A special music performance titled “Vietnam-Korea Friendship Festival” at the National Convention Center in Hanoi opened the Vietnam-RoK cultural week on October 18.
Korean artists take part in a press conference in Hanoi on October 19. (Photo:Sggp)
The event was held in the capital to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Popular Girls’ Generation band from the RoK took the stage with singer Son Ho Young and boy band U-kiss. They were joined by Vietnamese diva My Linh, pop star Dam Vinh Hung, and hip-hop dancing troupe Big Toe.
During a press conference on October 19, singer Son Ho Young said he was very impressed with his first trip to Vietnam and that he enjoyed the land, people, and especially Pho noodles. He would like to return in the future, he added.
Korean movie star Kim Ha Neul was also in the capital, attending the opening ceremony of a Korean film festival.
A day earlier, Neul was in Ho Chi Minh City for the opening of Korean Film Week which runs from October 18-22 and introduced the best Korean films of recent years at Lotte Cinema in the city’s District 7.
The Vietnam-RoK cultural week called “Joining Hands to Build the Future” runs from October 18-25 and features a wide range of activities centered around three main themes: economic cooperation, cultural introduction, and international exchanges.
Included is a photo exhibition, a Vietnam-Korea cuisine fair, a ceremony to present books to the Vietnamese National Library, a friendly football match between Vietnam’s national football team and Korea’s POSCO FC, and an overseas study fair.
There will also be forums and workshops held on economic cooperation and vocational development hosted by experts from both countries during the event.
Vietnam held a similar cultural week titled “Good morning, Vietnam” at the National Museum in Seoul from September 3-6. The week featured a photo exhibition on the land and peoples of Vietnam, a show of embroidered ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress), and a Vietnamese film festival.