The largest-ever L.A. Korean Festival coming this fall

April 11, 2014

The 41st Los Angeles Korean Festival is coming this fall.

The annual celebration of Korean culture, which will be held Sept. 18 this year at Seoul International Park, will be the largest in its history, said the L.A. Korean Festival Foundation Wednesday.

A cartoon from Korea showcasing the ongoing issue of Korean comfort women taken by Japanese soldiers during World War II will be available in an effort to educate younger Korean Americans on the topic, the foundation said.

According to the foundation’s board of directors, negotiations have been completed to bring from Korea the comfort women cartoon, the Jinju Lantern Festival and performances by Anseong tightrope walkers and the Jindo Art Company.

In addition, among their plans are to enlarge the family picnic area, feature high-quality products at participating booths, diversify foods available and offer interactive programs such as ceramics making.

Foundation President Kim Joon-bae said they have been successful in expanding the participation of local government booths from Korea and that this year’s festival will offer attendees a larger variety of performances and exhibits than previous years.