World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey will be hosting the İstanbul-Gyeongju World Culture Expo 2013 to introduce Korean culture to the Turkish people.
In-Seon Lee, vice governor of the Gyeongsangbuk-do province of South Korea where the city of Gyeongju is located, has stated that it means a lot that İstanbul will host this special event. “South Korea and Turkey enjoy very close relations. We are looking forward to introducing our splendid culture to the people in Turkey. The Gyeongsangbuk-do province is very well known for its cultural heritage and richness,” said Lee in an exclusive interview with Today's Zaman.
The event will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 22 at the Aya Sofya Museum (Hagia Sophia), one of the most visited museums in İstanbul as well as one of the most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture.
“Through the expo, we would like to introduce our culture, and then, later, we would like to promote trade between our two countries as well. I really hope many Turkish people will come to the Gyeongsangbuk-do province after the event. I hope this expo will be a good opportunity to further strengthen ties between our two countries,” said Lee.
Turkish-South Korean relations are enjoying a stable period of development. The friendly relations between the two countries were established in 1949, with Turkey's recognition of the Republic of Korea as an independent country. Turkey's participation in the Korean War, with a brigade under UN command for the defense of South Korea, has added a deeply emotional aspect to the bilateral relations. “Turkey is our brother country. With this expo, we would like to promote tourism, trade and culture between two close nations,” said Lee.Last Mod: 04 Mayıs 2013, 14:17