Korean Day at the V&A Museum in London
My day began with a spectacular Samulnori performance in the V&A's John Madejski Garden, by Korean percussion group Dulsori. Traditional Korean drumming is truly the Stomp before Stomp. Drummers play the same rhythm with perfect synchronization. The display of energy, virtuosity and speed made for a greatly entertaining show.
In the afternoon, I visited the Seoul photo exhibition and sampled some Korean tea (rice tea and a slightly sweeter cinnamon tea) in the Raphael Room. Meanwhile, the Samsung Gallery of Korean Art featured treasures from Korean history. My day ended with a traditional Korean musical 'Oh! Youran' in the Lecture Theatre, and a short performance by a Korean chamber music group.
The event was free thanks to the generous sponsorship of patrons. Kyu Hak Choi, Director of the Korean Cultural Centre, said: "Korean culture has been relatively unknown in UK. I welcome the many efforts to promote Korean culture in the UK. I hope many people who visit will be able to enjoy the real beauty of Korea."
Highlights from Korean Day at the V&A:
For more information about 'Oh! Youran' visit The Korea Times