Lee Young-ae(Changumi) scholarship fund for Sri Lankan A/L Students

Ms. Lee Young Ae who acted as the main character of the popular Tele drama “Sujatha Diyani” telecast by Sri Lanka Rupawahini Corporation as a gift from the republic of Korea, has expressed her willingness to provide a special scholarship fund for girl students from low income families and following advanced level technology subject stream in rural schools in Sri Lanka. It was initially agreed for the establishment of this scholarship when there was a discussion at the ministry of education on 12.08.2013 between Hon. Minister of Education Mr. Bandula Gunawardana and ambassador of the Republic of Korea HE. Choi Jongmoon. One hundred thousand American dollars (Rs.12.5 million) will be offered to the proposed scholarship fund and the formal establishment of it is scheduled on 31st August at the ministry of education. In parallel to the Mahindodaya Scholarship fund which has been started for the students following technology subject at the advanced level on the instructions of HE. The President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it is expected to offer these scholarships to girl students following technology subject at the advanced level by “Sujatha Diyani Foundation”.

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[Korean Embassy held the Korean Cultural Festival 2017]

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Sri Lanka this year, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the National Unification Advisory Council South West Asia Chapter, the Korean Residents Association of Lanka, and the Korean Businessmen’s Association in Sri Lanka successfully held the Korean Cultural Festival 2017 at the Bishop’s College Auditorium on 1 July. The festival was organized in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Culture Affairs of Sri Lanka, and the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. The generous supports were made by a number of corporate sponsors such as Carnival World, Hyundai Engineering and Construction, Keangnam Enterprises, Kolon Global, Korean Air, LG Abans, Samsung, SM Line Corporation, and S&S Lanka Gloves.

On this occasion, H.E. Mr. Chang Won-sam, Korean Ambassador presented a welcome speech and Hon. Palitha Thewarapperuma, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, as Chief Guest graced the festival, with the participation of about 1,000 guests from all walks of life, including governmental officials, media, citizens, students and Korean expatriates. 
The Korean Cultural Festival consisted of two main events: (1) the Quiz-on Korea and (2) the K-Pop World Festival. About 70 participants in the Quiz-on Korea competed on their knowledge about Korean culture, history, language and lifestyle. At the K-Pop World Festival, a total of 18 teams comprising talented Sri Lankan vocalists and/or dancers showed their K-pop spirits on stage, and 3 special performances were also presented by the last year’s winner and two Korean student teams.
The Embassy would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all the related staff including KOICA volunteers and Korean students in Sri Lanka for their strong support in making this festival a success. 
Meanwhile, the Korea Week organized by the Korean Embassy will start on the 40th anniversary day (14 November) and go until 19 November. During the Korea Week, the various events will take place to celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Sri Lanka: cultural performances of Nanta* (BMICH, 14-15 November), the Korean Film Festival 2017 (NFC Theatre, 17-20 November), the Korean Cultural Experience Event (TBC, 18 November), the Korean Language Speech Contest (TBC, 18 November), an issuance of commemorative stamps (14 November), a television documentary screening on the diplomatic ties (Rupavahini TV, 18 November), and the Korean Ambassador’s and Kukkiwon Cup Taekwondo Championship (TBC, 19 November). In addition, celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group is scheduled to visit Colombo Port (26-29 October).
* NANTA, derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance “Samulnori”, is a musical performance gaining popularity worldwide.

​[2017 한국문화축제 개최]

올해 한-스 수교 40주년을 맞이하여 주스리랑카 대사관, 민주평통 서남아협의회, 한인회 및 한경회가 공동으로 주최한 ‘2017 한국문화축제’가 7.1(토) Bishop’s College 대강당에서 성황리에 열렸습니다. 동 축제는 스리랑카 문화부 및 루파바히니 방송사와의 협력 하에 준비되었으며, 다수의 기업(카니발 월드, 현대건설, 경남기업, 코오롱 글로벌, 대한항공, LG Abans, 삼성, SM상선, S&S Lanka Gloves 등)에서 후원을 해주셨습니다.
동 축제에는 정부기관, 언론, 시민, 학생, 우리 교민 등 약 1,000여명이 넘는 관객이 참석한 가운데, 장원삼 주스리랑카 대사가 환영사를 하고, Hon. Palitha Thewarapperuma 문화부 부장관이 축사를 하였습니다. 
한국문화축제는 ‘퀴즈 온 코리아’와 ‘K-Pop 월드페스티벌’ 2개의 주요 행사로 나뉘어 진행되었습니다. ‘퀴즈 온 코리아’에서 약 70여명의 참가자가 한국 문화, 역사, 언어, 생활 등에 관한 지식을 겨루었고, ‘K-Pop 월드페스티벌’에는 보컬과 퍼포먼스 부문에서 재능 있는 총 18개의 팀이 참여하여 K-Pop 실력을 뽐냈습니다. 또한, 작년 우승팀 및 한인 학생들로 구성된 2팀이 특별한 무대를 선보였습니다.
이번 행사를 성공적으로 개최하기 위해 적극적으로 도와주신 코이카 봉사단원, 재스리랑카 한인 학생 등 모든 자원봉사자 여러분들께도 진심으로 감사의 뜻을 전합니다.

 

한편, 당관은 수교기념일(11.14)을 시작으로 11.14-20간 ‘Korea Week’을 개최하여, 수교 40주년을 기념하는 다양한 행사를 선보일 예정입니다. 
※ 난타 문화 공연(BMICH, 11.14-15), 한국영화제(NFC 영화관, 11.17-20), 한국문화체험 및 한국어말하기대회(장소 미정, 11.18), 기념우표 발행(11.14), 한-스 양국관계 관련 다큐멘터리 방영(루파바히니 TV, 11.18), 대사배/국기원컵 태권도 대회(장소 미정, 11.19) 및 수교 40주년을 기념한 우리 해군 순항훈련전단의 콜롬보항 방문(10.26-29) 등이 예정되어 있음. 

Source  – Korean Embassy 

[The Korean Cultural Festival 2017 to be held on 1 July]

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 
establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Sri Lanka this year, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the National Unification Advisory Council South West Asia Chapter, the Korean Residents Association of Lanka, and the Korean Businessmen’s Association in Sri Lanka are co-organizing a variety of programs on two separate occasions – in July and November.
One upcoming event is the Korean Cultural Festival 2017 which will be held at the Bishop’s College Auditorium on 1 July. The event is organized in partnership with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Culture Affairs of Sri Lanka, and the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. 
In recent years, with the growing popularity of the ‘Korean Wave’, epitomized by K-Dramas and K-Pop, many Sri Lankans including young people have shown a deep interest in Korean culture and language. Responding to this love for Korean culture, the Embassy has organized the annual Korean Cultural Festival over the last few years. And it has proved to be a successful way to further deepen the friendship and goodwill between Korea and Sri Lanka. 
The 2017 Festival consists of two main events: (1) the Quiz-on Korea and (2) the K-Pop World Festival. The Quiz-on Korea (13:30 – 16:00 on 1 July) is a survival quiz competition where the questions will be on generic topics on Korea, including Korean lifestyle, traditional culture, history and language. The winner will be invited to learn and experience Korea this September, and compete with national representatives from different countries around the world to win the top prize. The K-Pop World Festival (17:00 – 19:30 on 1 July) is a K-pop performance competition, for which the Embassy has invited talented Sri Lankan vocalists and/or dancers to show their K-pop spirit on stage. Winning team(s) will stand the chance to go to Korea for the final round and compete internationally this September, following a screening process. They will also be able to meet and perform together with K-Pop stars.
Furthermore, the Korea Week will start on the 40th anniversary day (14 November) and go until 19 November. During the Korea Week, the following events will take place: cultural performances of Nanta* (BMICH, 14-15 November), the Korean Film Festival 2017 (NFC Theatre, 17-20 November), the Korean Cultural Experience Event (TBC, 18 November), the Korean Language Speech Contest (TBC, 18 November), an issuance of commemorative stamps (14 November), a television documentary screening on the diplomatic ties (Rupavahini TV, 18 November), and the Korean Ambassador’s and Kukkiwon Cup Taekwondo Championship (TBC, 19 November).
Meanwhile, celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, the Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group is also scheduled to visit Colombo Port (26-29 October).
* NANTA, derived from the traditional Korean instrumental performance “Samulnori”, is a musical performance gaining popularity worldwide.

Source- Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka

Popular Korean actress supports flood relief efforts

Popular Korean Actress Lee Young-ae made a contribution to the value of 56,000,000 Korean Won (approximately 50,000 US Dollars) to support flood relief efforts in Sri Lanka, following the extensive devastation caused to life and property as a result of the recent floods and landslides in the country, Embassy of Sri Lanka in Seoul said.

The Chairman of the Korea Foundation for Persons with Disabilities Lee Seong-gyu formally handed over Actress Lee Young-ae’s contribution to the Charge d’ Affaires (a.i.) of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Korea Sasanga Nikapitiya on Monday 5 June at the Sri Lanka Embassy in Seoul. 

Actress Lee Young-aeindicated in a message that she was ‘deeply saddened to receive the news that the Sri Lankan people had lost their lives and houses due to the severe flooding’. ‘As the scale of the damage became increasingly extensive,’ she wanted ‘to help with the recovery efforts’ in whichever way she could.  She also wished those affected people and their families an early recovery.

Actress Lee Young-ae is well known and much loved by the Sri Lankan people following her role as “Changumi” in the famous Korean historical drama ; “Dae Jang Geum” (“Sujatha Diyani”) which was serialized on Sri Lankan television and became extremely popular nationwide.  As the Advisory Chairperson of the Korea Foundation for Persons with Disabilities, Lee Young-ae also plays a positive role in improving awareness of disabilities and persons with disabilities among the general public.  She also supports the under privileged in numerous ways.

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[QUIZ ON KOREA in Sri Lanka is open]

Have you ever dreamed about visiting KOREA? If so here is the chance to achieve your dream. Show your interest and knowledge about Korean culture and language at the #QUIZ_ON_IN_SRI_LANKA_2017 on 1st July 2017.

If you are chosen as the winner of this event you could attend the Final in Seoul, Korea on 15th Sept 2017. The winner will receive a free round-trip ticket to Korea, while all other related expenses during your stay would be provided from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea. The Final`s venue is KBS Hall which is the biggest broadcasting company in Korea. So you may meet K-POP stars, actors and actresses by chance.

Please note that deadline for application is until 10th June Midnight. Just fill out the attached application form and send it to koreanfestival2017@gmail.com. And applicants under 18 years of age(born before Sept 1999) will not be qualified to participate in this event. A small gift will be given to participants on 1st July. Once again, thank you for your interest and support.

Q. When dose the event start?
A. QUIZ ON KOREA in Sri Lanka will start from 13:30~16:00pm on 1st July 2017 at the Bishop`s College auditorium.
Right after the QUIZ, the K-POP World Festival will commence at 17:00.

Q. What is the questions?
A. The questions are about Korean tradition, culture, entertainment, language, all about Korea. And question`s type would be OX quiz, objective and subjective.

Q. If I just sending the application, could I attend the QUIZ ON KOREA in Sri Lanka?
A. Depend on the number of applicants, we would hold the preliminary test before the QUIZ ON KOREA.

Q. Can only the winner get the flight ticket?
Yes. Only one winner could get the round-trip ticket to Korea. A. But don`t be disappointed. We are awarding prizes for the Top 6 contestants and a small gift to all participants.

Q. When will the winner go to Korea and what is duration of the stay?
A. The winner would stay in Korea from 11~16 Sept 2017(tentative) and the final is on 15th Sept 2017.

 

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Source – Korean Embassy

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Write your Korean food story in Sri Lanka 

Korean Restaurants in Sri Lanka 

1. Hangukwan 

2. Juliana Hotel – Kyung Bok Kun

3. KBQ 

4. Seoul 

5. B.us Kitchen 

6.Hans Dream

Where to buy ingredients to make Korean food

  1. Hana Market

  2. Colpetty supermarket (go to the 2nd floor and you can find a Chinese shop, Beemas and Branas. You can buy a variety of ingredients here. If you are looking for vegetables check the shops in the ground floor)
  3.  Hangukwan  (This was opened recently and you can find rice cakes (used to cook ttobboki) and variety of ingredients here)

 

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