Luxembourg opens embassy in Seoul with Korean War exhibition

By Im Yoon-seo Posted : July 3, 2024, 15:52 Updated : July 4, 2024, 11:10


The ceremony was attended by Jacques Flies the inaugural Ambassador of Luxembourg to Korea Stéphanie Obertin Minister of Higher Education and Research of Luxembourg Baek Seung-Joo President of the War Memorial of Korea Xavier Bettel Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Kang Kyung-wha Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs of South Korea and Benoît Niederkorn Director of the Luxembourg National Military Museum
Participants including Ambassador of Luxembourg to Korea Jacques Flies (far left), President of the War Memorial of Korea Baek Seung-Joo (3rd from left), and Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel (4th from left) attend an event at the War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan, Seoul on July 2, 2024. AJU PRESS Han Jun-gu

SEOUL, July 3 (AJU PRESS) - A special exhibition featuring Luxembourg's participation in the Korean War kicked off its three-month run in Yongsan, Seoul on Tuesday.

Hosted by the War Memorial of Korea, the exhibition coincides with the opening of Luxembourg's diplomatic mission in Jongno, central Seoul and aims to further strengthen the bond between the two countries.

Over 60 artifacts, including handwritten personal diaries and photo albums, are on display, offering a glimpse into the experiences of Luxembourgish war veterans who fought alongside South Korea over seven decades ago.

Luxembourg dispatched 85 soldiers to support South Korea during the Korean War (1950~1953), despite having a population of only around 200,000 and a military force of just 1,000 at the time.

Deputy prime minister of Luxembourg and as the minister for Foreign Affairs Xavier Bettel gives a conglatultory message at an opening ceremony of the exhibition
Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg speaks at an event at the War Memorial of Korea in Yongsan, Seoul on July 2, 2024. AJU PRESS Han Jun-gu
Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said that people often take freedom "for granted," but he stressed its importance, adding that it must be fought for "not just in the past, in the present but also in the future."

President of the War Memorial of Korea Baek Seung-joo expressed his gratitude for "the sacrifice of young soldiers who came to a faraway land in Asia and fought for peace and freedom." He added, "It is very meaningful to celebrate the opening of Luxembourg's embassy in Seoul, with this exhibition honoring their war veterans."

The exhibition runs until Sept. 29.
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