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Seoul Plaza Painted Red & Yellow with Tulips
Tulip Festival Impresses Many Local Flower Lovers
A bunch of beautiful tulips displayed at Seoul City Plaze during the "Tulip Festival" held April 11-16, 2005 by the Dutch Embassy and Seoul City Administration.

Thanks to a foreign embassy in Seoul, the center of the usually drab and even bleak metropolitan city was, although for brief period, surrounded by beautiful tulips of red, yellow, and blue colors.

Indeed, "The Tulip Festival," held by the Netherlands' Embassy on Seoul City Plaza from April 11 to 16, 2005, turned the plaza of this largely grey concrete jungle into a huge garden, entertaining residents of this gigantic city. There were a large number of foreigners attracted to the event as well.

In particular, the festival was a good opportunity for the local lovers of flowers, since it was the first event that such a large number of tulips were donated directly from the Dutch government. They were directly carried from the European country.

Vice Mayor of Seoul Won Sei-Hoon (center) poses with Charge d Affaires of Royal Netherlands Embassy in Seoul Hendrik E. C. Kotes (right) and Jack P. N. Damen, Agricultural Counselor, Royal-Netherlands Embassy.

"When you think of The Netherlands, the first things that come to mind are cheese, wooden shoes, windmills and flower bulbs," said Charge d Affaires of Royal Netherlands Embassy Hendrik E. C. Kotes on April 16, 2005. "We are memoralizing the cordial relations between Netherlands and Korea by giving these beautiful tulips to Seoul."

Mr. Kotes was making a speech in the closing ceremony of the Dutch tulip festival held on the Seoul City Plaza in the center of the city from April 11 to 16, 2005. "The Tulip Festival" was jointly organized by the Netherlands Embassy and the Seoul City Government.

These tulip bulbs were donated last December by the Royal Netherlands Embassy on behalf of the the Dutch flower industry to commemorate the relations between the Netherlands and South Korea.

Mrs. Kotes (left) is showing the flowers to Hendrik E. C. Kotes (second from left), Jack P. N. Damen (right), and Mrs. van Vollenhoven, wife of Dutch Ambassador to Seoul Radinck van Vollenhoven.

"We have had good relations between Korea and the Netherlands from the beginning, and this festival will increase our furture relations," said Vice Mayor Won Sei-Hoon in an address. "We are very thankful to the Netherlands government for making the Seoul city beautiful with these tulip bulbs."

The large-scale display of the Dutch national flower in the center of Seoul was followed by other cultural events.

Dutch folk dances were performed by a group of local college students belonging to the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Photo contest was also held and five winners were awarded in the event.

A Dutch folk dance

The whole festival gathered hundreds of people in the center of Seoul on the afternoon of April 16, the last day of the festival.

Among the viewers were many top foreign envoys, high-level local government officials, and other senior diplomats serving in Seoul.

It was indeed a beneficial time for flower lovers in Seoul, particularly tulips. With leaflets full of information on how to grow tulips distributed to the audience, Jack P. N. Damen, agricultural counselor of the Royal-Netherlands Embassy, gave a short lecture on cultivativation of the flower.

Kotes (fourth from left), Mrs. Kotes (second from left), Damen (second from right), and Mrs. Mrs. van Vollenhoven (third from right) pose with the students of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

The Netherlands produces approximately 9 billion flower bulbs annually. Evenly distributed, this number would allow for almost two flower bulbs for every person on the planet.

The tulip remains the most popular and the most recognized bulb flower. The tulip is followed in popularity by the daffodil, the gladiolus, the lily and the crocus.

For further information on the event or tulips please contact: Mr. Jack P. N. Damen, Agricultural Counselor, Royal-Netherlands Embassy, Office of the Agricultural counselor, Kyobo Bldg. 14th Fl. Jongro-1-Ga, Jongro-Gu, Seoul, Korea 110-714 (zip code), Tel: 02-723-4180, Fax: 02-723-0283, Mobile: 011-9723-1695, E-mail:, Homepage:

Related Photos of "Tulip Festival"

Students of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies are singing a Dutch folk song.

VIPs including Vice Mayor Won Sei-Hoon (third from left) are enjoying the program.

Hendrik E. C. Kotes (left) and Vice Seoul Mayor Won Sei-Hoon are enjoying the Dutch folk dance.

A Dutch folk dance

VIPs are enjoying the cultural event of the festival.

Charge d Affaires of Royal Netherlands Embassy in Seoul Hendrik E. C. Kotes speeks at the festival.

Vice Mayor of Seoul Won Sei-Hoon is giving his address.






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