Promotion of TCM culture by Confucius Institute sweeps the “healing city” of South Korea

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Semyung University [Time]    2016-11-07 09:21:24 
 

The Confucius Institute at Semyung University was invited to participate in the “2016 Korean Medicine Bio Fair” held from Sept. 28th to Oct. 3rd at the Jecheon Oriental Medicine-EXPO Park in Jecheon, known as the “healing city” of South Korea. At the event, the Confucius Institute organized a series of activities to present traditional Chinese culture, including experiencing Chinese thermal moxibustion treatment, promoting Confucius Institute programs, watching calligraphy and tea art performances, and making Peking Opera facial masks, which attracted many government officials and artists in South Korea as well as several thousand local participants.


Local people queuing up to experience the thermal moxibustion treatment

Accessible to the Jecheon locals for a second time, the Chinese thermal moxibustion was the most popular among all the traditional medical treatments of this year’s fair. Many local people came very early and waited in a long line to experience this type of treatment. After the diagnosis and treatment offered by two experts from Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, they also agreed that it had good curative effects.


A local participant receiving the thermal moxibustion treatment


A local participant receiving the thermal moxibustion treatment

The thermal moxibustion technique is the result of over 20 years of innovative research efforts by Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and won the National Science and Technology Progress 2nd Class Award in 2015. This technique adopts specific means of moxibustion to facilitate the meridian system transmission and lead Qi to the affected area, so as to unblock the meridian system and cure diseases. This technique can cure and prevent diseases without poisonous or side effects by realizing the therapeutic potentials within human bodies. As a green and natural treatment, it conforms to our vision for a natural, harmonious and healthy development in the 21st century. The success of this thermal moxibustion experience activity laid a solid foundation for the TCM culture to go abroad.

Participants flocked to the booth for the promotion of Confucius Institute programs to seek information on Chinese language courses, watch calligraphy and tea art performances, and make their own Peking Opera facial masks. A Chinese volunteer teacher from the Confucius Institute, wearing a white cheongsam embroidered with a golden phoenix and sitting before a tea table made of black red sandalwood, demonstrated Chinese green tea and black tea to the participants and performed a tea ceremony, which fully showcased the immense charm of the Chinese tea culture. A teacher from the Confucius Institute demonstrated calligraphy on the spot, the powerful and elegant writings receiving high praise from the participants.


The booth of the Confucius Institute


South Korean children eager to experience painting Peking Opera facial masks


South Korean children taking a group photo with a “panda”

During the exhibition, Lee Keun-Kyu, Mayor of Jecheon, and his delegation visited the booths of the Confucius Institute. He spoke highly of the activities organized by the Confucius Institute and wished the Confucius Institute a brighter future so that it could contribute more to the development of China and South Korea and their bilateral friendship. Prof. Sang-Ho Kwon from the Graduate School of Korea University, who is also a renowned calligrapher in South Korea, demonstrated his calligraphy and wrote the Confucius Institute an inscription that read “zhōnghán yǒuyì (中韩友谊) ‘China-South Korea Friendship’”. Mi-Gyeong Jo, a celebrated master of traditional Chinese painting in South Korea, together with a calligraphy teacher of the Confucius Institute, created exquisite artworks such as the one entitled “Tea Cups and Flower Branches”.


Lee Keun-Kyu, Mayor of Jecheon, tasting Chinese tea together with other local participants


Prof. Sang-Ho Kwon from Korea University, who is also a renowned calligrapher in South Korea, presenting the Confucius Institute with an inscription that read “zhōnghán yǒuyì (中韩友谊) ‘China-South Korea Friendship’”


Mi-Gyeong Jo, a celebrated master of traditional Chinese painting in South Korea, creating an exquisite artwork entitled “Tea Cups and Flower Branches” together with a teacher of the Confucius Institute

This event received extensive coverage by mainstream South Korean media outlets including SBS TV and MBC TV.

Story by Jin Dezhong, Liu Xianbin and Xu Pan