To mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Hungary and South Korea, the foreign minister has opened the Institute of Hungarian Culture in Seoul.
During the launch event, Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said a “new Europe” was born thirty years ago when central European countries regained their freedom. He added that Hungary is proud to have been the first of those countries to establish diplomatic relations with South Korea, which have never been as good as in recent years.
Minister Szijjártó also noted that an increasing number of South Korean students are choosing to study in Hungary. Currently, 100 of the 751 students do so with a government grant.
The minister revealed that Korean is currently taught at two Hungarian universities, and Hungary is planning to send a guest professor to South Korea to teach Hungarian at Dankook University.
To further mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties, a Hungarian cultural season was held in Seoul with over 50 events, featuring the first performance of the Budapest Opera House in the city.
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