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A Scholar's feast: Old and New

Korean craft exhibition inspired by the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Seonbi) in Cheongju city

Inspired by the spirit of Confucian Scholars (Seonbi) in Cheongju city, A scholar’s feast: Old and New illustrates 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 deungsok and Sinseon-ju are displayed in order to introduce the traditional values and local food culture of Chungcheong province. Banchan deungsok 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.

A range of workshops is available. Visit the website for more information.

Exhibition opening night on Friday 8 February, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.



255 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Ground level


Every day, 10am to 6pm

Friday 8 February to Friday 19 April 2019


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