Dodger Stadium hosts its annual Korea Night

June 18, 2015

Yoon Do-hyun sang the Korean and U.S. national anthems, and 2NE1 rapper CL threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.

Ryu Hyun-jin, left, takes a photo with Choo Shin-soo, center, at Dodgers Korea Heritage Night Wednesday. (Park Sang-hyuk/Korea Times)

Ryu Hyun-jin, left, takes a photo with Choo Shin-soo, center, at Dodgers Korea Heritage Night Wednesday. (Park Sang-hyuk/Korea Times)

By Tae Hong

LOS ANGELES — Dodger Stadium hosted its annual Korea Heritage Night Wednesday, inviting fans to come out for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ game against the Texas Rangers, which ended in a 3-5 loss.

The event, organized by Korea Tourism Organization’s Los Angeles office, acts as a celebration and promotion of Korean culture and is in its fourth year.

Yoon Do-hyun, YB vocalist, sang the Korean and U.S. national anthems; 2NE1 rapper CL joined him in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch of the game.

Fans, who received Korea Night T-shirts, lined up to for autographs from the South Korean stars afterward in the right field plaza.

“We came out to see CL. We love her, and when we heard she was coming [here] to pitch it was like, ‘Let’s go!’” said Mallory Lee, 18, who came out with a friend.

Others came with family. Sun Choi, 34, made it to the game with her husband and 5-year-old son in tow.

“It is really good to see Korean culture at a place like this. We feel proud as Koreans,” she said.

A special Kimchi Dog, served with kimchi on top of the stadium’s famous Dodger Dog, was available in concession stands.

Singer CL throws out the first pitch on Korea Heritage Night. (Yonhap)

Singer CL threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the game. (Yonhap)

Korea Night and Consul General Kim Hyun-myung also honored two Korean War vets, Joseph A. Del Rio and Roman Morales, both Purple Heart recipients. June 25 marks the 65th anniversary of the War.

Helena Kim, marketing coordinator at Korea Tourism Organization, helped hand out a variety of promotional pamphlets on traditional cuisine, the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and taekwondo.

She said the organization returns each year to spread Korean culture to baseball fans.

“Dodgers games are one of the biggest events in LA,” she said. “People love learning about Korean cuisine, especially because there’s so much Korean food here.”

The Korea Creative Content Agency gave out free T-shirts bearing Korean animation characters in an effort to promote them. Ellen Kim, associate manager at KOCCA’s Los Angeles office, said this is the first year they’ve focused on K-characters at the event.

“This is important because Korean entertainment is definitely growing in the U.S. market, so it’s important to let them know what it’s all about,” Ellen Kim said.

Singer Yoon Do-hyun poses with Dodgers' pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin. (Yonhap)

Singer Yoon Do-hyun poses with Dodgers’ pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin. (Yonhap)

KOCCA hosted its first K-characters showcase to industry representatives, buyers and producers earlier this month.

But the event is just as much a celebration as it is a promotional tool — Angelenos cheered for 2NE1 rapper CL as she took to the mound.

She said being invited to throw the pitch made her more nervous than performing on stage, but that Ryu Hyun-jin — also present at the event, though unable to play due to a shoulder injury that has taken him out for the rest of the season — gave her tips for the throw.

“[Being here] is definitely very, very special,” she said, before her pitch. “I’m happy to be here and to be a part of Korea Night.”

CL, who recently released her first American single, “Dr. Pepper,” with Diplo, said she loves the city.

“Definitely the weather,” she answered, when asked why. “And, of course, the Dodgers.”

One Comment

  1. How to Teach Your Child to Read

    November 15, 2017 at 12:56 AM

    The site is looking piece ostentatious and it gets the guests eyes. Outline is really straightforward and a decent easy to understand interface.

moose knuckles pas cher moose knuckles pas cher moose knuckles pas cher moose knuckles pas cher moose knuckles pas cher moose knuckles outlet moose knuckles outlet moose knuckles outlet moose knuckles outlet moose knuckles outlet maillot de foot pas cher maillot de foot pas cher maillot de foot pas cher maillot de foot pas cher maillot de foot pas cher scarpe nike air max outlet scarpe nike air max outlet scarpe nike air max outlet scarpe nike air max outlet scarpe nike air max outlet scarpe nike air max outlet nike tn pas cher nike tn pas cher nike tn pas cher nike tn pas cher air max pas cher air max pas cher stone island outlet stone island outlet stone island outlet stone island outlet stone island outlet stone island outlet barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher barbour pas cher nike tn squalo nike air max outlet mcm outlet online moose knuckles outlet happiness outlet happiness outlet shoes