RoK hosts culture, sports exchange with Viet Nam
Update: Aug 31, 2015
The 10th cultural-sports exchange festival between Viet Nam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) was held in the Yongin city of Gyeonggi province on August 29 in a bid to deepen the bilateral friendship and cooperation. 

Parliamentarian Lee U-hyeon, Chairman of the municipal Council, highlighted the significance of the event, which took place on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the National Day of Viet Nam (September 2) and the RoK’s Liberation Day (August 15). 

President of the city’s Korea-Viet Nam Friendship Exchange Association Gwak Jae-woo noted that close to 430 multicultural Viet Nam-RoK families are living in Yongin. 

He said he hopes the exchange programme will help embrace links between Viet Nam-RoK families as well as the friendship between the two countries. 

For his part, Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Huu Chi described the annual festival as a warm gathering between members of a family. 

He took the opportunity to thank the Yongin authorities for hosting a myriad of activities to support the multicultural Viet Nam-RoK families and especially for helping Vietnamese brides integrate into the host community. 

He expected the city’s Korea-Viet Nam Friendship Exchange Association would organise more programmes to strengthen the amity between the two nations’ people. 

After the opening ceremony, participants were treated to Cookin’ Nanta, a Korean musical comedy show using kitchen utensils, as well as popular folk and contemporary melodies of the two countries. 

Volleyball and table-tennis matches received warm responses from nearly 500 audience members in the sporting hall, while huge applause greeted the Taekwondo performance by students of Yongin University. 

The festival wrapped up with a friendly atmosphere and left a positive impression on the familial ties between Viet Nam and the RoK.