Korea's Culture Minister Promises to Bring More Korean Culture to Europe
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The Korean Wave has been sweeping parts of Asia‚ but who would have thought it would reach as far as Europe[Interview : Elodie Pages‚ Student] "I like FT Island‚ Super Junior‚ 2NE1‚ Epik High. Lots and lots of singers."
[Interview : Yuri Hourriez‚ Student] "I like Korean music because it's different from the music I hear in Europe. There is a little bit of electro and a little bit of rap. I think it's really good music."
Next week‚ a K-pop concert will take place in Paris for the first time.
More than 14-thousand fans are expected with tickets being sold out in just 15 minutes.
[Reporter : Hwang Sung-hee‚ Paris‚ France
firstname.lastname@example.org] "I'm standing in front of the Louvre museum in Paris‚ where around 400 K-pop fans put on a strike a few weeks ago‚ requesting for more tickets to a K-pop concert."
This is only one of the many signs of the growing popularity of Korean music in France‚ and to find ways to further boost the increasing interest in Korean culture‚ Korea's Culture Minister Choung Byoung-gug held a meeting with fans of Korean culture in the French capital on Thursday.
With around 3-thousand members‚ Korean Connection has one goal of promoting Korean culture‚ whether it's the country's music‚ traditions or language.
They are all from different fields‚ engineers‚ teachers‚ journalists and even architects‚ but their interest in Korean culture is what ties them together.
[Interview : Maxime Paquet‚ President
Korean Connection] "Korean Connection is an organization for promoting Korea in France in Europe and we started one year ago and we already organized many events in France for allowing people who love Korea to meet each other and to show their love for Korea."
What do these club members do when they get together for their meetings[Interview : Choung Byoung-gug‚ Minister
Ministry of Culture‚ Sports & Tourism] "The club members told me that as foreigners‚ studying Korean in Korea is complicated because of the registration process. They also asked for easier ways to access Korean music and television programs‚ so we will seek ways to make improvements in these area."
What started off as a small interest in foreign music has grown into a love for Korea and these French ambassadors promise that they will continue to promote Korean culture‚ not only in France but all over Europe.
Hwang Sung-hee‚ Arirang News‚ Paris.
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