This statement was made by the RoK’s Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Bo-gyoon during a working session with Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung on October 16 as part of the 10th Vietnamese culture-tourism festival held in the RoK.

The most important thing is to share the various strengths in fields of culture, sports, and tourism between the two countries, said Park, revealing he had visited Vietnam five times and had developed a special love for the country thanks to its beautiful landscape, as well as friendly and hospitable people.

Vietnam is a favourite destinations among Korean people. After the Southeast Asian economy fully opened its borders on March 15, RoK tourists heading to the country accounted for one fifth of the total number of foreign visitors.

Park suggested that the two sides make plans to push tourism recovery efforts after the COVID-19 outbreak. He went on to express his great appreciation of Vietnamese culture, especially efforts to preserve traditional culture, confirming that the Korean side is willing to share its own experiences in information technology application in the tourism industry with Vietnam.

Minister Hung responded by saying he hopes that the Korean side would create favourable conditions in which to allow Vietnam to welcome one million Korean arrivals by the end of the year.

The 10th Vietnamese culture-tourism festival attracted many Korean people, offering them the chance to experience culture and tourism products such as trying on Ao Dai, the nation’s traditional long dress, drawing Non La, local palm-leaf conical hats, and creating Dong Ho folk paintings.

Hung said Vietnam could learn experience from the RoK side as it seeks to develop its own cultural industry, while boosting co-operation with Korean film-makers and bands to produce high-quality works and help Korean people gain a greater understanding about Vietnamese culture.