IMPHAL, Nov 9 - A Korean culture and arts centre – the first of its kind in the North East region – was opened here today.
Speaking to media persons, the centre director, Dr Minjoe Park, said Korean and Manipuri people look almost the same. “When I walk on the streets of Manipur, nobody recognises me as a Korean,” he said. “I hope the centre will play a key role in strengthening the relationship between Korea and Manipur,” he added.
Choi Jong Ho of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, who was also present on the occasion, said: “We want the people of North East India to understand the culture and traditions of Korea through this centre in Imphal”.
On Friday, a two-day ‘Korean Studies Workshop for Indian Educators in North-East India’ got under way at the Court Hall of the Manipur University. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages (Korean), Manipur University, to understand and explore the growing importance of economic and cultural ties between India and South Korea, with special focus on Manipur.
Professor Ch Yashawanta Singh, Dean of the School of Humanities, Prof Hyun Kyung Lee, visiting professor, Korea Foundation, Department of Foreign Languages (Korean), Manipur University, Choi Jong Ho, Minister, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Kim Kump Yong, Director, Korean Culture Centre, India, Prof Vaishana Narang of the JNU, and Dr SJ Nithiranjan, Regional Director, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Regional Centre, Imphal, attended the workshop.