- At an ambassadorial tour organized by The Korea Post media
A total of over 65 members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps (most of them ambassadors and their spouses), as well as Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire (dean of the visiting members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps that day) and Ambassador Aleksandr Timonin of the Russian Federation, from a total of over 30 different countries of the world, attended a tour of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul on Jan. 19, 2018, which was organized by The Korea Post media. Many of the ambassadors were accompanied by their spouses and in the case of Viet Nam Mrs. Tran Thi Lan Hinh attended the event on behalf of her husband, Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tu. (See list of attendees at the end of this report.)
From the host company, the Lotte World, came Vice Chairman Song Yong-dok, President Park Dong-gi and other competent executives and managers who greeted each ambassador and Madam attending the tour.
|Ambassadors and madams smile in front of the camera at the Lotte Tower ‘Seoul Sky’ in Seoul during their tour of the Tower on Jan. 19, 2018. The host, CEO Park Dong-ki, is seen right in front of Ambassador Peteris Vaivars of Latvia who is about in the middle of the rearest row in front of the central column with a sign reading, “Welcome Excellencies and Madams to the SEOUL SKY on January 19, 2018. Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media (organizer of the Tour) is seen squatting down in the front row, second from left.|
Speaking to the ambassadors and other visiting members of the SDC, President Park said, “The concept of Seoul Sky (Lotte World Tower) was ‘Beauty and Pride of Korea’ which expresses the color of Korea and for this reason the Tower has become a target of admiration from all the peoples around the world as a global landmark in Korea.” (See excerpts from his speech toward the end of this report.)
In response to the welcome speech of President Park, Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, most senior among all visiting members of the SDC that day and acting as dean of the SDC delegation said, “The building which stands as proud as a beautiful lady among her courtiers will definitely become a landmark tourist destination, like other famous towers around the world.” (See excerpts from his speech at the end of this report.)
|Ambassadors and spouses wave to the camera on the 118th floor of the Lotte Tower Seoul.The host, CEO Park, is seen third on the left from Ambassadress Abida Islam of Bangladesh (in thick gold garment) and between them is Publisher-Chairman Lee of The Korea Post.|
Excerpts from the speech of Ambassador Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire:
Mr. Dong Gi PARK, President & CEO of Lotte World Adventure;
Mr. Song Yong DOK, Vice Chairman of Hotel Service BU;
Your Excellencies & dear colleagues of the diplomatic corps;
Mr. Kyung Sik Lee, Chairman & Publisher of The Korea Post;
Ladies & gentlemen,
I take pleasure, on behalf of my colleagues Ambassadors, the members of the diplomatic corps and their spouses, to thank you very sincerely for organizing this visit at the Lotte World Tower, the tallest building in Seoul and one of the highest worldwide.
I want to assure you that I feel humble, with my heart full of emotion, in front of such a gigantic human work.
|Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire (dean of the visiting members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps), right foreground, presents a Plaque of Appreciation to CEO Park Dong-ki (center).|
Visiting Seoul Sky is an experience that deserves to be lived once in a lifetime. The impression of grandeur that the visitors experience is really strong.
The building which stands as proud as a beautiful lady among her courtiers will definitely become a landmark tourist destination, like other famous towers around the world.
Once again I would like to express our gratitude for associating us with impressive show at 555 meters above sea level.
Excerpts from the speech of President Dong Gi Park of Lotte World Adventure:
It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you here at landmark of Korea, “SEOUL SKY”
The concept of SEOUL SKY was a beauty and pride of Korea. Expressing the color of Korea became the reason of being loved globally as a landmark.
Combination of concept between Korea and beautiful view of Seoul became a “Hot spot” for foreigners.
|Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, dean of the visiting members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps, makes a return speech in response to welcome remarks by the host.|
We promise you to update new contents steadily to become a global landmark.
We dedicate our best efforts meeting your expectations and look forward to exchange tourism industry. Once again, thank you for visiting SEOUL SKY> Enjoy your day.
LOTTE WORLD Adventure President & CEO Park Dong Gi
For Lotte Group, everyday was a new challenge, and every result was a new record. We are proud of ourselves to greet you in tallest point of Korea, 123 floors with 555m high.
For the past 50 years, Lotte has been on a journey making the lives of humankind more abundant and affluent. The new Vision that we have created is the “Lifetime Value Creator”
Lotte World Tower. Iconic vertical city delivers an experience that goes beyond expectations serving best quality of know-how from Hotel, Duty free and Lotte World Adventure.
|CEO Park Dong-ki (left) proposes a toast with Ambassadors Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, dean of the visiting members of the SDC.|
Ladies and gentlemen, I believe that today will become a special day for us for Lotte to grow up globally. Please give us particular concern and encourage us. Thank you.
List of ambassadors attending the tour:
H.E. Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire
H.E. Omrie M. Golley of Sierra Leone
H.E. Myrat Mammetalyyev of Turkmenistan
H.E. Tito Saul Pinilla Pinilla of Colombia
H.E. Zoran Kazazovic of Serbia
H.E. Hassan Taherian of Iran
H.E. Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan
H.E. Aleksander Andreevich Timonin of Russia
H.E. Peteris Vaivars of Latvia
H.E. Sarun Charoensuwan of Thailand
H.E. Fernando Danus of Chile
H.E. Shiferaw Jarso Tedecha of Ethiopia
H.E. Andrew Yamanea of Papua New Guinea
H.E. Long Dimanche of Cambodia
H.E. Adrien Theatre of Belgium
H.E. Andrei Popkov of Belarus
H.E. Mihai Ciompec of Romania
H.E. Arjun Jung Bahadur Singh of Nepal
H.E. Olexander Horin of Ukraine
H.E. Virgilio Paredes Trapero of Honduras
H.E. Wylbur Chisiya Simuusa of Zambia
H.E. Hazem Fahmy of Egypt
H.E. Abida Islam of Bangladesh
H.E. Difie Agyarko Kusi of Ghana
Mrs. Tran Thi Lan Hinh, Spouse of the Ambassador of Vietnam
|From left: Ambassador Fernando Danus of Chile, Ambassador and Mrs. Hassan Taherian (center) of Iran, and Ambassador Zoran Kazazovic of Serbia.|
|H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Sarun Charoensuwan of Thailand pose for The Korea Post caemraman.|
|Mrs. Tran Thi Lan Hinh, spouse of the Ambassador of Viet Nam, is all smiles posing for the camera. Mrs. Tran spends much of her own time for the government of Viet Nam representing her husband during important ambassador tours.|
|Ambassador Fernando Danus of Chile (left, foreground) and other visiting ambassadors and madams are examing the ‘History of Lotte Tower’ at the Lotte World Tower.|
|Ambassador and Mrs. Virgilio Paredes Trapero of Honduras enjoy snacks with a glass of wine at the Sky View of the Lottte World Tower.|
|Ambassador Mihai Ciompec of Romania (right) and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post try on a replica Hat of Napoleon (left) each. The genuine one (put on display that day) is priced over US2.44 million.|
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