Pune: The Korean Association Pune recently organised painting and writing competitions for Korean students studying in Pune.
The competitions were sponsored by the National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC), India chapter and were held at Oxford Golf Resort.
The topics for both the competitions were Korean unification and Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Speaking about the event, Sunkyung Choo, Director of cultural events, Korean association said that the number of entries for this competition was more than 50 and students put in a great deal of effort to make it a success.
"The Korean students studying in India face many problems like the language barrier, cultural differences, etc. Many of them are away from their families as well. The event was an effort to connect and encourage them," Choo added.
Various paintings and crafts by Koreans as well as Indians from Indo Korean Culture Group (IKCG) were also exhibited at the event.
The grand prize winner in painting in high school section is Heeye Choi who studies at Indus International School in the city.
She said, "I am excited to be able to participate in such a meaningful competition in this year when the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are taking place to go a step closer to the unification of the two Koreas. I hope that this award will help me and the people around me to pay more attention to the unification."
The winner of writing competition in high school section, Seungyong Lee, from Cathedral Vidya School in Lonavla, said, "I thank The National Unification Advisory Council for providing me with a platform for showcasing my thoughts on the unification of Korea. I am sure that such a unity will result in peace and harmony among the people and set a good example for the whole world."
In total, 10 other grand prizes were announced by Baekkyu Kim, India Chapter Chairman, NUAC South West Asia Chapter. The prizes and certificates will be awarded on the occasion of the general assembly of Korean Association Pune on March 17 at Koin cultural centre.