The signing has brought the total number of cities which have cooperative relations with Ho Chi Minh City to 48, including 6 localities of South Korea.
Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong stressed the importance of the MOU in deep and diversified cooperation between the two sides.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of 2017 HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival in the evening, Mr. Phong highlighted the significance of the event marking the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea (RoK).
The festival has contributed greatly to the promotion of cultures, lands and peoples of Vietnam and Korea along with other countries worldwide; strengthened mutual understanding an d built a bridge to the development and prosperity of tow nations.
December 3 attracted more than 4 million visitors, including 12,000 Korean people.
The 23-day long festival themed “ the prosperity of the Asian community via cultural exchanges” included a wide range of activities, including film screenings, exhibitions, art performances and trade promotion programs to boost cross-cultural exchange between the two countries in Nguyen Hue Walking Street, HCMC Fine Arts Museum, Ben Thanh Theater, Hoa Binh Theater, the city’s Conservatory of Music and the 23/9 Park.
The festival is hosted by Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports of South Korea, United Nations World Tourism Organization – UNWTO (UN agencies) and is funded by the Korean government.
The event is held every two years, starting in 1998. The HCMC-Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017will be the third of its kind to be held overseas following ones in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, in 2006, and Istanbul, Turkey, in 2013.