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Asean’s bright designs descend on Seoul

June 10,2019
Design by Cambodia’s Nou Veasna Alias Boranich, Design by Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s Somephone Phonepaseuth, Design by Malaysia’s Fairuz Ramdan [ASEAN-KOREA CENTRE]
Design by Myanmar’s Ama Ma Pont, Design by the Philippines’ Lenora Luisa Cabili, Design by Singapore’s Fock Ee-ling, Design by Vietnam’s Do Trinh Hoai Nam [ASEAN-KOREA CENTRE]
Colorful clothes will fill up Seoul Plaza in the center of the city from Friday to Sunday to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) members.

Asean Week 2019 continues with fashion designs from the region as well as music, food and travel information, to help locals here better understand the cultures of Asean countries including Thailand, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar and more. It is also the 10th anniversary of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, which works to connect Korea with the region in many different industries ranging from auto to travel. To signal the opening of the celebratory event, Secretary General of ASEAN-Korea Centre Lee Hyuk, Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon and other delegates from the Asean countries will gather on Friday evening. K-pop singer Kim Jun-su and other Asean groups will join to perform.

The highlight of this year’s festival comes on the second day with fashion designers from seven countries presenting their work. Designer Nou Veasna Alias Boranich from Cambodia, Ama Ma Pont of Myanmar, Fock Ee-ling of Singapore, Do Trinh Hoai Nam of Vietnam and more will unveil modern clothes inspired by each country. To make the event even more festive, singers Soyou and The One will perform.

In “My Trip to Asean,” singer and actor Hwang Gwang-hui and travel journalist Shin Ik-su will talk about the unique experiences they had during their time spent in the region, and share tips on how to have a fun trip.

Those who pre-register for the festival can get the chance to taste food from the region. An Asean Food Box will be available, featuring delights from 10 different countries.

The “ASEAN Week 2019” starts June 14 in Seoul Plaza. The event runs until Sunday, is open to the public. To pre-register, go to www.aseankorea.org. Those who want to taste the food need to register online first at the ASEAN-Korea Centre’s website or portal website Naver’s Travel Plus Blog. For more information, call (02) 2287-1115.

BY LEE SUN-MIN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr]