Saranghaeyo Korea Festival

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I remember the first time I saw Korean dance performed by students in my high school. It looked so odd to me coz the female dancers were wearing skirt high up their chest. Due to the invasion of Korean drama, public are fast to learn to appreciate the Korean culture.

Saranghaeyo (means love) Korea Festival held in 1Borneo of Kota Kinabalu last month was the first official Korea show ever done in Malaysia, and everyone who had watched it said it was a world-class performance. I couldn’t agree more after seeing it myself. I always thought that Sabahans are the “coldest” audiences in the world. Our hands are so heavy that we are very stingy in clapping hands, so it was a miracle to hear loud and continuous clapping of our people during the show.

Anyway, I share the photo album below. It was quite challenging to take the photos as they move very fast, and no flash was allowed.

Dance: yeo meong ei bit (light of dawn dance)
This was the most beautiful costume that night. Look very expensive and authenic.
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Dance: pung mul nori (farmer’s dance)
There is a long ribbon attached to the hat of the dancer. They spin their heads to rotate the ribbon in circular movement. Interesting…

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Dance: han liang mu (Korean traditional gentleman dance)
Solo dance in traditional Korea costume. I thought of steamboat when I saw his hat.
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Dance: yeo meong ei son ho (fan dance)
This looks quite ordinary. I like the lead dancer a lot. She is pretty.
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Dance: ted peong mu (Crane and Flower dance)
But I didn’t see any flower and crane.
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Dance: sarang ka (love song)
A dance with a girl shy shy running around, with a horny uncle chasing behind.
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Dance: sol pol ri (exorcism dance)
A dance of a lady playing with a towel.
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Dance: bu ni ted hop chu (grand concert of dance)
This is my favourite of all dances coz I love drum. Very lively and powerful show.
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Dance: Hip-hop break dancing group
Judging from the applaud, the crowd loves them the most. They even had a friendly match with our local break dancing groups and beat all of them.
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Dance: Extreme Dance Comedy
They save the best for the last. This show combined comedy and break dance. Very funny and entertaining.
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No matter it was a traditional or modern dance, the dancers were successfully showing the vibrant, colourful and energetic culture of Korea. I really hope they will come back again next year. I also love the “non-stop” joyful expression and great smile on their faces. They can be flight stewardness if they quit their job (my face will cramp if I hold my smile for that long).

Photos taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

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