Events Inspired by South Korea

Check out these event ideas inspired by South Korea that will have your guests slinging mud and sampling kimchi

South Korea does so many things well, whether it’s K-pop, mouthwatering cuisine or breathtaking festivals. The East Asian nation is famous for its culture and entertainment, which has fueled the peninsula’s recent double-digit growth in tourism visits.

But even if you can’t make a trip to South Korea, that doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired to bring a little bit of what makes the culture great to your next event. Capitalize on South Korea’s unique appeal, and create an immersive experience for your guests with these great Korea event ideas! 

Mud, Anyone?

One of the most famous South Korean festivals is the Boryeong Mud Festival. It attracts thousands of visitors annually who enjoy some “good clean fun” by getting down in the dirt. The festival usually takes place on the beach and involves exciting activities like mud wrestling and greased mudslides, as well as nighttime attractions like dance parties and concerts.

To make a mud-themed event a success, focus on bringing out the inner child in your guests. Keep it playful and casual with unstructured mud fights and mudslide activities while encouraging everyone to let loose.

To add a competitive element to your event, try a mud relay race where you divide everyone into groups. Make sure you take lots of pictures and post them on social media with a designated hashtag, as your guests will want to share their memories online without getting their cameras or phones dirty.

If you’re worried that attendees of your particular event are less likely to fling mud and more likely to be a stick-in-the-mud, try a more relaxing spin on this theme. Mud baths have many health benefits for the skin and can help alleviate muscle aches; they also offer a unique setting for group relaxation that will make great memories for attendees. 

And if you’d like to bring your guests to the actual Boryeong Mud Festival, consider booking a stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Seoul so they enjoy some much-needed recuperation time after the event.

Communal Cooking and Kimchi Concoctions

One of the best aspects of Korean cuisine is its emphasis on participation. A great example of this is Korean barbecue, where diners gather around a grill and cook raw meats and vegetables. This style of dining is great for team-building events because it encourages everyone to contribute to the meal before sharing the results. It also provides a great talking point that can help get the conversation flowing.

Another food-themed activity that encourages teamwork is making kimchi. A staple of Korean food, kimchi is a pickled vegetable dish that comes in many styles and varieties. Most families have their own special recipe that can include a wide range of vegetables and preparation techniques.

Because of the variety of ingredients that can be used to make kimchi, it’s a fantastic vehicle for encouraging creativity and collaboration. Divide your guests into teams, provide a broad selection of ingredients, and let them see what they can come up with. 

For fresh varieties of kimchi, end the activity with a taste test to decide on the best recipe. For the more fermented varieties, build some anticipation by letting each team take home their creation to age for a few days (or months) before letting them sample the fruits of their labors.

Of course, if DIY dining isn’t your thing, you can also let the chefs at JW Marriott Dongdaemun Square Seoul do the cooking for you.

Running Man Mission Madness

Running Man is one of South Korea’s most famous variety shows, where the hosts and guests compete in zany challenges called “missions.” Every mission has simple rules, so it’s easy for everyone to get in on the fun, but the main attraction is how fun it is for the participants to watch each other compete.

You can easily adapt this format to your event by splitting your guests up into teams and trying some of these Running Man missions for yourself:

Drawing Relay
Line each group member up in a row and give them each a drawing pad and marker. The first person in the line is told an object that they must draw within 10 seconds. After the time is up, they show their drawing to the next person in the line, who is given 10 seconds to re-create that drawing. Repeat the process until the last person in the line is shown the drawing and must guess what the original prompt was.

Bottle Fishing
Tie a pencil to a string. Attach the string to the player’s waist and place an empty bottle at their feet. Without using their hands, the player must use the pencil and string to lift the bottle off the floor. The fastest time wins.

Telepathic Charades
A moderator calls out prompts that the team members must act out in a pose without consulting each other. The team with the most matching poses wins.