Czech Centres, a contributory organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, are the core instrument of public diplomacy of the Czech Republic’s foreign policy, and strive to support the reputation of the Czech Republic in the world. As a cultural institute, Czech Centres are members of the network of European cultural institutes – EUNIC. They present our country in a wide range of cultural and social areas: from art through the creative industries to the achievements of Czech science and innovations. They also provide Czech language courses in foreign countries. They participate in international projects and serve as a platform for the development of international cultural dialogue. At present, there are 25 branches across three continents – in addition to Czech Centres these also include the Czech Houses in Moscow, Jerusalem and Bratislava.
The Czech Centre Seoul was established on February 1, 2013 and officially opened three months later as the 22nd branch in the network of Czech Centres and besides New York, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Tokyo the 5th centre outside of Europe. Aside from the institutes of France, Germany, Italy and Great Britain it represents the 5th European cultural institute in the Republic of Korea. The Czech Centre Seoul was previously located in the Castle Praha, a building designed similarly to Prague's Old Town City Hall, in the well-known area around Hongik University. Currently the seat of the Czech Centre Seoul is in the building of the previous embassy, close to the Gyeongbok Royal Palace in the historical city center of the capital. In close cooperation with important Korean partners the Czech Centre Seoul organizes regularly various cultural and educational events as exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and dance performances, lectures and workshops. It also supports publishing of Czech literature in Korea. Moreover it assists establishing contacts between the Czech Republic and the Republic of Korea in all fields of social and cultural life and makes efforts to develop mutual exchange between both of the countries in general.