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Kenyans get chance to experience Korean culture

All News 18:40 June 01, 2016

SEJONG, June 1 (Yonhap) -- Korean cultural events were held in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, on Tuesday in time for President Park Geun-hye's state visit to the African country.

The event dubbed "K-Culture in Kenya" introduced K-pop songs, a traditional martial art, and Korean movies to the people of Kenya.

A high school teacher from Nairobi sounded excited after attending the event that took place at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC).

"Music transcends differences in nationality and language. Today's Korean performances made two different cultures united," he said.

Another attendee said "I became fond of Korean music after listening to Taeyang (a member of Korean boy band BigBang)....I am really happy to attend a K-pop concert here and hope for more chances like this going forward."

The concert was followed by taekwondo athletes' performances.

The highlight of the event came when local children performed the Korean traditional martial art, which drew warm responses from the audience.

It is believed that taekwondo was introduced to the country in 1976, and the sport now has 100,000 practitioners in 500 taekwondo centers nationwide.

The event was attended by 2,000 people including important dignitaries like President Park, Kenya's First Lady, the country's foreign and culture ministers, South Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said.

On Sunday and Monday, two Korean movies, "The Thieves," and "All About My Wife" were screened in an IMAX cinema in the capital. It was a sold-out event, the ministry said.

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