Establishing goodwill and building on an already strong foundation. That was the motive behind the "Taste of Korea" event in Washington.
A number of activities were held to help foster better understanding between Korean and American cultures. Youngsters enjoyed everything from a cooking lesson and arts and crafts to live music and a martial arts demonstration.
Twenty middle school students from Alice Deal Middle School in Washington were invited to the festivities. They were joined by twenty Korean American students - all of them children of employees of the Embassy of Korea.
This was the fifth 'Taste of' event organized by the Office of the Chief of Protocol, a division of the State Department. Han Duck-soo, the Korean ambassador to the United States, summed up the Taste of Korea. "This is the appetizer to the visit from the Korean president," he said.
President Obama and the First Lady will welcome South Korean president Lee Myung-bak for dinner Thursday evening at the White House.