South Korea marks 60th anniversary of ties with Jordan

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AMMAN — Observing the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Jordan South Korean Ambassador Lee Jea-wan hosted a luncheon banquet for Jordanian journalists in his residence on Monday.اضافة اعلان

The ambassador outlined cultural events planned to mark the occasion. They include a Taekwondo competition, which will be held at the Cultural Palace in Al-Hussein Youth City on July 26.

Participating in the competition are the K-Tigers, and the Jordanian Taekwondo Federation’s performance team, he said.

A K-pop festival, comprising some 30 Jordanian and Korean groups, is also planned at the same location on July 31.

K-pop, a term which became popular in the early 2000s, is a form of popular music, originating in South Korea as part of the country’s cultural heritage. It includes styles and genres from around the world, including pop, hip hop, rock, jazz, country and classical, among others.

“All age groups are welcome to attend, but preferably teenagers will perform in the festival”, according to Kim Jiyoung, the embassy’s first secretary.

Another K-pop boy-group concert is slated for August 6 at the same location. It will be held from 6pm to 7pm.

Commenting on Korean food served to journalists, the ambassador said: “Food is culturally very important because it connects people, and gives a huge background on the history of each country.”

One of the cuisines that was served during the lunch was the Korean-style galbi gui and susam salad. The beef ribs were cut in a special Korean style. The first secretary said that Koreans “only slaughter cows in very important occasions”.

“The Korean food and its decoration reflect generosity” of the people, contended embassy consul Chung Jaehoon.

“You see many fruits and vegetables in the Korean food because, in the Korean crisis in 1953, people used to pickle food and cook sea food mostly due to lack of meat and chicken,” the consul explained.

The ambassador, meanwhile, said he hoped that Busan, Korea, will be selected to host the World Expo 2030.

He presented a guide why the expo should be elected, noting that “Busan is a symbol of transformation. It’s a famous cultural city and it is a developed city.”

“Generally, the expo attempts to shed light on how to achieve prosperity around the world,” he told reporters.

Voting will take place in November 2023 to elect which country will hold the Expo 2030, the ambassador added, urging Jordanian support for Korea in that matter. 

Also, a program to introduce “Korean realities” might be planned for Jordanian journalists, most likely next year, the ambassador pointed out. He said candidates will be sent to Korea to have an authentic experience of its nature and reality.

The envoy praised journalists saying that they “must have a very high sense of responsibility in addition to devotion to their career. It’s a job that helps promoting one’s country.” 

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