Kimjang: Making and Sharing Kimchi

It’s kimchi season in Washington DC! Join the Korean Cultural Center for a special presentation and live tasting demonstration exploring Kimjang, the tradition of making and sharing Korea’s iconic national dish, Kimchi. 

RSVP Required via KCC website here 

Two special talks on the significance of Kimjang will be given by Dr. Paul Taylor, Director of the Asian Cultural History Program at the Smithsonian Institution, and Lauryn Chun, founder of Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi (MILKimchi), a US-based maker of artisanal kimchi.

The kimjang tradition is expected to be included this year by UNESCO in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Kimjang has a long history and is an important cultural asset that has served to nurture Korean identity and community. Making kimchi, the ubiquitous Korean side dish of fermented, seasoned cabbage, has reinforced the solidarity and the spirit of sharing among Koreans for many generations. Kimchi itself is renowned for its healthful probiotic and antioxidant properties. 

In late November and early December, Koreans typically make enough kimchi to last through the winter, with relatives and neighbors gathering to lend a helping hand. According to a 2011 survey by Korea’s Cultural Heritage Administration, 95 percent of Koreans eat kimchi every day and 64 percent eat the side dish with every meal.

Join us for a special live tasting, talk, and kimchi experience! 
Followed by a Korean reception! 


WHAT: Kimjang: Making and Sharing Kimchi 
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 5:30 pm
WHERE: Korean Cultural Center Washington DC (2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW)
HOW: RSVP Required via KCC website here 


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  • Tanya

    I enjoyed the event and found it interesting. The unknown Korean artist painting is beautiful! I found the room temperature too warm for comfort but that's because it was an unusual warm December day. I was very surprised how much food was served afterwards. Kimchi pancakes were yummy! This was my first Korean Meetup group event, but I didn't know how to find the members of this group to introduce myself. There were a lot of people there. I felt too weird to go randomly asking people if are from the group. So I would recommend to a "newbie" to attend a smaller event first. I know some people have profile photos, but once I'm away from computer I can't remember faces nor do people always look the same in real life (or the picture is outdated). Anyone ever thought of nametags with group name? They can be uploaded as a file and each member print out before going to event to be identified in a crowd. Just a suggestion.

    December 6, 2013

  • Carol

    I liked the food and the kimchi

    1 · December 5, 2013

    • Shimeda

      Yes, it was very tasty.

      December 5, 2013

    • Shiao-Ke SK C.

      Good stuff! Was anyone able to record in some way the actual preparation?

      December 6, 2013

  • Barbara F.

    it was fun learning about Kimjang and its cultural aspects to Korea. It was also interesting to see someone making kimchi. The pictures just made it seem like they would be allowing people to make kimchi so people seemed disappointed.

    1 · December 5, 2013

    • Shimeda

      Yes the pictures were a bit deceiving however, it was still a nice experience.

      December 5, 2013

  • Sylvia W.

    YEAH! Make all the kimchis!

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Barbara F.

    excited!

    1 · December 3, 2013

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