A toast to friendship : Korea, Jamaica celebrate bond
Last week Tuesday, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea hosted a reception to commemorate Korea-Jamaica Friendship Week at the Mona Visitors' Lodge and Conference Centre in St Andrew.
The rainy night helped to create an intimate atmosphere, which facilitated the blending of the two cultures. Persons came out in their numbers in support of the week, which was aimed at fortifying the bond between Korea and Jamaica.
Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Young Gyu Lee, was grateful for the turnout despite the weather conditions.
"The week emphasises the gratitude for the friendship between the two countries. One love, one heart, let's get together and feel all right," said Lee.
Guest of honour, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, said he was delighted with the celebration of the partnership between Korea and Jamaica.
"This occasion gives us the opportunity to celebrate the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together," he said.
Korea International Cooperation Agency master's degree scholarship awardee Sabrina Morant gave a thank you speech, highlighting the support she has received during her time in Korea. She recounted her experience saying how amazing the people were.
"Koreans are honest and have a deep desire to succeed," said Morant.
MIXTURE OF DELICACIES
Dinner was filled with a mixture of Korean and Jamaican delicacies, such as galbi, gimbap, kimchi, and curried goat. Most persons were trying Korean food for the first time, and were surprised by the rich flavours of each dish.
After dinner, there were performances which portrayed a fusion of Jamaican and Korean cultures. Performances included a taekwondo dance by IYF, which showed their skill and discipline as they moved in sync across the stage. A rendition of Bob Marley's One Love, and an Arirang dance by the Korean Language School and the famous Gangnam Style dance were other highlights.
Other events that were held during the week (November 13-17) included the introduction of the 2017 Korean Film Festival; Korean traditional games such as Tuho, Jegichagi and Neolttwigi; Korean calligraphy; Korean liquor tasting; and Korean snack tasting.