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Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Seoul meets soul

The Obama administration will open the doors of the White House to host a state dinner honoring the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on October 13th. This is the fifth state dinner hosted by the administration. If you didn’t get an invitation, don’t be disappointed.
WASHINGTON, DC - October 13, 2011: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak meets with President Barack Obama at the White House. (Matt McClain for the Washington Post) (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Washingtonians have several other ways to learn more and to get a taste of the beautifully rich South Korean culture. For those with a literal appetite, Mandu has been offering delicious traditional Korean food in D.C. since 2006. Both their original location on 18th Street NW and their newest addition on K Street NW continue to get rave reviews.

If something more appealing to the eye than the stomach is what you seek, stop by the Freer Gallery of Art for a visit to the Korean ceramics exhibition. The collection includes ceramics made from 200 to 1900.

Throughout November, the Freer will hold a series of events including movies and live performances in celebration of the reopening of their Korea gallery. It kicks off Friday, November 4th at 7 p.m. with a free performance by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.

The South Korean Embassy always has a wealth of information on activities and programs that bring better understanding of culture and commerce between the U.S. and South Korea all year round. Seoul meets soul in the District.

Clarence J. Fluker is a renaissance man living a life of politics and prose in Washington, D.C. He edits Substance & Style D.C, a blog about culture and community. You can follow him on Twitter at @cjfluker.

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