In August 2018, the World Mission Society Church of God Singapore (SGWMSCOG) hosted a group of youths who came from Korea through the Korea-Singapore Cultural Exchange Experience programme held across a period of 20 days. The programme was held to allow members from both countries to learn about the traditional culture of one another. The members who took part in this event were university students. The event gave the participants a chance to broaden their perspectives by learning about a different culture. The Singaporean members prepared childhood games such as “Capteh¹”, “Five Stones²” and “Old Maid³”. Through the interaction with the local members, the Korean exchange students came to understand more about Singapore’s culture.
SGWMSCOG and the visitors from Korea also prepared an event to introduce Korean culture to Singaporeans through traditional food, games and other activities.
It was a fun-filled Sunday where participants could learn commonly used Korean phrases, taste traditional Korean food, and experience childhood games played in Korea. Korean phrases such as Kamsahamnida (감사합니다) which means ‘thank you’, and Jwesonghamnida (죄송합니다) which means ‘sorry’ were taught and explained to the guests. Participants were treated to sumptuous Bibimbap (비빔밥), which is a Korean mixed rice dish. Its ingredients include various vegetables, meat, egg and chili pepper paste.
Participants also played Tuho (투호), where they had to aim and toss an arrow into a narrow quiver from a certain distance. This game is often played around Seollal (설날) the first day of the Korean lunar calendar, namely, the Korean New Year. The players try to get as many arrows into the quiver as possible.
Ddakji (딱지), is a game players take turns to flip each other’s paper pleats by throwing it on top of their opponent’s. If a paper pleat is flipped, the player who manages to flip it gets to keep it. Participants also had the opportunity to practise Korean calligraphy, Seoye (서예), to understand the strokes of the Korean alphabet and learn Korean vocabulary.
Even though the participants had different backgrounds, they interacted heartily and enthusiastically joined in the activities.
As the World Mission Society Church of God seeks to share the love of God to the world, it enables people from diverse cultural backgrounds to cultivate respect for every individual and allows the fostering of a loving heart.