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"2011 Thai Cultural Night" Captivates Seoulites
at National Theater of Korea

Thai Amb. Chaiyong Satjipanon Hosts Reception
Thai Ambassador to South Korea Chaiyong Satjipanon (right) poses with President Lim Youn-Churl of the National Theater of Korea at the National Theater before they usher in the guests.

Thai Ambassador to South Korea Chaiyong Satjipanon (Ph.D) hosted "2011 Thai Cultural Night" event at National Theater in Seoul's Janchung-dong on Sept. 2, 2011.

A number of guests including scores of top foreign envoys were invited to the Thai performances which started at 7 p.m. on the day.

Several of the Thai male and female dancers performed in Thai traditional costume, which included puppet shows of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.

Mr. Alan Timblick, head of Seoul Global Center poses with his wife Mrs. Mija Timblick at National Theater prior to "2011 Thai Cultural Night" event.

The program of the performances included Mekkhala & Ramasoon: The Myth of Lightning and Thunder and Garuda Seizing Naga.

President Lim Youn-Churl of the National Theater of Korea delivered a welcoming speech in front of the members of diplomatic corps in Seoul.

Before the start of the performance the Thai envoy threw a reception for the lovers of the Thai food.

Ambassador Satjipanon also serves as chairman of the ASEAN Committee in Seoul.

The Kingdom of Thailand maintains official diplomatic relations with both South Korea and North Korea. Thailand opened diplomatic ties with Seoul on Oct. 1, 1958 and with Pyongyang in May, 1975.

Although official diplomatic relations between Thailand and South Korea were set up in 1958, unofficial bilateral ties started earlier.

"2011 Thai Cultural Night" at the National Theater of Korea

During the Korean War (1950-53) Thailand dispatched to South Korea the fifth largest troops only after the US, Great Britain, Canada, and Turkey. It sent a total of 6,326 soldiers to fight alongside South Korea against North Korean Communist invaders.

A total of 1,273 Thai soldiers were either killed, wounded, or captured as POWs during the fratricidal Korean War. Under the UN flag a total of 16 nations sent troops to aid South Korea during the conflict.

Overall bilateral relations have been steadily developing since opening of the official diplomatic ties in 1958. A trade agreement was signed in 1961.

Minister Counsellor Abdullah Zawawi Tahir (right) of the Malaysian Embassy in Seoul poses with his wife Mrs. Tahir at "2011 Thai Cultural Night" held at National Theater of Korea on Sept. 2, 2011.

Since then mutual cooperation and exchanges have been rising in nearly all spheres of trade and economy, tourism, culture, and science and technology.

The bilatral trade volume rose to 10. 53 billion US dollars in 2008, a 27.33 percent increase from the previous year.

Major exports of Thailand to South Korea are crude oil, rubber, electronic integrated circuits, and automatic data processing machines in the order of trade volume.

Minister Johannes Regenbrecht (right) of the German Embassy in Seoul poses with his wife Mrs. Regenbrecht (center) at "2011 Thai Cultural Night" held at National Theater of Korea on Sept. 2, 2011.

In return, major import items of Thailand from South Korea are iron and steel products, chemicals, machinery and its parts, and electronic products.

As of the end of 2007, South Korea’s foreign direct investment to Thailand amounted to 1. 2 billion US dollars, becoming the 6th largest investor to the tropical nation.

Such South Korean business giants as Hyundai, Samsung, HyoSung, POSCO, Dongbu Steel, and LG Display are currently operating in Thailand.

Approximately 25,000 South Koreans are living in Thailand.

For more details and inquiries contact the Embassy of Thailand in Seoul at 790-2955 or 790-0095.






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