A performance of "ao dai" - Vietnam's traditional costume - at the Vienam's Day in Seoul in June (Photo: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Kumho Tire Co. is offering aid to Korean-Vietnamese multicultural families that encounter economic difficulties to return to Vietnam for a short visit, the firm said on November 13.

Kumho Tire said it is receiving applications and will select 10 families that it will finance their airfares and other expenses for their 10-day homecoming trips in January, 2016.

The company has helped 43 families reunite with their families and friends in Vietnam in the programme since 2013.

It has also assisted Vietnamese women marrying RoK men to quickly adapt to the local culture and helped their children understand more about their mothers’ homeland.

A senior manager of Kumho Tire said the number of Korean-Vietnamese families joining in the programme has increased over the years, and the firm expects more applications this year.

The business received a certificate of merit for this initiative last August.

Around 60,000 Vietnamese brides are living in the Republic of Korea.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Public Security, some 115,600 Vietnamese nationals married foreigners from over 50 countries and territories from 2008-2014.-VNA