|Viet Nam Pictorial, a Vietnam News Agency (VNA) publication, hosted a ceremony to launch a Korean-language page on its website, http://vietnam.vnanet.vn, and celebrate the 61st anniversary of the foundation of the magazine on Thursday (October 15, 1954). — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam Pictorial, a Vietnam News Agency (VNA) publication, hosted a ceremony to launch a Korean-language page on its website, http://vietnam.vnanet.vn, and celebrate the 61st anniversary of the foundation of the magazine on Thursday (October 15, 1954).
Speaking at the event, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi stressed that the launch was a step in the right direction, in accordance with the Party and State's goals, and VNA's aim to improve foreign information services and diversify information products.
He urged Vietnam Pictorial to maintain the site and update it regularly with high-quality content. He also expressed his hope that the magazine's staff will promote activeness and creativity to make Vietnam Pictorial a strong, effective unit of the VNA.
According to Nguyen Thang, Editor-in-Chief of Viet Nam Pictorial, the partnership between Viet Nam and the Republic of Korea (RoK) has developed in many fields.
The signing of the Viet Nam-RoK free trade agreement in May this year should help lift two-way trade to US$70 billion by 2020.
With an aim of exchanging more information and promoting co-operation between Vietnam and the RoK, Viet Nam Pictorial published the Vietnam-Korea Times, the first and only Korean-language paper in Viet Nam, in December 2013, followed by the online Korean-language page.
Thang said he hoped the newly launched Korean online version will serve as a bridge promoting connections between the two countries.
Launched in 1954, the Viet Nam Pictorial is an important foreign information channel for the Party and State. It has been around for 670 editions, with approximately 50 million copies issued internationally, featuring the historical and cultural values of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups.
Currently, it publishes print versions in English, Chinese, Spanish and Lao and online versions in 10 languages: Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Laotian, Khmer and Korean at vietnam.vnanet.vn. — VNS