A sapling of the bodhi tree, regarded as sacred, arrived in Seoul from India on Friday, weeks after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to send one to President Park Geun-hye during a summit in February.
At that time, the Indian leader offered to give the tree to President Park as a special gesture of friendship and goodwill toward Koreans, which Park accepted with pleasure.
On Friday, Indian Ambassador to Korea Vishnu Prakash received the tree at Incheon International Airport which was transported by Indian officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and Korean officials from the forestry service.
The Embassy of India said that the tree will be housed temporarily at the Korea National Arboretum.
It will be shifted to a permanent abode at a prominent Buddhist temple in Korea.
"The bodhi tree will become another powerful symbol of India-Korea friendship and close people-to-people ties," the embassy said in a press release on Friday.
Art exhibition: Polish Ambassador Krzysztof Majka and his wife Zofia stand near the painting of a Korean landscape by Polish artist Zbigniew Murzyn at the Samsung Raemian Gallery in Seoul, Tuesday. The Embassy of Poland hosted the opening reception for the exhibition of two Polish artists' oil paintings under the title of "Polish Artists Inspired by Korea." The exhibition will continue until March 16. / Korea Times
Beer-tasting event due Wednesday
The Embassy of Canada will host a beer-tasting event at the Novotel Ambassador Gangnam in Seoul, Wednesday.
The embassy said that the event will provide a unique experience of exploring quality Canadian beer which has a long history and enjoys a strong global reputation.
People are invited to explore Canadian beer and cider, as well as side-dishes that complement the beverage.
Nearly 100 in-market clients will sample 12 brands of Canadian beer.
The brands include Moosehead, Big Rock and Alley Kat.
Angela Bilkhu, counselor in charge of agriculture and food and trade commissioner, will deliver welcoming remarks.
Troy Zitzelsberger, a brew master, will present the Canadian beer industry, beer making and characteristics of Canadian ingredients.
Kenya-Korea forum launched
The Embassy of Kenya hosted the inaugural assembly meeting of the Kenya-Korea Economic Forum (KKEF) at the conference room of the New Korea Building in Seoul, Thursday.
The forum is expected to play a role in promoting trade, and cultural and information exchanges between the two countries.
The 17 founding members attending the meeting include Shinn Tae-yong, chairman of the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA) and Chung Kun-mo, a member of Kenya's National Economic and Social Council and an advisor to the Kenya government.
During the meeting, Hong Ki-ho, CEO of Gana Industrial Co. was chosen as chairman of the forum.
Kenyan Ambassador Ngovi Kitau said that the participation of KOIMA is important, stressing that it has 8,500 member companies and controls 75 percent of all Korean imports.
Chinese envoy meets Saenuri leader
New Chinese Ambassador to Korea Qiu Guohong paid a courtesy visit to Rep. Hwang Woo-year, the leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, Thursday.
During the meeting, the Chinese envoy said Seoul-Beijing relations have been unprecedentedly closer since President Park Geun-hye took office in February 2013.
Qiu was quoted as saying that the Saenuri Party has maintained good working relations with the Chinese Communist Party for a long time and this has played a part in improving bilateral relations.
Citing the Korea-China trade volume, which reached $274 billion last year and the number of Korean tourists to China, the Chinese ambassador said Korea is one of the closest trade partners of China.
Rep. Hwang expressed regret for the recent knife attack in Kunming Station in China, saying such an act of terrorism is unacceptable and should not occur again in Northeast Asia.