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Korean essay contest in India draws thousands of participants

All Headlines 11:54 September 24, 2016

NEW DELHI, Sept. 24 (Yonhap) -- Thousands of Indian students took part in a Korean essay writing competition held in New Delhi last month, reflecting a growing interest in the Korean language and culture, the South Korean cultural center here said Saturday.

The Korean Cultural Centre India said a total of 11,446 participants from 434 schools in the country's 29 states applied for the 4th Korea-India Friendship Essay Competition 2016.

The number of participants more than doubled from what was tallied in the first year of the annual event in 2013, which stood at 4,045, according to the center.

"Tens of thousands of Indian students were exposed towards the historical connections between India and the Republic of Korea and tourist attractions of Korea through this essay competition," the cultural center said.

The top three winners of the competition in the senior group were granted trips to South Korea, it said. The competition is divided into different rounds for senior and junior groups.

The awards ceremony for the contest was held Thursday at the cultural center in the capital city of India.

"South Korea has recently started to be known by more Indians," said Kim Kum-pyoung, director of the Korean cultural center. "I hope this essay contest can be a foothold for Indian students to better understand the country."

In this photo provided by the Korean Cultural Centre India, participants pose for a photo at the Korean Cultural Centre India in New Delhi on Sept. 22, 2016, during an awards ceremony. The center said a total of 11,446 participants from 434 schools in the country's 29 states applied to take part in the 4th-Korea India Friendship Essay Competition 2016. (Yonhap)


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