Farewell, Young Gyu Lee

Young Gyu Lee, head of mission of the Embassy of the Republic
of Korea Chargé
d’Affaires, will be leaving his post in Jamaica, February 2020.

Young Gyu Lee, head of mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea Chargé d’Affaires, will be leaving his post in February of next year.

Lee made the announcement during the National Day of the Republic of Korea reception held on the grounds of the Korean Embassy on October 18.

“As I come to the end of my tenure, I would like to say that leaving is sometimes tearful, sad and heart-wrenching, but I smile because I know you are forever my chosen family. Distance would never change that. When I leave, my heart will stay here forever,” he said.

He went on to quote Bob Marley. “One Love, One Heart. I pray for God’s richest blessings for all of you and Jamaica. I had two goals when I got posted and arrived here in spring of 2017. The primary one was that I should do my best to further strengthen a friendly and cooperative relationship between our two countries.

Young Gyu Lee meeting with Korean singer Psy, impersonator of Eunchang Bang, at Korean National Day 2017.

Lee did so across several fronts, politically, educationally and socially, putting in place initiatives such as the first Korean language course at the University of the West Indies, Mona, which then led to the staging of the first Korean language speech competition. He pushed forward the National I.D. Project for Jamaican public servants, the Climate Change Response Project, and laid the groundwork for Prime Minister Andrew Holness recent meeting with President Lee Nak-yon in Korea.

He happily pointed out that his second goal was to enjoy the beauty and culture of Jamaica. “I toured Montego Bay, Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, Mandeville, including even local bars and night clubs,” he joked.

orean language students (from left) Kharece Lloyd, Patrice Lloyd, Rachell Dixon, and Jade Li Harris dressed in Hanbok, Korean traditional dress, for the Korean National Day celebrations on October 18.

Article written by Nichola Beckford