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Ayodhya decked up to welcome Korean First Lady, artistic statue of Lord Ram at riverfront

Press Trust of India  |  Ayodhya 

From a dazzling riverfront at Ki Paidi to illuminated streets and heritage buildings, has been decked up to welcome South Korean Kim Jung-for the grand celebrations in the holy city.

An artistic statue of Lord along with Lord Hanuman has been installed at the historic ghats of the Saryu river, while an iconic ceremonial gateway has been erected near the site of the main function.

The old temples facing the ghats of the river have been bathed in colourful lighting and lakhs of 'diyas' (earthen lamps) are being set up on the steps of the ghats.

The lamps will be lit up Tuesday to welcome Kim, the chief guest of the main function, while also aiming for a Guinness Book of Record.

The main streets of wear a scintillating look with illuminated lamps and special decorations.

Many buildings have been lit up for the occasion, including the facade of the Raj Sadan and the residence of royal family of

"About 3.35 lakh 'diyas' are planned to be lit up tomorrow on both the banks of the river and students from various colleges of the have come to lit them up, along with other people to light them up.

"Many students of the university are also preparing colourful rangolis on Ramayana theme on the banks of the river," a member of the event management team said.

Kim, who arrived here Sunday on a four-day visit, Monday met and called on her. The also interacted with school students in

These were the first of Kim's official engagements during her visit.

"Had a great meeting with Mrs. Kim Jung-sook, of the Republic of Korea. We had fruitful discussions on ways to deepen bilateral cooperation between our nations," Modi tweeted.

She then travelled to for the next leg of her visit and was received by on arrival.

On Tuesday, Kim will interact with craftsmen of chikankari, a traditional embroidery style of that region, later in the day, she will attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the memorial and 'Deepotatsav' in Ayodhya.

The First Lady's participation in the festivities in Ayodhya will showcase our close civilisational links as well as the ongoing deepening engagement between our two countries, an MEA had said in a statement.

In July, the two countries had signed an agreement for expansion of the Suriratna memorial project.

As per her itinerary shared by the MEA, the South Korean Firsat Lady will also deliver a speech at the Kath Park after the ground-breaking ceremony before proceeding to attend 'Deepotsav' at Naya Ghat.

Artists from have worked on 30-ft statue of Lord Ram, made of Plaster of Paris, installed near the site of 'Deepotsav' while they were working on a 25-ft near the ceremonial gateway.

Huge hoardings, bearing message -- 'South Korean First lady Kim Jung-- Welcome to Ayodhya ' and her picture, have been put up across the city.

Kim's standalone visit to has rekindled interest in its legendary who married a Korean

According to Korean legend, the of Ayodhya went to Korea in 48 AD and married A large number of Koreans trace their ancestry to this legendary princess, who is known as in

"The legend of binds the two countries together culturally, and her visit will further promote our people-to-people ties," a at the cultural wing of the Embassy here said.

Uttam Das, a seer from Ayodhya, told PTI, "It was a matter of honour for Ayodhya that the she was visiting Ayodhya."

"A of Ayodhya had gone there around 2,000 years ago, and now the First Lady is visiting Ayodhya, life has sort of come full circle," he said.

"We have good relations with and her visit will bring the two countries closer," he said.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 22:25 IST