JNU gets India’s first public information centre on Korea

New Delhi, Oct 12: A state-of-the-art ‘Korea Corner’ was inaugurated in the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Wednesday as part of the celebrations to observe the Hangeul (Korean alphabet) Day.

The unit, opened at the Centre for Korean Studies (CKS) in the School of Language and Cultural Studies building, is supported by the Embassy of Republic of Korea and Korea Foundation. The JNU has provided the space for establishing the facility and the Korean Embassy extended support in terms of interior designing, new equipment as well as a variety of resource materials on Korea.

First multi-purpose cultural and public information centre on Korea in India

The ‘Korea Corner’ is the first multi-purpose cultural and public information centre on Korea in India. It will enable JNU students, faculty members and those interested in knowing and learning about Korea to have cultural and educational experiences by providing research materials, academic books and audio-video contents while demonstrating Korea’s cultural artifacts, photos, traditional costumes and musical instruments.

JNU has been at the forefront of promoting Korean language and Korean Studies in India. JNU is the only university in India where Korean language is taught right from undergraduate to Ph D level.

‘Little Korea’ in JNU campus

Highlighting the importance of Korea Corner, Korean Ambassador Shin Bong-kil, who was present during the launch said, “The Korean Government has made utmost efforts to strengthen public diplomacy in India in tune with emerging Korea-India relations. Thanks to the collaborative efforts between the Korean Embassy and JNU, the first Korean Corner in India has been realized.”

“Korea Corner will be like ‘Little Korea’ in JNU campus and will serve as a popular destination to experience elements of both modern and traditional Korea,” he said.

Kim Chang Hyeon, Chief architect and designer of the centre, also showed the development of the Korean Corner through a video presentation during the event.

The event also saw an international seminar on ‘Translation, Literature and India: Present status and future prospects’.

The seminar also marked the launch of three Korean folktale books translated into Hindi, Marathi and Tamil by the students of Centre of Korean Studies.

The participants also discussed translation of Indian literature in Korea and the future prospects of translation in this era of globalization and opportunities for Indian translators.