East Asian Culture City teenager culture camp

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60 Culture city teenagers from Korea, China and Japan, joined 2 days 3 nights culture camp in Jeju

East Asian teenagers came together through calligraphy and photography


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Earlier in the year Jeju in Korea, Nara in Japan and Ningbo in China were selected as East Asian Culture Cities for 2016.
Because of this, the East Asian Culture City Culture Camp was designed to present various activities to help teenagers from these three countries come together and share each other’s culture.
The camp was held successfully from the 26 till the 28 of July and various activities including calligraphy and photography worked as a mediator to help the teenagers get along with each other.
One day before the camp started, we met the teenagers who flew from Nara and Ningbo to Jeju. They were all excited about spending three days in at the camp.
A participant from Ningbo told us “This is my first time visiting Jeju. Thank you for the warm welcome. I heard Jeju is a volcanic island and I’m very looking forward to climbing Yongnun Oreum.”

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The event started officially on the 26th. At first, the participants were a little shy, but they soon came together due to the activities they participated in.
During the first of these, the color handprint event, students happily communicated while making wall paintings using red, blue and yellow colored paint.
At the camp, students were divided into two groups based on whether they were high school students or college students.
The high school students first activity was calligraphy. Perhaps due to the long history and tradition found in calligraphy, this activity started with a quiet and serious atmosphere.
On the other hand, the older group went out and took pictures of the beautiful Jeju Stone Park, the Kim Young-gap Gallery and the Blages of Nature Gallery.
As well as these art-based activities, the students experienced and learned about Jeju’s long culture and history.
Saki from Nara said “I forgot I am in another country and living with students from different countries. By spending time with other students and got to learn about the cultures of their countries.

 

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On the 27th, the students spent the day preparing for their group presentations. There were many brilliant presentations but group three’s work really caught people’s attention.
They wrote “friend” in traditional Chinese characters and under it, they drew a triangle which represented the stable relationship of these three countries.
The Korean People’s Artistic Federation CEO Kang Jeong-hyo claimed “I want to praise the students from all three countries. They found the beauty of Jeju from an aesthetic point of view.”
The WCO main planner Oh Ouk-man said, “although they are from different countries and speaking different languages, the way they see things is very similar. They see peace, clean nature and people with love.”

 

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On the last day of the event, the participants visited Jeju’s Dongmun Market, which has 60 years of history.
The participants from Ningbo and Nara had a great time visiting the market. They bought Jeju orange chocolates and Jeju stone grandpa gifts.
A participant from Ningbo told me that he was inspired by the places they visited such as the Kim Young-gap Gallery. This helped him a lot as he is majoring in photography.
Also, he said the time he spent with foreign students was an unforgettable memory.