by Christine Kim
Saturday, June 26, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Hundreds of people got together to celebrate Korea-Alaska Friendship Day at a Saturday festival in Anchorage.
Gov. Sean Parnell, Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young attended the third annual festival, held at the Sears Mall, to show their support. Many local churches set up booths to serve Korean food and display traditional Korean ornaments.
There are more than 7,000 Koreans living in Alaska. Paul Moon, chief director of the Korean Community of Anchorage, says the festival is a way to share Korea's traditions with the rest of the city.
"It's growing a lot, because not only Korean community but also many Asian communities are involved in this -- also the state and Municipality has helped us a lot," Moon said. "It's growing every day, I'm looking forward to see it next year too."
Former Gov. Sarah Palin proclaimed Korea-Alaska Friendship Day in 2008.