Vietnam-RoK festival attracts millions of visitors

05/12/2017

HCM City (VNA) - The Ho Chi Minh City–Gyeongju World Culture Festival 2017 in the Vietnamese southern hub, which closed on December 3, attracted more than 4 million domestic and foreign visitors.

HCM City (VNA) - The Ho Chi Minh City–Gyeongju World Culture Festival 2017 in the Vietnamese southern hub, which closed on December 3, attracted more than 4 million domestic and foreign visitors.  

The 23-day event featured the culture of Vietnam, the Republic of Korea (RoK), and 17 other countries. 

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong affirmed the festival contributed to not only promoting images of land and people of Vietnam and the RoK but also enhancing mutual understanding among countries. 

The memorandum of understanding on friendship cooperation signed on the occasion of the festival between HCM City and Gyeongsangbuk-do province of the RoK is an important milestone and foundation for future cooperation between the two localities, Phong stressed.

Hosting the event showed Ho Chi Minh City’s dynamic role in international exchange activities, he added.  

Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Kim Kwan-yong said the success of the festival will open up new opportunities for the two localities to strengthen their ties, thus enhancing the friendship between Vietnam and the RoK. 

The RoK is currently the fourth largest investor in the Vietnamese southern hub with 1,300 projects in the economy, education, healthcare, tourism and culture.

The Gyeongju World Cultural Festival has been held biennially by Gyeongsangbuk-do province since 1998. It was held six times in the RoK and twice in other countries (Cambodia in 2006 and Turkey in 2013).-VNA