38 countries send greetings to Korea
“Korea Clickers!, please continue giving us awesome news on Korean politics and culture!”
– The Philippines
“All South Koreans are good, they have a good time without anything bad.”
“Thanks for sharing Korean information for the whole year.”
“I am so glad that I found these pages [Korea.net] where I could read interesting news and stories so that my love for Korea could grow even more.”
These are some of the New Year’s greetings sent to Korea and Korea.net by more than 110 fans from 38 countries worldwide.
It was no secret that these fans, all of whom enjoy Korea.net’s various Korea-related news and information, love Korea, as seen through their New Year’s messages. From Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru in South America, halfway across the globe, to Bulgaria, Estonia and France in Europe, to Lebanon, Iran and Jordan in the Middle East, to Algeria, Egypt and South Africa in Africa, and to Bangladesh, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore closer to home — even though they were all using different languages — they all sent us similar wishes for a happy new year.
Korea.net fans from Indonesia visit Korea.net to share their thoughts about Korea on April 23, 2014. They are (from left) Cut Vitarie Hadiana, Petty Arniza and Anieta Carolina.
An 18-year-old reader from Estonia, one of the three Baltic nations, said, “I am so glad that I found these pages [Korea.net] where I could read interesting news and stories so that my love for Korea could grow even more.”
A 32-year-old Filipina expressed her hopes by saying, “Korea Clickers!, please continue giving us awesome news on Korean politics and culture! Hope I can go back to Korea some day and have lunch with the staff. =)”
One 19-year-old reader wrote, “Since I am Egyptian which means there is an ocean between my country and South Korea I would love to thank you [Korea.net] for being such an important bridge and for making me feel that you shorten the distance between the two countries. Thank you for the information and the pictures and for the opportunities you gave. Thank you and happy new year.”
Singaporean Yew Mei Zhen says that Korea.net and Korea Clickers!, our official Facebook page, help keep her informed as to what’s going on across Korea. Photo taken on May 26, 2014 during her visit with the Korea.net news team.
Enjoying Korean pop music, soap operas and movies, all part of the Hallyu “Korean Wave,” and discovering Korean culture through their friends and family and at their local Korean Cultural Centers, these fans, enamored by Korea, send with a single voice their New Year’s messages. They all have an unquenched thirst for more information about Korea’s policies, culture, society and the country itself, and hope that Korea.net and its associated media channels will provide them with a diverse range of news and information about the country as they head into the new year.
By Paik Hyun, Park Yei Eun
Korea.net Staff Writer, Korea.net Intern Writer
* Photos are from Korea.net’s photo database.