ISLAMABAD – Students, faculty and staff members of National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, witnessed and participated in some very entertaining and amusing games and recreations which are the hallmark of Korean people, society and culture.
These cheerful games were arranged by the Department of Korean in relation to Korea Day Festival in which H.E. Dr Song Jong-hwan, the ambassador of Republic of Korea, was the Chief Guest and Director General Brig Azam Jamal was the Guest of Honour. The Korea Day festival was also attended by Mr Worl-Jae, Lim, Centre In-charge of HRD Korea, Mr Muhammad Sooba Khan, Honorary Investment Counselor of Korea to Pakistan, , Registrar Brig (R) Saeed Akhtar Malik, Directors, Deans, Heads, officials of the University as well Korea Embassy and students of different departments of the University.
Dr Song Jong-hwan and DG Brig Azam Jamal inaugurated the event by participating in a popular Korean game “Hwasal Deonjigi” (Arrow throwing) in which DG Brig Azam Jamal outclassed the Korean Ambassador by aiming seven arrows on point. A great number of boy and girl students enthusiastically participated in game and won gift packs including ‘8 GB USB’, ‘Parker pens’ and books.
Students also participated in another game known as “Jegi Chagi” (Kicking shuttlecock) which was the real test of their acrobatic and athletic capabilities but the students performed impressively in their debut attempts on a Korean game. Moreover, the audience also enjoyed an upbeat musical documentary and showered course claps for heartening Korean music.
Dr Song Jong-hwan, the ambassador of Republic of Korea, while appreciating activism of Department of Korean said “I am delighted to see your efforts for making the understanding of Korean culture easy”. He said “I have always felt that people to people contacts are a crucial factor in the relationship between two countries. Through your efforts, you play a crucial role in bringing our nations closer and making our friendship stronger”.
Dr Song further said there are financial benefits of learning the Korean language too; it increases your chances of: getting jobs with Korean companies; getting jobs with many non-Korean companies that do a lot of business with Korea, and; doing your own business with Korean companies. Besides, there are also non-financial benefits. For example, learning a new language has been scientifically proven to improve brain functioning and understanding, he added.
DG Brig Azam Jamal in his welcome address said department of Korea at NUML is one of major platforms for promotion and understanding of Korean culture and language in Pakistan. Therefore, it is requested that students of Korean department should be allowed to sit in Islamabad King Sejong Institute (IKSI) Test, an official language proficiency test for application of Korean visa. A certificate from IKSI should be declared a requirement for the visa seekers and separate building for the establishment of IKSI should be built in NUML, he added.
Head of Department of Korean, Dr Atif Faraz, talking to scribe said that usually economic lenses are used to see and understand Korea but this event helped us to highlight that how Korean spend their leisure time, recreate and enjoy their lives. This connects us culturally.
In the end Ambassador of Korea and DG NUML gave away the prizes to the winners of the games and delicious Korean cuisines were catered to the audiences and participants.