South Korean ‘National Foundation Day’ marked in Islamabad

Islamabad: The South Korean ‘ National Foundation Day and Armed Forces Day’ reception was held in a traditional manner at the official residence of the acting ambassador Jin-Wook Kim on Friday in Diplomatic Enclave, Islamabad. Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Lieutenant General Abdul Qadir Baloch (Retd) was the chief guest at the ceremony.

The Ambassador while addressing the ceremony said that South Korea and Pakistan are tied in strong bilateral relations. “I am happy to share that Korea-Pakistan friendship has been reinforced early during the tenure of the new Korean government.” He said that the speaker of the Korean National Assembly and a delegation of Korean parliamentarians had also visited Pakistan earlier in August this year, and during their visit they met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq and other senior officials. “As a result of this visit, we can expect further strengthening of the Korea-Pakistan friendship,” he added.

Ambassador Jin Wook Kim further said that the historical “Winter Olympics 2018” at Pyeongchang, will be promoted as ‘Peace Olympics’ and the government will not leave any stone unturned to make the event historic.

On the occasion, the envoy said that Korean artists would promote the 2018 Olympics through different events, including cultural performances. He said that one of these performing artists’ groups had come all the way from Korea to Islamabad to share their stories and skills with the people of Pakistan.

On the occasion, “Jeong Ga Ak Hoe” – a Seoul based group of very young but extremely talented musicians – enthralled the audience with their performances. These internationally acclaimed musicians have over the years used their talents to reinterpret traditional Korean music in a modern way to create stunning new compositions.

In addition, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, and other diplomats were also present on the occasion.

The Seoul based Korean percussionist group “Jeong Ga Ak Hoe” performed special performances at the Rawalpindi Arts Council on Saturday , which was praised by the audience.

Simlarly in the spirit of cooperation and friendship a joint performance of Pakistani Artists and t he Seoul-based group composes stunning music performance using traditional Pakistan-Korean instruments and new compositions at Pakistan National Arts Council, Islamabad on Sunday, that was enjoyed and praised by the audience. Their music has deep roots in the Korean concept of “Johwa” meaning “harmony” and “balance”.


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