South Korea is located thousands miles far from us, and cultural differences make us distant too. One of the main tasks of Universal Peace Federation are cultural rapprochement programs for peace and understanding. According to this goal in December, 2014 Korean journalists were invited to visit our country in order to give them objective and truthful information about events in Ukraine and to help Korean nation to understand our culture.
The delegation included Chief Editor of “Weekly Chosun” Mr. Chwe Choon Seuk, Senior Editor of “Weekly Dong A” Mr. Hwan Il Do and Senior Reporter of “Monthly Joong Ang” Mr. Han Ki Hong. All these newspapers are well-known in Korea.
“Weekly Chosun” is the oldest news magazine in Korea. It was founded in 1968. This magazine is a weekly version of “Chosun Ilbo” – the biggest daily newspaper of Republic of Korea with 1 800 000 copies circulation.
“Weekly Dong A” was founded in 1995. This magazine is affiliate of Dong A Ilbo newspaper group with 1 200 000 copies circulation. Partners of “Dong A Ilbo” are “New York Times”, “Reuters”, “Izvestiya”, etc.
Joong Ang magazine was founded in 1968 and is monthly released. Circulation – 40 000 copies. Joong Ang Ilbo daily newspaper circulation amounts 1 300 000 copies. This newspaper was initially published by founder of Samsung Group. It’s English version is released in USA.
The group of journalists interviewed Leonid Makarovych Kravchuk and met Ambassador of Republic of Korea in Ukraine. They visited Museum of Great Patriotic War, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, Sofiya of Kiev and National Theater of Opera and Ballet, where they watched Swan Lake.
Journalists were cheered up on the way to their homeland. They heard analysis of political and economical situation in country from First President of Ukraine, overviewed history of Ukraine. Leonid Makarovych also told about his Motherland, Land of Amber.
Kiev-Pechersk Lavra and its caves impressed guests with its spiritual atmosphere and Sofiya of Kiev – with historical majesty. Everybody watched ballet performance with fascination. “One can rarely watch it in Korea”, they said.
There are many debates on feasibility of nuclear weapons in Korea. Is it necessary for country or not? After discussion with Leonid Kravchuk they deeply reflected on situation of Ukraine.
“It is bad that country which gave up nuclear weapons was betrayed”, they told at airport.