The 2022 Vietnam Tourism and Culture Festival is taking place in Seoul and Gwangju in the Republic of Korea (RoK) from October 13-19 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.
It is one of two large-scale festivals organised abroad annually by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to promote the country, people and tourism of Vietnam to Koreans.
Traditional cultural activities of Vietnam have made a special impression on people from the Republic of Korea.
The main event of the festival was held in Seoul on October 13-16 with a wide range of cultural activities and art performances.
The festival also saw the presence of Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung and his RoK counterpart, Park Bo-gyoon. On this occasion, the two ministers held talks on bilateral cooperation in the fields they are in charge of.
Minister Hung proposed the RoK continue its support for bilateral exchanges in culture, sports and tourism and share experience related to the development of cultural industries - a strength of the RoK.
Vietnam also wishes to cooperate with the RoK in cinematography and join hands with famous Korean filmmakers and bands to produce unique art programmes that help RoK people better their understanding of Vietnam.
For his part, the RoK minister promised to organise many cultural exchange activities and promote bilateral cooperation in sports and tourism.
As part of the festival, a seminar was also held to promote Vietnamese tourism with the participation of companies, travel agencies and airlines from the two countries.
The RoK is one of the most important markets for Vietnam’s tourism. Before the Covid-19 outbreak, nearly 4.3 million Korean tourists visited Vietnam in 2019, making the RoK the second largest market of Vietnamese tourism. Meanwhile, the number of Vietnamese tourists to RoK reached 554,000 in the year.
After Vietnam reopened its door to international travel, the number of RoK tourists to the country has increased rapidly, hitting 900,000 in July alone.