SEOUL INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR (June, 2005)


Mr. B.M.Kaeley, Managing Director of Inter-University Press Pvt. Ltd., Delhi-110007, represented Afro-Asian Book Council at the Fair. The Fair was held at Pacific Hall, Indian Hall, COEX (Convention and Exhibition Center) 150 Samseong-dong, Gagnam-gu, Seoul 135731, Korea. It was organized by the Korean Publishers Association. There were 394 participants (228 domestic and 166 overseas). The prominent overseas participant were: Belgium, Peoples Republic of China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S.A. The Fair was attended by a large number of visitors. Some publishers evinced keen interest in Indian publications and their translation Rights.

The books displayed were mostly children books, books for general reading, fiction, books in medical sciences, engineering, science and technology. Since education is fast spreading the country and people are learning English language, there is enough potential of Indian books in this market. Apart from all such books, books in Buddhism have also potential market in this region.

Apart from a number research institutions, the Republic of Korea has around 75 universities with attached colleges imparting education in humanities and social sciences, applied and pure sciences, engineering and technology, as well as medical sciences. With more than 10 million people, Seoul, ranks among the world`s largest cities and is the capital city of the Republic of Korea. The country is also referred to as South Korea. It occupies northeastern part of Asia. Its area is 38,023 sq.m. and its population, as per 2002 census, is 48,400,00 with an annual growth of 0.8 per cent. Apart from Korean, the language of instruction is English. Christianity and Buddhism are the major religions of the country.

Through planned development of an export-oriented economy, South Korea has become one of the industrialized world`s fast-growing economies. Agriculture engages one fifth of the work force.

About 98 per cent of South Korea`s people can read and write. Technical training, which prepares students for jobs in industry, begins in the middle grades. Primary schooling is free, but parents must pay for their children in middle schools, high schools, universities and colleges. About 96 per cent of children aged 12 to 17 attend Secondary School. As the universities have room for only a tenth of the student population, there is enough competition for admission.

Mr. B.M.Kaeley, Managing Director of Inter-University Press Pvt. Ltd., Delhi-110007, represented Afro-Asian Book Council at the Fair. The Fair was held at Pacific Hall, Indian Hall, COEX (Convention and Exhibition Center) 150 Samseong-dong, Gagnam-gu, Seoul 135731, Korea. It was organized by the Korean Publishers Association. There were 394 participants (228 domestic and 166 overseas). The prominent overseas participant were: Belgium, Peoples Republic of China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S.A. The Fair was attended by a large number of visitors. Some publishers evinced keen interest in Indian publications and their translation Rights.

The books displayed were mostly children books, books for general reading, fiction, books in medical sciences, engineering, science and technology. Since education is fast spreading the country and people are learning English language, there is enough potential of Indian books in this market. Apart from all such books, books in Buddhism have also potential market in this region.

Apart from a number research institutions, the Republic of Korea has around 75 universities with attached colleges imparting education in humanities and social sciences, applied and pure sciences, engineering and technology, as well as medical sciences. With more than 10 million people, Seoul, ranks among the world`s largest cities and is the capital city of the Republic of Korea. The country is also referred to as South Korea. It occupies northeastern part of Asia. Its area is 38,023 sq.m. and its population, as per 2002 census, is 48,400,00 with an annual growth of 0.8 per cent. Apart from Korean, the language of instruction is English. Christianity and Buddhism are the major religions of the country.

Through planned development of an export-oriented economy, South Korea has become one of the industrialized world`s fast-growing economies. Agriculture engages one fifth of the work force.

About 98 per cent of South Korea`s people can read and write. Technical training, which prepares students for jobs in industry, begins in the middle grades. Primary schooling is free, but parents must pay for their children in middle schools, high schools, universities and colleges. About 96 per cent of children aged 12 to 17 attend Secondary School. As the universities have room for only a tenth of the student population, there is enough competition for admission.

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