Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Seoul, South Korea

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC) at Seoul, Hannam-dong, Korea is a Cultural Centre of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations of India. It was established on 1st July 2011.

The Centre promotes bilateral cultural linkages between India and the Republic of Korea, by organizing cultural programmes, cultural seminars, workshops and trainings engaging India-based Gurus professionals and trainers for Yoga, Hindi, Hindustani Classical Music viz; Tabla and Indian Dances such as Kathak, Odissi etc., Contemporary. The centre also organizes special lectures on diverse aspects of Indian culture by involving renowned Korean scholars and academia. Leveraging local talents on Indian culture, the centre has successfully introduced classes at its premises in addition to other Indian art forms and languages.

The centre has also expanded the scope of culture promotion by arranging Indian cooking classes in association with culinary institutes in Seoul and screening of Indian movies both at its premises and at public places such as libraries, movie halls and parks; and introducing Indian games such as carrom in Korea.

Further, as part of its ‘Outreach Programme’, the Centre has opened its premises to schools, universities, associations and other entities to conduct program’s across Korea with an aim to reach out and introduce India to people living away from Seoul. It also offers its premises to artists, academics, writers and performers from both India and Korea for showcasing their talents.

The centre has established a wide range of contacts and has entered into Memorandum of Understandings with several provinces, cultural organizations and academic institutions to broaden the stakeholders promoting Indian culture in Korea.

SVCC has been celebrating several events in Korea such as; ‘International Day of Yoga’, ‘Tagore Jayanti’, ‘Gandhi Jayanti’, and ‘Festival of India in Korea – SARANG’ every year. SARANG means “Love” in Korean language and has been organized by SVCC since last 4 years. It has now become a significant annual cultural festival of Korea. Through SARANG, SVCC introduces diverse Indian arts forms such as dance, music, yoga, Indian films, cuisine, arts and academic works for a ten day period in different parts of Korea in association with local hosts and organizations.

In addition to SVCC, there is another Indian Culture Centre in Busan, which is one of the two Public Private Partnership modeled ICCs functioning abroad. With part support from ICCR, including deputation of a Teacher for Indian Culture and Dance teacher, the Indian Culture Centre in Busan has been promoting Indian culture and undertake outreach activities in Busan and southern parts of Korea.

Dr. Sonu Trivedi Director, Indian Cultural Cultural Centre, Seoul Embassy of India, 102, Dokseodang-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul Email: iccr[dot]seoul[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in
itc[dot]seoul[at]mea[dot]gov[dot]in Mobile: +82 1071604288 Website: www.indembassyseoul.gov.in/icc/