New Korean languages classes open for Sri Lankan public
Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00
An opportunity to learn the Korean language eventually opened for the Sri Lankan public at the Korea Corner in the Colombo Public Library, Colombo 7. Any Sri Lankan national can apply for this language course as there will be no particular restrictions on age or academic levels, even free of charge. This is a part of promoting the Korea Corner as discussed between the Korean Embassy and the Colombo Public Library. This plan had also been mentioned during the 1st anniversary for the Korea Corner on 27 January.
In Sri Lanka, genuine interest in Korea and the Korean culture, also known as Hallyu, has been increasing in the recent years, however, opportunities to learn the Korean language in Colombo were limited, ever since the Sejong Institute’s closure in the year 2013.
The classes will be run by KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency) every Saturday from 9 to 12 at the Korea Corner, from 25 April. In addition, applications will be open for three weeks at the Colombo Public Library. The learning material will be a Korean language textbook published and also donated by the Korea Embassy on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Korea Corner. On the first day of classes, 35 people had attended, which was more than the anticipated number of people.
The Embassy of the Republic of Korea plans to open additional classes according to the demand of the applicants through consultations with KOICA and the Colombo Public Library.