Indian Embassy in Seoul celebrates 75th year of anniversary of foundation of Republic of India

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : January 26, 2024, 19:26 Updated : March 8, 2024, 09:54
Courtesy of the Indian Embassy in Seoul
[Courtesy of the Indian Embassy in Seoul]

SEOUL -- The Embassy of India in South Korea celebrated the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Republic of India on Sevit Islands, a set of three artificial islands in southern Seoul known as a cultural complex, on January 26. The country was founded about two and a half years after gaining independence from British rule on August 15, 1947. 

"It is a testament to the wisdom and foresight of our founding fathers that democracy has not only taken deep roots but flourished in India," Amit Kumar, the Indian Ambassador to South Korea, said during his opening speech. He also emphasized the relationship with between India and South Korea which has "witnessed a significant expansion" in recent years.  

Government data showed that the trade volume between the two nations reached $27.7 billion in 2022, marking a 62 percent increase from the $17.1 billion recorded in 2010. South Korea's exports to India reached $18.8 billion in 2022, up 65.7 percent from 2010. South Korea mainly exported semiconductors and steel plates, and imported petroleum products and aluminum from India.

The envoy highlighted two summit meetings between leaders from the two nations: during the G7 Summit in Hiroshima in May 2023 and the other in New Delhi during the G20 Summit in September of the same year. The two sides reached a consensus to improve cooperation in high-tech sectors, including defense and space. "We greatly value the Republic of Korea's active participation and support during our successful G20 Presidency. Throughout the year, we held several ministerial, senior officials and institutional dialogue meetings," Kumar said.  
Amit Kumar the Indian Ambassador to South Korea Courtesy of the Indian Embassy in Seoul
Amit Kumar, the Indian Ambassador to South Korea [Courtesy of the Indian Embassy in Seoul]

South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Hong-kyun attended the event as a special guest. "The trade and cultural exchanges between our peoples date back thousands of years. Our common culture and historical heritage, such as Buddhism, and India's contributions during the Korean War are shining examples of our deep-rooted friendship," the veteran diplomat said. Kim added: "Thanks to our long friendship and shared values, and through our joint efforts, there has been tremendous progress in our bilateral relations over the last 50 years." 

Around 500 guests, including ambassadors and officials from the South Korean government, participated in the reception held at a convention center. The event featured music performances, including Indian classical dance, and guests enjoyed Indian cuisine for dinner.

In October 2023, the Indian Embassy held a cultural event "Sarang" on Nami Island, an iconic region known as a filming spot for South Korean drama series. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with South Korea, India's cultural assets such as dance, costumes, and food were showcased in the river island.
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