Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 English Teaching
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
  Arts & Living
Food, Music Abound in Evening of Friendship
1st Korean-Russian Friendship Festival Held in Seoul
By Andrew Harris
Staff Writer & Assistant Editor
The Korean-Russian Friendship Festival was held at the Literature House in Seoul on Nov. 26, 2011.

A Korean-Russian Friendship Festival was held at the Literature House on Nov. 26, 2011 in Myeong-dong, Seoul. Organized by the Association of Russian Speakers in Korea (ARusKor) under the title "A Million Red Roses," the event featured vocal performances of Russian and Korean traditional songs, pop songs, folk instrument pieces and children's recitals. Roughly 200 people attended.

Afterwards, Russian and Korean snacks; namely blini, pirozhki, kimbap and pajeon; were made available to attendees in the lobby. Outside, children made crafts and participated in the traditional outdoor games of both cultures.

The event was described by ARusKor Chair Tatiana Primakova as an opportunity "to promote Korean-Russian culture exchange for better mutual understanding, integration and tolerance of Russians in Seoul."

The speeches and introductions were conducted in both Russian and Korea, with the assistance of volunteer-translators provided by Korean University. The program leaflet was trilingual, written in Korean, Russian and English.

The event's title, A Million Red Roses, is derived from the name of a Russian pop song that enjoyed popularity in Korea during the 80s. According to the organizers, the million also represents diversity, while the red roses represent diversity's beauty.

"I think that Korean society is full of stereotypes about Russian-speakers," said Primakova during the event. "One of our goals is to break these old-fashioned notions of the previous century and to promote a modern and real understanding of Russian-speaking people in Korea."

Primakova was hopeful about the event's future.

"Since the turnout was very good we intend to make this event an annual one. One remarkable thing is that it nearly coincided with the American Thanksgiving Day. It's a rather pleasant coincidence – much as the Europeans came to the Native Americans, we enter the Korean society under the proposal of friendship, understanding and tolerance."

Russian nationals in South Korea number roughly 10,000, while there are about 220,000 South Koreans in Russia. The community of Russian citizens in Korea has historically included not just ethnic Russians but Russian minorities such as Tatars and Poles.

More recently, Korea has seen the return of migrants from among the Sakhalin Koreans and the Koryo-saram, ethnic Koreans whose ancestors migrated to the Russian Far East several generations before. One of Russia's rock music legends, Viktor Tsoi, was himself a Koryo-saram.

As bordering countries, Russia and Korea have a mutual history dating at least to the 19th century, when King Gojong invited a Russian architect to his land in 1884. In the following decades, the Russian Empire might have become Korea's colonial inheritor were it not for a crushing defeat in the Japanese-Russo war.

Due to the opposing ideologies of the Cold War, there was little constructive interaction between Russia and South Korea from the 1950s until 1990, when formal relations were established following the collapse of the USSR. They are currently members of the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear program and are discussing a trans-Eurasian gas pipeline. Trade between the two countries stood at US$9.98 billion in 2009.

For inquiries, contact ARusKor at or go to

Related Articles
    "Management, Good Management, Matters Now More ...
    Irdeto Offers Tighter Security to Korean Media ...
    Argentine Envoy Hosts Wine Tasting in Seoul
    Argentina Woos South Korean Investors
    "2011 Global HR Forum" to Kick Off for 3-Day ...






The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 02-555-6188
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange