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St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on March 18th here in Korea at Daesung’s wonderful D-Cube City plaza, Sindorim, Seoul.

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. The central theme of this year event is “Visions of Ireland”.

The Irish Association of Korea wants to share Ireland’s rich culture and Celtic history with the people of Korea and it hopes to achieve this through a feast of Irish dancing, Irish traditional music and audience participation.

At the open air festival on March 18th you will hear the traditional and modern sounds of Ireland through the many talented musical and dance acts the festival has lined up. On the day you will hear a variety of instruments like the Irish tin whistle, the fiddle and the accordion. You can watch a fusion of traditional and modern Irish dance performed by award winning Korean dancers, while also listening to the sounds of old style Irish singing and Irish influenced rock music.

Image courtesy of the Irish Association of Korea

Since it was founded in 2000, the IAK has entertained thousands of Koreans and expats alike by sharing Irish culture and a flavor of Ireland. Experience the sounds of a country heaped in tradition, history and culture without even leaving Seoul. Irish music is alive and Irish culture is here waiting to be explored.

There are plenty of family orientated and fun cultural activities ready to be enjoyed like face painting with traditional Irish symbols, demonstrations of Irish sport by Seoul’s very own GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) team, the Seoul Gaels for children or the young at heart to participate in and a fancy dress competition based on our “visions of Ireland” theme.  The best dressed lad or lass will be in with a chance to win a great prize as will the best dressed child.

On the day you will also have the chance to win return flights for two to Ireland, thanks to our kind sponsors Etihad.

Image courtesy of the Irish Association of Korea

Become Irish for the day at this free event. So feel free to come along to make new friends and remember to blend in by wearing plenty of green as a nod to our national color and to St. Patrick himself.

Once the entertainment ends at Sindorim remember that there will also be a St. Patrick’s Day after party from 7pm until 1am in the Rocky Mountain Tavern in Itaewon. This party known as “The Hooley” is a fundraiser for future IAK events and the fun will continue with a mix of live traditional and modern music.

About the IAK:

The Irish Association of Korea is a voluntary organization that promotes Ireland and all things Irish in Korea. Founded in the year 2000, it hosts several big events each year as well as supporting charity projects. 

The IAK offers people the opportunity to find out more about the culture and history of Ireland and its culture. Whether you’re interested in volunteering your time with the group or simply wish to join one of the events, feel free to contact them at;

 Musicians at St. Patrick’s day:

  • Jigs and Reels – Traditional Irish music
  • Boss Hagwon – American Folk
  • Ceoiltoiri Seoul – Traditional Irish music
  • Scott Hildebrand Band – Irish / American Folk
  • Sweet Murphy’s Fancy – Irish Rock Music

Dancers:

  • Tap Pung – A Korean Irish dancing troupe

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