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The first festival of Korean culture was held in Birobidzhan
Folk songs, dances and lavish treats marked the 150 anniversary of the beginning of the Korean occupation of the Russian Far East in Birobidzhan. The festival of Korean culture was attended by amateur groups of the city, as well as artists from South Korea. The honorary guests of the holiday, also devoted to the 69 anniversary of the liberation of the Korean Peninsula from Japanese militarists, were the Governor of the Jewish Autonomous Region Alexander Vinnikov and the mayor of the regional center Andrei Parkhomenko, the Consul General of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vladivostok Li Yang Gu and the head of the office of the Consulate General of the DPRK in Khabarovsk Mun Ho, reports corr. IA EAOmedia.
A similar festival was held in Birobidzhan for the first time. It was initiated by the Korean Association, established in September 2012, in the city. The initiative found support in the mayor of the regional capital. For the celebration, the municipality provided the Palace of Culture, in the foyer of which numerous exhibitions were held telling about the richest traditions of the Korean people.
Birobidzhans enjoyed particular success at the tables, where right before their eyes national Korean dishes were born. The master class ended with a tasting. Famous salads were selling like hot cakes, as were their recipes.
Then everyone went to the auditorium, where the participants and guests of the festival were greeted by the Chairman of the Association of Koreans Sergey Son. He recalled how, in 1864, several Korean families, fleeing from hunger, moved to the fertile lands of the Primorsky Territory of Russia, which was then called Ussuriysk.
“And the Koreans appeared on the territory of the future Jewish Autonomous Region already in 1871. They founded the Blessed Village, adopted the Orthodox faith, were engaged in plant growing, and together with settlers from other Russian regions, they mastered the Far East,” said Sergei Son.
Now the Korean diaspora plays an increasingly prominent role in the socio-economic and cultural development of the region and the city, noted in the speeches. Far outside the region, the name of entrepreneur Arthur Tyan, who built the famous resort in Kuldur, who also develops his business in Birobidzhan, is known. And Sergey Son is a member of the public council under the head of the city mayor’s office, and participates in the consideration of socially significant projects.
For a great contribution to the strengthening of friendship between peoples, for the preservation of national traditions, regional and municipal awards were awarded to the activists of the association of Koreans of Birobidzhan. Acknowledgments and letters of appreciation were presented to countrymen Alexander Vinnikov and Andrey Parkhomenko.
The festival participants were also greeted by the head of the office of the DPRK Consulate General in Khabarovsk, Moon Ho, and the artists of the "Arirang" ensemble from the Republic of South Korea.