The Hanoitimes - On November 23, Vietnam – South Korea literature exchange opened in Ho Chi Minh City with nearly 100 representatives from Dongni-Mogwol Memorial Society of South Korea and Ho Chi Minh City Writers’ Association in attendance.
The event is part of activities celebrating the 2017 Ho Chi Minh City – Gyeongju World Cultural Festival. At the opening ceremony, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City Writers’ Association Tran Van Tuan said Vietnam and South Korea share many cultural similarities and South Korea’s miracle economic development has given impetus and valuable lessons to the international integration process of Vietnam and in particular Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietnam – South Korea literature exchange kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City.
He emphasised that works of Korean culture, art, and literature have entered the Vietnamese market and the world, which has inspired Vietnamese writers to modernize their writing style.
Head of the Dongni-Mogwol Memorial Society Ju Han tae described the event as an opportunity for both nations to learn about each other’s time-honoured history and culture, helping strengthen friendship and cultural exchange for the common prosperity of the East Asian region.
The event will help writers get a better understanding about the literature of each nation, discuss approaches to development, and open up opportunities for cultural exchange as well as advancing the relationship between Vietnam and South Korea for the future.
According to Nguyen Quang Thieu, director of Vietnam Writers Association Publishing House, South Korea has shown keen interest in Vietnamese literature and Vietnamese writers and poets have regularly attended seminars on literature in South Korea.
Literal works of local writers such as Bao Ninh, Le Minh Khue, and Nguyen Ngoc Tu have been published in South Korea. Meanwhile, Vietnam has translated and published a great deal of Korean literature which has been popular with Vietnamese readers.