The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) in Vietnam and the Tourism Promotion Department of South Korea's Gyeongsangbuk-do Province organized an event promoting Gyeongsangbuk-do tourism in Ho Chi Minh City on October 26.
Accoridng to the Tourism Promotion Department of Gyeongsangbuk-do, Lee Jae Chun, the area of the province has accounted for about 20 percent of the total area of South Korea. Gyeongsangbuk-do is the homeland of the former kingdom of Silla and has retained much of its cultural tradition. It is known for producing high quality wild ginseng and herbs.
On the occasion, KTO and the Tourism Promotion Department of Gyeongsangbuk-do signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HCM City’s travel enterprises.
Over 4,600 Korean companies are operating in Vietnam, including businesses from Gyeongsangbuk-do . The number of Vietnamese tourists visiting South Korea increased 15 percent in 2015 and is expected to year-on-year increase of 40 percent in 2016.
Ho Chi Minh City and Gyeongsangbuk-do province will co-host the World Cultural Festival 2017 in November.
Held biennially since 1998 in RoK and other participating nations, the World Cultural Festival is a large-scale cultural exchange event including diversified activities to promote RoK culture and participating countries in various fields such as cuisine, music, fashion, cinema and literature in combination with trade and investment promotion activities.