JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

​S. Korea to build memorial park honoring Vietnam-descended clan of Lee family

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 08:03 GMT+7
​S. Korea to build memorial park honoring Vietnam-descended clan of Lee family

A memorial park will be built in South Korea to honor descendants of the Hwasan Lee clan who trace their ancestor to a 13th-century Vietnamese prince.

The Hwasan Lee Memorial Park will be constructed in Bonghwa District, Gyeongsangbuk Province in eastern South Korea, a three-hour bus ride away from Seoul.

Choi Hyung-seok, marketing director for Gyeongsangbuk’s tourism department, said the project would cost around US$38 million, with the aim of developing the area into Korea’s own ‘Vietnam Town.’

The Hwasan Lee clan in South Korea was founded nearly 800 years ago by Ly Long Tuong, a royal prince of the Ly Dynasty that ruled in Vietnam between the 11th and 13th century.

Following the collapse of the Ly Dynasty in 1225, Ly Long Tuong was exiled to Goryeo, an ancient name for Korea, the following year.

The Vietnamese prince later helped defend Goryeo against Mongolian invasions and became the founder of the Hwasan Lee clan in Korea.

The upcoming Hwasan Lee Memorial Park is a tourism complex built in honor of Ly Long Tuong and his descendants, who can still be found in Seoul, Incheon and other parts of Korea.

According to Gyeongsangbuk’s tourism department, the project will break ground in 2019 and open to visitors in 2023.

The park is expected to help “strengthen Vietnam-Korea ties and bring more tourists to Gyeongsangbuk, especially those from Vietnam,” Choi Hyung-seok said.

Choi Hyung-seok (L), marketing director for Gyeongsangbuk’s tourism department, presents a Vietnamese tourist with some souvenir. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Choi Hyung-seok (L), marketing director for Gyeongsangbuk’s tourism department, presents a Vietnamese tourist with some souvenir. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

  • 0
  • 0

TUAN SON / TUOI TRE NEWS

More

Read more

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news