The Korean Language Institute at Yonsei University celebrated its 200th graduation ceremony on Wednesday. honoring more than 5 decades of teaching the Korean language and culture to students from around the world.
[Interview : Joanna Chong, Student
From Malaysia] "I wanted to learn Korean, so I came to Korea."
The school was established in 1959 as the first institute in Korea to formally teach Korean language and culture.
Its first class consisted of 25 students, but since then more than 93-thousand students have studied here.
And more than 54-hundred students have since graduated, including current Ambassador of Japan Masatoshi Muto.
Ambassador Muto, class of 1976, says he has no regrets learning the Korean language.
[Interview : Masatoshi Muto, Ambassador of Japan] "I didn't realize Korea was going to be so developed as it is now. I'm so glad to have learned Korean back then."
And for recent graduate Nina Un-Chong Harlander, the school was a way for her to learn about the country where her parents first met.
Harlander is soon returning to her home in Germany, but says she hopes to be back to Korea soon, especially for the food.
[Interview : Nina Un-chong Harlander, Graduated student
From Germany] "When I go back to Germany, I won't have Kimchi, but when I come back to Korea I want to eat kimchi jiggae, samgye-tang, bibimbap. I just really love Korean food."
[Reporter : Lee Connie
email@example.com] "What started off small, the Korean Language Instituate is now a large-scale school with more than 16-hundred students per semester. Lee Connie, Arirang News."