A traditional wedding proved one of the biggest hits in a new “experience weekend,” which has been set up to help migrant families to sample Korean culture. Organized by the United Religions Initiative Korea (URI-Korea) and the Osan family support center, the event took place last weekend with around 70 participants at the newly opened Scholars Village in Yeongju. A Korean man and his Filipina wife were thrilled to be asked to be the bride and groom for the wedding. “We’ve now had three wedding ceremonies,” said 42-year-old Kim Chol-wan. “We married a year ago in the Philippines and had another ceremony when we got to South Korea, now this one. I’m such a lucky guy to marry my wife three times.” His wife Reycel said, “I’ll never forget this Korean traditional wedding. I hope my parents see this ceremony.” Yeongju city has built the Scholars Village with the aim of preserving and showcasing Korean Confucian culture. At last weekend’s event, the participants also learned some of the ancient art of oriental painting, when they were shown how to draw the “Four Gracious Plants” - plum, orchid, chrysanthemum and bamboo. “I didn’t know I had a talent for drawing,” said a Vietnamese participant after an instructor praised her handiwork. Park Nam-soo, president of URI-Korea, said, “it is important that we give multicultural families an opportunity to experience something different. Understanding Korean traditional culture will help them build a happy family life here.” Lee Byoung-hee, director of the Osan center, described the experience as “a wonderful way to communicate among family members.” “They all have different looks, languages and cultures, but they’ve all recognized one common thing - that being together with your family is true happiness.” Related reports ‘Korea’s religious ’must work as peacemakers’’
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