2020 Can-Kor Wood Festival Playhouse Donation Ceremony Held in Busan

By: Tai Jeong

Country Director, Canada Wood Korea

Every year since 2014, Canada Wood Korea (in collaboration with universities in Busan, the second-largest city in Korea) has held a university-based training program in conjunction with CWK’s participation in a trade show. Dubbed “Canada-Korea Wood Festival,” the program runs for 7 days every September.

In previous years of the training program – which usually attended by some 80 architecture and interior design students from five universities in the area – consisted of two days of lectures on wood and wood construction, and five days of hands-on practical training building wood-frame playhouses.

The practical training was conducted at the Outdoor Exhibition Area of the trade show venue BEXCO, in full view of the attending public. The final products of the students’ long hours of work under the sun (and occasionally the rain) were the playhouses, which were donated at the end of the training in an emotional ceremony that was – as always – the highlight of the program.

Due to recent COVID outbreaks, this year it wasn’t possible for students to build the playhouses. To keep the children expecting their playhouses from disappointment, this year the playhouses were built by members of the Yeongnam Chapter of the Korea Wood Construction Association in collaboration with Canada Wood Korea.

This year’s donation ceremony was held on October 16, with three professors from Pukyong National University, Silla University and Dongseo University presenting the playhouses to happy recipients from Busan, Sacheon and Geoje.