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Korean Cultural Center quenches Thailand’s thirst for Hallyu

The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) built its 25th nest in Thailand.

On July 4, the Korean Cultural Center Thailand (KCCT) opened in Sukhumvit, Bangkok, with a goal to bring Korean culture closer to Thais by providing information on Korean culture and holding cultural events throughout the nation.

A group from an arts college under the Cultural Ministry of Thailand performs during an opening ceremony for the Korean Cultural Center Thailand which opened on July 4 (photo courtesy of the KCCT).

A group from an arts college under the Cultural Ministry of Thailand performs during an opening ceremony for the Korean Cultural Center Thailand which opened on July 4 (photo courtesy of the KCCT).


The newly established cultural center houses the concert hall Hanmadang with a seating capacity of 150 for various cultural shows including traditional performances to be staged, Korean language classrooms named Sejong Room and Humninjeongeum Room, and cooking classrooms where Korean food cooking courses will be given.

On top of that, a variety of hands-on cultural programs will be presented to satisfy the Thais’ desire to learn more about Korean culture.

(From left) First Vice Minister Cho Hyeon-jae of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Thai Culture Minister Sontaya Kumplome, and Korean Ambassador to Thailand Jeon Jae-man hold a signboard-hanging ceremony on July 4 (photo courtesy of the KCCT).

(From left) First Vice Minister Cho Hyeon-jae of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Thai Culture Minister Sontaya Kumplome, and Korean Ambassador to Thailand Jeon Jae-man hold a signboard-hanging ceremony on July 4 (photo courtesy of the KCCT).


“This cultural center will introduce comprehensive aspects of Korean culture from its history and tourist resources to its language, food, music, martial art taekwondo, and traditional dance and run hands-on programs for the people here,” said Korea’s First Vice Minister Cho Hyeon-jae of Culture, Sports and Tourism in a congratulatory speech during the opening ceremony on July 4.

“This will build an important bridge of cultural exchanges and cooperation among cultural artists of the two nations.”

Nearly 300 people including Thailand’s Culture Minister Sontaya Kumplome and Korean Ambassador to Thailand Jeon Jae-man celebrated the milestone moment marking the upgrading of cultural exchanges between the two countries.

Culture Minister of Thailand Sontaya Kumplome delivers a congratulatory speech during the opening ceremony of the KCCT (photo courtesy of KCCT).

Culture Minister of Thailand Sontaya Kumplome delivers a congratulatory speech during the opening ceremony of the KCCT (photo courtesy of KCCT).


“People from all around the world including our nation are eyeing Korean culture such as K-pop, movies, food, and fashion, to name a few,” stated Culture Minister of Thailand Sontaya Kumplome. “This center will boost cultural exchanges and activities between Korea and our nation and strengthen the ground for our relations.”

The inside of the KCCT (photo courtesy of KCCT)

The inside of the KCCT (photo courtesy of KCCT)


The opening ceremony also featured special performances staged by musicians representing the two nations -- a performing group from an arts college under the Culture Ministry of Thailand and Korean singer Baek Ah-yeon, who is also known as the third finalist on the first season of the famous talent show K-Pop Star.

Korean artist Yu Bong-hee held a craft class with traditional Korean handmade paper Hanji, while media artist Lee Yong-baek put on the Korea-Thailand Media Art Exhibition together with local up-and-coming artists.

By Sohn Ji-ae
Korea.net Staff Writer
jiae5853@korea.kr

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