Forty years of Korea-Sri Lanka
diplomatic ties celebrated

Raja Segar to participate in Gongju Int’l Arts Festival


Korean Ambassador Chang Won-sam addresses the opening ceremony of an exhibition of paintings by Artist Raja Segar in Colombo on Friday, with Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha and Segar by his side. 

By Zacki Jabbar

A series of events to mark 40 years of diplomatic relations between Korea and Sri Lanka commenced on Friday with a preview Art Exhibition in Colombo.

Korean Ambassador Chang Won-sam addressing the opening ceremony of the exhibition of paintings by veteran artist and sculptor Raja Segar said that Korea was very happy to support a Sri Lankan artist.

Segar had been selected to take part in the prestigious 14th Gongju International Arts Festival (GIAF) to be held at the Limlip Art Museum in Gongju City, Korea on September 27, he announced, adding that it would be an ideal opportunity to further strengthen the mutual understanding and friendship between the people of Korea and Sri Lanka, especially in the light of this year’s 40th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

 Segar displayed 30 of his art works at his two day exhibition which concluded on Saturday, at the Korean Embassy premises. Twelve of them, which are oil paintings on canvas, would be showcased at GIAF 2017.

 Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha, who was the Chief Guest, said it was encouraging to see Korea playing a leading role in promoting Sri Lankan artists. 

"I am confident that Ambassador Chang Won-sam would continue the good work that has been initiated", he observed.

The Guests of Honour were State Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Palitha Range Bandara and Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera. The representative gathering included many diplomats, Koreans and local art enthusiasts. 

Ambassador Won-sam said that on November 14, marking 40 years of diplomatic relations, commemorative stamps would be issued, followed by two days of cultural performances.

A Korean Film Festival, he noted would be held at the National Film Corporation Theatre in Colombo, from November 17 to 20.

 Won-sam said that among the other events scheduled were a Korean Language Speech Contest on November 18 and a documentary on diplomatic ties,to be telecast over Rupavahini on the same day.

The Korean Ambassador’s and Kukkiwon Cup Taekwondo Championship would be held on November 19, he added.

The Ambassador said that a visit of the Korea Navy Cruise Training Task Group to Colombo, from October 26 to 29, would signal the climax of celebrations.


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