ASTANA – The photo exhibition “Astana – The Pearl of the Great Steppe,” dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Kazakh capital, was presented in the South Korean capital.
Numerous residents and guests of Seoul came to get acquainted with the unknown corners of Kazakhstan at the exhibition in the Korea Foundation building, according to the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan. Astana was the main focus of the show.
Director of the Foundation’s Almaty representative office Sergei Tokhtarov said that the foundation aims to expand international cooperation in the scientific, educational, cultural and educational spheres.
Tokhtarov highlighted that the Astana Club international discussion platform represented by the Institute of World Economy and Politics under the Foundation can be used as a discussion platform.
Guests of the exposition were also introduced to high-profile public, political and cultural figures of Kazakhstan. They were told about the country’s state holidays, traditions and nature reserves.
Musician Sadzhana Murzalieva played the kobyz, a traditional Kazakh instrument, both providing entertainment and inviting guests to experience Kazakh culture. At the end of the event, all visitors were presented with Day in Astana photo albums devoted to the 20th anniversary of the capital.
The exposition was attended by Kazakh Ambassador to South Korea Bakhyt Dyusenbayev. During the event, the Foundation of the First President and the Korea Foundation signed a memorandum of cooperation intended to improve interaction between the two organisations, as well as further connect the peoples of the two countries.
The exhibition was open through Sept. 3.
Diplomatic relations between South Korea and Kazakhstan were established Jan. 28, 1992. Political, economic and educational cooperation between the nations has grown, and the presence of 100,000 ethnic Koreans living in Kazakhstan creates an additional link between the states.
Kazakhstan has become South Korea’s most important trading partner in the Central Asian region. Korean business people have invested more than $2 billion in Kazakhstan and have assets in more than 300 companies. South Korea’s major exports to Kazakhstan include vehicles and electronics. Kazakh exports primarily raw materials, including copper and zinc, to South Korea.