In celebration of the Day of Hangeul (Korean letter), the Ambassador of South Korea Woonjin Jeong recently presented letters of Appreciation to four Sri Lankan voluntary teachers who offer their services at the Korea Corner located at the Public Library in Colombo.
Hangeul day which was held on the 9th of October commemorates the invention and proclamation of the Korean alphabet and honours the excellence of the script.
The Ambassador had the pleasure to greet the Korean language teachers who are voluntarily engaged in offering Korean language lessons at the Public Library. Colombo Public Library, which is located in the vicinity of Viharamaha Devi Park, is one of the country's most prominent libraries.
In 2014, the Korea Corner was established with the support of the Korean Embassy. Korea Corner also plays a role as Korean Culture Centre in Colombo as it is promotes high-quality people to people exchanges and cultural exchanges between Sri Lanka and Korea.
At the Korea Corner, Korean books and videos are available at free of charge. Korean language classes are also offered including three beginner's classes and one intermediate class every Friday and Saturday. Currently, four Sri Lankan students who have completed the course, conduct classes for the beginners in Korean language.
They are Ms. Nadeesha Jayasooriya, Ms. Nilusha Jayasooriya, Ms. K.D.Samadhi Sankalpana Kirirbathgoda, Ms. Liyanage Manjula Malkanthi who were guided by Ms. Kwon Jung Min.
On this occasion, the Ambassador conveyed his sincere gratitude towards the Sri Lankan teachers who provide a vital service in imparting Korean language skills to the youth.
The Ambassador stated that he was deeply moved by the commitment and wonderful performance displayed by these dedicated teachers and he was delighted to meet with the teachers who play a very important role in Sri Lanka – Korea relations. "Your keen interest is symbolic of the strong bonds shared by our two countries”, the Ambassador said adding he was impressed by the fluent language skills displayed by the teachers.
The teachers also thanked the Ambassador for felicitating their efforts and said that learning the Korean language opened avenues through which they learned more about the time honoured Korean culture, customs and the unique Korean society. They also mentioned that there is an active interest in K-Pop, Korean food and culture among the young students in Sri Lanka.
The Ambassador further added “The image of Sri Lanka is really positive among the Koreans. The Korean employers appreciate Sri Lankans for their sincerity and hard work. The valuable service extended by these young teachers will further enhance people to people exchanges. ”
The Ambassador presented the teachers with tokens of appreciation for their invaluable service and felicitated their efforts that contribute to deepen the cultural ties between the two countries.