By: Pune Pulse
November 29, 2023
Pune: On Tuesday, the Indo-Korean Cultural Centre in Balewadi inaugurated the King Sejong Institute, a centre for learning the Korean language, which has gained popularity due to the growing interest in K-POP and K-drama.
The organization, founded by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, will act as a platform for learning the Korean language and culture. Present at the occasion were H E Chang Jae-bok, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India, Kim Young-og, the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Mumbai, Sanjib Ghatak, the Founder of Indo-Korean Centre, Dr Eunjoo Lim, the Director of IKC King Sejong Institute in Pune and Dr Pradip Bavadekar, the Chairman and Managing Trustee of Youthbuild Foundation.
During the inaugural ceremony, the Indo-Korean centre aimed to demonstrate the harmonious fusion of both nations by presenting captivating performances of blended music and dance. Dr Eunjoo Lim mesmerized the audience with her enchanting rendition of Ganesh Vandana.
Jae-bok announced that they have organized celebrations in New Delhi in December to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between India and their country. They are also anticipating political and economic exchanges at a high level and hope to strengthen cultural and diplomatic ties between the two nations. Although they do not have a specific milestone in mind, they plan to continue creating as many opportunities as possible.
The ambassador acknowledged the Indian government’s desire to invite foreign universities to the country and expressed the possibility of Korean universities being a part of it. While there are no concrete plans at the moment, the ambassador stated that if there is interest in establishing sports universities in India in the future, they would be willing to provide assistance.
The Indo-Korean Centre, in collaboration with the YouthBuild Foundation, will offer certificate courses in the Korean language and provide training on Korean language and culture for corporate employees. These classes will be taught by native Korean teachers.