Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple: Public Programs

February 2022 - May 2022

To celebrate the 60-year anniversary of Korean-Australian diplomatic relations the suite of programming in conjunction with Five Hundred Arhats of Changnyeongsa Temple will celebrate and contextualise Buddhist culture and the rise of popularity of Korean performance, literature, music and culinary culture around the world.

Lunar New Year
Thursday 3 February, 5-9pm

To mark Lunar New Year, Year of the Tiger, Powerhouse and Korean Cultural Centre will host an after-hours celebration. A selection of dance, music, and culinary delights honouring Korean culture will accompany an exploration of the Museum and Five Hundred Arhats exhibition.

In partnership with the Korean Cultural Centre Australia.

Free, all welcome

Buddha Day
Saturday 7 May, 10-4pm

Buddha Day marks the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. Powerhouse, along with Jongbopsa Korean Buddhist Temple, Belmore will host a day of celebration and reflection.

In partnership with Jongbopsa Korean Buddhist Temple, Sydney.

Proudly supported by the Australian Korean Foundation.

Free, all welcome

Performance Lectures
Buddhism and Contemporary Living 
Saturday 26 February, 11am – 12pm

Hundreds of Buddhist centres across Australia, whether housed in suburban homes or in purpose-built temples, maintain routines that draw on cultural heritage and ancient traditions. Ann MacArthur, Buddhist Council of New South Wales, reveals some of these practices ranging from meditation to celebration, food to finance. Ann’s presentation will be followed by a lotus tea demonstration.

The Rise of K-Wave 
Saturday 30 April, 11am-12pm

Macquarie University Korean Pop Culture academic Dr Sarah Keith is a researcher in K-pop, Korean popular culture and East Asian popular music. In this lecture Dr Keith will speak about the booming global popularity of South Korean culture since the 1990s, known as the of K-Wave,  and explore how traditional iconography has influenced contemporary Korean music. Sarah’s presentation will be followed by a K-Pop performance by IMI Dance Studio.

Booking details to come.

Books and Banchan
Books and Banchan spotlights South Korea’s genre-bending, and social and politically focused contemporary literature. Hosted by Saimi Jeong, a Walkley-Award winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Sydney Morning HeraldThe GuardianCHOICE and on FBi Radio, alongside a different co-host each month this dialogue focused gathering celebrates the recent surge in English-translations of Korean literature. To sustain the conversation, banchan – small Korean side dishes – will be provided.

Saturday 26 February, 2-4pm
Umma’s Table by Yeon-sik Hong with Saimi Jeong and SBS Food Safari’s Heather Jeong.

Saturday 26 March, 2-4pm
Tower by Myung-Hoon Bae with Saimi Jeong and Australian-Korean comedian Harry Jun.

Saturday 30 April, 2-4pm
The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-Eun with Saimi Jeong and Australian author Suzanne Leal.

In partnership with the Korean Cultural Centre Australia.

Booking details to come.