 'international event' with a giant screen showing K-dramas. Then Monday it's back to programs depicting these same silly foreigners as rapist, drug addicted paedophiles with forged degree and AIDS. No self-respecting foreigner should attend this propaganda event. If they want to be truly respectful of foreigners let them make real, genuine efforts at change that can be seen throughout the year. Not just in a bullshit 'multicultural' event that last for two days and has foreigners dressed up in silly costumes. The proof of a culture's attitude towards foreigners is in the pudding. And this particular pudding is full of some very unpleasant ingredients.

Ignore this bullshit event.
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobody cares about the singing and dancing. Bring on the food! The food was very good and they lined up the food tents so there was room to move around. Gavin was at the very end, next to the stream. He wasn't his usual bouncy self. He looked like he'd had a few and needed a nap.
There was a lot of good food from some smaller countries. I remember the food we really enjoyed best was from: South Africa, Laos, Turkey, and Thailand. Unfortunately the Thai tent was first in line and was swamped with people as soon as it opened. We'll look through some of our pictures and talk about specific food in a couple days. But it was well worth attending and it will continue on Sunday.
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hogwonguy1979



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

apparently our friends at Mannam/Shinchonji were out in force there so be aware of them tomorrow if you go
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hogwonguy1979 wrote:
apparently our friends at Mannam/Shinchonji were out in force there so be aware of them tomorrow if you go


Were they wearing orange or yellow? I saw many people wearing those colors and handing out papers, for some reason or another.
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hogwonguy1979



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
hogwonguy1979 wrote:
apparently our friends at Mannam/Shinchonji were out in force there so be aware of them tomorrow if you go


Were they wearing orange or yellow? I saw many people wearing those colors and handing out papers, for some reason or another.


yellow, they are having some big bible seminar next week, they've been all over the place recently, saw them at yongsan station, gangnam station, hongdae etc
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hogwonguy1979 wrote:
dairyairy wrote:
hogwonguy1979 wrote:
apparently our friends at Mannam/Shinchonji were out in force there so be aware of them tomorrow if you go


Were they wearing orange or yellow? I saw many people wearing those colors and handing out papers, for some reason or another.


yellow, they are having some big bible seminar next week, they've been all over the place recently, saw them at yongsan station, gangnam station, hongdae etc


I saw them there and in the subway stations of line 1, especially City Hall Station. It's mostly older Koreans and some younger ones. They all seem to be wearing yellow jackets and caps and they seem happy, which is very, very, very odd for older Koreans. Cult life?
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a video someone made of the action at Saturday's Fair.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcdyDekaSNI

It is also held today, Sunday. Yes, more food will be there.
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shostahoosier



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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went and everyone at the tents were selling out quickly. Apparently this festival gets bigger every year.

I hope next year the countries bring more beer. That always sells out first.
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PigeonFart



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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes i saw those yellow shirt wearing cultists too.

I dislike them very much, even though they were just peasant old people and indoctrinated teenagers. I hate cults, and cults in BIG numbers is kind of scary.
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dairyairy



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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shostahoosier wrote:
I went and everyone at the tents were selling out quickly. Apparently this festival gets bigger every year.

I hope next year the countries bring more beer. That always sells out first.


For some reason the British tent had a deal on beer, one for 6,000 and 4 for 20,000. The South African tent had Hunter's and Savanna Dry Cider for 5,000 each. We couldn't even get close to the German tent.
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