Everyone’s Irish in Seoul this week

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Everyone’s Irish in Seoul this week

Saint Patrick’s Day in Korea is getting big. I mean, seriously big.
In Ireland, the entire population celebrates for one day. In Korea, a couple thousand Irish citizens (descendants included) and non-Irish friends are going green for a 10-day bash (which actually began last week).
The culmination takes place this weekend in many forms: a charity ball in the Seoul Hilton hotel, a Saint Patrick’s Day parade along Itaewon’s main drag, a charity pub crawl and the requisite rowdiness in Itaewon bars.
It certainly seems like people living in Korea have been craving big parties since the World Cup ended last year.
Starting this week, we have a new member on our team, Park Soo-mee. Ms. Park was, in fact, one of the four founding members of the JoongAng Daily’s culture department two and half years ago. Her expertise in fine arts will help keep you abreast of events.
What else...? I’m visiting some new restaurants in Gangnam. And I’m getting ready for the Seoul Collection fashion show, beginning March 26. Stories to come!

by Ines Cho
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