The Korean impact everywhere is hard to ignore. The food’s great. The clothes are all sorts
of vibrant. South Korea is one of Asia’s most developed countries and has one if it’s largest
economies. As for PSY and Gangnam Style, when you have the globe singing along to a song
that they probably only understand a line of, that’s a phenomena, pure and simple. The
Korean community in Chennai numbers around 3000 families, small, but growing.
Immigration started when Hyundai decided to launch an Indian branch in Chennai, back
Alwarpet and Adyar. The culture is kept alive and taught to the younger generation through
dance, language and song, both at the InKo centre, at R.A Puram, and the Emmao Dance
Academy, at Adyar. The Academy teaches students the dance form of Hanku Muyong, the
national dance of Korea. It acts as one the smaller hubs of the culture, with a Korean grocery
store located right opposite, selling imported and authentic Korean goods, like pre-cooked
sticky rice, and kimchi, which is pickled cabbage. Korean cuisine looks like the next big thing
in the city, with restaurants turning up everywhere. There’s Deok Su Gung, in Chamiers
Road, Nandanam, which is like a beginner’s guide to Korean food, and will introduce you to
the wonders of dry fish, pork cutlets, and galbisal, marinated beef ribs.
The InKo centre acts as the bridge between two cultures; Indian and Korean. They host art
galleries, film festivals and screenings on a monthly basis. For expats who’ve just arrived in
the city, they have English classes taught by qualified teachers from the city, and for those
interested in learning Korean, they offer certified language courses, for both students and
business professionals. And because every kid wants to be Daniel LaRusso (and not Jaden
Smith) the centre also offers karate classes and, this does not relate to the Karate Kid in any
Now if we could have a full fledged K-Pop concert.
(For further details about timings and prices of events at the InKo centre, they can be
contacted at 044 2436 1224