In European classrooms, we were brought up under the gaze of the Atlases that made Europe look massive and Canada 30 times the size of South America.
Asia, of course, is massive no matter how you look at it, but it might surprise you to note the absence of a pair from its top 25 countries.
North Korea and South Korea rank 29th and 30th out of its 48 nations – smaller than Nepal and Tajikistan. In European terms, a unified Korea would be only slightly larger than Britain.
But in terms of population, South Korea, with just over 50 million people, ranks 14th and in terms of GDP, fourth.
There is no doubt who is the mouse that roars on the continent.
Answers to all your questions
Let’s not forget that South Korea and North Korea started on the same ground just over 68 years ago, but today the former is exactly 100 times stronger economically than its northern counterpart.
It makes you want to know more about its history – both recent times, in which it has grown exponentially while still finding time to host both a summer and a winter edition. of the Olympic Games, and its emergence as a regional power at the end of the 14th century.
Thankfully, Korea Week 2021 will have plenty of answers, including why J-Pop has taken over the world, thanks to an introduction to the Korean Wave.
Starting tomorrow and for eight days until September 24, it offers the people of Copenhagen the chance to sample its movies, its cuisine and more.
Additionally, you might want to visit the country once you learn more about it, so be sure to visit the travel exhibit.
Five events to put in your calendar
In total, there are at least five events worthy of your time, and there’s no better way to start the festival and your journey into Korean culture by attending the opening event: a film screening. .
On Saturday 18 September at 4:40 p.m., the hit 2014 film ‘Ode to my Father’ will be screened at the Grand Teatret with English subtitles. Entrance is free, but registration is required (via [email protected]) to enjoy this extremely enjoyable recent history lesson, as the action begins during the Korean War before taking us on a guided tour of the country’s history to the present day.
On Sunday, September 19, registration is required to attend a video conference on Korean culture titled âAn Introduction to the Korean Waveâ at the Ambassador’s Residence at Dronning Louises Vej 2 in Charlottenlund from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The rise in cultural popularity, which dates back to the late 1990s, has been fueled by social media, the allure of its cinema and, yes, “Gangnam Style”!
Also on Sunday, September 19, at the residence just after the conference, the Korean language competition will be held. Open to non-Koreans, according to other criteria, the Korean embassy on Tuesday reported seven entries, with more chances of going through. Looks like it will be a lot of fun.
Book Tuesday, September 21 as this is the biggest, the “Fermented Food of Korea” exhibit at the Radisson Collection right across from Central Station in central Copenhagen. From 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., it’s your chance to sample all types of traditional Korean fermented dishes, including chongkukjang, doenjang, ganjang, gochujang, and, you guessed it, kimchi!
If all of this gets you in the mood, you’ll want to visit the Korea Travel Exhibition, which runs from Sunday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 22, open 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, at the Ambassador’s Residence.
Finally, step back in time until Friday, September 17th, as there is a traditional dance performance at DR Koncerthuset Studio 2 starting at 7:00 p.m. Advertised as invitation only, it looks like you can sign up through [email protected], but be quick, because ‘Byoksa Dance ‘is likely to sell out quickly.