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Indonesian Speech Contest
The chilly weather in Seoul on Saturday (December 1, 2012) did not dampen the will and passion of Korean students heading to the Indonesia Embassy in Seoul, which located in Yeouido area.That day was the day of Indonesia speech contest, an annual event conducted by the Embassy to be an opportunity for Korean students to exercise their ability to speak Bahasa Indonesia.As a grand prize, not only Garuda Indonesia provided round trip tickets to Denpasar for 2 (two) winners, the Embassy also gave students allowances for first to third winners. Maybe because the reward was really
tempting, the participants looked nervous and was very tense. They tried to use any last minutes to practice their speech before appear at the lobby, where the event took place.
The theme for this year speech contest was "Ethnic Diversity in Indonesia". The theme was quite interesting as well as challenging for the participants, especially because "ethnic diversity" in Korea is not a familiar term. From their ancestors, Korea only recognizes one nation, one race and one language. Opportunity to explore the theme for their speech would gave them invaluable knowledge, particularly regarding diversity in Indonesia.
Also present at the event, Professors and lecturers from universities of the participants. The speech contest was organized as an effort to promote Indonesia in Korea. Korean students not only practicing their Indonesian language skills but also have an opportunity to explore the various culture of Indonesia. (sosbud/asri)