|A poster for Thai Festival 2019 / Embassy of Thailand|
By Yi Whan-woo
The Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul will host the fifth Thai Festival at Cheonggye Plaza in downtown Seoul, April 20 and 21.
It will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Titled "So Thai Festival," this year's event will focus on up-to-date cultural and lifestyle trends in Thailand. It will also promote the country's emerging tourist destinations and traditional cuisine.
Exhibitions include graffiti artworks from Alex Face, Em Parkpoom and Kotchawat Buranapinyo.
In a press release, the embassy said the three young artists' works would offer "a glimpse into Thai artistic minds and discover the meaning of the unlimited imagination of Thai art."
The two-day event will feature music and dance performances by DJ Machina, the Music for Fun Academy band, legendary Thai folk songstress Banyen Rakkaen and flautist Tanis Sriglindee.
The embassy said visitors will have an "eye-opening" experience when they watch the opening show retelling ancient Thai stories using a hybrid of live action, stage performances and world-class technology.
The show will include a traditional dance performance by Thais living in Korea.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand will introduce Kalasin Province known for its fertile and picturesque landscapes, lush nature and friendly villagers.
"Come get familiarized and enjoy what Kalasin Province and Northeastern Thailand has to offer," the embassy said.
The Department of International Trade Promotion and the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand invite visitors to taste dishes prepared by chefs from nine top Thai restaurants.
Additionally, eight Thai food companies and seven designers will introduce their respective goods.
The 2018 Thai Festival took place in May at COEX in southern Seoul, on the 60th anniversary of bilateral ties.
Thailand serves as the rotating chair of ASEAN.
It focuses on sustainability in all dimensions, such as dialogue with ASEAN members.
The theme was chosen to better serve ASEAN's long-term objective of promoting a people-centered ASEAN community and becoming more effective in addressing the challenges that ASEAN faces.