* Date : 2014-10-04
Dynamic Korean culture is known around the world through K-pop, Korean dramas or movies, but these aspects all have their roots in Korean humanities that have a history of 5,000 years. Young adults have gathered to discuss aspects of Korean culture that are familiar to Koreans, but unfamiliar to others.
The name of the event is “Exploring Korean Humanities Together 2014,” Korea's first event designed to promote Korean humanities around the world and generate further interest among youth. Teams made up of Korean and foreign college students spent a month researching and learning more about one another's culture. 117 students from 29 nations including Korea, Hungary and Tanzania split into 30 teams and researched topics falling under one of three themes, Korean pungryu (recreation), Korean religion and Korean mentality, while getting advice from some of the finest Korean and foreign experts in humanities.
How is hallyu, a phenomenon without a precedent, possible?
Hallyu has its base in pungryu, the concept of fine recreation. Korean culture has been accepted both in the West and East, and this is attributed to Korea's historical and cultural background featuring a mix of Korean culture as well as unmodified Western culture. Be sure to learn more through the teams that researched this theme.
Korea has established the births of Buddha and Jesus Christ as public holidays. Only in Korea can one see temples, churches, cathedrals and Sungkyunkwan, the symbol of Confucianism, all in the same city. Foreign students are curious as to how different religions coexist in Korean culture. Don't miss the interesting research and findings of foreign students.
Understanding the Korean mentality is the best way to understand the unique traits of Koreans as well as their independence and creativity. Learn more about the Korean mentality seeped in the everyday life.
After a month of researching and learning about Korean humanities, it's time to present the teams' findings. All of the students presented in Korean from beginning to end. It was a tight competition, and one grand prize winner, two gold prize winners, and 3 silver and bronze prize winners were determined.
See what these 117 college students have discovered about Korean humanities on October 3 on Arirang TV's Arirang Special.