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Lunchtime Concerts at the Korean Pavilion in Berlin

Listen to Korean Music at Lunchtime at the “Pavilion of Reunification” at the Site of the Berlin Wall

September 12th, 2016
Min-ni Wu, News from Berlin

If you are walking by Potsdamer Platz in Berlin at lunch time, a traditional Korean stone and wooden gazebo might catch your attention with their striking appearance and the sound of Korean music. From June to September, a lunchtime concert will take place here on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 12:30 to 13:00.

The Korean ‘Pavilion of Reunification’, which was completed at the end of 2015, stands at the site of the former course of the Berlin Wall. It is a symbol of the Korean people’s hope for peace and reunification. Seeing the reunification between East and West Germany, the ‘Pavilion of Reunification’, also called ‘Tongiljeong Pavilion (통일정)’ in Korean, was erected in Berlin as a reminder to keep up hopes of reuniting the two Koreas.

The pavilion also serves as a venue for cultural events which hope to improve the public’s understanding of Korean culture. The lunchtime concerts are organized by the Korean Culture Center: the cultural department of the Korean Embassy in Germany. It aims to enhance cultural exchange and promote Korean culture. The Korean Culture Center is planning numerous cultural events which will take place there, such as calligraphy classes and traditional food and tea samplings.

The pavilion was modeled on the hexagonal Sangryangjeong Pavilion in the Changdeokgung palace in Seoul, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its architectural style is usually seen in Buddhist culture. The hexagonal pavilion is decorated in detail with vibrant colors. It is a place where visitors can sit inside and eat, rest or simply admire the building and think about reunification.

So next time when you pass by the historical Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, stop by and enjoy the lunchtime concerts and learn more about Korean culture!


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