“Hello ASEAN@50”: exploring ASEAN in the ASEAN month

The ASEAN-Korea Centre designated May and June as the ASEAN Month in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and ASEAN-ROK Cultural Exchange Year. During this period, a series of culture and awareness programmes will be held.

The lined-up programmes are ASEAN Culinary Festival, ASEAN Tourism Promotional Pavilion, ASEAN Culture and Tourism Photo Exhibition, ASEAN Lecture Series, ASEAN-Korea Investment Promotion Seminar on Information and Communication Technology, ASEAN Quiz, and ASEAN School Tour Programme.

Under the slogan of “Hello ASEAN@50,” the ASEAN Month was launched on 11 May at the ASEAN-Korea Centre in Seoul. The launching ceremony featured panel discussion on ASEAN and ASEAN-Korea relations as well as ASEAN traditional performances.

“The ASEAN-Korea partnership is getting more important than ever. ASEAN has been receiving more and more attention as alternative economic partner of Korea after China. People-to-people exchanges have been vibrant as well, reaching over 8 million in 2016. Despite these, ASEAN has not much been explored, as many things about the region’s cultures, religions, and histories are still yet to be unveiled. I hope the ASEAN Month would contribute to a better understanding of ASEAN as well as the importance of ASEAN-Korea relations,” said Kim Young-sun, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre.

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