As part of ‘2021 Korea Week’ held from 3rd to 10th of November, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea together with the Kandy King Sejong Institute Centre held the 2021 Online Korean Speech Contest.
This year, the Korean Speech contest attracted around 90 participants from island wide. The aim of this contest was to provide a platform for those who are interested in Korea and the Korean language to receive recognition and appreciation for their wonderful Korean oratory skills. The themes for this contest were based on their experience with Korean language, Korean culture, history and cities.
Korean Ambassador, Santhush Woonjin JEONG noted with satisfaction that, “Studying Korean has recently been emerging as a trend among young people in Sri Lanka. This year, the Korean language was officially adopted as a foreign language in Sri Lankan public high schools. From 2023, Sri Lankan students can take the Korean language in the university entrance examination. It reflects the high popularity of the Korean language among Sri Lankan young people. I hope more young people from both our two countries will learn the language of each other, become precious assets and build bridges for communication”.
The Korean language is gaining popularity as a foreign language in Asia. The high number of speech contestants is an example of our deep bilateral relations between Korea and Sri Lanka.
The growing interest in learning the Korean language among Sri Lankans will lead to effective job creation and widen their opportunities in the international job market. Multilingual communication is an essential ingredient for raising educated, successful citizens who can contribute to strengthening our bilateral ties in the 21st century. Korea-Sri Lanka friendship will rest upon them in time to come.
After a tough competition, the following competitors emerged as successful winners in this 2021 Korean Speech contest. Congratulations (Subapethum)!!
- 1st Place – M. G. C. J. Abeysinghe
- 2nd Place – Hansanayani Amarasinghe
- 3rd Place – Chamoda Sandeepani
- M. Niroshika Nandasiri