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Korean Speech Contest held at IUB on Korean Language Day

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Update: 2021-10-09 18:01:43
Korean Speech Contest held at IUB on Korean Language Day

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea for the first time organised a Korean Speech Contest at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) to mark the Korean Language Day, Hangul Day, on Satuday (October 9).

Eleven Bangladesh participants who were selected through preliminary round done in the form of video submission contested on stage. Due to the persisting COVID-19 situation, however, the competition was done without general audience. At this final round, five were awarded with a Samsung tablet and mobile phones: the 1st place Mr. Mohammad Mijanur Rahman, the 2nd Mr. Enamul Haque, the 3rd Ms. Fahima Akter, the 4th Mr. Md. Sharif Hossain, and the 5th Ms. Lalramkim Bawm. 

At the opening of the contest, Ambassador Lee Jang-keun, appreciating the participants who showed not only their excellent language skills but also affection to Korean culture and language, stressed that Korea also has a proud history of defending its language, Hangul, just as Bangladesh fought for the Bengal language during the course of its independence. Pointing out the crucial role of language which forms not only the foundation of a country but also the relations and connection between the countries. he hoped that the ties between Korea and Bangladesh gets closer as the interest in learning Korean language increases among Bangladesh people. 

Dr. Tanweer Hasan, Vice-Chancellor of IUB also presented at the opening of the contest.

As Korean culture such as K-pop, K-drama, K-film and Taekwondo is increasingly popular among Bangladeshis, the demand for Korean language in Bangladesh has been also growing. Dhaka University established Korean Language Center with the support of the Korean Government in 1998. Dhaka University is also hosting Korea Corner at the university’s Central Library which provides various books and multimedia materials on Korea and Korean language. Every year hundreds of Bangladeshis are taking TOPIK(Test of Proficiency in Korean) test which is organized by the Korean Embassy every year. The next TOPIK test will be held on October 16th at the IUB.

Hangul, the alphabet of the Korean language, was invented by linguistic scholars with the instruction of King Sejong of the Joseon dynasty of Korea in the 15th century. Korea observes October 9th every year as Hangul Day and relishes the importance of its national language.

BDST: 1800 HRS, OCT 09, 2021

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