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Korean traditional dance Gwandae adds color to national day event

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ISLAMABAD, OCT 16 (DNA) –Ambassador of Republic of Korea Kwak Sung-kyu has said Korea-Pakistan relations are excellent and both countries have a desire to further expand ambit of these relations.

The Korean ambassador expressed these views on the occasion of National Day reception. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati was the chief guest.

A large number of people hailing from various walks of life attended the reception. The hallmark of the reception was traditional Korean dance Gwandae.

He said the dance performance originates from “Goseong Ogwandae Play”, a mask dance drama of 5 clowns, which has been widely performed in Goseong, southern province of the Korean peninsula since the late 19thcentury.

It was neither the story of royal court nor the upper noble class. But it was performed in the marketplace among commoners in the rural area. So, it reflects daily life of the under-class people.

Of course,I ts themes focus on cynical satire against the ruling class and sometimes immoral monks, he added.

The ambassador said,  an increasing number of cultural exchanges will take place in Pakistan and in Korea as well in the days to come.

It is also my wish it would be instrumental in enhancing the understanding of the each other people, and further bonding Korean and Pakistani people closer culturally. Now please enjoy the performance, the ambassador concluded.=DNA






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