Lee to present leaders with tablet computers
Korean President Lee Myung-bak will give the latest tablet computer made by Samsung Electronics as a gift to heads of state and representatives of international organizations participating in the Nuclear Security Summit, an official said Monday.
The back of the Galaxy tablet features the unique Korean art of lacquered mother-of-pearl inlay designs, called Najeon Chilgi in Korean, said Cho Jae-cheol, a spokesman for the Preparatory Secretariat for the two-day summit set to start Monday evening.
"The gift represents a combination of traditional Korean culture and its newest information technology," Cho said.
Korea is one of the world's most wired nations with most homes having high-speed Internet.
The traditional Korean lacquerware is made by inlaying pieces of shells such as abalone and conch to form intricate designs. Najeon Chilgi is a laborious technique that requires focused concentration and experienced judgment at critical times in the process. (Yonhap)