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Korean Festival gives the High Street District a boost.

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Thursday 30 Mar 2023

Foot traffic was up more than 30% in the High Street district on Friday 24 March as Aucklanders celebrated the Korean Culture Festival.

KCAKL Curator Gio Jin describes the High Street District as “the centre of K-Pop and the centre of the Korean community.”

Fans packed out Freyberg Place to watch a free concert by some of K-Pop’s brightest stars - Paul Kim, AleXa and Peakboy.

O’Connell and High Streets were also buzzing, with steady streams of people checking out the food stalls, markets and roving dance troupes.

City centre businesses we spoke to were enthusiastic about KCAKL.  Rock from The Waffler on O’Connell Street commented that he “didn’t even know so many people could fit in this area – it’s packed!” Dan, who was overseeing the Real Groovy market stall said, “the vibe is insane…we’ve been really busy all day.”

We’re proud to have helped bring KCAKL to the High Street district, alongside Auckland Council and the City Centre Targeted Rate.

한국 문화 축제로 여전히 시끌벅적합니다. 음식과 라이브 음악 등을 즐기는 사람들로 가득 찬 하이 스트리트 지역을 보니 정말 환상적이었습니다. 유동 인구도 30%나 증가했는데, 이는 매우 훌륭한 결과이며 실제 방문객 수보다 더 많을 것으로 예상됩니다. 일부 업체는 다음과 같이 소감을 밝혔습니다. Auckland 의회 및 시 중심 목표율(City Centre Targeted Rate)에 따라 KCAKL을 이 지역에 유치하는 데 도움을 준 것이 자랑스럽습니다.

Birds eye view K Pop festival. Credit: Dileepa Fonseka, Twitter.