Friday, February 3, 2012

Silla’s cultural legacy

Gyeongju, the capital of the nation's ancient kingdom of Silla (57 B.C.-935 A.D.), host a two-month expo on Korea's cultural legacy at the 6th Gyeongju World Culture Expo.

In particular, the event played an important role in the dissemination of Korea’s tradition to international participants and visitors of the 2011 Daegu World Championships in Athletics. One of the world's biggest sporting events took place in the nearby city of Daegu .

Korea’s cultural prowess introduced to the world by hosting the high-quality event.

The expo, held for 60 days at the Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park and other venues around Gyeongju, and also organized around the theme "The Story of a Millennium ― Love, Light and Nature."

The main characteristic of last year’s expo was the incorporation of state-of-the-art technology in introducing Silla's cultural legacy through exhibitions and shows.

The multimedia section presented 3D films and a multimedia showed featuring the Gyeongju Tower, the city’s landmark.
More than 40 countries participated in organizing around 100 programs in four categories ― official events, performances, multimedia and exhibitions, along with other sideline programs.

"Silla produced some of Korea's most important cultural legacy. The expo contributed to informing the world about Korea and to learn about other countries.

Traditional foods from different countries and a folk costume fashion show were held. Hungarian, Russian and Romanian artists reenacted a European festival by offering outdoor performances and events.In addition, there was thematic performances, an international dance festival, street performances, puppet theater, a b-boy and university student festival, and regional culture showcases.

Gyeongju is one of the most popular tourist cities in the nation and also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, 'Haein Temple'. The Buddhist temple houses the Tripitaka Koreana, the world's most comprehensive and oldest intact version of Buddhist canon in “hanja” script carved in the 13th century.

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