Vice President U Henry Van Thio visited Gyeongbokgung Palace, NamSan Seoul Tower, Seoul Waterworks Authority and Waterworks Museum as part of his visit to Seoul, the Republic of Korea, yesterday and also met with staff of the Myanmar Embassy.
The Vice President was accompanied by Union Minister Thura U Aung Ko and officials as they made their way to Gyeongbokgung Palace by motorcade in the morning. They were given a tour of the palace by an expert.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was the first and largest palace constructed during the Joseon dynasty in 1395. Although there were the Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace remained the main royal palace. It is located in Seoul (formerly Hanyang).
Next, the Vice President arrived at Namsan Seoul Tower and observed the city’s scenery. The tower is 236.7 meters high and was initially built as a communication tower in 1969 before it was opened it to the public in 1980.
From there, the Vice President traveled to Seoul Waterworks Authority where Deputy Mayor Park Ho and officials explained water distribution to the city, water reservation, water purification systems, and possible assistance with water-related technology.
The Vice President asked questions, observed the water distribution control room and heard an official explaining the distribution system. He also looked around inside the factory.
Seoul Waterworks Authority collects water from the Han River and purifies it through multiple processes before distributing it throughout Seoul.
Next, the Vice President visited the Waterworks Museum where he received a tour from a museum official. The museum was built in 1908 and is preserved as a cultural heritage of Seoul.
Afterwards, the Vice President arrived at the Myanmar Embassy in ROK, toured the embassy building and met the embassy staff.
During the meeting, Myanmar Ambassador U Thant Sin explained embassy matters and Myanmar-ROK relations to the Vice President, who asked some questions and then instructed promotion of cultural cooperation and tourism between the two nations. After this, the Vice President met with the Myanmar community in ROK.—MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)