My favorite embassy for events in Washington, DC is the Korean Cultural Center (KORUS House) on Massachusetts Avenue. My first visit to the KORUS House was for one of their monthly film screenings back in 2012, a movie named War of the Arrows. For those who may not know, Koreans are crazy about movies, selling 250 million tickets in 2014 from a country with only 50 million people. Also, many recent Korean films have been remade for American audiences (though the original Korean versions are always superior), including Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy. When many people think of Korean films they usually think of horror or action films but Korean cinema is very wide ranging with many romantic comedies. The KORUS house has played films from across all genres in the last couple years since I’ve been going there.
One of the best things about seeing films at the KORUS House is that they usually have food offerings before or after the film screenings, mainly traditional Korean dishes, some that I have a hard time finding in the Washington, DC area anywhere else.
Besides film showings the Korus House also has many art exhibitions open the public. Usually these exhibits feature contemporary Korean artists across all artistic mediums. I’ve seen a coupe of these art exhibitions and even though I am not very knowledgeable about art in general I always enjoy their offerings.
I’m always happy when I see an email from the Korean Cultural Center highlighting their new cultural events. I plan on visiting many more times while I am here in Washington.
- Jin J