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Singapore's 49th National Day Marked in Seoul
Envoy Peter Tan Hai Chuan Hosts Reception at Hyatt
Singaporean Ambassador to Seoul Peter Tan Hai Chuan (center) and his spouse Mrs. Sim Siew Eng (right) poses with Chairman Yun Ik-Han of The Seoul Times at the reception held at Grand Hyatt in Seoul on August 12, 2014 on the occasion of its 49th National Day.

Singaporean Ambassador to Seoul Peter Tan Hai Chuan and his spouse Mrs. Sim Siew Eng hosted a reception at the Grand Hyatt Seoul Hotel on August 12, 2014 in celebration of Singapore's 49th National Day.

The National Day of Singapore is celebrated on August 9 every year as its people commemorate the day it gained the independence from Malaysia in 1965.

A large crowd of top foreign envoys and their spouses and many other local and other international guests attended the dinner reception held at 6:30 p.m. on the day.

Among the high-profile local participants were South Korean Foreign Minister Yoon Byung-Se, National Assembly’s Vice Speaker Park Byeong-Seug, and Chairman Han Duck-Soo of KITA (Korean International Trade Association), the former prime minister of Korea.

Singaporean Ambassador Peter Tan Hai Chuan making a speech
In the welcoming speech, Ambassador Tan expressed his gratitude to the dignitary participants and other guests for joining the celebration with him.

The Singaporean envoy stressed the ever-growing bilateral ties with South Korea in the speech.

South Korea leaves huge influence among people in Singapore — its pop culture, drama, and food is making a strong inroad in the everyday life of Singaporean peoples, according to the envoy.

The two Asian nations can forge the special relations of win-win partnership, he argued saying that both South Korea and Singapore have enjoyed excellent bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1975.

Singapore has been one of the most important trading partners and a major investor to South Korea.

Since the free trade agreement (FTA) came into effect in 2006 the bilateral trade volume between Singapore and South Korea has increased several folds.

The bilateral trade volume grew from 12.7 billion US dollars in 2005 to 32.6 billion US dollars in 2013.

Singaporean Ambassador to Seoul Peter Tan Hai Chuan (center) poses with S. Korean dignitaries and foreign ambassadors at the reception held at Grand Hyatt in Seoul on August 12, 2014 on the occasion of its 49th National Day.

The bilateral trade cooperation is expected to grow even further driven by South Korea’s expertise in plant construction, equipment and manufacturing and by Singapore’s excellence in financing and engineering.

Singapore has been said to be one of the “Four Tigers” of rising Asian states along with South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Both South Korea and Singapore have been exemplary for their highly developed and advanced economies in Asia.

While Singapore emerges as one of the world-leading international financial centers, South Korea establishes itself as one of the world leaders in manufacturing information technology.

Singaporean Ambassador Peter Tan Hai Chuan (center) poses with S. Korean Foreign Minister Yoon Byung-Se (to his right), Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov (2nd from right), and Chairman Yun Ik-Han (right) of The Seoul Times at the reception held at Grand Hyatt in Seoul on August 12, 2014 on the occasion of its 49th National Day. At 3rd from left is General Manager Bernhard Brender of Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Seoul.

Bilateral cooperation between the two nations included trade and investment promotion, information and communications technology, maritime transport and science and technology.

Currently over 1,000 Korean companies are operating in Singapore. They include CJ Group, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, SK Group, Daewoo International, Hanjin Shipping, Sunwoo Entertainment, and the Ssangyong Engineering Construction.

Foreign ambassadors and their spouses sing at the reception held at Grand Hyatt in Seoul on August 12, 2014 on the occasion of its 49th National Day.

More than 23,000 Koreans are presently residing in Singapore and the figure is on the steady rise in recent years.

Singapore is a South East Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. It has the third highest per capita income in the world and has a population of slightly over 5 million people.

Renowned worldwide for its cleanliness, Singapore is better known as the “green city” to many. A multi-cultural and multi-racial country, it has a diverse population consisting of the Chinese, Malays, Indians, and Europeans.

Angola Ambassador Albino Malungo (right) poses with Vice Chairman Lee Hee-Bum of LG International, and Advisor Lee Kyu Hyung of Samsung Economic Research Institute.

The Lion City is highly urbanized and has established itself as the world’s fourth leading financial center and its port one of the five busiest ports in the world.

For details or inquiries contact the Embassy of Singapore in Seoul at 774-2464~7.

General Manager Bernhard Brender (center) of Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Seoul poses with Sales Executive Hera Lim (left) and Sales Executive Michelle Lee of the hotel.



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