?Korean Cultural Center Philippines –❤❤❤❤❤
?Mancor Corporate Center, Taguig City
?Date for Two: Korean Sool Exhibit
?Total: Entrance is Free
The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) opened its doors to our country and has been sharing the Korean culture since 2011. Without much effort from anyone, the Korean craze has spread out like a plague (hey, a very good one) and has infested our day-to-day activities.
The center’s goal is to further expand our knowledge with their culture through various classes, exhibitions and other events. They have been in touch with different organizations around the country to spread awareness of their culture. They currently offer language, dance, music, cooking, art classes and many more.
Also named as King Sejong Institute, this is their 20th center around the world.
From time to time, according to their website, the Center organizes Korean Culture Caravans in different universities and institutions with the aim of immersing more Filipinos in Korean Culture. The Culture Caravan usually includes cultural performances, film screening, food tasting, book exhibit, K-Tourism photo exhibits, Korean traditional games, and Hanbok-wearing. This time, they now feature their very own traditional liquor– Korean Sool.
We first attended the Korean Snack (Hangwa) Making Workshop. After that, we were led to their Korean Wave Hall. This is where they hold their events and performances, and some of their classes requiring a large area such as Taekwondo and dance classes. They also have few other rooms for their language, cooking and cultural classes. Again, as this was the opening day of the exhibit, we got to experience other programs than just the regular visit. One of these was a quick overview on Korean Sool — Korean Rice Liquor 101. The program had a quick welcome message from the center’s Director, Mr. Jincheol Lee.
Jisung Chun, a Korean Rice Wine Sommelier, gave a very informative talk regarding Korean Sool, from its history to its contribution to Korea up to this era.
On to the wine tasting! Yay! Now we knew what these numbers inside a circle was. They’re all markers for the different kinds of wine we were going to have. We got to try different kinds of Korean Rice Wine. Some were milky, some were fruity, and some were floral-ish. One thing’s common with these, they’re all great! If only these were available in our local supermarkets, we’d prefer this over some fancy whiskey or brandy.
These were the ones served to us. They have the nicest packaging! One can’t identify this right away as alcohol. And btw, just a trivia we learned from the presentation is that Korean Sool’s alcohol content can go up until 72%! Woah! Now we’re curious on how that 72% tastes like!
Koreans have a deep brewing culture when it comes to Sool. They have originally done this in their homes, and later on mandated by the government to stop (for the simple reason we can think of – THEY NEED TAX) and only the licensed commercial brewers were allowed. Sool was an essential item to every home of the Koreans, mostly for entertainment and sometimes, for ancestor offerings.
We wouldn’t want to spoil you with the details of the exhibition so here are a few snaps (and little details) from our visit. The photos won’t do justice so we suggest to go here to see for yourselves.
History of Sool – a quick summary on how the Korean Sool evolved over the years.
Ingredients of Korean Sool – to our surprise, Korean Sool only has three basic ingredients: water, rice, and nuruk (yeast). And to their liking, fruits, flowers, and other flavorings can be added.
Brewing Process – the process can be learned by anyone actually. It does not require special materials, just the ones we can find in the comfort of home.
Categories of Korean Sool – We bet most of us only knew Soju, the green ones we spot on convenience stores and local grocery stores. Yet, Korean Sool is so diverse we only see the tip of the iceberg.
Below are some examples on what the rulers of Korea prefer to drink, and the perfect food to pair:
Also, anyone has the opportunity for a photo session at a sample Jeongja.
A perfect representation on how Koreans enjoy their food and drink. With a view like this, who wouldn’t want this?
Any bonding time involving alcohol won’t be complete without games. During the Shilla period, this odd-looking dice was one of the popular games among the nobles. Each side contains a ‘consequence’ so every person would have to do something while drinking. This is purely for fun and can be created and customized by anyone.
Overall, the hall was neatly organized and the displays were curated well. This is a small hall with tons of information in it. After the tour, we went back to the Korean Wave hall for the Makgeolli (Rice Wine) Making Workshop.
The exhibit can be viewed for free everyday, except Sunday, from 9am to 5pm. This one’s a unique date experience, and very educational too! After this, maybe a trip to Korea soon, yes?
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Korean Cultural Center: Korean Sool Exhibit