Korean Festival Returns to Suwanee for 2012

The two-day event is the largest in the Southeast.

This weekend, Town Center Park in Suwanee will take on an Asian flavor when the 2012 Korean Festival runs Saturday and Sunday (October 20-21).

Billed as the largest such festival in the Southeast, the annual event will feature an estimated 35,000 people. It is expected to attract 50,000 people, according to the Atlanta Korean Association, which is organizing the event.

Festival hours are noon-8 p.m. on Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.

"This is the most dynamic festival in the area,' said Kevin Kim of Atlanta Radio Korea, one of the organizers. "We have two stages of performers and Korean field games for everyone to participate in."

The festival will be in Korean and English, so that it will appeal to non-Koreans, Kim said.

"The main purpose for this festival is to bridge the gap between Koreans and Americans," Kim said. "This will be a good chance for non-Korean people to know about our culture."

Performances will include Tae Kwon Do, a parade in traditional Korean clothes, and musical performances.

Also, traditional Korean foods will be prepare in large portions to feed hundreds of people. The foods include pibimbob (featuring mixed rice) and kimbop, a seaweed-wrapped roll.

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