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Korean Culture Center Opens
February 4, 2010   
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A Korean culture center opened in Warsaw Jan. 17 in a ceremony attended by some 150 officials, including South Korean culture, sports and tourism minister You In-Chon and the country's ambassador to Poland, Lee Joon-Jae.

Polish officials included sports and tourism minister Adam Giersz and Piotr Żuchowski, a senior official at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Other guests included officials and businessmen involved in the development of political and economic relations between Poland and South Korea, in addition to artists and members of the cultural community.

The Korean Culture Center in Warsaw is the first such establishment in Central and Eastern Europe. It occupies an area of 850 square meters on the first and second floors of a modern office building at 8 Kruczkowskiego St. The center houses a modern Korean-style exhibition hall, a library (pictured), a movie theater, and rooms for Korean language classes, the taekwondo martial art and Korean cuisine. The opening ceremony marked the beginning of the Korean Culture Week held under the motto "Feel Korea in Poland."

South Korea established diplomatic relations with Poland in 1989. Over the two decades since then, trade between the two countries has risen from a modest $125 million to $4.4 billion. South Korea has invested $1.5 billion in Poland so far and around 100 Korean companies are active on the Polish market. The largest South Korean project in this country is a cluster of production facilities in Mława and Kobierzyce that manufacture LG monitors and LCD TV screens. The products are sold across Europe. LG Electronics provides jobs to around 13,000 Polish employees.
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