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Vietnam Amb. Tran Trong Toan Marks Vietnam-Korea Cultural Exchange Day in Seoul
Vietnam Amb. Tran Trong Toan (right) poses with his wife at fashion show of Vietnamese traditional ao dai in Seoul.

Vietnam-Korea Cultural Exchange Day was celebrated at Gangnam Cultural Center in Seoul's Yeoksam-dong, on April 18, 2011.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Seoul Tran Trong Toan was present to mark the two countries’ cultural ties for the last 19 years.

In his speech, Mr. Toan said the diplomatic relationship between the two countries has been “developing fast and effectively in all fields: political and economics, social and cultural, scientific and technological, educational and training, people-to-people relations.”

A special feature for the day’s event was a fashion show of the Vietnamese traditional Ao Dai and Korean traditional Hanbok.

Guests also had an opportunity to experience wonderful traditional Vietnamese and Korean food, drinks, and music.

Fashion show of Vietnamese traditional ao dai in Seoul

The Vietnamese envoy hopes that Vietnam-Korea Cultural Exchange Day will contribute to the further development of the two countries’ cultural ties and friendship, as well as cooperation in various sectors.

Here is the full text of Mr. Ambassador’s speech:

"Dear friends,

It is my great honour and pleasure to host the Viet Nam-Korea Cultural Exchange Day in Gangnam Cultural Center. It is a vivid example of our concerted efforts for promotion of cultural ties and people-to-people interaction between Viet Nam and Korea.

Over the past 19 years since the establishment of our diplomatic relation, friendship and cooperation between Viet Nam and Korea have been developing fast and effectively in all fields: political and economic, social and cultural, scientific and technological, educational and training, people-to-people relations.

Korea is now one of Viet Nam’s 6 strategic cooperation partners. By early 2011, Korea ranks first in terms of investment in more than 2,600 projects with over US$ 25 billion. In 2010 the two-way trade reached US$13 billion, making Korea Viet Nam’s 5th biggest trade partner. Korea is Viet Nam’s 2nd largest ODA donor country with US$300 million in 2010 and US$411.8 million in 2011.

In the year 2010, over 520,000 Korean tourists visited Viet Nam. At the present, there are over 100,000 Vietnamese people living, working and studying in Korea and almost the same number of Korean people living and working in Viet Nam.

Fashion show of Vietnamese traditional ao dai in Seoul

In the context of strong bilateral relationship, it is necessary to diversify cultural exchanges between our two peoples and countries. Our today “Viet Nam-Korea Cultural Exchange Day” is on this track.

One special feature of our today event is the Show of the Vietnamese traditional Ao Dai and Korean traditional Hanbok. The Show will introduce the beauty of the traditional dresses of our two countries.

Each nation has its own culture which enhances its national identity in the world community. Looking at the Hanbok or the Ao Dai, one can easily identify that the wearer is Korean or Vietnamese lady. For thousands of years Vietnamese Ao Dai and Korean Hanbok have been the Vietnamese and Korean people’s traditional dresses which have been going along with the brilliant history and culture of their nations. Hence, to preserve and propagate the beauty, gracefulness of Ao Dai and Hanbok and to make them widely present in our daily life is a noble task of all our generations.

At the opening day of the 9th Daegu Gyeongbuk Tour Expo 2011, the Vietnamese Ao Dai and Korean Hanbok Fashion Show were put in the limelight and drew great attention of the public. I hope that our today Ao Dai-Hanbok Fashion Show will continue to make good impression on the audience.

In today Viet Nam-Korea Cultural Exchang Day, our guests will also have a chance to experience Vietnamese and Korean food, drinks and music. It will be a great time for us to share with each other the specialties of our culture, culinary and enjoy the warm interaction with each other.

Taking this opportunities, I would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr. Kim Sung Ok, President of the Gangnam Cultural Center; Mr. Song Na Ra, President of the Sisa News 24/Korea Journalist Club; Ms. Jin Hyang Ja, famous Hanbok designer, President of the Promotion Costume Association; the Vietnamese Sao Anh Company with Ms. Le Thi Lan Huong as a famous Ao Dai designer, as well as all the people and organizations who spare no effort to make this meaningful event possible. I would also like to express our warm welcome and deep gratitude to all the guests at this event.

I hope that the Viet Nam-Korea Cultural Exchange Day will contribute to the further strengthening of the cultural awareness, friendship and cooperation between our two peoples as well as boosting of tourism, fashion industry and cultural exchanges between Viet Nam and Korea.

Thank you."

Who Is Amb. Tran Trong Toan?

Biographical Resume

H.E. Mr. Tran Trong Toan
(Ambassador E. & P. of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Republic of Korea)

Full name – Tran Trong Toan
Date of birth – 12 October 1952
Place of birth – Ha Tay – now Ha Noi
Education – MA in Philosophy and Oriental Studies
Foreign Languages – English, Russian, and Hindi
Marital Status – Married with two daughters


Education and Work Experience

1969-1975 Student at Tashkent State University – Uzbekistan

1975-1980 Desk Officer, Department of Asia 4, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1980-1983 Attache, Embassy of Vietnam in India

1983-1984 Department of Asia 4, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1984-1989 Secretary of Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs

Feb/1990-Dec/1990 Deputy Director General, Department of Evaluation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dec/1990-Sept/1992 Acting Director General, Department of South Asia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

1992-1995 Minister Counsellor, Embassy of Vietnam in India

Mar/1996-Feb/2000 Director General, Economic Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice Chairman of Viet Nam State Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (PECC)

Feb/2000-Aug/2003 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to Malaysia

2003-2004 Director General, Department of Multilateral Economic Cooperation, Vice Chairmen of Vietnam State Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (PECC)

Jan/2005-Dec/2006 Ambasador – Deputy Executive then Executive Director of APEC Secretariat (in Singapore)

May/2007-Dec/2009 Standing Vice Chairman of the State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese

3/2/2010-now Ambassador E. & P. of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to the Republic of Korea




 

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