From Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1, the ASEAN Culture House (ACH), operated by the Korea Foundation, will host Bazaar Mekong in the ACH Community Hall.
The event will showcase the handicraft and design cultures of the five Mekong countries –Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Held in commemoration of the 1st Mekong-Republic of Korea Summit, Bazaar Mekong is a “mini-fair” that will feature diverse everyday products created by 10 companies from the five Mekong countries. On display will be fashion items like clothing and bags, as well as cushions, baskets, tableware, and other home goods.
Of special note, the event will feature handicrafts that embody the characteristics of each Mekong country—Cambodia’s silk crafts, Laotian woven, and dyed crafts, lacquerware and woodcrafts of Myanmar, Thai ceramics, and Vietnamese bamboo and rattan crafts — all in one place.
Visitors will be able to see the diversity of Mekong regional culture as well as the unique socio-cultural values of each product as imbued by the participating companies (including a master artisanal spirit in traditional handicrafts, partnered growth with local communities, fair trade, environmentally friendly practices, and a commitment to using organic materials).
An ACH spokesperson said, “Mekong handicrafts are already relatively well-known in Korea for their exquisite craftsmanship and beautiful colors. We hope that this event can offer to the Korean public an easily accessible introduction to the originality and aesthetic beauty of the cultures of the five Mekong countries.”
Participation in Bazaar Mekong is free of charge. Further information is available via the ACH website.