South Korea's past, present marry in crafts exhibit in Manila

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 26 2019 06:17 PM

MANILA - South Korean culture is on full display at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila as the East Asian nation showcases its traditional garments, utensils, and furniture in the Philippines in celebration of the 2 countries' 70 years of diplomatic relations.

The "Korean Life Aesthetics" exhibit highlights how South Korea's craft "is undergoing great transformation" as artists modernize traditional items, while retaining the "beautiful practicality" Korean works are known for.

"Currently, Korean craft is returning to its place in people's lifestyle as this is the age where cultural consumption is valued," exhibition director Jin Hyo-seung said.

"At this exhibition, we hope that you will be able to see crafts and how they raise the aesthetic value of our lives, while not dividing the past and the present," he said.

The 2-month showcase houses works of 33 South Korean artists who specialize in designing traditional Korean fabric, ceramic, and metal.

"I'm hoping that through this exhibition and the various crafted art, visitors and Filipinos can experience a deeper understanding of Korean culture," said Lee Jin-cheol, director of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.

A week after the exhibit opened in Manila, South Korean President Moon Jae-in assured President Rodrigo Duterte that South Koreans "love" the Philippines.

"The Korean people love the Philippines. Koreans are the number one visitors to the Philippines," Moon told Duterte in a meeting in South Korea as he called for stronger ties between Manila and Seoul.

The exhibit will run until January 31, 2020.

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News