South Korean ‘National Foundation Day’ marked in Islamabad

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The Kwak Sung Kyu, Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Pakistan, hosted a colorful reception to mark the “National Foundation Day” of South Korea at his residence in Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad. It was a large event with cultural dancers and a music performance. The key feature of the event was the wonderful performance of artists from Jeollabuk-do Provincial Institute for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Korea.

Federal Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Azam Khan Swati was the chief guest of the reception, in his speech, the chief guest said that South Korea’s achievements in science and technology are amazing and they are extraordinarily hardworking nation. Ambassador Kwak Sung Kyu addressing on the occasion underlined the close and growing cooperation between Korea and Pakistan, drawing attention to important cooperation in business, trade, and cultural fields.

Earlier in connection with the National Foundation Day activities a festival was organized by Embassy of Republic of Korea in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council. State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir was the chief guest on the occasion while Kwak Sung Kyu, Ambassador of Republic of Korea, Saman Rai, Executive Director Punjab Council of the Arts, Lee Tae-Geun, Director of Jeollabuk-do Provincial Institute for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Korea,  participated the event.

State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul, addressing at the occasion said that the mega event proved blessing for cultural exchange programme between Pakistan and Republic of Korea. “Pakistan and South Korea have strong bilateral diplomatic relationships and cultural ties. We must continue to work hard to promote cooperation and strengthen cultural ties between Korea and Pakistan in the future,” she added. The Korean envoy Kwak Sung Kyu on the occasion said that he hoped to see an increasing number of cultural exchanges and events in the days to come. “I wish today’s performance would be instrumental in bonding and enhancing the understanding of each other,” he said.

Lee Tae-Geun, Director of Jeollabuk-do Provincial Institute for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Korea also shared his views about the troupe and performances. Saman Rai, Executive Director Punjab Council of the Arts said that it was a wonderful performance by Korean artists. She thanked the Embassy of Korea for choosing the venue to entertain the people of twin cities.

A troupe comprising of 15 artists from Jeollabuk-do Provincial Institute for Korean Traditional Performing Arts, Korea gave a wonderful performance at Korean Cultural Festival in Rawalpindi arts council.

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