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Celebrate the 4,349th Anniversary of Korea National Foundation Day!

Celebrate the 4,349th Anniversary of Korea National Foundation Day!

On Monday, October 2nd, at the Sir John A. MacDonald Building, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Canada held Korean National and Armed Forces Day and Canada's Korea 150 celebration. His Excellency Ambassador Maengho Shin and Mrs. Dongmin Lee, together with The Honourable Senator Yonah Martin, gave all attendees an overview of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea. 

Conventional wisdom may suggest that the relationship between these countries is based solely on strategic, economic and diplomatic issues traditionally enforced. Although this is true, their relationship is also based on the human experiences of many Koreans that have lived in Canada and who have made history. In fact, at the celebration of Korea’s National Day, some large-scale projects and relevant events to Korea were presented. One of them, the Korean Canada Stories 150 seeks to connect communities, share their stories, and record Korean history.

Anyone who is a descendant of a Canadian missionary who served in Korea, a Korean War Veteran, someone who served during the peacekeeping years, Canadians working, studying or living in Korea as well as a Canadians of Korean descent living in Canada, a Korean national are invited to share their story.

Some stories included are shaed by:

Sandra Oh: “Ottawa native Golden Globe-winning actress and star of ´Grey’s Anatomy.'”

Anita Lee: “Executive Producer at the National Film Board; produced ‘The Apology,' and award-winning 2016 documentary about 3 surviving ‘Comfort Women’ of China, Korea, and the Philippines.”

Dr. Hoyun Lee: “Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario working on developing safe anti-cancer therapeutics.”

Sophia Lee: “Principal dancer of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.”

Dr. Chil-Yong Kang: “Virologist and professor who developed a vaccine (SAV001-H) that may prevent HIV, which has been approved for phase II human clinical trials in the United States.”

Dr. Young Sup Chung: “Order of Canada. 1st to have conducted extensive research on genetic transformation and its mechanism by ozone and developed a new bacterial insecticide.”

Rev. Kwang Oh Kim (O.M.D.): “1st Korean-Canadian practitioner of traditional Asian medicine medical missionary to seafarers in the port of Montreal since 1997.”

The PyeongChang 2018 --followed by the Paralympic Winter Games-- are other important events presented at the 4,349th Anniversary of Korea National Foundation Day. After the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988, the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in PyeongChang will be the stage for the opening and closing ceremony and most snow sports.

PyeongChang means opening a new horizon for a new beginning in a harmonized world. It is a place of global festivals that inspire each other and symbolizes a place where Koreans share their warm affection. It also expresses the Olympic spirit and the warm-heartedness of Koreans. There, all generations can participate, have their own spaces and get inspired anytime and anywhere through Korea’s innovative technology and cultural convergence.

It should be noted that the Korean Peninsula has been inhabited for thousands of years and the result is marked both tangible and intangible valuable heritage. These traditions are, for Koreans, pathways to understanding the past, the present and the unexpected future. Koreans have an intrinsic sense of the aesthetic as well as a sense of space that shows harmony and adaptation to nature. 

“A history of 5,000 years” is a common expression there. The modern Korea is the result of many kingdoms, tribes, and nations that were born on the peninsula, flourished and disappeared between ancient times. The Korean’s perseverance and determination have fashioned the country’s history and culture. Seoul has been the capital of various Korean Kingdoms and, today, it is a city where the past and the present coexist to open the doors to modernity, business, international society, culture, and adventure.

In a relatively short period of time after the Korean War (1950-1953), the country has achieved astounding growth thanks to the hard work needed to rebuild and create a better society. In recent years, Korea managed to place itself in the first place of developed countries regarding mobile phone shipments and airport services, as well be second in the fields of shipbuilding, synthetic fiber exports, and semiconductor sales. Within such elite group, Korea is, respectively, the third, fifth and sixth country concerning UN e-government, automobile production, and world exports.

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