Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul holds 'Global Saemaul People's Chuseok Festival'
Joined by over 270 people including international students from 50 countries and professors
Experiencing Korean culture through traditional folk games such as jaegi-chagi, samul-nori, and yut-nori
[September 9, 2016]
<Over 240 international students from 50 countries participated in the '2016 Global Saemaul People's Chuseok Festival'>
International students enrolled at YU (President Noh Seok-kyun) spent a very special Chuseok this year.
The Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul held the '2016 Global Saemaul People's Chuseok Festival' for international students studying in a far-away country. This is the fourth year that the '2016 Global Saemaul People's Chuseok Festival' was held since first starting in 2013.
On the 9th, six days prior to the nation's largest holiday Chuseok, this event was held at the Gyeongsan Indoor Gymnasium and was held in its largest-ever scale with 241 international students from 50 countries studying at the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul, with an addition of staff and faculty for a total of 270 people.
Director Park Seung-woo, who prepared for this event, said in his greetings, "Chuseok is Korea's biggest holiday to remember the importance of family by meeting and talking with family, and sharing food." He added, "I hope that you can once again think about the importance of family and friends back home this Chuseok. I hope that through this festival today, you will experience traditional Korean culture and make many fun memories."
Khalid Farooq (33, 3rd term in master's degree course in Saemaul and International Development) from Pakistan, who participated in this event, said, "In addition to the academic fields such as Saemaul and international development, I want to experience as much as I can about Korean culture as well while studying here," and added, "It is great to have the opportunity to experience Korea's traditional culture and hang out with friends from school at this event. The traditional fashion show of various countries displayed by my classmates was especially interesting."
This event kicked off with international students from countries around the world showing off their traditional clothes in a fashion show. It was followed by traditional games such as jaeg-chagi and yut-nori, while international students also participated in samul-nori performances and talent shows in a fun and exciting time for understanding Korean culture.
Ngwira Msimuko Priscilla (40, second term in master's degree course for public policy and leadership) from Zambia who participated in the fashion show said, "I know the meaning of Chuseok that is spent with family," and added, "Though I am far away from my family in Zambia, I spent a great time wearing traditional clothes and putting on a show with my friends from around the world who I met while studying at the Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul. This will be a moment that I will never forget while studying in Korea."