By Xu Aiying and Kim Young Shin
The Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) will present a renewed version of its Facts About Korea website (www.factsaboutkorea.go.kr/mwelcome.do?ln=en) on Sept. 3 to mark the page’s second anniversary. At Facts About Korea, people can report inaccurate information they’ve found about Korea in any publication or on any website anywhere in the world.
The website, opened since September 2016, receives reports about wrong information about Korea that’s being distributed outside of Korea. The website is published in 11 languages: Korean, English, simplified Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic and Indonesian.
In the previous version of the website, it focused on reporting and filing a report about an error. However, many users wanted to know what kind of errors there were, and what the correct information is.
The new website will serve as an archive of the errors that were found about Korea, and link to the corrections, of course, as well as feature the reporting channel.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Academy of Korean Studies and the Northeast Asian History Foundation provides the website with reliable information.
Users will be able to share pieces of information published there to on their social network profiles, too, using convenient hashtags.
Finally, the eighth Friends of Korea class was launched at the Korea Press Center in Seoul on Aug. 23. The 35 members, from six countries and using 15 different languages, will be searching for errors online in overseas publications, and will be actively promoting Korean heritage and traditions.