Diplomatic Corps' attendance at the 2018 PyeongChang
Cultural Olympiad including 'Scent of Thousand's Years'
Cultural Olympiad are diverse cultures, entertainment, festivals
and experiential activities that bring people from the host
country and around the world through the Olympic values.
In that sense, this year's PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic
Games is no exception in hosting a number of cultural
activities & events so that atheletes and many tourists around
the world can appreciate the beauty of Korea beyond just
Gangwon Province as well as Olympic values.
Culture Olympic Theme performance 'Scent of Thousand's
Years' is in the middle of the 2018 PyeongChang Cultural
Olympiad. By the invitation of its planning agency 'Parang'
as well as the 2018 PyeongChang Cultural Olympiad Secretariat,
The Seoul Diplomatic Corops. visited Gangreung, one of the
PyeongChang Winter Games Host cities in the Republic of
Korea on Feb. 5(Monday) to see 'Scent of Thousand's Years' in addition to
visiting Gangwon Science & Industry Promotion Agency,
Gyeongpo beach Arts Festa 2018, Winter Olympics publicity
pavilion and last but not least Ojukheon etc. in partnership with
The NDNnews (www.ndnnews.co.kr) & Korea Culture Ambassador
Friendship Association, an affiliate organization of the NDNnews
as a media partner.
After their tour of almost three hours from Seoul, visiting diplomatic
community dropped by Gangwon Science & Industry Promotion
Agency as their first itinerary visit program to hear about its
ocean bio industry plan etc., one of its ambitious plans to
nurture the future industries while being greeted by its president
Won Young-suk & dedicated staffs. By his welcoming remarks, Won said that
enterpreneurs can realize their dreams here in Gangreung
Science & Industry Promotion Agency & Gangreung city where
is good to do business, adding GSIPA will do its utmost to
nurture competitive promising enterprises than anywhere based
on cutting-edge science technologies.
As capacity of visiting diplomatic community Dean, Myanmar
Amb. H.E. Thura H Thet Oo Maung replied by his return
remarks that first of all, we Seoul Diplomatic Corps. are very
happy to be able to visit Gangreunn, one of the 2018
PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games Host cities in the
Republic of Korea in order to attend PyeongChang Culture
Olympics. Besides hosting speed skating games, hockey, curling
etc. as part of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Games,
we heard that your Host City Gangreung has an ambitious
plans to nurture ocean bio industry etc., Maung added. (See the
excerpts of Myanmar Amb. Maung at the end of this article!)
In the afternoon, visiting diplomatic community dropped by
Gyeongpo beach to appreciate many sculptures prepared
alongside the Gyeongpo beach, that is, Arts Festa 2018
Gangreung, which will be held as part of cultural Olympic events.
Since then, the publicity pavilion installed within Gangreung
Green City Experience Center provided visiting diplomatic
community including many general visitors with a glimpse
about this upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
Before going to Wonju University Gangreung campus to see
"Scent of Thousand's Years" Theme performance, diplomatic
community dropped by GangneungOjukheon Municipal Museum
which is composed of Ojukheon and the museum.
Ojukheon is the building from early Joseon dynasty, which
has unique Iick construction style as a house which has
significant value in architecture. Also, Yulgok Yi I was born in
Mongryongsil room and this room became more historic
place. There are Moonseongsa, Sarangchae, Eojegak and Yulgok
memorial hall along with Ojukheon.
The municipal museum archives, studies and exhibits data and
artifacts on the Yeongdong region, and was established to
success traditional culture and to contribute to social education
and emotional improvement of the people. There is a folklore
museum exhibiting livelihood goods of Yeongdong region, a
history and culture museum exhibiting artifacts excavated in
Gangneung, and outdoor exhibition hall which restored stone
sculptures and tomb of Yeongdong region.
As their last schedule, diplomatic community attended 'Scent
of Thousand's Years' Theme Performance which will be
performed during the Winter Olympic Games as part of the
2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the Haeram
Cultural Center, Wonju University Gangreung Campus.
The motif of <Scent of Thousand's Years> is 'Dano Festival',
which is on the list of intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The story is about the peace of a thousand years that made
by nature, human and God. In the background of beautiful
and peaceful Gangwon-Province, it is telling of human and God with both the conflict
and the recovery. <Scent of Thousand's Years> is not only just
story about us who are living in the present, but is meaning
Olympic spirit of peace and harmony.
The following is a return speech by Myanmar Amb. Maung at
Gangreun Science & Industry Promotion Agency. -Ed.
Myanmar Amb. Return remarks
President Won Young-suk from Gangreung Science &
Industry Promotion Agency!
And Gangreung City dedicated officials,
First of all, we Seoul Diplomatic Corps. are very happy to be
able to visit Gangreunn, one of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter
Olympic Games Host cities in the Republic of Korea in order
to attend PyeongChang Culture Olympics .
Besides hosting speed skating games, hockey, curling etc. as
part of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Games, we
heard that your Host City Gangreung has an ambitious plans
to nurture ocean bio industry etc. In that regard, we
ambassadors & senior diplomats are looking forward to hearing
a good briefing about Gangreung Science & Industry Promotion Agency.
Culture Olympics can be more important than just doing Winter
Olympic games to show Olympic games all over the world or
watching games as a spectator of foreign diplomats because
the contents of Culture Olympics are directly faces of Korea
which will publicize Korea’s image in the world. In that sense,
we diplomats as well as
senior diplomats are looking forward to seeing many visit
programs with great expectations such as ‘Scent of a Thousand
Years’, theme performance of the 2018 PyeongChang Culture
Olympics, Gangreung Ojukheon and last but not least Gangreung
Olympics Park outdoor performances & Gangreung Arts Festa
2018 as well as Gangreung Olympic publicity pavilion etc.
Once again, we would like to express our sincere appreciation
for inviting us to this beautiful Gangreung City!