By Penny Yi Wang
In the coming weeks, a newly-opened Korean cultural center in Qatar will roll out its September class offerings, including courses in language, cooking and music.
The Sarang Plus Korean Culture Centre, which is independently owned and managed by Jaehoon Hong, opened its doors to the public earlier this month. It is located in West Bay off of Onaiza Street near the International School of Choueifat.
Hong, who moved to Doha with his family some 10 months ago, is also a senior researcher at the Korean Islamic Institute. Speaking to Doha News, he said his goal to bridge the gap between Arab and Korean culture.
The center offers various classes that may interest young Arabs, especially college students who want to learn about Korean culture, he added.
Language classes, which begin Sept. 15, will be gender-segregated and offered Sundays and Wednesdays. The class will meet regularly with Korean native speakers at cafes or malls to practice.
Cooking classes will be offered from Sept. 25 to Sept. 28, with limited seats only. Voice, Korean flute and guitar classes will also be offered in private sessions based on demand.
View the full list of classes, timings and prices on the center’s Facebook page here.
The center will also host visiting students from Korea during vacations.
“In Korea, there is a lot of bias towards the Middle East,” Hong said. “Coming here and experience the region can help them open their eyes. It’s a good opportunity.”
For more information on the center, which is open daily from 1pm to 9pm, call +974-3394-6055/3385-9974, or email [email protected].
Credit: Photos by Penny Yi Wang