Gyeongju city festival held in Ho Chi Minh City hinh anh 1Gyeongju city festival is part of the Ho Chi Minh City–Gyeongju World Culture Festival 2017.(Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City’s Nguyen Hue pedestrian street was emblazoned with a kaleidoscope of cultures of Gyeongju city, the Republic of Korea (RoK), on November 12.

The event was held as part of the activities within the Ho Chi Minh City–Gyeongju World Culture Festival 2017, taking place in the southern hub from November 11 to December 3.

Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, underlined that Vietnam hosted numerous important events in November, including the APEC 2017 Economic Leaders’ Week and the Ho Chi Minh City–Gyeongju World Culture Festival, showing Vietnam’s role in the international community.

The events are expected to lure more foreign tourists to Vietnam, he said.

As Vietnam and the RoK are celebrating the 25th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties this year, relations between Ho Chi Minh City and the RoK’s localities have received more attention, Liem noted.

He believed that the festive activities will help promote cultural and economic exchanges between the two countries while enhance mutual understanding between their people.

Choi Yangsik, Mayor of Gyeongju, said that dynamic Ho Chi Minh City and Gyeongju have a range of similarities which comprise the maintenance of Confucianism tradition, cultural respect and patriotism.

He hoped that the brilliant performances will bring Gyeongju city’s cultural features closer to Vietnamese people.

Gyeongju was the capital of the 1,000 year-long Silla dynasty and was the core city of the world’s ancient Silk Road. The city is also renowned for numerous cultural and historic heritages, stunning natural landscapes and colourful festivals which attract a large pool of visitors every year.-VNA