Chinese Vice Minister of Culture Dong Wei (R) presents the plaque of the Chinese Culture House to Li Yong, CEO of Yunnan Xinzhi Group, which runs the project in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Nov. 19, 2014. [Photo/Culturalink.gov.cn]
A Chinese Culture House was officially launched in the Tuol Kork district of Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on Wednesday to further promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Chinese Vice Minister of Culture Dong Wei presided over the inauguration ceremony. Joining him were Sun Jianhua and Zhao Haisheng, officials from the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, Li Yong, CEO of Yunnan Xinzhi Group and more than 100 teachers and students from the Confucius Institute in Phnom Penh.
In his address, Dong said the Chinese Culture House in Cambodia is the first of its kind that China has opened in abroad, and it aimed to promote Chinese culture in Cambodia.
Later, Dong also visited the 5,000-square-meter mansion, which is equipped with a multifunctional hall, digital library, reading room, exhibition hall and classrooms.
At the Chinese Culture House in Cambodia, Chinese teachers also provide classes on Chinese painting and calligraphy, music, martial arts and dances to Cambodian students.
The culture house will play a vital role in promoting people-to-people exchanges between the two countries and further contribute to Chinese-Cambodian ties, Dong said during his visit.