by Tony Chai | Chief Editor | Asiaindallas@gmail.com
2019 Dallas Korean Festival was bigger and better than any of its previous editions.
Held last Saturday, November 16th at the Carrollton Asian Town Center, well over 100,000 people showed up to get a glimpse of the 2019 Korean Festival, according to the Festival Preparation Committee.
Last Saturday’s event marks the 4th year in which the Korean American community put together a dazzling showcase of sights, sounds, and taste of Korean culture.
This year’s event was even more special than any of the previous events because the City of Carrollton participated as the official sponsor by donating 25% of the event’s total budget.
Jae-Bok Jang, the South Korean government’s Ambassador of Public Diplomacy, flew in from Seoul in order to personally witness the Korean Festivals impact in the community.
Such notable figures as Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Lance Gooden, and the who’s who in local politics showed up to express their support for the Korean American community and the Korean Festival.
Carrollton Mayor Kevin Falconer declared November 16th as the Korean Festival Day.
The Korean Festival ran for almost 12 hours non-stop, from 10AM to 10PM. For the entire duration of the event, the venue was jam-packed with performances, things to do, see and eat.
Popular Korean food was sold at 22 booths, while businesses and organizations of all kinds promoted themselves at 33 booths.
Among the activities in the center of the venue were Korean traditional thatched-roof house and various artifacts, Jegi Chagi, Yut Nori, bow throwing, Korean Hanbok photo zone, and etc.
After the opening ceremony was held at noon, the main stage was filled with Korean American amateur performance teams. Also grabbing the crowds’ attention was such performances as Korean tradition wedding, rope acrobatics, rice plating reenactment, Taekwondo demonstration, Korean traditional dance, DJ Flash Finger, K-POP group NeonPunch and SNUPER.
The majority of the crowd was non-Koreans, reflecting the region-wide popularity of Korean culture among non-Koreans in North Texas.
Korean traditional royal procession was heighted by the appearance of Carrollton Mayor Kevin Falconer and his wife as the king and the queen. They were dressed in royal costumes and led the parade. About 150 people participated in the parade.
Suk Chan Yu, who led the effort to put together the Korean Festival thanked all those who made the event possible.
“Korean Festival is the opportunity to showcase Korean American heritage. This is the positive impact of diversity in its finest. Korean Festival should be the pride of not only the Korean American community, but also the entire North Texas community that value diversity” Yu said during the opening ceremony.
More pictures from the 2019 Dallas Korean Festival can bee see at the following link.
>> Photos from 2019 Dallas Korean Festival