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Malayali Gathering in Seoul
Members of Seoul Malayalees gather in Seoul on Dec. 9, 2018.

Seoul Malayalees, a group of Indians from the southern state called Kerala, held their annual Christmas party in a restaurant in Seoul's Itaewon area on Dec. 9 (Sat), 2018. Christmas is a time to celebrate with families and loved ones and the gathering aimed at bringing together the Malayali expats living in Seoul. The event witnessed a showcase of the unity, diversity and the religious harmony of the community as Hindus, Muslims, and Christians celebrated the spirit of Christmas.

The event began at 11 a.m. and had icebreaking sessions to facilitate the networking of the members. The program was colorful with folk songs and performances that highlighted the essence of Kerala, its culture and integrity. The guests were surprised by a flash mob done by 25 members of the group. It was choreographed with utmost grace and could touch the hearts of the people congregated there.

The guest list also included people who showed interest in the South Indian culture and had guests from Korea, USA and Venezuela. They expressed their astonishment at the diverse and rich culture and conveyed their wish to visit Kerala soon.

The children present were jubilant to see Santa who dropped in to deliver the Christmas message and gifted a special Christmas cake. The cake atop of the delicious Indian food served made the guests speechless with joy.

The guests thanked the hosts for making the event a memorable one with games and activities. The senior most members of the community shared their wisdom with the new members and answered their questions regarding the life in Korea. The community adjourned by 4:30 p.m. with the promise of meeting again to write newer chapters to the epic saga of Malayali community in Korea.

For details and inquiries kindly contact the admins of the Facebook group “SEOUL MALAYALEES” or write to us on

Written by:
Doctoral Researcher
Biomedical Device Laboratory
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School
College of Engineering, Kookmin University
Seoul 02707, South Korea
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