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Korea full steam to successfully host Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo this yearCentral Council Meeting of Korea’s opinion leaders slated on July 13, 2017

There are only four months left to the Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017, and at this juncture opinion leaders of Korea from all walks of life are scheduled to attend the Central Council meeting at the Press Center in Seoul on July 13, 2017 for the successful hosting of the Expo.

Governor Kim Kwan-yong of the Gyeongsangbuk-do (right) poses with Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong of the People’s Committee of Viet Nam in traditional Korean dress, Durumagi, an outer garment worn by the Yanban class (nobility) in erstwhile Korea.


Attending this meeting are some 30 leading members of the Advisory Council, including Governor Kim Kwan-yong of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 2017 Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017), Secretary General Lee Dong-woo, Prof. Kim Duk-soo of Korea Comprehensive Art Institute, Director Kim Jung-man of the Korea Culture & Tourism Research Institute, Honorary Chairman Kim Jong-kyu of Korea Museum Association, President Moon Jae-wan of Arirang International Broadcasting Station, former Vice Minister Park Yang-woo of the Ministry of Culture, Honorary Chairman Kim Jong-kyu of the Association of Korea Natural History Museum, President Lee Young-hee of Lee Young-hee Masion De, Director Chung Woo-tak of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the Auspices of UNESCO.

The meeting will hear a report by Director Lee Doo-hwan of the Secretariat of the Expo on the progress made on the Expo and the opinions expressed by the participants in the meeting.

Photo shows Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong of the People’s Committee of Viet Nam (far right) with Governor Kim Kwan-yong of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province (second from left) and Mayor Choi Yang-sik of the Gyeongju City (far left). In the center is Secretary General Lee Dong-woo of the Organizing Committee of the Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017 and on his right is President Le Quang Long of the Foreign Policy Institute of Viet Nam.

The participants attending the central consultative meeting for the successful implementation of the Expo are representatives from various circles in Korea representing the fashion world, cinema, tourism, culture and exhibition; chief executive officers from the business world and leading figures from various other segments of society, including the Vietnam-related organizations and the mass communications media.

Photo shows Governor Kim Kwan-yong of the Gyeongsangbuk-do Province and Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong of the People’s Committee of Viet Nam (fifth and sixth from left, front row, respectively) posing with other officials of Korea and Viet Nam. Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tu of Vietnam in Seoul is seen third from right, front row, and Mayor Choi Yang-sik of the Gyeongju City third from left, front row, with Secretary General Lee Dong-woo on the right of Mayor Choi and President Le Quang Long of the Foreign Policy Institute of Viet Nam second from right front row.

The participants will offer their opinions and professional suggestions for the successful implementation of the Expo with a view to making the program more substantial.

The central consultative meeting of the Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2017 is a third meeting after the first one in March and the second one in November last year. The third meeting will review the progress so far made and seek ways to supplement to eliminate any room for improvement.

Secretary General Lee said: "The Ho Chi Minh City-Gyeongju World Culture Expo is the first overseas cultural event this year contributing to the promotion of relations and cooperation between Korea and Vietnam and a very important event of Korea whereas the APEC Summit meeting is held in Vietnam during the same time frame. I would like to solicit valuable opinion of the participants at this meeting for reflection in our preparation of the Expo which could contribute to the enhancement of the prestige of the new government of Korea.

Traditional Vietnamese dance performances are presented by Vietnamese women dancers.

The Ho Chi Minh City-GyeongJu World Culture Expo 2017, which seeks to promote co-prosperity of the different countries of Asia through cultural exchange, convenes in the Ho Chi Minh City on Nov. 19 this year, and runs for 25 days through Dec. 3 this year.

Sean Kim  edt@koreapost.com

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