On wednesday, January 8, the newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Yeondoo Jeong, had invited the board of the foundation for an introduction at the embassy. The delegation consisted of Jan, Frederik, Karin, Jaap and Francis.
The picture has been taken in the office of the ambassador, next to the Korean flag and the Commemoration Day 2016 poster.
It took several centuries but in De Rijp the bells are ringing again. At this day the carillon was introduced under the watchful eye of hundreds of spectators. This day the set of bells has been introduced under the watchful eye of hundreds of spectators. The idea to let the carillon return at De Rijp came about six years ago from the carillonneur Christiaan Winter.
Our foundation received an invitation from the Korean ambassador mr. Yun Young Lee and his wife for the National Day of Korea, which took place in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Reception in honour of the Korean War
On 1 October, a delegation of the board has been invited to this reception by the ambassador. This year for the first time on this date, in Korea the 'Day of the Armed Forces', so very appropriate.
It was again an impressive gathering, partly because some veterans were honoured with the appointment as "Ambassador for Peace", accompanied by a beautiful medal and a certificate. Mrs. Park performed the national anthems from Korea and the Netherlands.
In the year 2018 the statue of Jan Janszn. Weltevree is found for over 30 years next to 'de Grote Kerk' of the town De Rijp. The Jan Janszn. Weltevree Foundation celebrates this anniversary by organizing extra activities. After the Information meeting in the library last month, a Korean 'Hansik' Cooking Class was organized on the 14th of June in Restaurant 'Bij Ernst'. As you might have noticed, Korean cuisine currently is a popular culinary trend.
Op 29 mei hield onze stichting in de bibliotheek in De Rijp een lezing/informatie-avond over de stichting, over Jan Janszn. Weltevree, de eerste westerling, die voet aan wal zetten in Korea en over Korea zelf.
Er werd ingegaan op het doel van de stichting: de relatie tussen De Rijp en Korea benadrukken en versterken.
On Tuesday, April 17, a delegation from the board attended the wreath laying at the monument for the fallen in the 1950-1954 Korea War. This very impressive ceremony took place at the Orange Barracks in Schaarsbergen. The ceremony was carried out by the "Red Berets" of the Van Heutsz Regiment of the 11 Airmobile Brigade.
Korean War Veterans Day Ceremony
On 6 December, the Korean War Veterans Day Ceremony took place in The Hague. At the invitation of the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Z.E. Yun Young Lee, a delegation from the Jan Janszn Weltevree Foundation has attended this meeting. During the meeting the 'Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal' was presented to former Korean fighters, or to relatives of them.
Because we wanted to know more about Korean customs and habits, we went to the Korean school at the Keizer Karel College in Amstelveen. There Youngmee Choi held a presentation, which gave us insight into the do's and don'ts when dealing with Koreans.In two hours you can even learn the Korean alphabet according to her! We had an interesting lesson. Thanks for that, Youngmee ..
On Thursday October 19 the board of our foundation was invited by the Embassy of Korea for the reception of the National Day of the Republic Korea. This reception was held at the castel De Wittenburg in Wassenaar. The Embassador Z.E. mr. Yun Young Lee spoke, after the beautiful singing of the Korean and Dutch national anthem, to the many people present and then we enjoyed a delicious buffet. There was ample opportunity to speak to several people who might mean something to our foundation in the future.