The Seoul Metropolitan Government is organising the first Seoul-India Friendship Festival at Cyber Hub, Gurugram on November 8 and 9, 2017. The two-day festival intends to promote cultural ties and exchange between the city of Seoul and the Delhi NCR region. It will showcase various aspects of Seoul’s art, culture and entertainment. While the Indian audience will have an opportunity to witness Korean cultural performances such as Nanta and Taekwondo, Korean delegates and guests will experience Bollywood as an endeavour to encourage cultural exchange between the two countries.
Seoul, the Capital of South Korea, a metropolis teeming with modern skyscrapers and high-tech subways, offers a fragment of the past at its World Heritage-listed sites. The city, ranked as the favourite world city by Asian tourists, has boomed to become the world’s 10th most economically powerful city and the second-largest metropolitan in the last 50 years.
Speaking on the two-day festival, Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon, said, “Seoul has emerged to become an international tourist destination. It’s a 24-hour city, with the right mix of nightlife, modern infrastructure, connectivity and religion offering travellers diversity in entertainment, heritage, art and culture. The Seoul-India Friendship Festival is aimed at establishing a deep cultural connect and understanding between the two countries. The festival will facilitate cultural exchange between Delhi and Seoul in an entertaining and interactive manner. Such formats are a great medium for the audiences of different countries to intermingle and strengthen their bond. We sincerely hope that this festival strikes the right chord.”
Seoul is emerging to be an attractive destination among Indians at present. Indian outbound travel to South Korea is also on the rise. The influx of Indian tourists to Seoul recorded in 2016 stood at 152,811 and is expected to increase in the near future.