A Scholar’s feast: Old and New…Korean tradition of tableware and 400 years of freshest beverages for aristocrats re-enacted in Sydney

Inspired by the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Korean academic aristocrats) in Cheongju city known as the mecca of education in South Korea, a showcase in Sydney of  ‘A scholars feast: Old and New’  demonstrates traditional and contemporary Korean crafts related to the food and tableware.

Spanning leather, glass, clay, fibre, wood, textile and brassware, it focuses to explore the value of Korean craft culture, and the beauty of the handmade.


Especially, Banchan deongsok and Sinseon-ju are displayed in order to introduce the traditional values and local food culture of Chungcheong province.Banchan deongsok is a Korean recipe book handed down from the 1910s, written by the daughter-in-law of Scholar’s family who lived in Cheongju area. With a history of 400 years, Sinseon-ju, traditional Korean alcohol, was enjoyed by scholars during the Joseon Dynasty. Made with medical herbs, Sinseon-ju was believed to rejuvenate the body.

In company with a range of workshops, this exhibition will provide an opportunity for audiences to experience the local craftsmanship and food culture in Cheongju city.

This exhibition is hosted by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and co-organised by the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, Cheongju city and Cheongju Craft Biennale Organization Committee and the Korean Cultural Centre Australia.


8 Feb – 19 Apr 2019
Korean Cultural Centre Australia Gallery

Ground Floor 255 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: 02 8267 3400
E-mail: info@koreanculture.org.au 


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