The Embassy of the Republic of Korea, for the first time, held a Korean speech contest at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) in the capital on the occasion of Korean Language Day, known as Hangul Day, on Saturday.
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 arranged without audience, said the Korean embassy in Dhaka.
Addressing on the occasion, Ambassador Lee Jang-keun, appreciating the participants, 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 two 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 was also present at the opening of the contest.
As Korean culture such as K-pop, K-drama, K-film and Taekwondo is increasingly popular among the Bangladeshis, the demand for Korean language in Bangladesh has been also growing.
The 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.
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 9 every year as Hangul Day and relishes the importance of its national language.