Tap tourism potential, make Manipur more visible: Shin

IMPHAL, 26th Nov: “Manipur is rich in tourism resources. It has historical sites and beautiful natural wonders. If it is properly developed as tourist destination, the state, which has remained unknown in tourism circuit even though it is only two and half hour flight away from New Delhi, will become more visible,” opined Republic of Korea Ambassador to India, Bong-Kil Shin.
He was deivering a lecture on ‘Korea-India Relation’ organised by Department of Foreign Language (Korean), Manipur University at the Court Hall of the university on Monday.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the lecture programme, Ambassador, Bong-Kil Shin confided that that Manipur chief secretary invited him for the Manipur Sangai Festival which he immediately accepted.
He came to the state along with a taekwondo team practicing at Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi as well as Indians and a K-Pop team which has already performed at Sangai Festival.
The main reason for his visit was to attend Sangai Festival. But taking advantage of his visit, the Department of Foreign Language (Korean), Manipur University requested him to deliver a lecture and thus he came to give the lecture at MU, the ambassador elaborated.
Bong-Kil Shin revealed that taking the opportunity of the Sangai Festival, he has visited many historical sites of Manipur, World War Memorial sites, INA Museum, Loktak Lake, etc.
“If the tourism resources of the state are properly developed then surely Manipur will become more known to the tourists,” the Korean bureaucrat suggested.
The Ambassador pointed out that people of Manipur have very close physical similarity with the Korean people, and added “maybe we have come from same ancestors.”
“The atmosphere of the state is very different from New Delhi, after reaching here I felt like I am back in Korea,” he confided.
The Ambassador expressed his happiness that a course for Korean language has been opened at Manipur University.
“If it continues for long, then surely the relationship between Manipur and Korea will become stronger. If we want to have good relations, we need to know each other’s language. Therefore, if there is knowledge of Korean language, there will be better relations in various aspects,” he remarked.


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