- Hwacheon is being reborn as an all-weather global festival city
Hwacheon, Gangwon Province is being reborn as an all-weather global festival city thanks to tourists rush from both its summer festival boom including its Tomato Festival & JJokebae Festival during summer seasons and from its winter festival fever such as its Sancheono Winter Ice Festival during winter seasons which is recognized as one of 4 global festivals globally.
By the invitation of honorable Governor Choi Moon-soon from Hwacheon County, Gangwon Province, over 70 members from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps including many Ambassadors, senior diplomats & their families toured the 2018 Hwacheon Tomato Festival on Aug. 4th last Sat. including Hwacheon DMZ trip and Paro lake trip.
Honorable Governor Choi Moon-soon from Hwacheon County taking part in a table event with a Thousan people which makes pasts, sponsored by Ottogi. (From left, Governor Choi, Thailand Amb. Singtong Lapisatepun, Egypt Amb. Hazem M. Fahmy, & chairman Sin Geum-cheol from Hwacheon County Council)
Dean H.E. Virgilio Paredes Trapero, Honduras Amb. lightened up the mood, saying: “With the enthusiastic efforts & dedication of Governor Choi Moon-soon as well as dedicated staffs from Hwacheon County to make its Tomato Festival globally like Sancheoneo Ice Festival every Jan. which is recognized as one of the world’s four major winter festivals, we are confident that Hwacheon Tomato Festival would be able to settle down as a real global festival beyond Spain Bunol Tomato Festival where all global families can enjoy by visiting here.” during the luncheon return remarks.
Visiting Diplomatoc Corps. who are attending in "Seek Golden Ring" event". From left, Egypt Amb. Hazem M. Fahmy, Bangladesh Amb. Abida ISLAM & Israel Amb. Chairm Choshen.
While clapping laudly about such comments, Governor Choi replied that in particular, Hwacheon Tomato Festival is drawing attention as the best experience event during the hot summer season which surpasses Spain’s ‘La Tomatina’. As part of such efforts, Hwacheon County secured tourists reservation over 1,000 peoples from Southeast Asia region by enforcing major tourist agents famtour several times since spring this year and we will strive so that Hwacheon Tomato Festival can play its role to revive regional economy by devoting all our efforts to oversea marketing, Choi said.
Honduras Amb. Virgilio Paredes Trapero enjoying "Seek Golden Ring" event amid a crowd of peoples who seek golden ring. (Second from left, second row)
In an pre-interview with the NDNnews(www.ndnnews.co.kr) & Seoulcity magazine before its invitation which invited over 70 diplomats last Sat., Governor Choi introduced that Hwacheon is a beautiful & clean hometown during its four seasons, recommending Chil-sung Observatory, Peace’s Dam, Korean House school, oxygen 100-ri street, wooden culture experience ground, Paro Lake to name just a few for tourists who wish to appreciate four seasons of Hwacheon.
In accordance with such concept, visiting Diplomatic Community dropped by at Chil-Sung Observatory in the morning to see at firsthand how the divided reality of the two Koreas on the peninsula is amid recent reconciliation’s atmosphere since the historic summits between President Moon Jae-in & North Korean leader Kim Jung-eun as well as US President Donald Trump & North Korean leader Kim Jung-eun respectively 4 months ago.
Honorable Governor Choi(center) from Hwacheon County posing with participatns in front of Chil-Sung Observatory.
Hearing a briefing regarding recent security circumstances that the distance of an observation point between South Korea & North Korea is merely 905m each other, visiting Diplomatic Commuity sincerely prayed permanent peace on the Korean peninsula, adding their visit at Hwacheon DMZ served as an important opportunity to awaken the importance of peace once again.
The luncheon venue which was held at Yecheon Korean restaurant, Hwacheon, served as an another opportunity for Hwacheon County to publicize its annual Sancheono Winter Ice Festival through about 15 minutes moving screen. Introducing that its Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival is one of the 7 winter wonders as well as one of the 4 great winter festivals which was selected by ministry of culture, sports and tourism, Republic of Korea as The best festival in Korea, Governor Choi said he sincerely would like to welcome to 2019 Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival ! which will be held from Jan. 5 until Jan. 27 next year by sending our heartfelt invitations to all Embassies in Korea.
Hwacheon has clean water, beautiful mountains, lakes, and pure hearted people. Spend your winter vacation at Hwacheon, with unfrozen hearts and unforgettable memories, and Sancheoneos interspersed in the sky fully filled with warm hearts of 27,000 Hwachoen citizens, encouraged Hwacheon officials to visit Hwacheon again at winter seasons.
Welcome luncheon held at Yecheon Korean restaurant, Hwacheon.
In the afternoon, visiting Diplomatic Community attended a table participation event for a Thousand people in which all ambassadors participated for making cool pasta, sponsored by Ottogi.
About their participation impression, Israel Amb. Chaim Choshen expressed it as a wonderful feeling to share it through a table with a Thousand people and Egypt envoy Hazem M. Fahmy also said he sincerely hopes all participatns would be able to bring pleasant memories in Hwacheon.
Honduras envoy Virgilio Paredes Trapero receiving a gift from Hwacheon Governor Choi during the welcome luncheon.
The highlight of their visit was absolutely their participation in the event ≪Seek Golden Ring≫ for the diplomats which is an event searching for golden ring hidden inside tomatos scattered in the tomato event venue ground while dancing according to disco music rhythm.