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Korean Cultural Day to be held in Hoi An

Korean dance troupe, Byeongin Lee Seungju, and bands J-Morning, M.M Crew and singer Jingju will perform at the Korea Cultural Day event – an annual culture exchange event between Korea and Quang Nam – in the ancient city on November 16-17.

Korean artists perform during an annual cultural exchange in Hoi An. The city will host the annual Korean Cultural Day on November 16-17. — Photo courtesy Hoi An Culture and Sports Centre

Hoi An City’s Culture and Sports centre said the annual event will be held on the Hoai River and the Old Quarter with various cultural performances, cuisine and traditional arts and folk game exchanges among Korean and Hoi An artists.

Mỳ Quảng, a local noodle dish with chicken, is popular among tourists and locals. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh

Vietnamese love songs, Jinju Arirang will debut during the opening ceremony at An Hoi Park at 7.30pm on Saturday.

J-Morning band, who played at the Pyeongchang Olympics in 2018, Korea, will also treat viewers with B-Boy M.B Crew band during the two-day cultural exchange.

Visitors can visit and enjoy pavilions displaying Korean culture at the An Hoi Sculpture Park from 2pm on Saturday, just a few hours before opening ceremony of the event.

Visitors try on Hanbok at the Korean Cultural Day in Hoi An. The ancient city is a popular destination for Korean tourists in central Vietnam. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh

Hoi An’s crafts and Korean food, calligraphy, kimchi tasting and lantern installations, as well as hanbok try-on will be displayed at the park through Sunday.

The UNESCO-recognised world heritage Hoi An and the International Mask Arts & Culture Organisation and Andong City, Korea inked an agreement in promoting cultural exchanges, exhibitions and friendship visits from 2017.

Lanterns light up at a shop in the Old Quarter of Hoi An. The traditional crafts lure tourists when visiting Hoi An. — VNS Photo Cong Thanh

Different Korean art troupes including the art troupe of Hahoe Folk village, a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site in Gyeongsangbuk; the World Music Assemble One, RAAK, Sachoom, Bibap Bang A Tha Ryeong had visited Hoi An for annual joint-performance.

Hoi An hosted nearly 5 million tourists in 2018, of which 50 per cent were foreigners.

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