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Kurdistan holds first Korean Festival 'Friends of Korea'

By A.C. Robinson 2/12/2017

The Kurdistan Region held the 1st Korean Festival “Friends of Korea” on Saturday sponsored by the General Consulate of [South] Korea in Erbil and organized by The Center for Korean Studies in Kurdistan and the International University of Erbil. The event had a special guest speech by the Kurdistan Regional Government's Head of Foreign Relations Falah Mustafa and attendance by the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Erbil, Mr. Park, Young-Kyu.

Many cultural activities took place such as youth talent shows featuring K-Pop singing and dance performances, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, Korean name writing, music performances of traditional Korean instruments along with showing of Korean costumes and face painting.

The event was held at the Public Library of Hawler-Zaytun at Sami Abdulrahman Park which includes the Zaytun Dispatch Memorial Hall, the name of the Korean Army unit present in Kurdistan to carry out peacekeeping and reconstruction-related tasks between 2004 and 2008 along with the Korean Culture and Information Center.

Photo credits: @Levi.Life, A.C. Robinson

Photo credit/Falah Mustafa: Mohammed Abbas

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