Netflix’s Squid Game is known to each person in search of interesting OTT content. And considering the rage around it, Korea decided to take things to a whole new level! The Korean Culture Centre recently hosted a real-life (albeit much tamer) version of the smash hit show in the UAE. Yes, that’s right!
The event was organized by the UAE’s Korean Culture Centre, an offshoot of the Korean Embassy in Abu Dhabi, and was as official as it could get. It included two groups of 15 pre-selected participants, with each playing games from the show.
Every participant was dressed in the uniform from the show, complete with Squid Game logos, while the staff donned the iconic circle, triangle, and square costumes. Although the games played were the same (including “Red Light, Green Light,” the “Dalgona Candy Challenge,” “The Marbles Game,” and paper-flipping challenge “Ddakji Game”), the stakes were much lower, of course.
Commenting on it, Nam Chan-woo, director of the KCC, said, “Amid the global popularity of Squid Game, we have prepared this event to experience Korean play culture with many people in the United Arab Emirates,”
He further added, “Just as K-pop has gained its worldwide popularity through YouTube in the 2010s, I think Netflix will be a channel for the global spread of Korean video content such as dramas and movies…I hope the global popularity of ‘Squid Game’ will be an opportunity to spread other aspects of Korean culture too, such as Hangeul (the Korean alphabet), taekwondo, as well as K-dramas and movies.”
An official statement from the Korean Cultural Centre further stated, “The games seemed a bit brutal in the series to maximize the dramatic element; however, actually all the games in the series are popular games played by Korean children from the past to the present. KCC would like the people in the UAE to learn more about Korean culture by participating in the event.”
Held on October 12 at the center’s Abu Dhabi office, the event entailed a maximum of 30 people and was only be open to UAE residents. Some solid fun in store, this!
[Via: Travel + Leisure]