The Anglo-Korean Society celebrates Chuseok in an event at Asia House on Tuesday 16 September.
Chuseok, or Harvest Moon Festival, is Korea’s main annual celebration and takes place on the 15th day of the Eighth Moon according to the lunar calendar. Usually described as a thanksgiving for a good harvest, its origins lie in ancient ancestor worship. Koreans visit their hometowns causing a mass migration every year, pay respect to their ancestors and eat special foods such as songpyeong, a crescent-shaped rice cake which is steamed on a bed of pine needles and filled with beans, chestnuts and jujube.
At this year’s Chuseok event, Dr Charlotte Horlyck will discuss the meaning of Chuseok, in particular the significance of ancestor worship and memorial rites in past and contemporary Korean society. Dr Horlyck lectures in Korean Art History at SOAS and formerly curated the Korean collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The lecture will be followed by a buffet dinner. Doors 6.30pm Talk 6.45-7.45pm.
AKS Members: £12 (tickets from Sylvia Park)
Asia House Members: £12 (tickets from Asia House)
Non-members: £15 (tickets from Asia House)
- Asia House website