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South Korean President tastes pho before wrapping up Vietnam visit

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:43 GMT+7

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his spouse had pho, Vietnamese typical dish, for breakfast in their last morning in Hanoi before concluding a two-day state visit to Vietnam on Saturday.

The two special guests were treated to special bowls of the noodle soup with beef at a restaurant on Hoang Minh Giam Street, Nghien Xuan Tien, the store representative, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

“The bowls cost VND150,000 [US$6.5] each and were made of our most special ingredients,” Tien said.

Tien added that a team of security officials visited his store last week, and they conducted the last check on the ingredients early on Saturday, before the president’s arrival.

The restaurant representative that the South Korean president spoke highly of their food.

South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha, South Korean ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk and his wife, joined President Moon and his spouse for the breakfast.

A member of the South Korean delegation said pho stores are not hard to find in South Korea, but the taste here is much more special and delicious. 

Upon tasting the pho, the visiting leader talked and shook hands with South Korean expats in Vietnam, who had been waiting outside the restaurant.

A member of the South Korean delegation said pho stores are not hard to find in South Korea, but the taste here is much more special and delicious. Photo: Tuoi Tre

President Moon Jae-in left Vietnam at 11:00 am, wrapping up a two-day visit to the country.

The South Korean leader held talks with Vietnamese State President Tran Dai Quang in Hanoi on Friday, during which they witnessed the signing of six memoranda of understanding on cooperation in the fields of trade, labor, information, industry, traffic and construction.

Upon the talks, the guest said South Korea will “contribute” to Vietnam’s goal of becoming an industrialized economy by lifting bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2020.

The two leaders also participated in the Vietnam-South Korea business forum, before Moon met with Vietnamese Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman of the lawmaking National Assembly.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his spouse talk before their breakfast. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his spouse talk before their breakfast. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks to South Korean ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks to South Korean ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds the gift given by the restaurant, a pair of chopsticks. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds the gift given by the restaurant, a pair of chopsticks. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in poses with South Korean expats in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in poses with South Korean expats in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in poses with the pho restaurant attendants. Photo: Tuoi Tre
South Korean President Moon Jae-in poses with the pho restaurant attendants. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Son Luong / Tuoi Tre News

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