South Korea might not be the largest country out there, but it has surely had a huge impact on all of us!
Kdrama and Kpop have introduced Korean food, culture, and language to the world, and have left us all wishing we could hop on a plane and get to Seoul, faster than one could say, Kimchi!
But, what are we strapped-for-cash Plebeians, who desperately wish to experience Korea, to do?
Never fear darling plebs! There is a place you can go to! One that offers you the chance to experience Korea in your very own Country! Or even City!
Head over to your nearest Korean Cultural Centre!!
There are over 30 Korean Cultural Centres located in 28 countries all around the world, these Centres are Non Profit organisations funded by the South Korean government, with the sole purpose of bringing Korea closer to you!
Here are some of the things you can do at the Korean Cultural Centre! And guess what? Most of them are free!
~ Learn Korean!
Many Korean Cultural Centres provide Korean language classes through the King Sejong Institute! Classes range from Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. These classes are not only extremely affordable, but students are also awarded full scholarships based on their performance!
~ Kdrama and Manhwa!
Each Korean Cultural Centre has a library full of Korean Books, Manhwa (comic books) and Kdrama DVDs! Borrow to your heart’s content and keep up with your favourite stories and shows! You could also spend as much time as you wish studying for that big test or working on your laptop!
~ Celebrate Korean Holidays!
Lunar New Year, Seollal and Chuseok are the biggest holidays celebrated in South Korea, and these are celebrated at all of the Korean Cultural Centres each year. Festivities include, eating delicious traditional Korean food, playing Korean games, and trying out Korean outfits (Hanbok)
~ Experience Korean Art!
Artists from South Korea are featured at Korean Cultural Centres, their art usually centres around Korean history and culture. These prolific artists might even travel to your home country for inspiration! You could find a blend of Korean culture and your own in their art!
~ All the goodies!
Purchase all the Korean souvenirs you want for your family and loved ones, without even stepping foot outside your country! Korean snacks, keychains, hand-held fans and more, can be purchased at special fairs organised by Korean Cultural Centres! And since they are a Non-Profit, the prices are affordable!
~ Go to Korea!
The King Sejong Foundation sends 120 students every year from around the world to South Korea for free! Students that excel in Korean have an advantage, and these opportunities are gold for us Plebs! What better motivation do you need to study harder? Not Math or Geography, but a language that you are interested in!
I hope that all you Korea lovers can make use of Korean Cultural Centres in your Country! If going to Korea is your dream, then don’t be disheartened by your circumstances! Change them! These opportunities can help you do just that!
Kuma and I too hope to revisit Korea some day, maybe we’ll see you there pals!