"How will I introduce South Korea to my friends"
South Korea is a nation full of wonders. There are various aspects of the country which I adore and believe will be of equal amazement to my friends.
I will tell my friends about the prominence of Korea in the technological world, being home to major giants such as Samsung and LG. They will be excited to know that one of the most loved car brands in India, Hyundai, is Korean. Also the extremely popular KIA cars are from Korea as well.
I will share with my friends all the K-POP songs I love and tell them about artists such as BTS, EXO and BigBang. It will be fun to share with them all the K-Dramas I love such as Flower Boy Next Door, Reply 1988 and also the movies such as Parasite, Train to Busan and then together discuss all the story arcs and characters.
Korea being my dream destination is home to many beautiful tourist sites such as Jeju Islands, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Myeong-dong market. I will introduce my friends to these mesmerizing places and tell them about all the delicious dishes such as Bibimbap, Bulgogi and Tteok-bokki that we can have there.
India and Korea share a cordial relationship that extends back to thousands of years. I will tell my friends about the story of Princess Heo Hwang-ok, who travelled from the city of Ayodhya to Korea in 48 AD and married a local king. I will inform them that the prestigious 2019 Seoul Peace Prize was conferred on our country's Prime Minister Mr. Modi.
It will bring me immense joy to share my ardent love for Korea with my friends and I can't wait to start doing so!
"How South Korea Inspires Me"
South Korea - the name brings up a variety of images and connections with my daily life. Likewise there are many diverse ways in which this amazing country inspires me.
One of my biggest inspiration is that a nation that got independence after India is now producing so many products being used daily by Indians. Be it the mobile phones, household electronic products or cars, South Korean products are omnipresent. Starting as a war-torn and poor nation, South Korea decided to focus on exports and transformed itself into a developed nation at a fast pace. The per capita GDP of South Korea is almost 16.5 times that of India and it is the world’s 6th largest exporter. Technological prowess of South Korea can be gauged by the fact that it remained the world's most innovative country in the Bloomberg Innovation Index for the sixth consecutive year in 2019.
What inspires me next is the quality of South Koreans to keep their culture and traditions alive while embracing latest technology, fast economic growth and modern lifestyle. Koreans continue to give due importance to their customs and language. An inspiring example of this is the stellar international performance of the Korean movie, Parasite. South Koreans are among the best in the world in terms of presenting and exporting their cultural products like K-Dramas and K-Pop. Korean stars from both these fields are now adored the world over. Number of fans of these stars are in hundreds of thousands. Some of them are strong advocates of the Sustainable Development Goals and Universal Human Rights endorsed by the United Nations. BTS has appeared in Time's 100 most influential people in the world.
I am also inspired by the historical similarities between India and Korea. Korea also has had an illustrious history which is well preserved through various magnificent monuments like the Palaces (Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace), Hanok Villages, Fortresses, Gates and Temples (Bongeunsa Temple, Jogyesa temple). Koreans also had to struggle against the rule of an imperial power and fight for independence. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was impressed by their freedom struggle and wrote a poem in their honor. More than 2000 years ago a princess from Ayodhya went to Korea and married the King of Gaya. Now almost 11% of Korean population are her descendants. This is such an inspiring connection between us and the Koreans.
I am also inspired by the achievements of South Korea in world sports. It has consistently been among the top ten medal winners in many past Olympics. Taekwondo, the famous martial art was born in Korea and is its national sports.
To win so many medals, Koreans stay fit and to stay fit, they rely on their cuisine. Korean cuisine is quite interesting and getting more popular in India and the world. Almost all foodies have eaten Kimchi the most common Korean dish.
In conclusion, South Korea inspires me in many interesting ways and I want to experience it firsthand whenever I can.