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National Day Message by H. E. Mr. Lee Ho-shik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Bulgaria

Dear friends of the Korean Embassy,

The 3rd of October is a special day full of deep meaning. This day marks 4354 years since the founding of the Korean state by Dangun. His goal was to contribute to the development of all mankind. The Republic of Korea has gone through many historical stages, it has managed to overcome the horrors of war, to achieve economic growth and democratization. Bulgaria, for its part, with its unique culture, its own alphabet, is currently the gateway to Europe and one of the most important countries on the Balkan Peninsula and in the Black Sea region.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries that are geographically distant but in fact very close. Many Bulgarian pupils study Korean at the Sofia University, the 18th School in Sofia and other institutions. Many young people train their minds and bodies through the martial art of Taekwondo and their talent is emerging on the international stage. Korean Government Scholarship Alumni, after graduating in Korea, act as a bridge between Korea and Bulgaria,

The spheres in which the relations between the Republic of Korea and Bulgaria can develop are boundless. Mutual interest and curiosity about the culture of the two countries can become the basis of bilateral relations. In the economic sphere, there is interaction between high-tech companies, those that produce green energy, and producers of dairy and cosmetic products on the Bulgarian side. I believe that many Korean citizens will start visiting Bulgaria after the coronavirus pandemic has passed.

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea will make every effort to further deepen these ties of cooperation in the field of politics, economy, culture, staff exchange, including through direct contact with Bulgarian citizens.

Thank you!

The photo was provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Bulgaria. On it: H. E. Mr. Lee Ho-shik, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Bulgaria