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South-East Asia’s media personnel gain insight into Korean life, culture  

Audiences of the Vientiane Times and other regional media outlets are set to benefit after media personnel from ten Asean member countries gained a more profound knowledge and understanding of the culture of the Republic of Korea (ROK) thanks to the 2017 Asean Media People Visit to Korea programme.
The Asean media personnel visited the country from October 12 to 20 and were hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
This year’s Media Exchange Visit is the 18th in the series since its inception in 1999.

Mr Ryu Jeong-hyun.

An annual event for both media of both Asean and Korea, this program has been providing an excellent opportunity to deepen friendship and cooperation between Asean nations and Korea.
This year’s visit, under the theme ‘Asia, Connected by Culture’ is indeed meaningful and timely as the nations celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of ASEAN and the year of Asean-ROK Cultural Exchange.
To celebrate these two important anniversaries, the government of the Republic of Korea has been carrying out numerous cultural events all year round inside and outside the country, providing additional chances for people of Asean nations and Korea to get to know each other better and feel more connected, Director General of South Asia and Pacific Affairs Bureau Mr Ryu Jeong-hyun said in his welcoming speech.
“We emphasise cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchanges because we believe they are the fundamental backbone for Asean-ROK Cooperation,” he said.
He said Republic of Korea has focused on embracing culture as a critical tool in boosting its image and standing on the international stage.
“Through the power of cultural interaction, we have won the hearts of many Asean people, proven with the popularity of K-pop, Korean soap operas, movies and more,” he said.
“However, we would like for this cultural cooperation be mutually beneficial.
“To enhance cultural reciprocity between Asean and Korea, we opened the Asean Culture House in Busan on September 1, with blessings from foreign ministers and vice ministers from your respective countries.
“A first of its kind among Asean’s dialogue partners, the Asean Culture House is solely dedicated to introducing ASEAN cultures to the Korean public,” Mr Jeong-hyun said.
“Furthermore, we established the Asean-ROK Cooperation Fund in 1990.
“For 27 years, Asean and Korea have utilised the fund to enhance exchanges and cooperation in diverse areas including people-to-people exchanges and technical assistance.
“To sustain this positive momentum of cooperation, I believe that engaging the public in both Korea and Asean is of utmost importance.”
Principles that reflect the Asean way, such as “people-centred” and “people-oriented” very much mirror the policies of Korean government such as people-centred economic policies, he said.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
October 24,

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