Every October brings joy and fun with the fall festival at Kangnam University. And learning about Korean culture is a fun way for international students to enjoy their host country and reinforce a sense of unity and friendship with one another. Kangnam International Students Society (KISS) has played a pivotal role in sharing academic and social activities with our university’s international students. This fall festival, KISS operated a Korean Culture Cafe in the Global Lounge, located on the first floor of Shallom Hall.
Wearing hanbok, KISS members guided and entertained visitors through various Korean cultural activities. The major attractions at the cafe included dressing up in traditional Korean clothes, participating in a tea ceremony, and eating rice cake. Visitors also played traditional games like yut-nori (윶놀이) and tuho (투호). Special gifts were given to the best performing teams.
The cafe was a success. Kang Se-hyun, a first-year student majoring in social welfare, said, “Overall, the program went as satisfactorily as we had expected. I think our advertisements played a big role.” Vietnamese student Hoang Long Nguyen said, “Everything at school is in Korean, so most of the time foreign students get bored with campus life. They don’t have enough space to enjoy themselves, since they’re always struggling with the Korean language. Programs like this give us a chance to unwind.”