The South Korean Embassy will host a South Korea Cultural Week starting October 11 as part of the Embassy’s contribution to the Doha, Capital of Culture Festival 2010.
South Korean Ambassador Chang See-jeong said the week-long South Korean cultural festivities will include a Korean Food Festival where they will introduce South Korean cuisine to the people in Qatar.
See-jeong said they have invited chefs, a nutrition professor and professionals in the field of food and beverage for the occasion.
“We will hold the food festival three times. One here at the residence (at the South Korean ambassador’s residence), Qatar University and maybe in one of the five-star hotels here in Doha,” See-jeong told The Peninsula in an interview.
See-jeong said they will introduce traditional Korean dishes like kimchi, bulgogi, and pimpap, among others. See-jeong said a traditional Korean meal is not complete without kimchi, which is a mixture of various pickled vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, radish, green onion and cucumber. Certain types of kimchi are made spicy with the addition of red chili pepper, while others are prepared without chili peppers or are soaked in a tasty liquid. Garlic is always used in kimchi to add to its flavour. Bulgogi is Korea’s most popular beef dish. According to See-jeong, residents here will not only get a taste of the dishes, but they will also be taught how to make them as some of the chefs will give a demonstration.
The Embassy will also be inviting Korean singers and drummers for the week-long festival and introduce a taekwondo competition and demonstration for young students. See-jeong said part of the Embassy’s plans is to introduce Qatar to more South Koreans and invite Qataris to know more about South Korea.
He said they are currently recruiting more Qataris to avail of their scholarships for studies in South Korea, one grant will be given for a graduate study. There are now six Qataris studying in South Korea. The Korean Government Scholarship Programme is designed to provide higher education in Korea for international students in order to promote international exchange in education and mutual friendship between the participating countries.
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