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Korea Week: A fusion of Korean martial arts and music

23 July, 2023

The Korean Embassy in Sri Lanka held ‘2023 Korea Week (K-Culture Festival),’ at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall recently. The Korea Week, consisted of the Korean Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo Championship and K-Pop World Festival, showcased a blend of athleticism and cultural extravaganza.

The Korean Ambassador’s Cup Taekwondo Championship jointly hosted by the Korean Embassy and the Sri Lanka Taekwondo Federation presented an opportunity for competitors from all across Sri Lanka to display their mastery of the traditional Korean martial art.

The final rounds of the championship were held with the participation of the Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka Miyon Lee and Secretary to the Ministry of Youth and Sports K. Mahesan as chief guests. Sri Lanka Army and Navy taekwondo teams competed for the final rounds of the sparring competition. Several regional Taekwondo clubs in Sri Lanka and the Korean TPC (Taekwondo Peace Corps) team also conducted celebratory performances.

Korean Ambassador Miyon Lee appreciated the efforts to promote taekwondo in Sri Lanka and deepen the bilateral cooperation between Korea and Sri Lanka. She said, “It is inspiring that Taekwondo has been adopted as a daily sport in Sri Lanka especially in schools, Army and Police. Athletes of all ages present today are symbolic of strong cooperation between our two countries.”

The Korean Embassy hosted the K-Pop World Festival with the participation of over 1200 K-pop fans in Sri Lanka to foster cultural cooperation and deepen the understanding of Korean music and dance. The event was a celebration of Korea’s globally acclaimed music industry, stunning choreography and charismatic performances of K-pop fans in Sri Lanka. Among many groups that contested for the preliminary round, the K-pop festival featured 14 performers from Sri Lanka, who paid tribute to their favourite K-pop bands through their iconic singing and dance performances.

Korean Ambassador Lee Miyon and Cultural Affairs Minister Vidura Wickramanayake were the chief guests.