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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Korean Film Festival 2013 Movie Review

Various Korean movies from any genres were screened on Korean Film Festival 2013 held this week in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia.
I watched 3 movies with various genres such as romantic comedy, action, and thriler. Here are some movies I have watched and my review :


 

I rarely watch thriller movie genre and honestly this is the first thriller Korean movie I have seen in the cinema. Co-incidently I just watched this movie because I wanted to know how Korean thriller movie is. Such as any other Korean movie, the story comes from the daily life. While a student is being a suspect of a murder case. Of what I have seen, sometimes it is reflected of what happen at the school life, studying very hard to achieve the highest score, over expected from the parents, the gap of social life between rich and poor people, friendship and abusing. The ending of this film is confusing but I think it's still quite reasonable.
Watching this movie made me never stop thinking from the beginning to end.

 

Funny romantic comedy movie. I think I'm not gonna make any review about this movie, if you like any kind of this genre. Highly recommended to watch.


 

Another thriller movie, this is very highly recommended to be watched. It combines actions and drama has full of moral story. About family, the obsession, and as reflextion of daily life. In the beginning, I thought the story is not reasonable. But I changed my mind. I can guarantee you will never get bored while seeing this movie.

Review by Maria Margareta

East Sea Train

My dream to try this sea train, where I can enjoy the eastern sea view of Korean peninsula from the train.
This seatrain runs 58 km with 80 minutes duration streching from Gangneung to Samcheok with a stop over in Donghae. The seats in the train are setting to face the window so that the passenger can enjoy the outdoor scenery from the train.



Schedule :
Samcheok to Gangneung : Dearture at 08:40 (only open in May and August) / 12:10 / 15:45
Gangneung to Samcheok : Departure at 10:24 / 14:10 / 17:34 (only open in May and August)

I hope this route will be extended until Busan, it would be a great idea ^^

Where to Spend Summer in Gangwondo ?

속초해변 Sokcho Beach
2 km long white sand beach is surrounded by pine trees. In Summer, Sokcho beach is open for 40 days starting from July 20th every year and
some festivals will be held during the time. Of 2 km long beach this beach only open 450 m long for public space.

Location :
190, Haeoreum-ro, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
강원 속초시 해오름로 190 (조양동)


경포해변 Gyeongpo Beach 
is the largest beach on the east coast part of Korean peninsula with 6 km long has white sand covered along the beach.
This beach is also known as the best spot to see the sunrise besides there are pine forest and wild roses grow surround this area.

Location :
Anhyeon-dong San1, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
강원도 강릉시 안현동 산1, 강문동 산1


삼척해변 Samcheok Beach
Still any other beaches in East part of Korean peninsula, this beach also has pine forest and covering with white sand.
It is also a favorite filming location either movie or dramas.

Location :
Gyo-dong, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do
강원도 삼척시 교동 삼척해수욕장


정동진해변 Jeongdongjin Beach
This beach is also one of most favorite place to enjoy sunrise. It has 250 m long and three swimming spots.

Location :
Jeongdongjin-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
강원 강릉시 강동면 정동진리

안동하회마을 Andong Hahoe Village

Andong Hahoe Village is a traditional village contains of traditional houses of the Joseon Dynasty. Located in Hahoe-ri, Pungcheon-myeon, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do province, it is also in the eastern part of Korean peninsula.

Photo Credit : The Chosun Ilbo

At this location, we can see, how people especially upper class lived in Joseon Dynasty also we can see clan village of the Pungsan Ryu family whom established the Hahoe Folk Village in the 16th century and has been a one-clan community since that time. The reason for the village name Hahoe (Ha means a river and Hoe means turning around) was that the Nakdong River flows around the village in an S shape. Hahoe Village looks like two connected spirals called Taeguek, a lotus flower floating on the water, and a boat gliding on the river. This configuration topologically makes the village a very good residence, so it has been known as a good place to live in since the time of the Joseon Dynasty.
The village today is divided into Namchon (South Village) and Pukchon (North Village) with the main branch of the Pungsan Yu clan, the Gyeomampa, in the Namchon side and the secondary branch, the Seoaepa, descended from Yu Seong-ryong a noted prime minister during the reign of King Seonjo of Joseon in the Bukchon side.
Andong Hahoe Village  has been designated as Important Folklore Material No. 122 by the goverment of The Republic of Korea and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2010. Besides the historical values, we can also see the beauty scenery of Nakdonggang (Nakdong river) surrounds this village.

Contact :
Hahoe village superintendent Office : 82-54-854-3669
Hahoe Village Tourist Information Center : 82-54-852-3588
Explanation and Interpretation Desk for Toutists : 82-54-840-6974
Andong Festival Tourism Foundation : 82-54-856-3013


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Food Court in Korea

When I travelled in Korea two years ago, I confused how to order some menu at the food court. The system is quite different. In Korean food court, water is free and we must selfserving, even I must put back my empty bowls and plates to the designated spot. Which are not available in my country.
Went around at Seoul Station, I went to Lotte not far from that, just by walking. Then I found the food court and walked in there. After that, I refused my self to order, why ? because I was confused. I asked my self, "how to order the meal?", "Is the water free?" with my limited Korean vocabulary, I took a decision not to eat at the food court and went to the Italian restaurant which are still near from the Seoul Station.
on the other day, when I go back to Korea, accompanied by a friend, I went to Kyobo Book Store and again ... My friend asked me to have a lunch at the food court in that book store. I agreed and I watched how she order our meals. I thought is not as difficult as I thought. So here some steps how to order the meals at the food court in Korea.

First, you will find the same view while you enter a food court. Like any other food court, there are some food stalls sell various kinds of food, you may choose, you can screen and look around first, take the menu and order what you like.

Second, after choosing your meal, you may order your meal and pay it. After that you will get a receipt with a number. After that you can choose where do you want to seat and just wait until your number comes up on the electronic display. This is also made me confused but also interesting. I have never find this (electronic sign display) in my country lol. Well anyway ...

Third, after you number comes up, pick up your order by going to the pick-up window, don't forget to bring your receipt number and show it to the staff. After that, you can bring the meal and go back to your seat then enjoy the meal. Cup and water are available for free. Some Korean food always served by side dishes at least three kinds of side dishes, but if you order the western food, you will not get the Korean side dishes.

Fourth, after finishing you meal, please do not leave the table with the messy stuffs. Bring your empty stuffs and put them into the designated spots for used plates etc.

Five, enjoy your travelling in Korea! :)

by Maria Margareta





Saturday, June 15, 2013

Korean Film Festival 2013

Starting from June 25 until June 30, 2013. People in Jakarta and Bandung Indonesia will be spoiled by ten top boxoffice Korean movies, screening in Korean Film Festival 2013.
This year also will be a special year because there is another city besides Jakarta that will be as the host for this great event of the year, not all of that it is also a part of some events held to comemorate The 40th year Korea - Indonesia Diplomatic Relationship. Has been held since year 2009, Korean Film Festival is one of most favorite event besides another events held by the Korean Government in Indonesia.
This event is proposed to introduce all aspects of Korea through high nomination and high quality movies to the public, not only for Korean people in overseas but for especially for Indonesian citizens, who put more attention to Korea right know as the impact of Hallyu through K Drama and K-Pop.

Korean Film Festival 2013 will be held on June 26 ~ 30, 2013 in two major cities in Indonesia; Jakarta and Bandung (West Java) "Boomerang Family" will be as the opening film for this festival and will be screened on June 25th, 2013 in Jakarta. The director and the actor of "Boomerang Family" will come at the opening day.



Director of Korean Cultural Center Indonesia, Mr. Kim Seok Gi , explains the highlights of Korean Film Festival 2013 at The Korean Film Festival Press Conference, June 13th 2013 in Jakarta.



Unlike the previous years which drama and comedy genres dominated in Korean Film Festival, this year will be different, because the genres are various such as comedy, drama, action and thriller.
Here are the list of movies of various genres which will be screened on Korean Film Festival 2013 in Indonesia.

Opening Film :


Opening Film : Boomerang Family (고령화가족)
Year : 2013
Director : Song Hae-Sung
Casts: Park Hae-Il, Yoon Je-Moon, Kong Hyo-Jin, Ye Ji-Won, Jin Ji-Hee
Genre : Drama
Synopsis: 
In-Mo (Park Hae-Il) is going through a crisis. His wife has left him for another guy. 
His first movie as a director flopped badly at the box-office. He's now living in a dilapidated apartment and unable to pay his rent. Just at his darkest hour, his mother's love comforts him and he is considering to move back home and stay with her. His unemployed brother Han-Mo (Yoon Je-Moon) who has been to prison several times and recently living with his mother is not happy with his decision. 
The next day, In-Mo walks into the living room to find a young teenage girl (Jin Ji-Hee) watching TV. 
He quickly figures out that the girl is his niece and his younger sister (Kong Hyo-Jin) is also planning to move back home. In-Mo and Han-Mo are both against the idea of their younger sister moving back home, but she's about to divorce for the second time and she doesn't have a place to stay. 
All three siblings have issues, while their mother has her own secrets. Can they ever live happily as a family?



Title : Deranged (연가시)
Year : 2012
Director : Park Joung-Woo
Casts : Kim Myung-Min, Mun Jung-Hee, Kim Dong-Wan
Genre : Drama / Thriller
Awards : 
2012 (33rd) Blue Dragon Film Awards - Best Supporting Actress
2013 (49th) PaekSang Arts Awards - Most Popular Actor



Title : How to Use Guys with Secret Tips (남자사용 설명서)
Year : 2012
Director : Lee Won-Suk
Casts : Lee Si-Young, Oh Jung-Se, Park Young-Keu
Genre : Drama Comedy
Synopsis: 
Bona, a not so attractive female second assistant director, accidentally buys a set of video lecture of Dr. Swarlovki on "how to to turn guys into good usage" from a mysterious old man. 
After watching the lecture she tries it to guys around her and it works like magic! 
Arrogant top star Seung-jae is madly in love with Bona and she's being highly recognized at her work. 
However, she realizes that Dr. Swarlovski's lecture is about how to use guys, not how to make them love her. So now Bona has to figure out how to make Seung-jae really love her.



Title : Masquerade (광해)
Year : 2012
Director : Choo Chang-Min
Casts : Lee Byung-Hun, Han Hyo-Joo, Ryoo Seung-Ryong
Genre : Historical Drama
Synopsis: 
When the King Gwanghae (Lee Byung-Huni) Collapsed for being poisoned, his counselor Heo Gyun (Ryoo Seung-Ryong) found a clown comedian Ha-Sun to be the King's impostor. Ha-Sun strongly resembles King Gwanghae and is even able to imitate the way King Gwanghae speaks, but slowly, Ha-Sun's own personality comes out and the people in the King's inner court notice the changes. The King appears more humane to those around him and far less volatile. While Ha-Sun's true voice comes out, enemies within the King's inner circle plan their next move.
Awards :
2013 (49th) PaekSang Arts Awards - Best Film, Best Director
2012 (33rd) Blue Dragon Film Awards - Best Art Design
2012 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards - Best Technical Achievement
2012 (49th) Daejong Film Awards - Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Art Design, Best Music, Best Sound Effects, Best Lighting, Best Editing, Best Production, Popularity Award.



Title : Pluto (명왕성)
Year : 2012
Director: Song Hae-Sung 
 Casts: Park Hae-Il, Yoon Je-Moon, Kong Hyo-Jin, Ye Ji-Won, Jin Ji-Hee
Genre : Thriller
Synopsis :
June is a high school senior, transferred from a general high school to a prestigious high school, where most of the students are prepared to go extreme to get into university. One day he finds out that some of high ranking students are sharing secret notebooks which contain important information. He begs to be in the circle. In order to get what he wants from the circle, June needs to sacrifice something. Aside from his effort, Yujin Taylor, a Korean / American student was found dead in a wood near the school. All trails lead to June as he becomes more mysterious to others.



Title : Runway Cop (차형사) 
Year : 2012
Director: Shin Terra
Casts: Kang Ji-Hwan, Sung Yu-Ri
Genre : Comedy
Synopsis: 
Cha Chul-soo is an overzealous detective who will do anything possible to catch his suspect. He doesn't want to waste a single precious moment even to shower and regularly dresses in ragged clothes. But he's just been assigned to a case of a lifetime: transforming into an undercover runway model in 60 days. Assigned to the monumental backstage crime case simply because of his height, among the challenges Chul-soo faces is working with high school alumni Ko Young-jae, who happens to be the designer. Afraid that might ruin her show; she assigned him an impossible task to lose 20 kilograms in 2 weeks. He accepts the challenge but becoming a runway model means more than just losing weight. With so much to learn in such a short period of time, Chul-soo's case turns into the biggest Makeover Project of all time!

Runway Cop has been screened at Korean Film Screening program at Korean Cultural Center Indonesia ^^



Title : A Wonderful Moment (마이리틀히어로)
Year : 2013
Director: Kim Sung-Hoon, 
Casts: Jo An , Kim Rae-Won
Genre : Drama
Synopsis: 
Yoo Il-Han (Kim Rae-Won) is an arrogant and self-centered musical director whose career dropped after the box-office failure of a big budget musical. He now works on children's musicals. To pursue his dream of working in Broadway musical in New York, he participated in a TV musical competition program where he has to blindly pick one child actor to mentor and compete with other 5 directors. There he meets a multicultural child, Young-Kwan (Ji Dae-Han), who partners with him and experiences his first intentions and inspiration. There is something special in Young-Kwan that changes his life.



Title : The Thieves (도둑들)
Year : 2012
Director: Choi Dong-Hoon Choi 
Casts: Kim Yun-seok, Lee Jung-Jae, Kim Hye-su 
Genre : Action
Synopsis :     
Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. But the mastermind behind this job is none other than Popeye's old partner Macau Park, who escaped with 68 kg of gold several years ago on their last job together. Macau Park’s plan turns unexpected when Popeye brings Pepsi to settle the old score. The thieves' target is a $20 million diamond known as 'Tear of the Sun', kept safely away in a casino, brought there to be sold by a notorious Chinese fence. Everybody on a mission is full of secret, but who will succeed and live to see another day?
Awards :
2012 (4th) KOFRA Film Awards Ceremony - Best Supporting Actress
2012 (33rd) Blue Dragon Film Awards - Best Technical Award, Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Movie
2012 Korean Association of Film Critics Awards - Best Cinematography
2012 (49th) Daejong Film Awards - Best Supporting Actress



Title : The Grand Heist (바람과 함께 사라지다)
Year : 2012
Director: Kim Joo-Ho
Casts: Cha Tae-Hyun, Oh Ji-Ho 
Genre : Action
Synopsis: 
Jae-hyuk is an ordinary man in his 40s. He works as a medical supplies salesman and is hassled by doctors all day. His brother Jae-pil is a detective whom is not interested in public service. An epidemic where people drown themselves into the river has caused panic effect around the country. The government declares a state of emergency. Jae-pil joins the massive investigation and realizes that there is a conspiracy behind the outbreak. Meanwhile, Jae-hyuk's wife and children are showing the same symptoms as victims, leading him to a frantic search for medicine. Through Jae-pil, he learns of a warehouse containing a potential cure and heads there with no idea of what he's heading into.

Nomination :
2012 Grand Bell Awards, South Korea - Nominated for Best New Director

Closing Film :


Title : Miracle in Cell No.7 (7번방의 선물) 
Year : 2012
Director: Lee Hwan-Kyung 
Casts: Ryu Seung-Ryong, Park Shin-Hye
Genre : Drama
Synopsis :
Lee Yong-gu is a mentally challenged man with an intelligence of a 6 year-old, which is actually the age of his own daughter Yesung who is much smarter than her peers. The two of them lead a happy life on their own while Yong-gu makes a living by working as a parking attendant at a local supermarket. But one day, when the police commissioner’s young daughter dies in a strange accident, Yong-gu who happens to find her is falsely accused and sentenced to death for abduction, sexual assault and murder of a minor. Yesung is sent to a childcare institution and Yong-gu gets imprisoned and assigned to Cell No.7. One day, he saves his fellow cellmate, an influential figure in the prison, from an attack by his rival. In return for saving his life, Yong-gu is granted a wish: to see his daughter Yesung again. The inmates put their heads together to carry out a daring operation and miraculously succeed in sneaking Yesung into Cell No.7 during a religious event. After a while, the prisons guard detected Yesung presence and sent her back, but during the time the inmates as well as the prison guards come to realize that Yong-gu was falsely charged. And they all put their heads together to prepare him for his final trial.

Nomination :
2013 Baek Sang Awards - Nominated of Best Actor, Best Film, Best New Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress


Reported by : Maria Margareta
Korean Film Festival 2013 Press Conference Photo Credits : Photo by MM, Korean Cultural Center Indonesia


Sunday, June 9, 2013

Ensemble Sinawi in Korea Festival in ASEAN

Ensemble SINAWI presents an original from of traditional music that combines the earthy essence of Korean folk music, shaman style of improvisation and pansori (an epic chant registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage)., mixed together with contemporary jazz.




The group seeks to break new ground with the integration of such genres as jazz, dance, theatre nd media art, to extend its communication with various contemporary artists. The boundless diversity and exuberance of the musicians can be offbeat and oddly familiar at the same time, somehow striking a primal chord within the audience.



On Korea Festival in ASEAN, this group colaborated with a local musician from Indonesia Fafan Iskandar (a violinist) combined SINAWI, modernized pansori and another Korean traditional music.

Photo credit : MM

찬비가 Song of Cold Rain :
This piece is based on a well-known poem, Han-wwo-ga, written by Im Je (1549 - 1587), a poet of the Joseon Dynasty era of noble ambitions. Rebellious toward the authoritarian Confucianism of the times, he was also a romanticist who would often recite poetry. While Han-woo-ga is about a dancing girl - Han Woo, Chan-bee-ga seeks to describe Im Je's feeling of love as a cold rain.

Voyage of Time :
This work represents a contemporary interpretation of sinawi. It is deeply moving and takes audiences on a journey into the past times.
The sense of delightful meeting and sorrowful parting from the past seems to remain throughout the ages.

Arirang : 
Arirang, Milyang Arirang, Jindo Arirang.

Eclipse :
The deeper the night, the more the cold moon slips in the darkness as the music reaches a peak of its fruitfulness.
The ajaeng plays the main melody, in contrast to the 25-string gayageum that creates and underscores the ajaeng melody. It also features a combination of two traditional rhythms of Korean origin. The two contrasting elements combine to form something which is neither one nor the other.

Mt. Booyong (Boyoungsan) :
This work was inspired by the poetry of Gidong PARK, who laid his sister to rest at Mt. Booyong, which is located in the southern region of the Korean Peninsula. It expresses the sense of mourning and grief that comes from the loss of a family member.

Dancing Moonlight :
This piece is highlighted by an improvisation of contrast and balance related to the moon's various phases: sharpness and calmness, fullness and moderation of its illumination.

Joy - Samulnori for Percussion and Piano :
This performance features a special collaboration with the piano - Western music's most representative instrument.

Rhapsody of East Sea :
In line with the musical definition of rhapsody (composition with an irregular form), this work's improvisation is meant to convey a sense of joyfulness and festivity. Based on the rhythms of the shaman rituals of the east coast area of Korea, it reinterprets the shaman beliefs, rituals and legends into a new musical language.

What is Sinawi ?

Sinawi is a form of instrumental Korean music that is rooted in the ancient shamanic traditions of Korea.
Performed by an ensemble, it would accompany the rituals performed by a shaman or mudang.
The term sinawi is also synonymous with musical improvisation based on rhythmic and melodic devices - the key characteristic of this genre.
This type of collective improvisation is what you might expect from a modern-day jazz group. Instead of taking turns to play solos, any performer can jump in at any time to add to the music conversation. It opens with slow, instrospective improvisation, and then gradually builds in pace and intensity, finally reaching
an exuberant climax.

A traditional sinawi ensemble adopts the composition of Sam-hyeon-yuk-gak : two double-reed oboes (piri), two-string fiddle (haegeum), large bamboo transverse flute (daegeum), hourglass-drum (janggu), and large drum (buk). However, nowadays it is performed by groups of varying numbers and instruments.
and often, vocals are also a part of a sinawi performance.

If you want to know about Sinawi (a traditional form), you can check on this link :
Sinawi :

부산국악방송 개국 기념공연"부산, 국악을 품다" - 시나위

Sinawi Music of Korea - Piri-Sinawi


The vocalist sings melodic lyrics without particular meaning, which is meant to captive the audience with the unique charm of a vivid contrast between the pinched nasal keening of the double-reed piri and the full-throated sounds of the vocalist.


This  is my first experience to listen the fusion sinawi like this, and this performance will be enriched my knowledge about Korean music.
I know this genre is now easy to be listened. But I'm sure people will get know more about another genre of Korean music instead of K-Pop.

Ensemble SINAWI had been performed in Jakarta as part of Korea Festival in ASEAN event held by Korea Foundation and supported by Korean Cultural Center in Indonesia and The Korean Embassy in Indonesia.

Video 1 Credit by : 클래식 동영상 카페
Video 2 and 3 Credit by : MBC NANJANG





Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Traditional and Contemporary Korean Dance on Korea Festival in ASEAN

Held in Jakarta on June 3rd, 2013, represented of Eun-ju SHIN (a lisenced dancer of Taepyeong Mu and Yansanhak-chum, Korea’s Intangible Cultural Treasure No. 92), together with Eun-ju SHIN Dance Company also a unique concept of dancing from EDx2 Dance Company.

a combination between traditional and contemporary dance, made last night was great! Each performances had their own characteristic and run dinamically.
I felt that I'm in a roller coster. Up and down mood while watching the performance. Also I asked myself, couriously. "What happen next ?", I did not get bored from starting until the end.

On this performance, I watched four dances from Eun-ju SHIN and Eun-ju SHIN Dance Company. The first dance titled Sang. While the dance portrays the intuitive images of people and nature as they seek to gain harmony.

"Sang", Photo by MM (Korean Cultural Center Indonesia)

Majigut Dance
Is a shaman ritual that has been practised since ancient times. Majigul is the most important to all shamans because it is held only in one year or every three years for the spirits and believers.

Photo by MM (Korean Cultural Center Indonesia)

Heoteun Bukchum (Unconventional Drum Dance) and Sin Busan Deotbaagegishum (New Busan Regional Dance).

Sin Busan Deotbaagegishum is a folk dance, features wide and expansive movements along with inner tension and passion. It is intended to ward off evil spirits for protection of people.

The other group is EDx2 Dance Company. In my opinion, they have unique concepts of dancing. With two kinds of themes, "Modern Feeling" and "What We've Lost", this group is mixing all aspects of dancing including ballet, contemporary dance, acrobatics, drama, mime and humor with dinamic movement, looked very contrast from another performer. But still blending into one packaging of performance.


Photo by MM (Korean Cultural Center Indonesia)

Photo by MM (Korean Cultural Center Indonesia)

You can see their teaser and performance in year 2012 on this videos below :




Video Credits : EDx2dancecompany






Sunday, June 2, 2013

Korean Traditional Dance Workshop with Eunju SHIN

This is my first experience involved in Korean Traditional Dance Workshop. Held in Korean Cultural Center on June 1st, 2013 with Eunju SHIN as a tutor, we practiced how to dance some of Korean traditional dance such as Ganggang suwollae and a dance with a fan.

Principally, Korean dance has dynamic moving which is using mostly part of the body especially hand and foot movements. Based on my experience (I tried some part of the dance on this workshop) and also my observation on this workshop, it needs time to learn Korean dance, it looks easy but difficult to learn. Also, in my opinion, Korean dance can be as part of meditation, the mind's spirit and has deeply meaning with thousands of philosophy.

Korean dance formed on the background of traditional rituals and folkways. It developed from the rise and fall of Buyeo and the confederation of Goguryeo. The dance, performed during rituals, played a significant role in the mutual harmonization between tribes in order to preserve regional stability. This also has been one of the important factors that developed Korean culture and arts. Korean people used to put more priority on integrity than strength, and such concepts have been revealed in dance as well. Generally, Korean dance can be devided into two types. They are court dance and folk dance.

It was such an honored to get closer with Eunju SHIN, a professional dancer and choreographer and a licensed dancer of Taepyeong Mu, Korea's Intangible Cultural Treasure No. 92. Taepyeongmu is a dance performed to pray for a country's peace and prosperity, usually performed by the king and queen.That's why the dancers are using the king's and queen's traditional clothing. The origin of this dance is not clear but has been known, it has been played since one hundred years ago. It has delicate and elegant movements which is the origin come from the shaman dance.
This dance categorized as a difficult type and it takes three months to learn the rhythmic patterns.




신은주 Eunju SHIN profiles :
- Managing Director, Shin Eunju Dance Company
- Licensed Dancer of Taepyeong Mu, Korea’s Intangible Cultural Treasure No. 92?
- Member of Research, the Research Center of Korean Esthetics
- Member, the Korean Dance Research Association
- Permanent Choreographer-in-Chief of Baegimsae Dance Troupe
- Instructor at Ulsan High School of Arts, Korea
- Untenured Professor at Kyungsung University, Korea





Photos by MM (Korean Cultural Center Indonesia)









Seoul Chamber Society at Korean Festival in ASEAN, Jakarta May 31st 2013

The Korea Festival in ASEAN program, organized by the Korea Foundation is a comprehensive cultural program of diverse activities that seeks to introduce the culture and arts of Korea to the people of ASEAN.
(A South East Asia Nation) The program includes such events as live performances, exhibitions, and film screenings, as well as special forum/lectures series to discuss Korea - ASEAN relations.



In 2012, a similiar Korea Festival in Brazil program was staged in several Brazilian cities to mark the 50th anniversary of Korean immigration to Brazil. The festival events featured Korean and Western music, stage performances, Korean movies, and a ceramics exhibition for the local residents of Brazil. The program also included a series of seminars an lectures to promote academic exchange.

The 2013 Korea Festival in ASEAN program will be presented from May 16, 2013 through August 2013 in several member countries of ASEAN, one of them is Indonesia. To bolster Korea - ASEAN relations, the Festival program seeks to introduce aspects of Korea's culture and arts to local audiences in en effort to enhance mutual understanding and encourage closer cooperation. Especially for people who are familiar with Korea's popular culture (K-pop music and Korean Wave), the Festival activities will offer an ideal opportunity to enjoy Korea-related experiences in their home countries.

From ancient times, the Korean people have greatly enjoyed singing and dancing as part of any holiday or special occation. And this kind of group participation and community-mindedness will be on display at the Korea Festival in ASEAN events.

Classical Music by Seoul Chamber Society

Seoul Chamber Society, established in 2009 in Seoul, South Korea, comprises of 30 members who pursue parallel careers as international soloists, members of prominent chsmber groups, and music professors/tutors. With instruments of string, wind, brass, and percussion groups, the ensemble's repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary, in addition to chamber music and symphonic works. For this tour will be performed by 15 performers.







Seoul Chamber Society performers :

Sunhee Kim - Violin
Wonsoon Chung - Violin
Jungeun Woo - Violin
Kyungmook Lim - Violin
Yookyung Min - Violin
Hyesoon Yang - Viola
Sumin Seo - Viola
Jihoon Kim - Cello
Sookjung Lee - Cello
Haejune Park - Cello
Changho Kim - Contrabass
Jiwon Yoon - Oboe
Haechan Ahn - Trumpet
Jihyun Cho - Piano
Nayoung - Kim - Piano

They played various kinds of music compositions :

W.A. Mozart Oboe quartet in F major, K.370
P. Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op.20
Antonín Dvořák Piano Quartet Op. 87
C. SaintCamille Saint-Saëns Septet for Trumpet, String Quintet and Piano, Op. 65
A. Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor
E. Grieg Last Spring, Op. 34 - No. 2
P. Tchaikovsky Waltz (Serenade for Strings)
G. Torelli Trumpet Concerto in D major
A. Piazzola Oblivion
A. Piazzola Invierno Porteno
Béla Bartók Romanian Folk Dances
Hyungsuk Kim I Believe (from "My Sassy Girl" movie OST)

This event held in Jakarta on May 31st 2013.

Photo Credits by MM (Korean Cultural Center Indonesia)