Busan helps Hamburg Port celebrate its birthday
This year marks the second time Korea acted as Hamburg's partner country, the first being in 2005.
The 834th Hamburg Port Anniversary took place from May 5 to 7 in Hamburg, Germany. Known locally as the "Hafengeburtstag," more than a million visitors from around the world visited the Hanseatic city to take part in the maritime festival.
Every year, the Hamburg Port invites a city, country or region to host a "festival within a festival." As this year's partner city, Busan Metropolitan City hosted the Korea-Busan Festival and showcased Korean culture and cuisine. The event also provided a wonderful opportunity for Busan to promote its bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
Various exhibition booths and pop-up stores conveyed the allure of Busan as an international destination. Visitors enjoyed Korean delicacies, especially Busan's famous "dwaeji gukbap," pork soup and rice, and "milmyeon," wheat noodles. Other booths sold K-Pop merchandise and goods from Busan businesses. Guests also got to wear "hanbok," Korea's traditional clothing.
The Korea-Busan Festival also featured dynamic performances by Korean acts. The world-renowned Kukkiwon Taekwondo Demonstration Team delivered an exciting display of Korea's martial art. Audience members also experienced a concert by the rock band KARDI, traditional music and dance performances, street dance displays by the dance crew ARTGEE, and EDM shows by Korean DJs.