Most schools in Korea have a bi-annual festival, lasting around 3 days. In concept, it’s a little similar to Drexel’s spring jam, but a lot, lot bigger. Clubs organize their own “bars”, selling food or other merchandise. The university invites food trucks and celebrities to perform through out the festival.
It’s a great time to have fun with your classmates, and you can even attend festivals at other schools, which my friends and I did to see certain celebrities. Here is a quick rundown of Hanyang University’s 2018 spring festival schedule!
The motto this time was “Rachios: Bisang”. I’m not really sure what it means, but my friends suspect Bisang translates roughly to flying?
On the these days, the following artists will be performing (and I am linking some of their most well-known songs):
Black Pink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amq-qlqbjYA
DPR Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czftJ7E7wa4
Kyunghun Min: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqsQ0KHImrU
The Cross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqMt41xA1oE
The ADE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcP5bSb9ko0
On the first night of the festival, my friends and I went to sit down in the amphitheater to watch the performances. The first people on stage were Korean cheerleaders, which are very difference than American cheerleaders. For one, there are normally more guys and their uniforms look more like…flashy ring-leader clothing than short skirts and sporty tops. They dance to well-known energetic songs, and rather than chants, Korea has school songs. I think they definitely succeed in getting the crowd hyped up. Hanyang’s song goes something along the lines of this:
소리쳐라 너의 열정 (Yell out your passion)
소리쳐라 너의 함성 (Yell out your cry)
가슴속에 긍지 높은 외침을 (From your heart, a passionate cry)
이 세상에 영원히 (In this world forever)
Some students (volunteers I assume) were passing out plastic blue bags which people then used to create air-filled balloons to cheer with during the performances. They also used their phone flashlights behind the bags to create blue lights, so the crowd turned into a sea of blue and white lights, Hanyang school colors. If you were a Hanyang student, you were allowed to go into the restricted area by the stage, which my friends and I later did to dance and have fun.
Overall, day one of the festival was a great time and as the festival is still going on, I will update on days 2 and 3 of the festival in the next post!