Buddha’s Birthday Celebration in South Korea

Krupal Mehta, Mumbai, Maharashtra Buddha’s birthday is widely celebrated in Asian countries. In Korea, it is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar. It is one of the most celebrated festivals in South Korea. Millions of people whether tourists or nationals celebrate Buddha’s birthday. In Korea, Buddha’s birthday is…

Story of Gayageum

Chanchal Bharti, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh There are approximately 60 to 70 different types of traditional Korean musical instruments, but today we will focus on the most well-known, the Gayageum. Gayageum or Kayageum is a 12-stringed Korean stringed instrument. It is the most widely used traditional Korean musical instrument. Because of its beautiful and clear tone,…

Vegetarian Food Options In South Korea

Saumya Jain, New Delhi The increasing trend of K-dramas and K-pop has been spreading worldwide and so is the widespread K-lifestyle and K-food. Nowadays people are so fond of tasting and exploring Korean food as much as they can hence resulting in high demand for Korean Restaurants in India. From Soju to Korean Ramyeon, which…

Queen Heo Hwang-ok: The Connection Between India and Korea

Haarini Balasubramaniam,  Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu Queen Heo Hwang-ok was the first queen of Geumgwan Gaya, present-day Gimhae in Southeastern Korea. She was born in 33 A.D. in India and is the legendary queen mentioned in Samguk Yusa (Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms) in the 13th Century. In Korea, she is known to be a native…

Traditional Korean Sport: Yut Nori

Mugdha Sanjay Attarde, Mumbai, Maharashtra During the Korean new year, everyone gathers together and plays various games. One of them is Yut Nori, also called Cheok-sa or Sa-hee. This game is played in almost every Seollal gathering and is commonly played in almost any region of the world with a significant Korean population. Yut has…

The Art of Writing: Korean Calligraphy

Aanchal Tekriwal, Godda, Jharkhand One of the exciting things about learning a new language is also learning about its culture and history. In Korea exist one of the unique heritage art forms is calligraphy. A cherished Korean art form that imparts the artist’s emotions while illustrating the strength, purity and sempiternity of ancient tradition. Korean…

Spring Festivals in South Korea

Meghana Jayaraj, Kolkata, West Bengal Captivatingly, it wouldn’t be wrong to address spring as a season of rebirth and renewal. Given how for spring we all have our distinct portrayals. We imagine our mother earth in full bloom, fragrance in the air, butterflies dancing, chirping birds, refreshing greens and a warm yet gentle sun. Spring adds…

Top 5 Places In South Korea To Experience Spring

Kimi Kar, Agartala, Tripura Winter melts and spring takes over, splashing the cities and the countryside with brilliant colours and fragrant scents. While we all wait with bated breath for the forecasts and the festivals, get a head start on your travel plans with these top tips for savouring spring in South Korea. Let’s not…

Relief Efforts by India-South Korea For Turkey-Syria Earthquake

Mehak Sharma, New Delhi and Jasmine Khan, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh On February 6, 2023, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Turkey and Syria, causing significant damage and loss of life. Another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 occurred nine hours later, centered 95 km to the north-northeast in Kahramanmaras Province of Turkey….

Moving Through South Korean Festivals: A Yearlong Journey

Diya Nair, Kochi, Kerala With South Korea being the powerhouse of the Hallyu wave that has swept the world; the spotlight has mostly been thrust upon the music, fashion and the highly intricate K-Dramas while its rich and colourful diverse culture and traditions are mostly overlooked. Read below to find festivals that celebrate the diverse…