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Korea National Day 2017

20 October 2017

HE Ambassador Yeon Ho Choi of the Republic of Korea hosted a national day and armed forces day reception on 27 September 2017.

In his remarks Ambassador Choi noted that he is coming to the end of his posting in South Africa and this is the last national day he is hosting here.

Photo: Minister Counsellor Seon Cheol Park - Deputy HOM, Mrs. Juha Yoo -Spouse of Minister Park, H.E. Yeon ho Choi - Ambassador of the Republic of Koreaea, H.E. Ms. Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga - SA Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs. Youngja Shim - Spouse of Ambassador, Mrs. Kyunghwa Kim - Spouse of Commander Kim and Commander Junghun Kim - Defense Attache (credit: Embassy of the Republic of Korea)

The Embassy band, the Jacaranda Band in collaboration with the South African K-pop winners entertained guests and Janelle Mangwanda, this year’s winner of the Korea Essay Contest was the programme director.

The 1st of December marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and South Africa. 

During the past 25 years the two countries have made great progress in diverse fields including political, economic and cultural areas. Two-way trade volumes between Korea and South Africa have tripled annually, totaling US $2.7 billion in 2016. South Africa remains Korea’s largest trading partner in Africa, while Korea is South Africa’s fourth largest trading partner in Asia. Korean companies such as Samsung, LG and Hyundai have become household names in South Africa.

Ambassador Choi said that in celebration of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between South Africa and Korea the embassy successfully hosted the 2017 Korea Week, which consisted of various cultural and academic events such as the K-pop World Festival, Korea Essay Contest, Korean traditional dance performance and Academic Forums.

Speaking about the new administration under President Moon in Korea, Ambassador Choi said that after months of political unrest and through persistent and peaceful protests, a new era was ushered in for Korea. His hope is also for enhanced friendship between Korea and South Africa under this new administration.

Remarking on similarities between the two countries Ambassador Choi said that student movements changed the course of the countries. “The Student Revolution of 19 April 1960 established the student movement as a significant political force in Korean politics and many students who participated in this movement later became prominent politicians and leaders in Korea. The June 16 1976 Uprising that began in Soweto and spread countrywide profoundly changed South Africa’s socio-political landscape, having dire consequences for the then apartheid government.

"Another similarity I would like to mention is the role that both our countries play as Middle Powers in the United Nations, the G20 and Nuclear Security Summits. Korea is a member of MIKTA, while South Africa is member of the BRICS and IBSA groupings. Korea has grown into a regional hub of popular culture, economics and politics, while South Africa plays the role of regional hub for the SADC and sub-Saharan Africa region,” said Ambassador Choi.

Guests enjoyed tasty Korean cuisine at the reception.




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