Aside from national awareness, Korean culture has also made its mark internationally. Recently, Korean Culture has been celebrated in Paris. From folk songs to percussion music, a growing number are taking part in classes designed to give them a taste of Korean traditional music. Jeong Soyun has more: these Parisians are soaking up Korean culture. But it’s not through popular trends or TV dramas these Parisians are learning to sing a traditional Korean song, the Jindo Arirang.
Koreans are teaching traditional culture classes in France for two weeks to promote their folk songs and Pansori, a genre of Korean music in which one singer and one drummer perform. During the two weeks, people can learn Korean language and learn how to use a folding fan used in Pansori performances (Korean Culture Celebrated in Paris, 2008). The emergence of Korean culture in Paris is an example of its growing international recognition. In London Korean Culture has also made its mark.
Building on rising international interest in Korean pop culture and the history of cultural relations between Korea and the United Kingdom, the 12th Korean cultural centre in the world has opened in London. Korea’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism launched Britain’s first Korean Cultural Centre just off Trafalgar Square with a reception featuring Tea Music, a multidisciplinary performance based on traditional Korean tea ceremonies (Aran 2008). Fusing the contemporary vibrancy and rich traditions of Korean culture, the programs will build on well-established cultural links between both countries.
They will offer a cutting-edge insight into trends in contemporary Korean culture such as the dynamic film scene, the influence of Korean music and television on Asia, and the country’s innovations in new technology, as well as connections to Korea’s unique cultural heritage. The centre also has a library and high-tech information centre offering Korean language courses and lectures by academics and other experts. (Korean culture centre opens in London, 2008). The mark that Korean culture has made in Europe is the starting point in its path to achieve global recognition.
. The importance of Culture and tourism for the country is a very well known fact. Korea’s efforts to enhance and to develop their culture for their country and for their people can be seen through their collective efforts of the government and other public offices. South Korea has a thriving culture and arts sector and it has to take leverage on this sector to implement an intact cultural policy plan. Considering that Korean culture and identity are inextricably connected with one another.
The aforementioned efforts can help restore and preserve the gradually deteriorating traditions and ways comprising Korean Culture while fascinating the world with its wealth and beauty. Korea may use its geographical location in the East Asian region and also its influence on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in promoting its culture within the Asian regions. As such, it can effectively implement cultural diplomacy and help develop its national culture and arts.
Considering the current level of government support in Korea and the level of production of culture and the arts, the country can promote a sound cultural policy and even use culture and arts in its efforts in cultural diplomacy and enhance its international image. One common means of establishing an international cultural exchange is through the exhibition sector. Currently, the most common trends in the exhibition sector are classified as enterprising activities like participating in exhibits and through planning exhibitions in other countries during international events held on certain venues (“Life in Korea”, 2007).