MANILA – Seoul on Saturday launched a Korean cultural festival in Makati City to allow Filipinos to experience Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving Day.

The event, dubbed as Korea Festival 2022, will run from September 10 to 11 at Glorietta in Makati.

The Korean Embassy in Manila said the event aims to let Korean culture-loving Filipinos see, feel, and experience Korea as part of its "Kita Kita Korea" initiative.

"As Chuseok, the Korean Thanksgiving Day, is celebrated on the same day, K-Culture stans, non-stans, and even those who are just purely curious can experience authentic traditional Korean Culture here in the Philippines," it said.

"Even without going to Korea, Filipinos can experience and feel Korea and Chuseok firsthand in one of the busiest cities in the metro," it added.

K-pop star Soyou, formerly of SISTAR, is also gracing the event on the second day, September 11.

The event gives Filipinos a chance to make songpyeon, a Chuseok staple rice cake, as well as be part of Ganggangsullae Flash Mob Traditional Performance, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage folk play culture performed to wish for a prosperous harvest during the Korean holiday.

It also offers a unique experience of eating chimaek (fried chicken and beer), tteokbokki, remyeon, and sundae (Korean sausage) on a picnic blanket as if you're at the Hangang Park, while artists serenade you from the sub-stage.

Aside from performances and Korean food, the festival also allows Filipinos to try out traditional Korean clothing Hanbok, an activity you can often only try during tours to historic palaces in the East Asian nation.

In addition, Korean travel packages by various airlines and tour operators will be offered throughout the two-day event.

The event is hosted by the Korean Embassy, the Korean Cultural Center, and the Korea Tourism Organization.

Succeeding cultural events are also set in October and November, including the Media Art Show at CCP and the Phil-Kor Hats Exhibition with the Metropolitan Museum, the Embassy said. (PNA)