See ‘All That ASEAN’ in S Korea

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Seoul, South Korea

THE month of November would be a perfect time for the Korean public to attend ‘All That ASEAN’ expo at the ASEAN-Korea Centre. ‘All That ASEAN’ will be featuring a variety of programmes where South Koreans can taste ASEAN cuisines, explore business opportunities in ASEAN, study about ASEAN-Korea socio-cultural exchange, and enjoy ASEAN traditional games.

The ASEAN-Korea Centre, an inter-governmental organisation aimed at promoting economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN member states and Korea, presents ‘All That ASEAN’ to offer valuable opportunities to shed new light on various aspects of ASEAN.

The ASEAN expo will also stage a seminar on the Republic of Korea-ASEAN Socio-Cultural Partnership on November 11. The seminar will see Busan University of Foreign Studies Dept inviting speakers from the academia and civil organisations who will talk on alternative ways to further enhance ASEAN-Korea socio-cultural partnership.

ASEAN Pavilion on the other hand which will be held at G-Star, BEXCO, Busan will be taking place on November 17 until 19 where the venue will provide unique experience to enjoy creative contents from ASEAN, particularly game contents. In addition, the ASEAN-Korea Youth Forum will be taking place on December 2 at Seoul City Hall and ASEAN Youth Short Film Festival will be conducted at War Memorial of Korea on October 30.

The Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre Kim Young-Sun said, “I am pleased to bring a wide range of programmes to the Korean public to enjoy, learn, and experience ASEAN, ahead of the meaningful milestone year of 2017. “Amid the growing presence of ASEAN in Korea, I hope this effort would contribute to better understanding and mutually beneficial relationship between ASEAN and Korea.” Kim was speaking to an ASEAN media delegation which include three journalists from Brunei who were invited to the 2016 Exchange Visit of ASEAN and Korean Media People from October 23 to 29.

Kim told The Brunei Times that the ‘All That ASEAN’ expo will also include the ASEAN Connectivity Forum which is expected to serve as a platform for Korean businessmen to explore key infrastructure projects of ASEAN member states in the field of transport, energy and ICT.

During the exchange visit, the ASEAN journalists were given the opportunity to visit places of interest in Seoul, Busan and Geoje Island of South Korea to have an insightful trip and explore on the socio-cultural aspects of what Korea has been offering.

Among the interesting places the ASEAN media delegation visited include K-Style Hub — the place has the information to meet all tourists’ needs and it aims to provide various chances for visitors to learn about Korean culture and food, as well as easily participate in traditional experiences; The Demilitarised Zone (DMZ); National Museum of Korea; War Memorial of Korea; Pyeongtaek Naval Base; and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) among others.

We also got the chance to stroll around Gyeongbokgung Palace, the well-known N Seoul Tower, cultural tour of Tongyeong (Dara Park), Historic Park of Geoje POW Camp and UN Memorial Cemetery among others. The one-week ASEAN Media People’s visit to Korea has been exciting, interesting and educational and this has been an enlightening trip for me and other ASEAN journalists. It is undoubtedly that South Korea is one of the best places for you to explore!

The Brunei Times