People from Korea and the ASEAN countries are shown meeting in person after the COVID-19 pandemic as freely as they used to before. They are gathered on a bridge that spans Vietnam’s Mekong River to catch up on one another’s lives and congratulate one another on having endured the pandemic. The lanterns in the sky represent the hope that shines in this scene of joyful reunion.
Gold Prize (KF President Prize)
Same N Same
Ahmad Darma Saputra
A work that shows some of the many similarities between Korea and ASEAN as a gift to be grateful for – aspects including culture, national clothing, buildings, food, and many more are represented. Hopefully, the many similarities can foster a warm sense of togetherness that is mutually reinforcing, because Korea is the same as ASEAN and ASEAN is the same as Korea.
Special Prize (ASEAN Committee in Seoul Prize)
Era of Harmony
Kim Chae Won
A compression of history and tradition into a work of architecture. The single, large building symbolizes a desire to transcend the historicity of individual buildings and usher in a new era of friendship and harmony. The forsythia represents a cooperative spirit.
Silver Prize (ACH Director-General Prize)
ASEAN, Expanding to the World
This illustration celebrates 2021 being the Year of Mekong-ROK Exchange and the desire for this partnership to make waves worldwide. The world map blends the texture of acrylic paint on a canvas with a graphic art feel. The stylized “A” (for ASEAN) represents the future of ASEAN as it goes forth into the world, blending with the international community. Red and yellow represent ASEAN’s vibrant image, while the serif font grabs the viewer’s attention and makes the text easier to read.
A Barong Appeared in Gyeongbok Palace!
The Barong dance, originating from Bali, Indonesia, is a performance that turns the age-old struggle between Barong, the god of good, and Rangda, a demon queen who represents evil, into an art form. This dance is being performed at Gyeongbok Palace in lieu of Korea’s lion mask dance. The festive performance of the Barong dance in a Korean venue emphasizes the importance of mutual understanding between Korea and ASEAN.
ASEAN in Korea
Tiara Arifa Zulfiana
My poster introduces an ASEAN event held in Korea in 2021. The map features icons of local produce or symbolic cultural or architectural monuments to serve as a helpful guide for ASEAN citizens who are interested in visiting Korea. The bottom section features famous buildings of Southeast Asia to give Koreans an introduction to ASEAN architecture.
ASEAN in Korea, Korea in ASEAN
The Korean flag’s four black trigrams represent the universe and everything in it, emphasizing the value traditionally placed on harmony among all things. The joining together of flags and trigrams represents the fact that, just as expressed by the Korean flag, ASEAN’s member countries must make sure to have good relationships with one another.
Stringed instruments from Korea and ASEAN are placed side by side in the shape of a musical score. The message formed by the letters, which occupy spaces on the staff usually taken up by notes, reads, “We are connected by a variety of melodies.” The strings on the instruments are accordingly connected to represent the harmony that characterizes the Korea-ASEAN relationship.
A Future with Friendship and Trust
Seoul, the Mekong River, and Buddhist temples are shown, all images that first come to mind when thinking of Korea and ASEAN. They are bathed in moonlight to represent the optimism and hope of the Korea-Mekong relationship.
2021 Korea-Mekong Exchange Year
An image of the prosperity and harmony of Korea-ASEAN exchange. The strong connections within ASEAN are represented by joyful dance movements and the flags of the 11 member nations. The piece shows the artist’s dream for Korea and ASEAN to engage in exchanges with more depth.
Side by side
The night sky represents the “darkness” of the COVID-19 pandemic and hardships brought about by international conflict. Bursting fireworks portray ASEAN’s role and vision, which start small but later become big enough to light up the dark. Through this, I convey a message of hope: that cooperation, trust, and cultural exchange between Korea and ASEAN have the power to overcome any difficulty. The cultures of ASEAN’s member countries are expressed with beautiful symbolism in the afterimages of the fireworks exploding in Seoul’s night sky.
Bibimbap That Unites Us
Bibimbap’s colors reflect Korea’s five traditional cardinal colors. ASEAN has a unique harmony characterized by both strong differences and an equally strong desire for a regional unity. I tried to express this sense of togetherness through bibimbap in five colors, reflecting the five traditional colors of Korea. I applied the 10 rice stalks in the ASEAN flag to a bowl of bibimbap to emphasize Korea and ASEAN’s shared commitment to harmony, friendship, and peace. Just as it is the combination of many flavors is what makes bibimbap delicious, I hope that Korea and ASEAN can forge a harmonious bond from many parts that is firmly based in peace and prosperity.
We Are Friends
Inspired by Instagram’s “follow for follow” function, I tried to show the closeness of the friendships between Korea and each ASEAN country.
ASEAN Festival with Korea
ASEAN countries collectively bring to mind the image of a “golden country” that is passionate, rich in resources, and fun. The elaborate cultures and vibrancy unique to the ASEAN region are encapsulated through a festival held at night.
One Stage, Various Voices
Singers from various ASEAN countries use a ground covered with words in their native language as a stepping stone to reach a common stage (ASEAN) where they sing together. The performance by Malaysia’s Jamera, Singapore’s Charlie Lim, Laos’ Aluna Thavonsouk, Indonesia’s Isyana Sarasvati, and Korea’s IU shows the beauty and power of a close relationship between Korea and ASEAN.
KOREA WITH ASEAN
The Korean folk game ganggangsullae is portrayed as a medium for harmony between Korea and ASEAN.
Unity in Our Diversity
Each culture is a wonderful world hidden in each unique nation. Like stars in the sky, we can only shine together. Unity in our diversity – this is the key to retransmitting the traditions and cultures of our countries around the world. We must join forces to shine brighter and reflect one another‘s light for new generations.
THE BEST WAY TO START A NEW WORLD
Landmarks of the ASEAN countries and Korea’s Gwanghwamun form a harmony symbolizing the new world order that Korea and ASEAN will build together. Exchanges between Korea and ASEAN are represented in a woman dressed in a Vietnamese ao dai and a man wearing a Korean hanbok crossing the ocean together to walk along the flag of ASEAN.
CONNECTION BY THE COLOR LANGUAGE
LE TUAN KIEN
Each country has different languages and different cultures. The “color” of language connects countries into a strong ASEAN block. Korea brings energy to youth, culture, and modernity, creating inspiration for a strong connection for ASEAN in Korea and Korea in ASEAN.
To distant, neighboring lands: ASEAN!
This work embodies my hopes for open-minded communication between Korea and ASEAN as simultaneously familiar yet distant global neighbors. A person wearing a hanbok navigates through ASEAN’s diverse cultures, illuminated by a traditional Korean cheongsachorong lantern, representing Korea’s forays into ASEAN. Sections of color that are similar in tone yet different express the distinct character of each ASEAN country. The tones are warm, representing the harmony that results from intertwining each country’s cultural elements.
Our Neighbor ASEAN
Korea and ASEAN share a closeness that is both geographical and cultural. This is expressed through an apartment building motif, with Korea and the ASEAN countries living in the same building. The activeness of their exchanges are represented as neighborly gifts: Korea giving a small tribe in Indonesia its alphabet, Hangeul; Vietnam giving Korea pho; and ASEAN countries listening to K-pop.
Harmonious Exchanges between Korea and ASEAN
A yellow vase holds chrysanthemums that represent Korea and the 10 ASEAN countries. The flowers symbolize the beauty and harmony of Korea-ASEAN exchange. The design was inspired by the bundle of straw in the center of the ASEAN flag, which I thought resembled a vase.
2021, ASEAN becomes one.
My poster celebrates 2021 as the “Year of Korea-Mekong Exchange” and my hope that ASEAN countries can enjoy closer relations with one another on this special occasion. The flags of ASEAN’s 10 member countries are positioned inside the numbers of 2021, the Year of Korea-Mekong Exchange, in celebration. The intertwined lines represent shared international experiences and their development into a close relationship of trust. Through this work, I expressed my hope for closer relations, and for May 2021 to be a time for Korea to engage in partnered growth with the Mekong countries and become an active player in a shared future of co-prosperity.
Korea-Mekong, We’ve Been Together for 10 Years.
The Han and Mekong Rivers are drawn as one column of water to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Korea-Mekong exchange. The top is surrounded by Seoul’s landmarks, while the bottom is decorated with images of the Mekong River’s natural environment. As implied by the slogan “Miracle of the Han River: To the Mekong,” the image depicts future collaboration between Korea and the Mekong countries.
ASEAN and Korean Cultural Dimensions
사람 (“person”): ㅅ = An illustration of a hanok roof, ㅏ = The cultural pillars of education, 라 = 라면 (“ramen(instant noodles)"), ㅁ = A keyboard stand for communication. The Naga fireball is thought to be the fire spewed by the Naga, the snake god who lives at the bottom of the Mekong River. The bird symbolizes peace. Labor is the backbone that drives the economy. K-pop, tourism, the environment, medicine, and beauty are also represented.
Moving Forward Together, Korea and ASEAN
The waters of the Ilwolobongdo (a painting of the sun, moon, and five mountain peaks that was traditionally placed behind the king’s throne) represent the Han and Mekong Rivers. The images of Korea on the left and Vietnam, a member of the Korea-Mekong exchange, on the right, are positioned in a way that harmonizes them. The boat is rowed in one direction by a Korean and a Vietnamese person, representing Korea and ASEAN’s shared ideals and their desire to move together toward a bright future.
Windmill of Mekong River
The “windmill of the Mekong,” which is turned by winds of trust and cooperation between Korea and the Mekong countries, symbolizes a hope for Korea-Mekong prosperity and peace through mutual development.
The Infinity of Korea and ASEAN
I depicted the infinite potential of the Korea-ASEAN relationship through the infinity symbol. The richness of culture is shown in the diverse colors, while the brightness of Korea and ASEAN’s shared future is expressed as a shining light.
The theme of my illustration is “Korea in ASEAN.” To convey a message of interconnected people, I positioned the ASEAN countries and Korea are on a human-shaped foundation. I used warm tones to express harmony and the warmth of international friendships, while the area above the head borrows the colors of the ASEAN flag to emphasize the unity of the ASEAN countries. Each country’s unique mood was expressed through its landmarks and famous attractions.
Memories of travel can sometimes take on a rejuvenating role in our daily lives. Amidst the inability to travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, I created an imaginary ASEAN city which is made up of various cultural elements as a means of indirectly feeling the joy of travel. The city, which is close to the Mekong River, is inhabited by Koreans and ASEAN citizens, who are dressed in their national attire and enjoying a light festival of light together. The lights represent my hope that the pandemic will end soon and that the peoples of Korea and ASEAN can once again engage in active cultural exchange.
I will pray for our exchange and unity.
I wanted to depict Korea-ASEAN exchanges. Eleven women—one from Korea and one from each of ASEAN’s 10 member countries—are dressed in traditional clothing, and have their hands are gathered together to pray for harmony. Just under their hands, the women are united by a “skirt” that is dyed with the colors of each country’s flag. Each pair of hands is in a shape that resembles a mountain peak, while the skirt waves beautifully in the wind. The women pray with closed eyes and their hands gathered together for harmony and peacefulness of exchange among all countries.
Harmony Between the Heavens and the Earth
The title of this illustration (沖和之氣) means “a harmonious energy between the heavens and earth.” Here, “heaven and earth” refers not to a relationship of differing status but the distance between the two. More specifically, it refers to the relational distance between Korea and ASEAN, which are both close together and far apart. Landmarks, traditional clothing, fruit, and other symbols of the 10 ASEAN countries (the Mekong River, Muay Thai, an elephant, a statue of a mango, a Buddha statue, a tuk tuk, Marina Bay Sands, the Petronas Twin Towers, etc.) become the subjects of a traditional Korean painting.
Gold Prize (KF President Prize)
I wanted to portray an arena for cultural exchange in Korea, in which ASEAN citizens and Koreans can learn and discover new things about one another. Through my initial research, I learned that Ansan is home to a large ASEAN population with two avenues for expressing their native cultures through food and cultural performances: the Multicultural Food Street and the Ansan Street Arts Festival. My poster is based on a stylized depiction of both of these venues. The title, “Festival Together,” emphasizes the fact that the featured festival is for everyone to enjoy, regardless of nationality.
Let’s dance together.
“Korea and ASEAN are culturally different culturally, but this doesn’t mean we can’t dance together. Even if we’re all facing different directions, we still dance together!” If we could gather together the values that are shared by Korea and the ASEAN countries and Korea and visualize it, I believe it would be rounded in shape, with no sharp corners, and have a dance-like beauty. It is this belief that inspired my illustration; I wanted to depict images that represent the cultures of Korea and ASEAN as part of one large image.
Flowers of ASEAN with Korea
The ASEAN’s countries have a shared beauty while also each retaining their own unique beauty and appeal. I expressed this with chrysanthemums. Each country’s beauty is visualized here as a chrysanthemum, and the flowers are made to complement one another based on the ASEAN flag. The image of the chrysanthemum is applied to the Korean hanbok to show cultural convergence between Korea and ASEAN.
Korean Wave in ASEAN
Shafira Nur Andana
This illustration is about the collaboration that has occurred due to the Korean wave in ASEAN. Someone takes a break while practicing taekwondo to watch a stage performance video by the ASEAN community dancing to a song by BTS, with traditional Korean sinawi instruments and ASEAN costumes. Many ASEAN people who want to know Korea better are finally learn Korean using the course “Learn! Korean with BTS.”
Traditional Basket Boat in Hoi An
My illustration is of traditional basket boats – which I saw on the Thu Bon River in Hoi An, Vietnam – that are roped together while the owners wait for tourists. The basket boats, which are made from bamboo and were originally used by Coconut Boat Village for fishing, are now popular with tourists as “mini-cruise boats.” The boats feature beautifully colored strips of bamboo and the amazing acrobatic tricks of the rowers, and are a means of taking a brief break from the village to feel the river’s cool breeze. Making fun and lasting memories in Vietnam!
Vu Tuong Vy
The door between Korea and ASEAN has opened. Let’s find more fun and more experiences.
“The year 2021 is one in which everything seemed to have stopped. In our small forest, however, we had a party. At this party, the fact that we are ‘different’ didn’t matter very much.” I imagined a space in which ASEAN citizens and Koreans can mingle freely. The defining aspects of buildings from each country are put into one space, which is also inhabited by people wearing traditional clothing who are dancing and socializing.
Warmth of Seoul
Wong Ying Kwai
I drew a delivery worker who has just parked his vehicle on a neighborhood sidewalk and people eating at a pojang macha (small street restaurant). I wanted to convey the warmth of the predictability and familiarity of our daily lives. I recreated some of the landscapes that struck me on a recent trip to Korea, and, to create a warm and inviting mood, decided on a nighttime setting to make the lights stand out. I used many different colors for the lights, as opposed to a single tone, to make them look more beautiful.
ASEAN of the Day
I thought about food: the aspect of ASEAN culture that is experienced first and the most frequently in Korea. I depicted my first experience of ASEAN culture in Korea as tropical fruit and sunlight.
Symbolic Animals and Plants of ASEAN
Each member of ASEAN has a national flower and animal. I tried to create a harmony between ASEAN’s diverse cultures by putting each country’s national animal and flower in the same space. I used a monotone palette for a sense of unity and tried to add as much detailed brushwork and texture as possible to enliven the images.
Desiree Btari Siregar
As a textile designer, I tried to interpret the theme of "ASEAN in Korea, Korea in ASEAN" by making a mixture of traditional Cambodian, Korean, and Thai patterns into a modern illustrated pattern. The 2021 ROK-Mekong goals are “People, Prosperity, and Peace.” People are represented by the diversity of the flowers, prosperity by the flower coin in the background, and peace by the blue sky.
KOREA and ASEAN in Us
I tried to show the hope that pervades the “ASEAN in Korea, Korea in ASEAN” concept through Korean and ASEAN citizens walking together hand in hand. My illustration also expresses my hope that the future of Korea and ASEAN is as bright as our present, in spite of cultural differences, for both Korea and ASEAN.
Songkran Festival in Seoul
For me, cultural exchange is understanding that there are differences between myself and others. I also believe that cultural exchange, if its powers can be harnessed properly, can be of great help to all countries that engage in it. I realized that the Ansan Thailand Festival is a medium through which Thai workers and immigrants in Korea can become closer with Koreans through culture. The image conveys with imagination my hope that this space can one day be a stage for cultural performances of all nationalities that have a presence in Korea, and I depicted this hope with a dash of imaginative thinking, harnessing the power of cultural exchange and allowing us to understand our differences.
Special Prize (ASEAN Committee in Seoul Prize)
ROK-ASEAN Youth Empowerment
Putu Alferan Putra
This illustration shows how significant the role of the youth is among these countries. The youth can serve as a bridge for cultures, and as a key agent of change, peace, and positive intercultural exchange. ASEAN and Korea have great influences on each other, providing perspective and yielding great things in terms of pop culture, youth culture, and a mixture of both modern and traditional values.
My illustration takes on the format of a traditional Korean painting. The subject matter, however, is very modern: ASEAN citizens wearing a hijab and hanbok, tagging their favorite examples of Korean culture.
I Found Korea
This illustration represents how I found out about Korea in my country: through a Korean Cultural Center, TV dramas, and K-pop. I am glad for the opportunity to have experienced Korean things such as food, hanbok, kimchi making, and more.
ASEAN + Korea: Young Cultural Meeting
Marigexis de la Rosa Rivera
In this illustration, I wanted to show how different young leaders of their communities and educational institutions show their knowledge and socio-cultural interest in one other. People from ASEAN and Korean exchange a little bit of themselves in educational gatherings like this one, learning about one other with respect and a vision of the future.
Together We Prosper
Korea and ASEAN are important partners, and people-to-people contact continues to be a key area in this cooperation. This illustration depicts people-to-people exchange in the ROK-ASEAN partnership through the integration of culture via cuisine (ASEAN cuisine mukbang), tourism, and trade (ROK-Mekong exchange). By joining hands, we can prosper.
Timeless Until Tomorrow
Daniella Kristine Lerio
The beauty of cultural diversity has existed for all of human history, touching the souls of various people living within the identity of their motherland. "Timeless Until Tomorrow" is inspired by minwha (traditional Korean folk painting) and reflects the timeless beauty of the traditional and contemporary culture of the 10 ASEAN countries and Korea, highlighting the pride and honor of each nation. The national flowers represent the cultural roots of Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The national animals symbolize the strength and identity of Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Korea. The setting reflects cultural treasures from Myanmar, the Philippines, and Singapore through different tourist attractions: Taung Kalat (Myanmar), Magellan's Cross (the Philippines), and Gardens by the Bay (Singapore). The gold heritage of every land must and will always be treasured in the unfading beauty of mutual exchange in tourism and culture, expanding the understanding of the people of today and tomorrow.
Mekong River Flowing Together
I drew paper sailboats against a sunset backdrop as a reminiscence of childhood memories. Each ASEAN country’s sailboat was sent out on the Mekong River by the children of that country, while the red sunset represents the fact that our beautiful, shared future will be full of many important developments. We each live in our respective different countries, but our lives are more similar than we think. Just like these children, who have quickly become friends through their lack of prejudices, if we can open our hearts to one another and take a greater interest in one another, Korea and ASEAN can have a close relationship and mutually beneficial future.
Praying for Happiness
In Myanmar, the white elephant is a sacred animal that is also a symbol of power and good fortune. In Korea, which also has a rich Buddhist culture, the white elephant is a symbol of wisdom, sanctity, and enlightenment. Here, a white elephant wears a cloth decorated with an acheik (traditional Burmese textile pattern) in a Korean folk painting. Called minhwa, Korean folk paintings are usually imbued with hope for good fortune and happiness. The image embodies my hope that the Burmese people can rise from the ashes of the recent coup d’état.
Hot Exchanges between Korea and ASEAN
In order for Korea and ASEAN to be firmly established in terms of peace, stability, and exchanges of all kinds, they must first have an understanding of and affinity for one another’s cultures. This illustration portrays the beginning of my hopes that our future, the children of Korea and ASEAN, learn more about one another. It is based on my hope that Korea and ASEAN can move beyond a diplomatic partnership to become true friends who are always willing to work together.
Commemorative Cake for the 10th Anniversary of the Korea-Mekong Exchange Year
I was inspired by the tradition of having a cake to celebrate a happy or important event and drew a three-tiered cake to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Mekong-ROK relationship. The cake is decorated with characters dressed in the traditional clothing of Korean and each ASEAN country and Korea. (They wear traditional clothing because I love this type of clothing and it is the only way we can distinguish which country is being represented!) I wanted to create the mood of a birthday party that is attended by all ASEAN member countries.
The Flow toward the Future
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Korea’s exchange with the Mekong countries. This illustration tries to express the significance of the 10th anniversary of the Year of Mekong-ROK Exchange, as well as my expectations for stronger relations moving forward. I hope that Korea’s “miracle of the Han River” can translate into a “miracle of the Mekong River,” and used bright colors for the flowers to express this hope.
Silver Prize (ACH Director-General Prize)
This illustration conveys that Korean culture can be shared with and expressed to the world in various forms. Think of this illustration as a table at a Korean restaurant in a foreign country. People come together to learn, exchange their own greetings, and celebrate. The larger person symbolizes the coexistence of different cultures, with the rose of Sharon (mugunghwa) representing Korea.
Even if we can’t meet, we can meet.
I wanted to show ASEAN citizens, who cannot currently cannot meet in person due to COVID-19 and the 2021 Myanmar coup, having meals of their native dishes and socializing with one another through Zoom. The tablecloth was drawn to look like flowing river water as a representation of the Han and Mekong Rivers, and is topped with the flag of each ASEAN country. The child on the left is making the three-finger salute of resistance that is a signature of the Myanmar coup.
K-Brand in ASEAN
I depicted people from each ASEAN country and well-known Korean products and characters in one large illustration, busily interacting with one another. The characters wear the traditional clothing and hairstyles of their respective countries and are depicted with chrysanthemums. The Korean products are portrayed in a style that is usually used in Korean comic books for the main characters. I wanted to show ASEAN becoming one through Korean products.
Thailand and Korea become one through language.
I focused on a depiction of King Sejong, who invented Korea’s alphabet, Hangeul, and King Ramkhamnghaeng the Great, who invented the Thai writing system. The kings are portrayed as adorable characters to show Korea and Thailand’s bond as both having uniquely invented writing systems. The kings are teaching one each another their writing system, with Thai and Korean characters positioned in fun ways throughout the illustration. The backdrop is made up of symbolic buildings of Chosun (Korea) and Thailand to create a more serious mood that nevertheless complements the fun of the linguistic exchange that the two kings are so clearly enjoying.
Harmony of Cooperation between Korea and ASEAN
A video I recently saw of renditions of the Korean and ASEAN national anthems suddenly made me think of the phrase “a harmony of friendship played in the Land of the Morning Calm.” The sounds were at times slow and soft, while powerful and mysterious at others. I found myself sucked into the beauty of the music and felt as if I had turned into a mountain sage in a traditional landscape painting. If you think about it, the musical instruments of ASEAN and Korea look and sound very similar. Music, the world’s purest and most powerful energy, has the power to make everyone who is involved in it unite as one, without any barriers dividing them from one another. In many ways, the musical instruments of ASEAN and Korea look and sound similar. This piece, inspired by renditions of the Korean and ASEAN national anthems, embodies the phrase “a harmony of friendship played in the Land of the Morning Calm.” It shows the beauty and the intense emotional power of this fascinating musical collaboration, in which the players achieved harmony in terms of both music and human friendship.
Korea and Mekong in the Era of COVID-19
I focused on Korea and the Mekong countries’ current efforts to overcome COVID-19.
Not opening the door is to open the door of the heart
One does not open the door of a room in which a Muslim is praying. It is the act of respecting one another’s culture that opens the door of someone else’s heart.
Do You Know Fermentation?
Fermented food is the backbone of a Korean meal. Most Koreans don’t realize, however, that fermentation is just as deeply rooted in the culinary cultures of Southeast Asia. A couple engaged in gimjang (the traditional process of making kimchi) order Southeast Asian food via food a delivery app. Through the couple’s discussion on fermented food, the comic encourages readers to take an interest in Southeast Asian culinary cultures. It draws comparisons with Korean foods, like kimchi and cheonggukjang, to make it easier for readers to relate to Southeast Asian dishes.