Just last week, Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore) hosted their first ever MICE and Cultural Festival. (x)clusive headed down to Raffles City Convention Centre on 8th May to check out some of their booths, and also catch special performances by Block B, K-Tigers, Drum Cat and Sorea.
Attendees of the open event got to find out more about various attractions in Korea at the booths, picking up informative pamphlets as well as a couple of useful freebies along the way. That’s not all – fringe activity booths allowed K-lovers to learn more about making Korean cookies and soap, get a nice hand massage and a taste of their traditional Tea.
The highlight would no doubt be the private performances from the four Korean performing artistes.
The sexy ladies of Drum Cat captured our attention with their awesome percussion stages, even collaborating with a guest violinist for a dynamic and energetic stage.
Sorea showed that Girl Power is strong with their modern rendition of Arirang and other songs using traditional Korean instruments – who said mash-ups were only possible with DJ decks and electronic equipment? Sorea proved that there is still a place for traditional instruments in this highly digitalized society.
Fans of Korean variety shows should be very familiar with the next guest – Taekwondo performance troupe, K-Tigers, got the crowd hyped up with their jaw-dropping taekwondo techniques infused with dance elements. The high-energy performance in a fifteen-minute medley had the audience cheering non-stop. We can’t help but gush over the cute little child leading the group shuffle in the middle as well – possible future star?
Last but not least, the highlight of the show had to be Block B. The seven member boy group (consisting of Zico, Taeil, P.O, B-Bomb, Jaehyo, U-kwon and Kyung) put up a total of four songs ranging from ballads to dance hits: Her, Unordinary Girl, Very Good, and Nice Day.
Of course, having dropped by to Singapore after a long while, the boys took the chance to thank their fans for their support, promising to work even harder. Seeing how it’s a cultural festival, they also recommend visiting Namsam Tower and to try the spicy rice cakes (tteokbokki) when you visit Korea.
Many thanks to Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore) for extending the invite.