Gateway Korea Foundation

The Gateway Korea Foundation provides opportunities for the Heartland Community to learn about and experience Korean culture. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, the Gateway Korea Foundation will draw from communities across the American Midwest to nurture a greater understanding and appreciation for Korean culture.


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Chuseok - September 28, 2019

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Chuseok 2019


Chuseok is a celebration of good harvest where families visit ancestral hometowns, enjoy song, dance, folk games, and share a feast of traditional foods. The Gateway Korea foundation invites families and friends to learn and experience the culture of Korea at these two events on Sept. 28-29th.

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Chuseok Festival : Saturday, September 28th

Participate in Korean calligraphy demonstrations, while learning the Korean alphabet and making Korean kites and wood block stamps. Sample delicious foods and enjoy modern and traditional dance, Korean Samul-Nori drum and martial arts performances. Visitors can also enjoy traditional games, a K-pop dance performance, and try on traditional Korean dress called Hanboks.

Admission is free (Parking is free at Parking Garage).
Please register at

Noon-4:30 p.m.

Webster University - Community Music School

535 Garden Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63119-3141

For driving directions, please visit at

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Community Music School, Webster University

Community Music School, Webster University


Korean Lifestyle Demonstration & Visual Art

Korean Traditional Food

Korean Alphabet & Calligraphy

Kite-Making, Fan-Making, Block Printing, Hanbok Paper Folding

Traditional Korean Craft

Korean Traditional Clothing Hanbok Experience

Traditional Games

K-Pop Station

Performing Arts

Korean Folk Songs Singing by Children’s Choir from Korean Academy in St. Louis (12:30 pm)

K-Pop Dance by K:ODE (1:30 pm)

Korean Traditional Dance by Chicago Korean Dance Company (2 pm; 3:30 pm)

Webster Faculty and Student Performance (2:30 pm)

Cello Duet by Father (David Kim) and Son
Piano by Junnie Bae

TaeKwonDo by Y.S. Rho Martial Arts (3:00 pm)

Korean Lifestyle Demonstration & Visual Art

Korean Traditional Food | Korean Alphabet & Calligraphy | Kite-Making, Fan-Making, Block Printing, Hanbok Paper Folding | Traditional Craft | Korean Traditional Clothing Hanbok Experience | Traditional Games | K-Pop Station


Korean Traditional Food

Japchae, Gimbap, Bulgoki, Tteok-bokki and More….provided by SOS: Sides of Seoul, Kimchi Guys, K-Bop

Japchae - Japchae is a sweet and savory dish of stir-fried glass noodles and vegetables that is popular in Korean cuisine.

Gimbap - Gimbap is a Korean t dish made from cooked rice and other ingredients that are rolled in gim—dried sheets of nori seaweed—and served in bite-sized slices. The dish is often part of a packed meal, or dosirak, to be eaten at picnics and outdoor events.

Bulgogi - Bulgogi, literally "fire meat", is made of thin, marinated slices of beef or pork grilled on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle.

Tteok-bokki - Tteok-bokki or stir-fried rice cakes is a beloved Korean rice cake dish with many variations and a rich history. This spicy rice cake dish is enormously popular as a street food and also often enjoyed at home.

To learn more about other traditional Korean foods, visit .


Korean Alphabet & Calligraphy

Hangul, Korean alphabet, is considered to be one of the most efficient alphabets in the world and has garnered unanimous praise from language experts for its scientific design and excellence. Hangul was created under King Sejong during the Chosun Dynasty (1393-1910). in 1446, the first Korean alphabet was proclaimed under the original name Hunmin chong-um, which literally meant "the correct sounds for the instruction of the people." Korean calligraphy, also known as Seoye, is the Korean tradition of artistic writing. While early Korean calligraphy was written in Chinese characters, modern Korean calligraphy is written using Hangul. Korean calligraphy is developed with distinct styles.


Kite-Making, Fan-Making, Block Printing, Hanbok Paper Folding

The history of Korean kites, called yeon, is traced back to the reign of Queen Chindok of Silla in 637 A.D. when the military launched a burning kite at night to trick the superstitious population into believing a falling star would bring good fortune to the city of Kyongju. Traditional Korean kites have around 100 variations. Bangpae yeon are among the most common kites found in Korea. Traditionally made with handmade mulberry paper. Pangp'aeyon, or shield kites, are another Korean design. Winter is the most common time to fly a kite in South Korea, with the two week period preceding the full moon being the most popular. On the day of the lunar year’s first full moon, Korean kite flyers sever the strings that tether their kites, allowing them to soar away. On the surface of the kite’s panel, the name and birthdate of the flyer is inscribed; as the kite blows away in the wind, it is believed to take any bad luck that might befall the flyer with it.

Jong-i jeobgi is the Korean word for origami. Jong-i jeobgi is commonly taught to schoolchildren as part of lessons on art, science, math, and history. Paper folding and paper crafting remain an important part of Korean culture.

Performing Arts

Korean Traditional Dance | TaeKwonDo | K-Pop Dance | Korean Folk Songs | Cello Duet by Father and Son | Piano


Korean Traditional Dance

Sanjo Fan Dance
Sanjo dance (Free-style solo) is the style that emphasizes a dancer’s emotions without restrictions of expression, which is compared with other dance styles such as Taepyeong-mu, Seung-mu, and Salpuri.

This dance has very delicate steps in harmony with speedy rhythm and graceful arm movements. The dancer performs in royal costume and performs to pray for the prosperity of the kingdom.

Jindo Drum Dance
The performers dance with the drum slung over the shoulder as they involve a drum with great intensity sound and flexibility of Jang-go. This type of drum dance was a form of entertainment for social workers and farmers, and performed in village festivals.


K-Pop Dance

One area that is growing more rapidly than any other is 21st century K-Pop, or Korean pop music, which spans dance-pop, pop ballads, techno, rock, hiphop, R&B, and so on. First gaining popularity in East Asia, K-Pop entered the Japanese music market towards the turn of the 21st century, and grew from a musical genre into a subculture among teenagers and young adults of East and Southeast Asia. Currently, the spread of K-Pop to other regions of the world, via the Korean Wave, is seen in parts of Latin America, Northeast India, North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and immigrant enclaves of the Western world.