SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 28, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government will present Korean names to 11 foreigners from around the world who have special stories related to Korea or who are interested in Korea or its culture.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said that it received a total of 248 applications from 52 countries for the first-ever event “Giving Korean Names to Foreigners” in celebration of this year’s Hangeul Proclamation Day, or the Korean Alphabet Day, which is observed on October 9 every year. Among them, 11 from 10 countries were selected and will be provided with Korean names. Seoul Mayor Park Won-Soon will write each one’s Korean name with his hand, which will be delivered to the recipients.
Many foreigners submitted the applications for the event with various their own stories about Korea. For instance, some of them said they were adopted in their childhood and others said they became great fans of Korean culture or Korean pop culture.
Their Korean names were made in cooperation with Korean-language organizations, considering the meaning and story the applicants want to deliver. The family name was created to reflect the Korean culture contained in the first name and to promote the beauty of the Korean language.
Following the first event, the Seoul Metropolitan Government hold the second one from October 7 through 31 and received 549 applications from 82 countries in total. That means around 800 people from 92 countries have submitted the applications in October alone. Currently, 10 from 10 countries were finally selected from the second event and their Korean names are being made.
The city government is now holding the third event in commemoration of Christmas, and it has recently decided to extend the deadline to December 7 from November 30, due to international participants’ lots of attention. The third event’s final recipients will be presented with Korean names on the day of Christmas Eve.
As the Seoul Metropolitan Government has confirmed the world citizens’ so much interest in Korean name, it plans to continue to hold this event in the next year to make it part of the new Korean Wave, called Hallyu.