Ikeda Hall Opens in Seoul, Korea
SGI-Korea's new center, named Ikeda Hall, opened on November 18 in Seoul, South Korea. The building's debut coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Soka Gakkai's founding.
The new structure's main hall can seat 2,500 and in addition to offices, has rooms suited for exhibitions and conferences. Special multi-purpose rooms have also been created for use by SGI-Korea's musical performing groups.
At the opening ceremony which filled the main hall, SGI-Korea's Arirang Fife-and-Drum Corps, Victoria Marching Band and other youth performance groups provided musical entertainment. In his congratulatory remarks, SGI-Korea General Director Yeo Sang-rak said the new Ikeda Hall is a symbol of peace and hope and encouraged SGI-Korea members to impart this spirit in their respective communities.
An exhibition of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's photographs was also on display inside the building. This exhibition was sponsored by SGI-Korea together with Yonhap News Agency, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Seoul Special City and the Federation of Artistic and Cultural Organizations of Korea.
Guests at the exhibition included Lee Soo-sung, former prime minister of South Korea; Cho Moon-boo, former president of Jeju National University and Lee Do-sun from Yonhap News Agency's board of directors; and Lee Sung-lim, president of the Federation of Artistic and Cultural Organizations of Korea.
After viewing the exhibition, Mr. Cho Moon-boo commented that Mr. Ikeda's photos convey reverence for nature, life and peace. Mr. Lee Do-sun also shared his impression of the photos, saying they reflect Mr. Ikeda's wish for the harmonious and peaceful existence of all life.
[Adapted from an article in the November 24, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]