Students at Harvard University visited North Gyeongsang Province for two days from March 17 to 18 to go around its new government office building and experience culture in the province as part of the Harvard College in Asia Program (HCAP).
The HCAP is an international exchange program founded at Harvard University to enable its students to experience Asian education and culture. Harvard University has chosen Ewha Womans University in Korea as its partner and aims to establish the network between students at two universities and foster students as future leaders in Asia.
The reason why students, who aim for the equality and freedom of men, chose North Gyeongsang Province as the place to experience Korean culture was Andong in the province is the home of Confucianism and the most Korean city.
In particular, students were impressed by the new government office building in North Gyeongsang Province. The guide told them the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General Taleb Rifai, who majored in architecture, said, “That’s Korea”, when he saw the building, and it is a model of government buildings that harmoniously integrates tradition and modernity.
In addition, they visited the Traditional Culture Contents Museum, which leads the ICT industry in North Gyeongsang Province, and the Scholor Culture Training Center of Dosan Seowon, and saw the Old House Concert, which performs the traditional mask dance at a 250-year-old house in Andong, in the evening.
Ibrahim Ouf, a student at Harvard University, said, “Through this familiarization tour, I could understand better about Korea with special memories at Andong Hahoe Village, Dosan Seowon and Old House Concert, and I will tell my friends about it when I go back. Also, I want to visit Andong again to experience more Korean culture.”