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Message from the President

Welcome to our Website as the Korea Foundation stands on the Threshold of its Jeju Period

The Korea Foundation tirelessly moves forward with its mission of connecting people and bridging the world.

Ever since its establishment in 1991, the Korea Foundation, the designated public diplomacy organization of the Republic of Korea, promotes a better understanding of Korea within the international community and increases friendship and goodwill between Korea and the rest of the world. Its many programs and activities include support for Korean studies and Korean language acquisition; strengthening people-to-people interactions; promoting cultural exchanges; and creating networks between Korean think tanks and their foreign counterparts, thereby enhancing Korea’s soft power on the world stage.
The Korea Foundation has so far established 131 professorships in Korean studies or Korean language at about 90 universities in 16 countries, and lent its support to Korean art galleries at 28 prestigious museums in 10 countries around the world. In addition, we have invited around 10,000 distinguished individuals to Korea to enhance their understanding of Korea and provided Korea-related books and materials to about 150 libraries in 70 countries.

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In order to fulfill its mission as Korea’s designated public diplomacy organization, affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in pursuant to the Public Diplomacy Act, the Korea Foundation launched the Public Diplomacy Academy in 2018 to encourage more Korean citizens to participate in public diplomacy activities.

On the occasion of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the subsequent inter-Korean summit and North Korea-U.S. summit, hope for peace sprang up on the Korean peninsula that had faced a crisis of war just months earlier. At this critical juncture, it is of the utmost importance, to secure world citizens’ support for our peace efforts and continue to contribute to the peace talks among North and South Korea as well as among major powers with a stake in the prosperous future of the Korean peninsulaPublic diplomacy plays a key role to create a supportive environment and help bring about a fruitful outcome of the Korean government’s efforts, which represents the first and foremost task the Korea Foundation aims to accomplish.

On July 11, 2018, the Korea Foundation, currently in its 27th year of operation, moved its headquarters to Seogwipo on Jeju Island, the Island of World Peace, in accordance with the government’s policy to relocate public organizations to provinces outside of Seoul. Henceforward, we will implement our diverse international exchange programs from three locations, i.e. the new KF headquarters in Seogwipo, the KF Global Center in Seoul and the ASEAN Culture House in Busan. We will continue to introduce foreign countries and their cultures, histories and societies to the Korean public and enhance the global community’s understanding of Korea to foster friendship and goodwill. As we begin building a new foundation in Jeju, we hope for the continued encouragement and support from the Korean public and people from around the world.

Thank you very much.

Sihyung Lee
The Korea Foundation

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