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Thousands of people just made thousands of kilos of kimchi for the poor in South Korea

Kimchi is a little like Vegemite-you either love it or hate it, and those that hate it just need to keep eating it until they love it. And this fermented side dish is so popular in South Korea that there is a Kimchi Making and Sharing Festival held in Seoul every year.

This three-day festival sees thousands of people gather in front of the city hall in Seoul to produce over 250 tonnes of kimchi to distribute to the poor for the winter months ahead. The preparation of large quantities of kimchi to eat throughout the winter is known as ‘gimjang’, which was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List back in 2013.

The festival also has a kimchi exhibition, kimchi-making classes, a kimchi market, kimchi sampling, concerts, and other kimchi-related activities.

Via Al Jazeera

Seoul's kimchi making festival
Seoul's kimchi making festival
Seoul's kimchi making festival
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Seoul's kimchi making festival
Seoul's kimchi making festival
Seoul's kimchi making festival
Seoul's kimchi making festival

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