KBS to host walkathon to celebrate Arabic service

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KBS to host walkathon to celebrate Arabic service

KBS World Radio said Thursday that it will sponsor a walkathon later this month to mark the 40th anniversary of its Arabic service.

According to Korean Broadcasting System’s overseas radio service, the event will take place Oct. 24, at the Peace Plaza in Olympic Park in Jamsil, southern Seoul. Some 1,000 participants are expected to take part.

The event will celebrate friendship and understanding between Korea and Arab nations. Koreans who worked in the Middle East on major construction projects during the 1970s are encouraged to attend.

The radio service is also extending invitations to four Middle Eastern listeners to travel to Korea to attend the celebration.

Participants will be provided with a halal kebab for lunch and a variety of souvenirs, including halal-certified ramen noodles. K-pop and traditional Arab cultural performances are scheduled for the afternoon following the walk.

The event will host a quiz show on Korean and Arab culture as well as an electronic dance music show.

Some 10 Arab embassies will set up booths in the park’s Peace Plaza.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Korea Council of Sports for All, the Korea-Arab Society, the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission South Korea and the Embassy of the State of Kuwait are sponsoring the event.

KBS World Radio’s Arabic Service is the country’s only Arabic-language radio service. Since first broadcasting in September 1975, it has provided news, entertainment, Korean-language education programs and more for an hour per day to some 300-million Arabic speakers worldwide.

Those interested in participating in the walkathon event can register online at: world.kbs.co.kr/arabic/event/a40y/english/.

BY SER MYO-JA [ser.myoja@joongang.co.kr]

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