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Kimchi in the News: Gwangu hosts Kimchi Festival

Kimchi in the News: Gwangu hosts Kimchi Festival

Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, will host the 16th Annual Kimchi Festival from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1. 2009 at the Gwangju World Cup Stadium and the surrounding vicinity.

The Korean Tourism Organization says,

The Gwangju Kimchi Festival is all about kimchi – Korea’s most representative food. There is a program to sample kimchi with foods that go well with it and a buffet serving kimchi and the local foods of Gwangju. Visitors can also take part in kimchi making.

If you want to fly into Gwangju for the event,

there is a free shuttle bus leaving from Gwangju Airport and Gwangju station every day during the festival. The shuttle bus operates 5 to 6 times a day. Major events include cooking with kimchi, gayageum performance, kimchi making with international visitors, hanbok fashion show, kimchi concert, folk games, and kimchi printing.

Because of the popularity of Gwangju-style kimchi, the South Korean government is also setting up a Kimchi Institute in Gwangju as well. The purpose of the institute is to

focus on globalizing kimchi through expanding research on the nutritional and cultural merits of kimchi and other fermented dishes.

For more information about Gwangju’s Kimchi Festival “Say Kimchi” here. For more information about the Kimchi Institute, check out The Korea Times.

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