Korean Cultural Center Experience
I decided I would share a place that I’ve been visiting since I was first introduced to Korean dramas and Korean music. The place I’m discussing is the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.
I first started going to the Cultural Center almost three years ago when I decided to take my first Korean Language class. The Center is dedicated to expanding the knowledge of Korea through various programs such as Movie Night, Exhibitions, Lectures, Korean Language Program, and K-Pop events.
Korean Language Program
My experience attending the Korean Language program began during the summer of 2015 where I took my first five-week course. If you’re like most Kpop and Kdrama fans, you will experience the frustration (No English Subtitles) of not being able to understand a variety or TV program. Sure you could wait because eventually subtitles will be added, or you realize that it wouldn’t hurt to learn a little of the Korean language.
On the first night of class, I went to the Cultural Center and I was given a receipt since I had already paid online. I was informed that my introductory class would be held at the 3rd-floor level. I walked up the nearby staircase and found to my surprise on the second floor waiting for area complimentary kimbap, and Korean mandu (egg rolls) were being served. After grabbing a small sampling I decided to go to my classroom.
The classroom was rather large and doubles as a movie theatre for the movie night film showcases. Every seat in our class was filled, so much so that there was also a classroom assistant who assisted the teacher. The class is taught similarly to the class I took in South Korea with one caveat the teacher would speak some English so that the class understood the material covered.
It was great taking a class with other individuals who had similar interest to mine and being in a surrounding where it’s not awkward to mention your favorite songs are by musical groups like Super Junior, SS501, Big Bang, and Shinee.
I went over to the KCCLA building today just to revisit the building and see the new exhibit for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Right next door to the Korean Cultural Center is the Korea Center. The Korea Center has various exhibits and provides information if you’re planning to visit South Korea. They offer a free pamphlet from Imagine Your Korea (Korea Tourism Organization) with information on the major attractions in South Korea. Additionally, you can pick up a free travel guidebook with information on places to eat, hot springs, trekking, skiing, whitewater rafting and so much more.
If you would like more information about the KCCLA click on the link provided. Their next free event will be held on February 28 at 7:00 p.m. with a K-Pop Night theme party.
If you want to read more about my ongoing study of the Korean Language read my posts on the South Korean School System.
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KCCLA is located at 5505 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036.