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35th Laos National Day Celebrated in Seoul
Laos Amb. Soukthavone Keola Hosts Reception
Laos Ambassador to Seoul Soukthavone Keola with his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola at its 35th National Day held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on Dec. 3, 2010

Laos Ambassador to Seoul Soukthavone Keola hosted a reception at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul's Jangchung-dong on Dec. 3, 2010 on the occasion of its 35th National Day. The Laos envoy and his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola invited a host of guests to the dinner reception. Among the guests were scores of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul and many leaders from various sectors of the local society.

The 35th National Day commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Proclamation of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. It celebrates the 1975 victory of the proletariat over the monarchy.

As in many places around the world a ceremony was held in the Hanoi Opera House on Dec. 2, 2010 to commemorate the 35th Laos National Day.

Laos Ambassador to Seoul Soukthavone Keola (2nd from left) with his wife Mrs. Sivone Keola (to his right) stand with guests at its 35th National Day held at Seoul's Shilla Hotel on Dec. 3, 2010

Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century.

After a period as a French protectorate, it gained independence in July 19, 1949. A long civil war ended officially when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975, but strife between factions continued for several years.

The official language is Lao. Most people are Buddhist with a significant proportion of the people adhering to an indigenous religion as well. Laos is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), East Asia Summit, and La Francophonie.

Laos 35th National Day event at Seoul's Shilla Hotel in Seoul

Lao-South Korea Relations

Laos established its diplomatic ties with South Korea on June 22, 1974. But the relations were severed on July 24, 1975. The diplomatic relations were reestablished on Oct. 25, 1995. A series of high-level officials' visits to each nation signifies the growing importance of the mutual ties.

Laos Prime Minister Bounhang Vorachith visited Seoul three times in 2002, 2008, and 2009, respectively. In 2004 South Korea's then-President Roh Moo-hyun visited Laos on the sidelines of ASEAN+3 meeting. Bilateral trade volume reached 106.1 million US dollars in 2008.

For details or inquiries contact the Laos Embassy in Seoul at 796-1713.






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