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Korean Cultural Centers open in Indonesia and the Philippines

Two new Korean Culture Centers recently opened in Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila in the Philippines. The opening ceremony for the Jakarta center was held on July 18, with about 200 people in attendance.

The Korean Cultural Center in Jakarta is located at the center of the city, near shopping centers and offices. This center is about 864㎡ and has hall with 180 seats for concerts, along with a library, multimedia room and lecture rooms.

The Indonesian Korean Culture Center will run various programs for people, such as Korean language classes, Korean culture classes, exhibitions and film showings. In July and August, the center will hold a photo exhibition on the tourist attractions in Korea, and will hold an exhibit of works by 25 Korean painters from i September 29 to August 13. Also in September, the center will hold a festival to promote Korean culture, including a Taekwondo contest, Korean food festival and K-pop contest.

The opening ceremony for the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines was held on July 19. The Manila-based center is located in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, close to major public institutions and public transport. The new center is 955㎡ and has lecture rooms, a library and hall with 100 seats.

The opening ceremony featured a Korean Wave photo exhibition, Jeju Isand promotions, a photo exhibition of the Korean Wave in Philippines, and a variety of musical and artistic performances that included the national anthems of both nations.

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines will hold various programs, such as Korean language classes, Korean food classes, Taekwondo classes and K-pop classes for people to learn about and experience Korean culture. In September, the center will hold festival to introduce Korea’s travel attractions and promote tourism to the country.

There are 20 Korean cultural centers across the world, with three in South-East Asia. Korean popular culture, known as “hallyu” or the Korean Wave, has found major success in many of these countries, spurring interest in the Korean language as people watch Korean dramas and movies and listen to Korean music. The Korean Cultural Centers help bring more chances to learn about Korea and Korean culture to people around the globe.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism plans to establish more Korean cultural centers worldwide to promote Korea and Korean culture through new and interesting programs.

By Oh Jun Kyung Staff Writer

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