Central province to host Korean festival
Update: Dec 04, 2017
Quang Nam Province’s first-ever Korean Day Festival and Korean Film Week will take place from December 11 to 17 in Tam Ky City to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Viet Nam and the Republic of Korea. 

A portrait of a girl is painted on the wall of a house in Tam Thanh village in Quang Nam. The mural project was painted by Korean artists in 2015.

The provincial Department of Information and Communication announced the plans late last week.

The film week will introduce Korean films at the provincial culture centre in Tam Ky City and an exhibition of photos and books on the land and people of Korea and Quang Nam Province will open at the city’s 24 Thang 3 Square on December 15.

On the occasion, the province and the Korean Culture Centre in Viet Nam will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Culture for promoting exchange between Korean people and locals of the province in the coming years.

Representatives of new villages that have implemented the Korean Saemaul Udong model, or New Community Movement, will share their experiences in rural development with locals from Quang Nam Province.

December 15 will also see a series of events, including a student cultural exchange and community event at the murals village of Tam Thanh, 7km from Tam Ky City. Korean businesses that have made big contributions to the province over the past 20 years will be honoured and a joint cultural performance will feature Korean arts troupes and Vietnamese artists. 

A business meeting and field trip for Korean investors will be held at the Chu Lai-Truong Hai Industrial Complex in Nui Thanh District and industrial zones the next day.

On this occasion, Nguyen Binh Khiem High School and Dongduk Women’s University will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on education co-operation.

Many cultural activities have been held between cities from South Korea and Quang Nam Province in recent years.

In June, the art troupe of Hahoe Folk village – a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site in South Korea — and the Nan-Gye troupe performed mask dances in Hoi An during the sixth Quang Nam Heritage Festival.

Last month, the International Mask Arts & Culture Organisation (IMACO) and Andong City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hoi An in promoting cultural exchange in the coming years. 

In 2015, the province’s Nam Tra My District and Hamyang County in South Korea also affirmed efforts to work together on tourism, agriculture, conservation and the development of Ngoc Linh ginseng (Panax vietnamensis or Vietnamese ginseng).