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German Envoy Awards Local Photographer
Mr. Chung Sung-Kil Receives Plague of Appreciation
German Ambassador to Seoul Hans-Ulrich Seidt (right) poses with Mr. Chung Sung-Kil after he presented the local photographer a plague of appreciation in a ceremony held at the German Embassy in Seoul's Dongbinggo-dong on June 20, 2012.

German Ambassador to Seoul Hans-Ulrich Seidt presented a local photographer and art collector, Mr. Chung Sung-Kil with a plague of appreciation at the German Embassy in Seoul's Dongbinggo-dong on June 20, 2012.

In a ceremony held at 11 a.m. on the day in his office of the embassy Dr. Seidt praised the 71-year-old photo artist for his efforts for bridging Germany with South Korea with his photo works of art.

In November of 2008 Mr. Chung donated scores of his rare photo collections to the commemorative exhibition of photos showing various nature of early bilateral ties between Germany and Korea.

Also Mr. Chung donated his photo collections to the photo exhibition held at Seoul's Deoksu Palace in 2011 in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the German unification.

"Collections of old photos and documents show well the German and Korean relations in the first decade of the 20th century and last decade of the previous century," Dr. Seidt commented in a short speech during the award ceremony.

"Without his efforts many things would have been forgotten." Dr. Seidt emphasized early ties of Germany and Korea. "The bilateral ties go back to 130 years ago"

"Mr. Chung's collection of photos and documents show very well lives of Korean folks during old Joseon dynasty before Japanese rule of Korean Peninsula," Dr. Seidt added.

Mr. Chung went to Hamburg, Germany in 1974 and stayed in Germany for some three years.

During and after his stay in Germany Mr. Chung visited descendants of Mr. Heinrich Constantin Eduard Meyer and Dr. Richard Wunsch to take photos of them and to collect their photos and other rare documents.

He said that he visited Germany scores of times for this purpose.

Mr. Meyer and Dr. Wunsch were among a few of the German people who came to the Korean Peninsula and contributed to the development of the then-Hermit Kingdom in the early bilateral relations between Germany and Korea.

Mr. Meyer established a German trading company in Incheon in 1883 and Dr. Wunsch served as a medical doctor for Emperor Gojong from 1901 to 1905.




 

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