Kazakhstan and South Korea nurture close cultural ties
Kazakhstan and South Korea nurture close cultural ties. Kazakh artist Mikhail Pak has recently organized his exhibition in South Korea. Visitors saw about thirty paintings by the author in the gallery of Insa-dong cultural district in Seoul. They depict Korean and Kazakhstani landscapes. Mikhail Pak has lived in Kazakhstan for about twenty years. According to the artist, those years became crucial for him.
MIKHAIL PAK, ARTIST, WRITER:
- I was crafted as an artist in Almaty. I have one painting here. It's called ‘Winter Evening’. I think that this very painting characterizes the Almaty atmosphere, the city of Almaty, Almaty alleys.
PYON YONG JOHN, EXHIBITION VISITOR:
- The paintings by artist Mikhail Pak depict beautiful flowers and people. He is a very unique and creative person. He paints, translates Korean novels into Russian. His canvases depict the steppe expanses and horses and when I see them, I immediately recognize Kazakhstan.
There is an Asian Center in the South Korean city of Gwangju. Its ‘archive of music’ still stores the works of the prominent representative of the Korean diaspora from Kazakhstan, composer Ten Chu. Gwangju’s native had spent most of his life in Almaty. He had worked in Kazakhstan’s leading pedagogical universities. Ten Chu passed away four years ago, but his music can still be heard in the Asian Cultural Center.
This Library contains works of Central Asian writers.
PAN SON GYU, PRESIDENT, CULTURAL CENTER OF ASIA:
- Our center was opened in 2015. There is very little information about the Kazakh culture but we are cooperating with your country’s culture ministry. A number of Kazakh fairy tales have been translated into Korean language. We staged a play based on ‘Zheztyrnak, Peri and Mamai’ fairy tale.
The play based on the Kazakh folk tale tells a story about a child who loses a toy when moving to a new apartment and goes to search for it. The production uses modern audio and video processing. It’s been screened in 30 different places in South Korea.
CHOI GIN YI, SPOKESPERSON, CULTURAL CENTER OF ASIA:
- We studied the Kazakh culture and made puppies for this play. The play is staged in theatres in a number of South Korean cities.
This year, Kazakhstan and Korea are marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. To mark the event, Asia Cultural Center is organizing an exhibition of Kazakhstan artists’ and writers’ works, and will also publish a collection of Kazakh fairy tales translated into the Korean language.