|Fan Given as a Souvenir|
The steadily growing Korean community in Pune City is making
sincere efforts towards cultural integration.
Firstly sorry for not posting for a very long time !
South Koreans have been immigrating to India since the early 1950s. The big boom of immigration occurred when Hyundai set up a bulk of its factories in Chennai in 1995. Since then the average number of Koreans coming to settle in India, even temporarily, has increased exponentially.
According to the Korean Association of Pune, on an average, 500 Koreans would immigrate annually 20 years ago. Now the figure has crossed 1,500 in Pune alone. Korean companies like Hyundai, LG and Samsung have expanded in India, resulting in more Korean employees coming to the country for work. The cities with the highest Korean population now are Pune (1,500), Chennai (4,000) and Delhi (3,500).
|Korean Food Stalls|
|Korean Lady in Beautiful Hanbok|
In an attempt to introduce Indians to Korean culture, the Korean Association in Pune has been organizing The Indo- Korean Cultural Festival since last year. Last year, the event took place on Saturday and had the Koregaon Park venue with Korean families dressed in Hanbok, the traditional silk Korean costume, for an evening of food and fun with their fellow countrymen.
|Indian Style wedding with Korean Groom & Indian Bride|
Korean Lady Performing on a Bollywood Song.Even the culinary spread was a mix of Indian biryani and Korean delicacies like Kimbaap (sticky rice rolled in seaweed), Korean-style fried rice called Bokkeumbap, (sticky rice fried with red beans and topped with a tuna Kimchi) and traditional Korean rice flour and red bean paste dessert, called Gyeongdan.
So it was an awesome evening with many local youth performed to Korean songs & won many prizes in lucky draws & in Singing , Dancing competition. Prizes were Air Ticket to Korea, LEDs, Tabs, Mobile handsets, Refrigerator & last but not least Korean souvenirs’ with Lotte Choco Pie to everyone present at the venue.