South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his spouse Kim Keon Hee on Thursday afternoon visited and spoke with students at the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS) under the Vietnam National University (VNU) Hanoi during his on-going state visit to Vietnam.
President Yoon told the ULIS Faculty of Korean Language and Culture students that his visit takes place at a time when the two countries are witnessing the great development of their bilateral ties.
He said he was glad to know that there was a rising number of young Vietnamese opting to learn Korean, adding that the Vietnamese students had excellent Korean pronunciation.
The South Korean state leader remarked that he would do more to promote the Vietnam - South Korea bilateral ties, especially in the realm of educating young generations about the relations.
Vietnam has organized cultural exchanges with South Korea, paving the way for young Vietnamese to better understand Korean culture, the top South Korean official noted.
Besides cultural exchanges, President Yoon shared his expectations that educational activities would be held so that Vietnamese students could study Korean at higher levels.
“The South Korean government will create more policies to support young Vietnamese in approaching Korean language and culture,” he affirmed.
President Yoon and his spouse also chatted with and answered questions raised by the ULIS students about Korean culture and the 'Korean Wave.'
The Korean Wave, or Hallyu, refers to the global popularity of South Korean pop culture, particularly K-pop music and K-dramas.
VNU Hanoi director Le Quan revealed at the meeting that more than 50,000 Vietnamese are currently learning Korean and the language is being taught at close to 60 universities and junior colleges across Vietnam.
Quan suggested the South Korean government continue to support Vietnam in the fields of education and technology transfer, as well as in the teaching and research of Korean culture and language.