Seoul Hosts Summer Event Showcasing Vietnamese Culture

Experience the culture of Vietnam at Seoul Botanical Park's summer event, "Scent of green papaya", from August 18-20.

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The Seoul Botanical Park in the capital of the Republic of Korea (RoK) on August 18 commenced a summer event showcasing Vietnamese culture called “Mui Du Du Xanh” (The Scent of Green Papaya), as reported by VNA.

As part of the three-day event, the Vietnamese film “Scent of Green Papaya,” released in 1994 and the first Vietnamese film to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, will be screened three times on August 19 and 20.

The event was hosted in the conservatory area and the outdoor campus of the botanical garden.

Summer Event Featuring Vietnamese Culture Underways in Seoul
A scene in the Vietnamese movie “Scent of Green Papaya,” the first Vietnamese film nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Photo: Galaxy Play

The story of “The Scent of Green Papaya” is simple. It portrays the childhood of a girl named Mui and her discovery of love. This film is known for its subtle messages rather than its plot.

30 years ago, “The Scent of Green Papaya” was nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film and received positive reviews from critics and audiences.

The movie conveys love from various perspectives, showcasing care, understanding, and discretion. It captures the humble yet close characteristics of the Vietnamese people.

Despite being funded by the government of France, the movie maintains its Vietnamese essence through its actors and context. It represents a perfect fusion of the film industries of both nations.

A pure love story, much like the scent of green papaya. It can be said that “The Scent of Green Papaya” is a must-watch film for everyone.

Summer Event Featuring Vietnamese Culture Underways in Seoul

A corner of the Seoul Botanical Park. Credit: gwoo_j_1018

An open-air market featuring Vietnamese handicrafts, cooking ingredients, and vegan products will be open from 10 am to 9 pm on August 19 and 20.

On August 19, a book introduction event will be held, where the author of “So, Vietnam” will share his experience visiting a small city in Vietnam.

The event organizer has also arranged for visitors to experience Vietnamese traditional products and folk games. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the production of lotus lanterns and conical hats, as well as participate in shuttlecock kicking.

Kim Dae-seong, the director of Seoul Botanical Park, stated that the park will offer various programs, including exhibitions and lectures on botanical and cultural themes, to attract visitors throughout the seasons.

Hannah Nguyen