SEOUL (VNS) — A Vietnamese cultural festival was held in Seoul's Seongdong District on Saturday as part of the ongoing events being held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Viet Namand South Korea.
Vietnamese women with Korean husbands gave a performance highlighting the cultural traditions of both countries. Dressed in ao dai (traditional long robe) and wearing conical hats, they performed folk songs and helped ease the homesickness of the Vietnamese community in South Korea.
Park Noh-soo, honourary president of the Korea-Viet Nam Friendship Association, noted that Viet Nam was a friendly neighbour and comprehensive strategic partner of South Korea.
"I hope that you will think of Vietnamese women as children of a country with a rich cultural tradition," Park said.
He expressed his hope that the festival would offer an opportunity for Koreans to better understand the culture and history of Viet Nam as well as help multicultural families integrate into the local community.
The festival is scheduled to continue in Seoul's Guro, Dobong, Eunpyung and Seongdong districts each Saturday this month. — VNS