The fickle Autumn weather smiled on New Malden’s Chuseok festivities last weekend. With pent-up demand resulting from lockdown and the lack of the usual independence day celebrations in mid-August, and the sunny weather beckoning people out onto the streets, the celebrations were almost too successful. LKL was there in time for the opening speeches and the first taekwondo demonstration, but we were too slow off the mark to get into the queue for North and South Korean songpyeon tasting. That looked as if it could result in a 20 minute wait, so we headed off to lunch in a local restaurant and thence into town for the British Museum’s Chuseok celebrations, inconveniently scheduled for the same day.
Fortunately Timothy Holm and Jason Verney of the Not So Korean Podcast were there for the duration and have been good enough to share some of their photos:
We’ve also taken the liberty of embedding their video of the opening parade.
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Thanks to Justina Jang and all the volunteers for a splendid occasion.