On June 11, the opening of the Korean chopsticks exposition "K-Chopsticks: Connection" was held at the Library of the Elbassy. The exhibition is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Korea.
The event is organized by the Elbassy Library within the framework of the international exhibition project "Dialogue through culture" joint with the Korean cultural Centre of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Kazakhstan with the assistance of the city of Jeonju administration and the Fund for promotion of the cultural industry of Jeonju city.
The event was opened by the Director of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy Amerkhan Rakhimzhanov.
– The international project "Dialogue through culture" of the Museum, and now the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy, has been a platform for organizing joint events with our foreign colleagues for more than ten years. The project allows us not only to establish cooperation with foreign partners, but above all, allows our visitors to witness and participate in a true "dialogue of culture". Kazakhstan and Korea as strategic partners are at the stage of active deepening of this partnership, – he noted in the speech. He expressed gratitude to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Kim Desik and the Director of the Korean cultural Centre Mrs. Lee Haran, as well as to the Secretary General of the Fund for promotion of the cultural industry of the city of Jeonju Mr. Park Sang On and his colleagues.
A. M. Rakhimzhanov presented a special edition of the novel of the famous Kazakh writer Ilyas Essenberlin "The Nomads" to Mr. Park Sang On, stressing, "This is a kind of guide to the deep world of nomads of the Great steppe".
The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Kim Desik made a speech at the exposition opening.
– As Mr. Rakhimzhanov has already mentioned, our countries have very friendly relations and the visit of the President of Korea to Kazakhstan this year has further strengthened these relations. Many of you, I'm sure, have tried Korean food and used chopsticks. Not only Koreans, but also residents of other countries: Japan, China and other Asian countries use chopsticks as Cutlery. We have been using chopsticks for a very long time and they have become part of our culture, – he said.
The exhibition of Korean chopsticks "K-Chopsticks: Connection" will introduce visitors to the Korean food culture, as well as a unique collection of tableware, each of which is an artwork. The exhibition will feature flatware, lacquered by master Kim Sonho; chopsticks of pepper tree Pundi of master Li Changuk; cases for tableware of master Lee Sora; cutlery of Korean traditional bronze "Yuga" of master Pak Sangta, and other works of art that tell the story of the Jeonju city.
In total, the exhibition features about 400 works by 46 masters of applied art of the city of Jeonju. Previously, these works were exhibited in the city of Bangkok (Thailand) in 2017 and the Sydney city (Australia) in 2018.
– We know three ways to taste the dish. Countries like Bangladesh and Indonesia eat with their hands, while Western countries use spoons and forks. And if these methods of food consumption provide its divide, in the countries of East Asia valued the ability of sticks to maintain the integrity of food. The culture of these States attaches great importance to the preservation of integrity in any sphere. It's a tribute to nature. Taking into account the fact that food is a source of energy for a person; in the countries of East Asia sticks are considered like conductors of this energy. Therefore, a lot of attention is paid to the art of making and how to hold the sticks. Today we want to share this legacy with you. It is very important for us that we can contribute to the development of relations between Kazakhstan and Korea. In addition, we remember that the people of Kazakhstan very warmly received our compatriots during the war. This will forever remain in our memory, – said the General Secretary of the Fund for the promotion of the cultural industry of the city of Jeonju, Mr. Park Sang On.
On June 12, the Korean cultural Centre of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (11 A. Imanov Street) will host special introductory master classes, where everyone will be able to make their own chopsticks.
The exposition "K-Chopsticks: Connection" will last until August 11, 2019.