Lunar New Year is one of the largest, most culturally significant events in Asian and East Asian cultures. Taking place on January 22nd of this year, Lunar New Year marks the beginning of a new calendar year that follows the cycles of the moon. Celebrated by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Singaporean cultures amongst many others, this exciting time of year is marked by longstanding traditions, celebrations and delectable cuisines.
Coquitlam and Burquitlam are communities rich with Korean culture, and both communities play host to a variety of activities to help you ring in Lunar New Year in style. After stocking up on LNY goodies at H-Mart, T & T, or one of the many offerings at Henderson Place Mall, here are a few local hotspots that will transform this New Years into one of the best yet.
Grand Palace Seafood Restaurant
1163 Pinetree Way #2001, Coquitlam
Located at Henderson Place Mall, Grand Palace Seafood Restaurant is recognized for its dim sum and exceptional Cantonese-style dishes. Following their tradition from years past, Grand Palace will offer exclusive set dinner menus for Lunar New Year, which will feature Chinese delicacies including abalone, fish maw and lobster with rice cakes.
Insadong Korean BBQ Restaurant
403 North Rd #301, Coquitlam
Poised in Burquitlam’s very own Koreatown, Insadong specializes in authentic, mouthwatering, and exceptionally crafted Korean dishes and Korean-style BBQ. The Korean-inspired interior of the restaurant will have you feeling as though you’ve been transported all the way to Seoul to ring in the new year.
Mei Le Bakery and Restaurant
112-100 Schoolhouse St, Coquitlam
For a new year’s Dim Sum, stop by Mei Le Bakery and Restaurant. Located in Coquitlam’s Mallardville neighborhood, Mei Le is widely recognized for their baked delicacies including their specialty Chinese Pork Buns.
Lunar New Year at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St, Vancouver
Travel a little further to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden in Vancouver, where you can immerse yourself in a wide array of performances on January 21st and 22nd. This spectacular event will feature lion dancers, a performance by City Opera Vancouver, tea ceremonies, and a wide variety of arts and crafts. This year, visitors will have the opportunity to witness the premiere of a brand-new exhibition by Chairman Ting!
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