Starting in 2009, South Korea began opening these institutions throughout the world with the intent of promoting Korean culture. The local center opened in 2013 and highlights the fascinating and diverse values of this wonderful Asian nation to the multinational community of Brussels. The Korean Cultural Center offers visitors the chance to get a deeper understanding of Korean culture through a variety of programs. To illustrate the quality of experience offered by this center, the Korean government recently recognized the Brussels Cultural Center as being the best of their 24 locations throughout the world.
While culture is certainly a relative term, the Center offers a diverse set of events that are certain to appeal to almost any interest. Offering photography and art exhibitions, musical performances, traditional dancing, and shows highlighting classical Korean fashion, the Center offers visitors the chance to experience Korean culture without the lengthy travel time. While all of their events are highly interesting and informative, two recent exhibitions highlight what visitors can expect. A showing of traditional Korean attire known as Hanbok, with the opportunity to try some of the clothes, and an exhibition of photographs of the alluring and mysterious Ulleungdo volcanic island treat visitors to life in this amazing culture.
Like many countries throughout the world, the film industry in Korea plays a crucial role in spreading the values and culture of the Korean people. With a long and storied history, Korean cinema is recognized throughout the world for its edgy cinematography and emotional delivery. Offering a variety of comedies, action movies, dramas, and historical films through their ‘Film Fridays’ program, the Center offers something for everyone who seeks to spend a couple hours being entertained while learning. In addition to routine screenings, the Center hosts an annual film festival, where films from a variety of genres are shown. Typically held in September or October, this well-received event is sure to have something for anybody seeking to explore this segment of Korean culture.
If you’re unfamiliar with Korean food, the best way to experience this amazing fare is by learning to prepare things from the masters themselves. Predominantly based on rice, meats, and vegetables, Korean cuisine is typically arranged through a large number of smaller side dishes, similar to Spanish tapas, rather than one large plate. Keeping class sizes small, the instruction focuses on preparing two or three regional and seasonal dishes, culminating in lunch or dinner when the day’s preparations are enjoyed.
With a history dating back millennia, the modern Korean language has evolved from a language written with Chinese characters (Hanja) to the one with a mixture of characters drawn from several Asian languages called Hangul. As one of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers, the Korean Cultural Center offers an annual language course on a yearly basis through the affiliated King Sejong Institute. Offering beginner to intermediate level courses, the Institute’s classes are limited to 22 students per session, and enrollment is possible through the Center’s front desk.