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Ten more Korean institutes to be built

Korea will establish 10 more state-run Korean language institutes across the world, including one in France, within this year, to meet rising demand for learning Korean and about the country’s culture, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on July 11.

The Sejong Hakdang, named after King Sejong of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), who invented Hangul, the Korean alphabet, runs language education programs for foreigners learning Korean as a second language.

The first Sejong Hakdang in France will be built inside the University of Marne la Vallee in the suburbs of Paris, the ministry said in a release. France was host to two K-pop concerts last month.

The language center will try to fully use popular Korean cultural content such as films, TV dramas and pop songs as education material to draw the attention of young people fond of Korean culture, the ministry said.

The government will open five other language schools in five Asian countries that export manual workers to Korea in a bid to offer them language and culture training in advance.

The five countries are Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and Cambodia.

About 40,000 foreign workers come to Korea annually.

Korea currently has 28 Sejong Hakdangs in 16 nations, including the United States, Japan and Russia, according to the government.

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