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Chairman Choi Soo-Myung Hosts Dinner for
New Czech Amb. Jaroslav Olsa Jr.

By Michelle Nam
Staff Reporter
Chairman Choi Soo-Myung (left) of the Korea-Czech Friendship Association poses with new Czech Amb. to Seoul Jaroslav Olša Jr. at Castle Praha restaurant in Seoul on Nov. 19, 2008.

Chairman Choi Soo-Myung of the Korea-Czech Friendship Association hosted a dinner for the new Czech Ambassador to Seoul Jaroslav Olša Jr. at a traditional Czech restaurant in Seoul on Nov. 19, 2008.

A dozen association members were also invited to the dinner, which started at 7 p.m. on the day at "Castle Praha" in Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul.

In a short speech, Chairman Choi welcomed Amb. Olša to the dinner as well as to his new posting in Seoul.

Chairman Choi discussed a wide range of topics with Amb. Olšduring the dinner. In particular, conversation focused on how to promote cultural exchanges.

Amb. Olša thanked Chairman Choi for his contribution to promoting bilateral ties. Chairman Choi serves as Korean representative of the Czech Tourist Authority - Czech Tourism.

Chairman Choi Soo-Myung (3rd from left) of the Korea-Czech Friendship Association poses with Czech Amb. Jaroslav Olša Jr. (2nd from left). Fifth from left is Vice President Kim Kyu-Chin of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

He is also vice chairman of the Association of National Tourist Office in Korea (ANTOR Korea), a body of 15 foreign tourist offices in South Korea.

Other association participants included Prof. Kim Kyu-Chin of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies' Department of Czech & Slovak Studies. He serves as vice president of the university; Prof. Jiri Pesicka of the same department; Prof. Martin Rulik of the university's Department of Environmental Science; and Choi Young-Chul, director of Seouloratorio, the specialized art cooperation by Seoul City.

From the Czech Embassy in Seoul came Ms. Nadia Vlnasova, head of the Economic and Commercial Department; Counsellor of Political and Consular Affairs Evan Vlcek, deputy head of mission of the embassy; and Ms. Lee Yun-Ju of the embassy's Economic and Commercial Section.

Lawmaker Park Young-Sun of the National Assembly's Democratic Party also took part in the gathering.

For details or inquiries call the Czech Embassy in Seoul at 02-725-6765.



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Ms. Michelle Nam (Nam Yeon-Hee) serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. She majored in nutritional science at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul. She covers fashion industry and other cultural affaires as well as diplomatic community. Her hobbies include playing the piano, reading, and travelling.

 

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