Korean Festival held in Llanelli voted huge success
A Korean Festival held in Llanelli town centre last weekend has been voted a huge success.
The festival, the only one of its kind in Wales, was organised by Llanelli’s Korean community.
It celebrates their culture, showcasing music, dancing, traditional dress and cookery.
The colourful festivities attracted crowds and increased footfall in the town centre.
Llanelli market traders reported that the town was really busy and had a real buzz about it.
The event was supported by Carmarthenshire County Council’s marketing and media team as part of the work of the Llanelli town centre Taskforce led by Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole, and by Llanelli Market.
Cllr Dole said: “Events such as these bring more people into the town centre and increase footfall, they also bring a feel-good factor to the town.
“It is a commitment of the Taskforce to deliver and support events such as this, as part of our continuing focus on Llanelli town centre, and our support for its traders.
“It was particularly pleasing to get such positive feedback from traders in the market who reported increased activity as a result of this event.”
The links between Llanelli and Korea date back around 200 years since a Welsh missionary, Robert Jermain Thomas, visited the East Asian nation.
In return, the Koreans sent missionaries to be trained in Llanelli in an old foundry near the sea called the Robert Jermain Thomas Centre, and there is now a growing community in the area.