09 Jun 2012
Elegant dancers in elaborate costumes will grace the stage at D-Cube Park this weeked as 10 performing arts troupes share some of their cultural traditions with Korea.
The performing groups representing the 10 ASEAN member states, including Indonesia, Laos, and the Phillippines, will be featuring at this year's ASEAN Culture and Tourism Fair.
[Interview : Zuhara Siddique, Dancer from Singapore
Little Red Dot] "I think it's very interesting to see many countries come together and share their culture with each other."
[Interview : Anucha Sumaman, Dancer from Thailand
Ploy Pailin Dance Troop] " So what I showed to you is a type of Thai folk dance from northeast style."
Korea and the 10 ASEAN members have engaged in close cooperation in the areas of trade and tourism since 1989.
Now ASEAN is Korea's second largest trading partner, while Korea is ASEAN's fifth largest trading partner. And the number of visitors traveling between Korea and the ASEAN member countries stands at more than 4.5 million a year.
The ASEAN-Korea Centre has hosted this event since 2009, to further promote cultural and economic exchange between Korea and the 10 ASEAN countries.
[Interview : Chung Hae-moon, Secretary General
ASEAN-Korea Centre ] "We meet with all ten ASEAN member countries' culture at one place at the same time. This has been designed to enhance understanding between Koreans and ASEAN citizens through the means of culture."
[Reporter : Park Ji-won
firstname.lastname@example.org] "Visitors to this weekend's event will also be able to enjoy gourmet Southeast Asian food, and get the latest tourism information about the 10 ASEAN member countries."
The organizer hopes that the event will bring the 6-hundred milion people of ASEAN closer to Korean people.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.