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Austria Reopens Honorary Consulate in Busan
The Austrian Ambassador to Seoul Wilhelm Donko appoints Mr. Lim Byoung-mun, a local businessman, as honorary consul general in Busan area.

Austria has recently reopened its Honorary Consulate in Busan. The consulate had been closed temporarily since February 2004, when the previous consul moved away from the city caused by occupation.

Mr. Lim Byoung-mun, a Korean businessman, president of Sungshin New Material Co.Ltd., was appointed as the new honorary consul of Austria.

The consulate was reopend on July 28, 2005 by the Austrian Ambassador to Seoul Wilhelm Donko, where he handed over the certificate of appointment, signed by the Federal President of the Republic of Austria, to Mr. Lim. A reception was hosted in the "Paradise Hotel."

Previous to the opening Ambassador Donko underlined the increased intensity of the bilateral relations between Austria and Korea, based on the impressive economic developments in the Republic of Korea. "In this context Austria took note of the increased importance of Busan, too," he said.

Korea is meanwhile the 4th largest trading partner of Austria outside of the European Union. "It was therefore obvious that Austria also had to be present in this important and dynamic city and to establish a representative office there," the ambassador said.

Diplomatic relations between the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy and then Kingdom of Korea was established in 1892 by signing a Treaty on Friendship, Trade and Navigation. After the 2nd World War the Republic of Austria and the Republic of Korea established formal diplomatic relations in 1963.

An Austrian Honorary Consulate in Seoul was opened in 1965, a Commercial Office in 1985 and finally in 1985 an Embassy with a resident Ambassador in Seoul. The Honorary Consulate in Busan is Austria's only representative office in Korea outside the capital.

The address of the Honorary Consulate reads as follows:

#1491-2, Sungshin Primeone Bldg.,11 F, Geoje-dong, Yeonje-gu, Busan, Korea






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