Classical Korean music played with a gayageum, a traditional 12 string zither, fills the entire room in this traditional Korean house, or hanok.
The concert is a re-enactment of how noble scholars of the Joseon Dynasty used to enjoy cultural performances.
The difference nowis that the audience here are all foreign residents living in Korea.
On a beautiful Tuesday evening, around 70 diplomats, journalists and their families got a taste of traditional Korean music, poetry and fashion.
“We organized today’s Hanok House Concert, to show the spirit of a social class known as seonbi that was respected for its knowledge and noble character. We look to promote such culture to foreign visitors and residents.”
“I think the interesting part is to see the source, the roots of the Korean culture. If you understand that, you understand modern culture like k-pop which is related to the traditional culture, which i very much appreciate.”
Korea is increasingly becoming a multicultural society, with more than two million foreigners residing in the country as of 2016.
To showcase more diverse aspects of traditional Korean culture, four special concerts under the Hello Mr. K project, targeting audiences that include the U.S. Forces in Korea, diplomats and journalists,tourists, and students have been organized for this year.
“The next Hello Mr. K Global K-Culture Concert will take place at Yonsei University’s Korean Language Institute in July.”
Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.