SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) — K-pop group Red Velvet and veteran actor Ahn Sung-ki were named honorary ambassadors of the King Sejong Institute, a state-run Korean language education center, the agency said Monday.
The five-member girl group under S.M. Entertainment, South Korea’s biggest entertainment agency, and Ahn, one of the most established and respected actors in Korea who has appeared in some 130 films in his 60-year career, were appointed honorary ambassadors at an event marking the agency’s 10-year anniversary at Blue Square Hall in central Seoul.
Ahn and Red Velvet will participate in key events by the institute operated by the culture ministry and also appear in its educational material for the Korean culture and language.
Named after the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) king who invented the Korean alphabet “Hangeul,” the institute runs 177 language schools in 58 nations with some 50,000 students.