The South Korea in ASEAN Festival will treat audiences to a show of traditional and modern art at Au Co Theatre on November 15. Sookmyung Gayageum Orchestra will perform at the Korea Festival in ASEAN to be held in Hanoi in November 15. Photo smgo.co.kr The event is co-held by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in Vietnam and Vietnam Sing, Dance and Music Theatre to introduce the Sookmyung Gayageum orchestra and Expression Crew. The orchestra will perform its wide-ranging repertoire of music played entirely on the traditional gayageum. It is an iconic 12-stringed zither instrument used to play traditional Korean music to hits by the Beatles, South American folk songs, and even a break-dance style rendition of Canon by Johann Pachelbel. Performing at the festival, the musicians will play Arirang folklore pieces; Gayageum sanjo variation; Gayageum Byongchang; Hwacho – Rarveong; Sae Taryeong; songs Spring of Serenade and Bossa. Formed in 1999, Sookmyung Gayageum … [Read more...] about Hanoi concert celebrates South Korea in ASEAN
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (centre) inspects the Mount Kumgang resort on the east coast in this photo provided by the Korean Central News Agency on Oct.ober 23. Kim ordered the removal of all South Korea-built facilities at the once jointly run tourist spot, according to KCNA. — YONHAP/VNA Photo SEOUL — North Korea sent an ultimatum to South Korea earlier this week that it will unilaterally remove the South-built facilities from its Mount Kumgang resort unless Seoul tears them down on its own, Pyongyang's official news agency reported on Friday. The North's tough stance suggests little room for inter-Korean negotiations that South Korea has sought in an effort to keep the long-suspended tour project that was considered one of the most tangible symbols of inter-Korean reconciliation and co-operation. "On November 11, we sent an ultimatum, warning that if the South Korean authorities persist in their useless assertion, we will take it as an abandonment of the … [Read more...] about N. Korea says it sent ultimatum to S. Korea over Mount Kumgang project
Vietnam’s cosmetics market is worth $2.3 billion, but domestic companies pocket only 10 percent of the value. Analysts say Vietnam’s cosmetics market is relatively small compared with other markets. However, it has been growing very rapidly and is worth investing in. Vietnam is relatively small compared with other markets International experts predict that the middle-class population in Vietnam will reach 33 million by 2020. Mintel, a market analysis firm, estimated that Vietnam’s cosmetics market has the value of $2.3 billion this year. The domestic market is controlled by foreign names with 90 percent of market share. South Korea is the leading cosmetics supplier in Asia, including Vietnam. The country’s success in exporting cultural value is behind its success in the cosmetics industry, especially after South Korea signed an FTA with Vietnam in 2015. A report from the HCMC Cosmetics Association showed that 30 percent of revenue from cosmetics in … [Read more...] about How big is Vietnam’s cosmetics market?
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) was handed the symbolic gavel from Thailand’s counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha in Bangkok As the 35th ASEAN Summit and related events in Bangkok wrapped up last week, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received the symbolic gavel from Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha in a handover ceremony, symbolising that Vietnam will assume the rotating chair of the ASEAN for 2020. Previously, the country held the responsibility in 1998 and 2010. The chairmanship will formally begin on January 1 next year. During the one-year tenure, Vietnam will be tasked with outlining orientations for the regional bloc to enhance connectivity, cohesiveness, and overcome challenges. PM Phuc stated, “Along with achievements created by the ASEAN Community over past years, positive results of the ASEAN in 2019 under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” will lay a favourable foundation for Vietnam to take over the ASEAN chairmanship for … [Read more...] about Vietnam all set for crucial ASEAN role
At the signing ceremony. (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-Water) will support and share experiences as well as technologies with Vietnam in dealing with water-related issues. An agreement to this effect was signed between K-Water and the General Department of Irrigation under Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) in Hanoi on March 22. Accordingly, K-Water will assist the Vietnamese side in monitoring and operating reservoirs to reduce floods and clean water supply in rural areas. K-Water Vice President Park Won-cheol said the agreement will create a foundation for cooperation in irrigation between the two countries. K-Water has joined a number of irrigation projects in Vietnamese localities such as Phu Yen province and Da Nang city in the central region, he said, adding that the corporation is completing procedures for a water treatment project in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. Vietnam and the RoK … [Read more...] about Vietnam, RoK firm sign irrigation cooperation deal