Auburn University to open Korea Center with Taekwondo, dance and music performances

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University will celebrate the opening of its new center for Korean culture and language education with music, dance and Taekwondo performances on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Foy Hall auditorium. The ceremony and a reception to follow in Foy Hall lobby are both open to the public.

The new Auburn University-Keimyung University Korea Center will offer non-credit classes in Korean language and culture beginning later this fall. Taught by a visiting instructor from Keimyung University, a private university located in Daegu, South Korea, the classes will offer the Auburn community a way to understand and connect with the area’s growing Korean and Korean-American population.

“Korean language has an important place in our community due to the growing presence of Korean-based industries in Alabama,” said Andrew Gillespie, assistant vice president of Auburn’s Office of International Programs. “Your neighbors, your children’s school friends and your coworkers may be fluent in Korean, and learning those language skills can provide a definite edge in the job market in this state and globally.”

The three Keimyung University groups scheduled to perform during the opening ceremony represent some of the best of South Korea’s artistic talent.

The Keimyung University Taekwondo Demonstration Team was founded in 1998 and has conducted demonstrations in Korea and across the globe, including a display at the 2011 World Taekwondo Championship. In 2008, the team was awarded a special commendation by President George W. Bush. Grandmaster Lee Kyu-hyung, who directed Taekwondo demonstrations at the opening ceremony of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, leads the team.

Keimyung University’s Korean Traditional Dance Team has performed across North America, Europe and Asia to further its goal of advancing recognition of Korean traditional dance worldwide.

The Keimyung University String Quartet consists of outstanding senior students drawn from the Keimyung Chamber Ensemble.

For more information, contact Jennifer Mason in the Office of International Programs at or (334) 844-5027. Information about this event and Auburn’s other international programs can be found at

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