NA Chairwoman receives representatives of Ly families in RoK hinh anh 1NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan receives representatives from Ly families. (Photo: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) – Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Seoul, the Republic of Korea (RoK) on December 6 for representatives from the Ly Hoa Son family, descendants of Prince Ly Long Tuong who immigrated to the RoK from Vietnam in the 13th century.

Also present at the reception were representatives from the Ly Tinh Thien family, descendants of another prince of the Ly dynasty who settled in the RoK in the 12th century.

On behalf of the Party and State, the top legislator thanked the Ly families for their contributions to the homeland through introducing Vietnamese business climate to Korean business community, calling for Korean investments in the country, and helping Vietnamese brides integrate better into Korean culture, among others.

Ly Thua Vinh, Chairman of the association of Ly Hoa Son clan, said that the Ly families always remember the land of their roots, and they feel happy to see substantial changes and development of the nation.

At the event, officials of Gyeongsangbuk-do province’s Bonghwa district said that Bonghwa is the only locality in the RoK preserving relics of Prince Ly Long Tuong. The district is developing a 40- million USD Vietnamese village project in the area to promote Vietnam-the RoK exchanges across the fields of history, culture, tourism and economy.

Ly Hoa Son clan in the RoK were descendants of Prince Ly Long Tuong of the Ly Dynasty that ruled Vietnam between the 11th and 13th century. Following the collapse of the Ly Dynasty in 1225, Ly Long Tuong fled to Goryeo, an ancient name of Korea, the following year.

The Vietnamese prince later helped defend Goryeo from Mongolian invasions. -VNA