November 19, 2022

[Well-curated weekend] For Parent’s Day, head to Yangjae Flower Market Center for the freshest cut carnations

[Well-curated weekend] For Parent’s Day, head to Yangjae Flower Market Center for the freshest cut carnations

Carnations are on sale at the center of the Yangjae Flower Market in Seocho-gu, southern Seoul. (Yangjae Flower Market Center)

Parent’s Day in South Korea falls on May 8, a day usually celebrated with family. You can organize a family reunion to get together and express your gratitude to your parents.

To get the freshest cuts of carnations, the flowers that are usually presented to parents, go to Yangjae Flower Market Center in Seocho-gu, southern Seoul, which is the largest flower market wholesale from Seoul which houses a total of 430 stores. It is located near Yangjae Citizen Forest Station, about 2 minutes drive from Yangjae Subway Station.

Carnations are on sale at the center of the Yangjae Flower Market in Seocho-gu, southern Seoul. (Yangjae Flower Market Center)

Once you enter the building, there are 220 shops selling cut flowers. You may be overwhelmed by the fragrance of the flowers and the variety of flowers that appear.

“Carnations in pastel pink and orange colors are popular this year,” a mall official told the Korea Herald, adding that the price of the flowers had risen 20 percent from last year due to the rise. demand for flowers imported from Europe and the strong euro. A bundle of carnations of about 20 stems costs about 9,300 won on average this year. Parent’s Day was first celebrated as Mother’s Day from 1956, but the name was changed to Parent’s Day in 1973.

Carnations are also presented to teachers on Teachers’ Day on May 15.

Trotting Concert at Afreeca Coliseum

The interior view of the Afreeca Coliseum in Mapo-gu, western Seoul. (AfreecaTV)

If you’re looking for a unique experience to enjoy the oldest style of Korean pop, known locally as “trot”, visit Afreeca Coliseum in Mapo-gu, western Seoul.

A 15-minute walk from Exit No. 9 of Digital Media City Station on the Incheon Airport Railroad Express line, Afreeca Colosseum, which hosts local esports matches with some 700 seats, has been transformed into a stage for a concert by trot.

Celebrating Family Month in May, including Parents’ Day on May 8 and Married Couples’ Day on May 21, Korean video streaming platform AfreecaTV is hosting a trotting concert titled “Trot Week” on Sunday.

The concert will feature special performances by several trotting singers who have caught viewers’ attention on popular trotting competition programs, including Park Se-wook, winner of MBN’s “Voice Trot”, Duri of “Miss Trot” from TV Chosun, Huh Chan-mi from “Miss Trot 2” and Jang Hye-ri from MBN’s “Hello Trot”.

AfreecaTV’s four popular music broadcasters, known as “broadcast jockeys”, will co-star in the concert.

Starting at 6 p.m., “Trot Week” is set to last two hours as a hybrid online and offline concert.

The ticket for the offline event costs 10,000 won and can be purchased on AfreecaTV’s official e-commerce platform, Shopfreeca. All profits will be donated to people belonging to vulnerable social groups.

Aztec exhibit dispels myths

Mictlantecuhtli, the Lord of the Underworld, from the Museo del Templo Mayor, Mexico City (NMK)

When imagining the Aztec Empire, the indigenous culture of Mexico, and a major civilization on the American continent, the scenes most often depicted are those of brutal wars and human sacrificial rites.

A visit to the National Museum of Korea will dispel these prejudices, inviting visitors to see the history and culture of the Aztecs from a different perspective.

Marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Mexico, “Aztecs,” a special exhibit on Aztec civilization, is on at NMK in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, through Aug. 28.

The exhibit features some 208 artifacts from the Aztec Empire from 11 museums in Mexico and Europe.

Brazier in the shape of Chalchiuhtlicue, the goddess of water and fertility, from the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City (NMK)

Recent research has revealed that long-standing images of violence are rooted in the distorted stories conjured up by European conquerors, who used historical narratives to justify their invasion of the American continent.

In addition to showing Aztec artifacts, some of the finest sculptural works are reimagined using video media. A 3D version of the Aztec sunstone is on display and a digital mapping video of the Templo Mayor will help visitors deepen their understanding of the arts and history of the empire.

“Aztecs” is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays when the museum closes at 9 p.m.

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