Just a week before leaving the country, my friends and I visited the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines which is located in Global City; Just near St. Luke’s Med.; so for some readers who are planning to go there with no spoiling intention meant here are the things to look forward to!
HOW TO GO THERE: For us, we went to Trinoma and took a ride at the MRT station going to Ayala Avenue. From there, we ride a Korean-like bus and take a few walk to reach the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines.
- Learn to ask when you are commuting. We asked about 5 persons just to get there.
Our first impression, it was like the YG Entertainment Building! But only to find out that the KCC itself is located at the second floor. If you’ve seen documentary shows featuring KCC with human sized K-POP artists, you’ll be disappointed like us. Because we didn’t see anything like that, because according to them it was a part of their exhibit that happened last November.
- Bring your ID to be able to enter. MUST HAVE!
The staff and the people there are so hospitable and kind. They let us enter to their kitchen rooms where Korean cooking class is taking place and their Auditorium-like place where Korean performances are held.
If there is one place there that we could enter, it is the library. The librarian there was not that talkative since he’s a male, but when he knew we are Thomasians, he tends to talk and tell so much stories. Well, he graduated from the University of the Philippines and he’s the only person who has the sore control to that special library. He’s the cataloger, acquisitionist, and head librarian. He knows Korean and he talks to the Korean peeps there like he is one of them. He’s actually the one who’s buying the collections there from South Korea, which makes us envy him!
The library has a lot of Korean books, from the century typed books, to fashion, k-pop, Korean art & foods. Name it! All about Koreans, they have it. But what stricken us the most is their AUDIO-VISUAL collection where almost all of the hit Korean Movie dvds are there, even the Korean dramas, but recent dramas aren’t there yet. Maybe, if it already hit the Philippine TV, they will be going to purchase it.
DVD’s and K-POP cd’s can be watched there. If you want to borrow you can borrow it for only 100 pesos, making the librarian propose a rule that these materials will not be allowed to borrow because of the fact that one might not return it. So, as you read this, the rules there might have changed already.
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Check out our fandom in the KCC!
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Don’t just be contented reading and looking at the pictures! Experience it by yourself.