Celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture at Morris Arboretum on Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Discover this Asian culture through music, garden tours and food.
Experience Korean music performed by two University of Pennsylvania student groups; both with a unique sound expressing the soul of the nation.
Penn DuRe, a traditional drum troupe, two 15-minute performances at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Penn Sori, an a capella singing group of Penn students, two 15-minute performances at noon and 2 p.m.
In between music sets, learn about plants that are native to Korea on a 45-minute tour of the 92-acre botanical collection. Led by Arboretum guides, tours begin at 11:30 a.m and 2 p.m. Featured trees include:
Zelkova serrata which towers over the Springhouse by the Azalea Meadow. In Korean folklore, the tough trunk of the Zelkova symbolizes a strong will and the attractive leaves symbolize politeness; these trees are known as “good spirit” trees.
Pinus densiflora the national tree of Korea, will also be on the tour. Hear stories about this tree’s spiritual and material influence on the Korean people for 5,000 years.
Before and after the walking tour, sample complimentary Korean food favorites, such as kimchi and Asian pears, while supplies last. For a full lunch of Asian flavors, visit the Compton Café, the Arboretum’s on-site restaurant that will feature Korean BBQ and kimchi guk, a traditional Korean soup.
This event is made possible by a grant from the University of Pennsylvania’s Provost Interdisciplinary Arts Fund. Included with garden admission.