On Tuesday 5 April, the Korean Cultural Office (KCO) will open opposite Hyde Park as a gateway to all things Korean in Sydney.
The KCO will act as a cultural ambassador, offering contemporary and traditional cultural content, in hopes of strengthening the bonds between the two countries. The office, in Elizabeth Street, Sydney, has been designed by Korean interior decorators, is fitted with top-of-the-line products from Korean powerhouses Samsung and LG Electronics, and decorated with the Korean alphabet (Hangeul).
The Multimedia Exhibition Area in the KCO features Korean Art Today, based on work by renowned digital artist Nam June Paik. The show includes interactive works by young Korean artists. The installation will show until May, when a full exhibition will replace it.
The Crafts Exhibition Area in the KCO displays over 50 pieces from the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897), including musical instruments. Videos portray how craftsmen created these intricate devices in Ancient Korea.
Cultural activities and education programmes are featured at the office, such as the Kind Sejong Institute (Korean language classes), Cinema on the Park (free Korean film night), and Korean cooking classes. The whole family can enjoy the school excursions and gallery tours offered at the KCO. There’s also an open-to-the-public library, home to a range of books about Korean history, politics, traditional art, novels and more.