The official opening inauguration ceremony of the new Swiss Embassy building was held under the attendance of many distinguished guests on noon, May 17th at Songwol-dong Seoul including Vice State Secretary Madame Pascale Baeviswyl from Swiss Foreign Ministry, Deputy Minister Cho Hyun from MOFAT, Swiss Amb. Linus von Castelmul besides the Seoul Diplomatic Corps.
Following last year's pre-reception, new Swiss Embassy building is a tribute to the Korea's standing in a global stage which is being heightened day by day as well as shows enormous potentials to be able to develop between the two nations, said Castelmur in his welcome remarks in front of about 300 invited guests.
Above all, Swiss envoy Castelmus said he sincerely hopes for the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. to be able to enjoy Swiss spirit to the fullest, adding its Swiss Embassy Seoul plans to host many commemorating events throughout the year with a theme, titled as "Pushing the Limits-celebrating Swiss Excellence and Innovation in Korea".
Touching upon unlimited trade potentials between the two countries, Vice State Secretary Madame Pascale Baeviswyl from Swiss Foreign Ministry who was on hand to share its official opening ceremony, stressed long friendships between the two nations dating from the 1950s when Switzerland played its very important role for the peace and stabilization on the peninsula with its NNSC participation.
The Seoul Diplomatic Corps. showed its keep interests with the attendance of many envoys who included Sweden Amb. Jakob Hallgren, Vietnam Amb. Nguyen Vu Tu, Norway Amb. Frode Solverg, Chile Amb. Fernando Danus, Cambodia Amb. Dimanche LONG, Cote d'Ivoire Amb. Sylvestre Kouassi BILE etc.
Anyway, new Swiss Embassy building as a complex form consists of 4 wing shapes, revealing Korea's traditional Han-ok's outward structure with Swiss meister spirit. Through this, new Swiss building wanted to show Korea's classical beauty and Swiss' modern beauty simultaneously, said its spokeswoman from the Embassy of Switzerland Seoul.
Last but not least, Swiss Amb. Castelmur added the year 2019 will serve as one year laying a bridge Swiss strives to come more closely to Korea, adding in that sense the Embassy of Swiss plans to concentrate its efforts to let Zuerich know even more for the Korean public during the latter half of the year.