The Hanoitimes - On October 29, a Vietnamese cultural festival held at Sejong University, South Korea, under the auspices of the Vietnamese Embassy in South Korea, as part of activities to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The event, the seventh of its kind, was attended by thousands of Vietnamese labourers, students, members of Vietnam - South Korea multicultural families and representatives from the local authorities.
Participants cut the ribbon to open exhibition on Truong Sa and Hoang Sa archipelagos.
Vietnamese Ambassador to South Korea Nguyen Vu Tu lauded the Vietnamese community’s efforts in organising the festival, expressing his hope that it would help to bolster the bilateral relations in various fields, especially people-to-people exchanges.
The two countries elevated their ties to a strategic partnership in 2009 and have enjoyed fruitful cooperation in people-to-people exchanges and culture, he affirmed, adding that the festival will promote the mutual understanding between the two peoples.
Accordingly, Nguyen Ngoc Cam, Honourary Mayor of Seoul and Chairwoman of the Vietnamese Association in South Korea, stressed the significance of the festival in popularising Vietnamese culture to South Korea friends, whilst tightening the ties between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Kim Yong-han, an official from the Seoul government, spoke highly of the Vietnamese Association’s development over the years, contributing to strengthening the friendship between both sides.
She committed to doing her utmost to help Vietnamese people integrate further into Korean society. Members of the association were honoured at the event for their efforts in introducing Vietnamese images and culture to international friends.
Besides the activities, including art performances, traditional cuisine and folk games, the festival also featured an exhibition on Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos, affirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two islands.