Saturday December 25, 2004

Korean couple relive wedding with Malay ceremony in Malaysian village

It is almost the end of 2004 and Malaysia expects tourist arrivals to exceed 15 million for the whole year.
The country's tourism authority is happy with the figure, which it attributes to the many new initiatives it took.
One Korean couple went through a traditional Malay wedding in a Negri Sembilan village.
27-year-old language teacher Seol Joo Youn and her husband were married in South Korea a few months ago.
But for less than US$100, they could relive their wedding ceremony, Malay-style.
It is one of the newest initiatives offered by Tourism Malaysia to attract more people to visit the country and experience the local culture.
And such packages have become increasingly popular among young Japanese and Korean couples on honeymoon in Malaysia.
For Seol and 31-year-old Choe Hoe Cheol, they certainly had a memorable time.
Decked out in elaborate traditional costumes, the couple held their bersanding ceremony at the village community hall.
Twenty local families were also invited to lend a festive air to the occasion.
Choe Hoe Cheol, groom, said: "The package is cheap, compared with what's offered in other nations. Several years ago, I saw a Malay wedding on Korea TV. So after our marriage, we consulted our travel agent, who introduced us to this programme."
After the ceremony, the couple sat down to a sumptuous feast.
And what was their favourite Malaysian dish?
Grilled chicken satay with peanut sauce. - CNA

Parent site: "Focus on Malaysia"