South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

By Giang Huy   June 24, 2023 | 02:27 am PT
President Yoon Suk-yeol and his Vietnamese counterpart Vo Van Thuong enjoyed breakfast and a stroll around Hanoi's iconic Sword Lake on Saturday.
South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

A convoy of vehicles and officers escort Yoon and his wife Kim Keon-hee to Sword Lake.

The leisurely morning came on the sidelines of Yoon's official three-day state visit to Vietnam that started Thursday.

South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

Thuong and his wife Phan Thi Thanh Tam welcome the South Korean president and his wife.

South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

The leaders have breakfast at a restaurant near Sword Lake, enjoying coffee, pho and other traditional Vietnamese dishes.

South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

Thuong and Yoon leave the restaurant.

South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

Phan and Kim also leave the restaurant with their husbands. Both women enjoyed lotus tea and watched a fashion show and traditional Vietnamese music performances on Friday.

Kim said she was impressed with the image of lotus and lotus tea in Vietnam.

South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

Both couples take a picture before a walk around Sword Lake.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol was welcomed with a 21-gun salute in a reception ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Friday.

South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

During the walk, Thuong spoke to Yoon about the history of Hoan Kiem Lake as well as other sites around it, such as Ngoc Son Temple and Turtle Tower.

South Korean president enjoys Hanoi lakeside morning

Thuong and Yoon take a rest by the lake.

Vietnam and Korea established diplomatic relations in 1992 and upgraded ties to comprehensive strategic partnership last year.

South Korea is one of Vietnam’s most important partners, ranking first in terms of investment, second in official development aid and third in trade. Bilateral trade last year was worth $87 billion, a 11.4% rise from 2021.

 
 
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