South Korea adds Ukrainian language to its audio tourist guides
The first Ukrainian-language audio guide in the Republic of Korea will work in Seoul's most prominent cultural and art center Sejong Center.
Rubryka reports, citing the statement of the First Lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska.
On Tuesday, May 16, the First Lady of Ukraine began a visit to the Republic of Korea to participate in the "Asian Leadership" conference. She met with the country's President, Yoon Suk Yeol, and visited Seoul City Hall.
What is the problem?
As a result of Russia's war against Ukraine, according to various estimates, up to 6 million citizens left their homeland and settled in different states all over the world. Many refugees struggle to learn more about their host country, as museums and historical monuments don't have Ukrainian guides.
What is the solution?
On May 17, Olena Zelenska visited Seoul City Hall to sign a memorandum between the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Korea and the City Hall on cooperation to promote cultural and artistic exchanges.
How does it work?
As part of the project to introduce Ukrainian-language audio guides in world museums and cultural facilities, South Korea adds Ukrainian to the guides of the largest cultural and art center of the capital, Sejong.
"This is where the largest theater in the country, the Seoul Opera, the Gallery of the Art Forum, and traditional art groups are located… Ukrainians will be able to hear about all this in their native language and discover the ancient and rich culture," the first lady noted.
As part of the Ukrainian audio guide project, guides were launched in two museums in the Netherlands. The Ukrainian-language audio guide will work in three museums in Italy and Sweden.
Only last year, the Ukrainian guides appeared in the National Museum of the Czech Republic, Immigration Museums in Sao Paulo (Brazil), Schönbrunn Palace (Austria), the Historical and artistic reserve "Gobustan" (Azerbaijan), St. Martin's Cathedral (Slovakia), on the Hop-on Hop-off bus tourist route in Oslo (Norway), in the National Museum "Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania" (Lithuania), Uluwatu temple in Bali (Indonesia), National Museum of Qatar. The Paris Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world, is also planning to open a Ukrainian-language audio guide.
The project to implement Ukrainian audio guides in the world's leading sights has been implemented under the patronage of First Lady Olena Zelenska since 2020.