Polacy w Kraju Cichego Poranka
Poles in the Land of the Morning Calm
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First Poles that appeared on the Korean Peninsula towards the end of the 19th century and described their experiences were two scientists and travelers Jan Kalinowski and Władysław Kotowicz. The first writer who introduced Korea to Polish readers in the beginning of the 20th century was Wacław Sieroszewski. Nowadays, there are very few Poles in Korea (about 130): the number is changing constantly as most of them are students participating in lan-guage courses or Korean Studies, employees on temporary work contracts, wives of for-eigners working in Korea, Korean’s spouses, Catholic priests, Polish buddhist monks and lecturers at Korean universities. More or less regular meetings of Polish community in Korea are held on the occasion of Polish mass celebrated once a month by Pallottines. After the year 2000 the number of marriages between Poles and Koreans has grown, which re-sulted in the formation in the autumn of 2007 a club of Polish¬ Korean families called 7736 km.
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