To commemorate the 567th Hangul Proclamation Day, 174 international students studying Korean at the the King Sejong Institute (KSI) around the world gathered at Ewha for the KSI Korean Language and Culture Experience Event.
Ewha Language Center hosts Korean language event
Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and supervised by the KSI and Ewha Womans University, the event started with an opening ceremony which took place at the Lee San-Bong Hall in the Ewha Campus Complex on Oct. 4. Due to the active participation of students and volunteering staff, the event came to end successfully on Oct. 10.
The 174 international students from 43 different countries were chosen through careful selection of their excellence in learning Korean by the KSI back in their home countries. The event became a chance for them to indirectly experience Korean culture and promote new ways of learning.
The KSI is an educational institution with locations worldwide where students from other cultures can learn the Korean language and culture.
The purpose of the annual KSI Korean Language and Culture Experience Event is to let students at KSI put their Korean language skills to use in Korea and further understand Korea through experience. This year was more meaningful in that Hangul Proclamation Day was once again redesignated as a national holiday after 23 years.
The participants engaged in various activities including the flash mob in Gwanghwamun Square and the Korea Broadcasting System’s quiz show Golden Bell. On Oct. 5 and 6, they practiced Korean culture by learning Korean pop songs, Taekwondo and traditional Korean fan dance. They also went on a Ewha campus tour to learn about the tradition, history, education capacity and future plans of Ewha.
“I felt that Korea is a country that preserves its tradition with great care,” Zhou Yongxin (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 3) said. “Thanks to the chance to experience Korean culture such as listening to Korean traditional music and going on palace tours, I felt much closer to Korean culture than I used to through Korean music and drama.”
The Ewha Language Center, which oversaw the event, expressed contentment about the effective interchange of culture throughout the seven days.
“The event was a great opportunity to introduce Ewha to many nations and especially realize how advanced Ewha is in Korean education,” said Kim Hyun-jin, an official of the Ewha Language Center. “This shows an initial point for Ewha to take a leap in the criteria of Korean education.”