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Amb. Alcorta Marks Argentina's National Day
Reception in Seoul Draws Hundreds of VIP Guests
By Ted Gim
Staff Reporter
Argentine Amb. Alfredo Alcorta and his wife Mrs. Magdalena Tedin Uriburu greet guests at the Argentine National Day reception.

Argentine Ambassador to Seoul Alfredo Alcorta and his wife Mrs. Magdalena Tedin Uriburu hosted a reception at the Shilla Hotel in SeouI on May 27, 2008 on the occasion of the 198th National Day of the Republic of Argentina.

The reception was also meant to mark the 1st Anniversary of the Argentine Society of Korea (SAC). The dinner reception was also co-hosted by SAC President Choe Yang-Boo and his wife.

The Argentine National Day of May 25th celebrates the anniversary of the 1810 Revolution through which the first Argentine government was formed in the same year.

Argentine Amb. Alfredo Alcorta (center) with President Choe Yang-Boo, Chairperson Ahn Kyong-Whan from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea and the Ambassadors of the Latin American countries cut the cake at the Argentine National Day reception in Seoul on May 27, 2008.

The dinner reception held at the Shilla's Emerald Hall at 6:30 p.m. attracted hundreds of both local and international guests including scores of foreign ambassadors serving in Seoul.

Among the prominent guests were the ambassadors of the Latin American group, President Choe Yang-Boo of the Argentine Society in Korea, and Ahn Kyong-Whan, chairperson for the National Human Rights Commission.

On this day, Amb. Alcorta prepared a traditional Argentine Tango as well as folk dance for the guests to enjoy.

Argentine Amb. Alfredo Alcorta (center) poses with Mr. Alan Timblick (right), head of Seoul Global Center, and Chairman Yun Ik-Han of The Seoul Times.

Argentina — Korea Relations

1962: (February 15) Prime ministers first meet and establish a diplomatic relationships between the two nations
1968: A cultural agreement made
1972: Agreement on trade related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
1980: Science and Technology Agreement between the Korean Electronic Power Corporation and the Atomic Energy Commission
1981: Creation of the Committee for Economic Cooperation Argentina-Korea
1983: (December) Korea's foreign minister attends Argentine President Raul Alfonsin's inauguration ceremony and further improves Argentine-Korean relations
1984: (August) Argentina Friendship Association established
1992: Creation of the Businessmen Committee a Business Visa with Multiple Entry agreement signed
1995: (July) Korea's former Prime Minister Hwang In-Seong attends Argentine President Carlos Saul Menem's inauguration ceremony
1996: Agreement on Cooperation for Nuclear Energy
1996: Atomic Energy Agreement made
2000: Agreement on Scientific & Technological Cooperation
2007: Bilateral Meeting on Culture & Education Affairs

Argentine Amb. Alfredo Alcorta (4th from left) poses with his diplomatic friends and other guests at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul on May 27, 2008. At far left is Ms. Clara jung of KP Chemical Corp.'s Sales marketing Team. Third from left is President Kee Jun of Lotte Trading.

Argentina is a South American country, constituted as a federation of twenty-three provinces and the Authonomous City of Buenos Aires. It is second in size on the South American continent to Brazil and eighth in the world.

Argentina occupies a continental surface area of 2,766,890 km²(1,068,302 sq mi) between the Andes mountain range in the west and the southern Atlantic Ocean in the east and south. It is bordered by Paraguay and Bolivia in the north, Brazil and Uruguay in the northeast, and Chile in the west.

The country claims the British-administered overseas territories of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland) and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Argentina also claims 969,464 km²(374,312 sq mi) of Antarctica, known as Argentine Antarctica, overlapping other claims made by Chile and the United Kingdom (British Antarctic Territory).

Argentine Amb. Alfredo Alcorta (6th from left) poses with his diplomatic friends and other guests at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul on May 27, 2008.

Argentina has the highest Human Development Index level and the second highest Gross Domestic Product(GDP)per capita in purchasing power parity in Latin America after its neighbor Chile and its total national GDP is the 23rd largest in the world. The country is currently classified as an Upper-Middle Income Country or as a secondary emerging market by the World Bank. Argentina's nominal GDP makes it the 31st largest economy in the world.

About Argentina

Professional Tango dancers Cecilia and Oscar Gauna perform the Tango.

Full country name: Republic of Argentina
Population: 37.81 million
Capital City: Buenos Aires
Official Languages: Spanish (indigenous languages are also spoken in various regions)
Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% Protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukranian Catholic, 1% Armenian Orthodox
Government: Federal Presidential Republic
Time Zone: GMT/UTC -3 (Argentina Standard Time)
Dialling Code: 54
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Peso

For details or inquiries please contact the Argentine Embassy in Seoul at 02-796-8144 or 798-1145, or contact SAC office at 02-319-1538, or leave Email at the embassy at Email:

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Ted Gim serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. He studied tourism management at a S. Korean university. He spent three years in England and Ireland, studying and living there. He studied tourism at a English college for two years. He covers tourism industry as well as diplomatic community in Seoul.






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