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Deepotsav: South Korean dance troupe from Busan to perform in Ayodhya

Press Trust of India  |  Ayodhya 

A cultural team from South Korea's will showcase a traditional dance performance, adjacent to the site of the Hwang-ok Memorial here Tuesday as part of the 'Deepotsav' celebrations.

According to Korean legend, a of went to in 48 AD and married A large number of Koreans trace their ancestry to this legendary princess, who is known as Hwang-ok in South

"A team from National Gugak Center arrived in on Monday. They will be performing 'Dance of the Queens' on Tuesday as part of the celebrations here. It will also be attended by our (South Korean) Kim Jung-sook," a of told

The National Gugak Center was established in 2008 in Busan, South Korea's second most populous city, after Seoul, to spread the traditional culture of the southeastern area of the country.

The troupe, which comprises nearly 20 members, mostly females, also performed a short rehearsal at the venue late Monday evening.

Incidentally, all members were moving around in the city wearing masks to mitigate the effects of air pollution, and wore them while rehearsing too.

of the said, "The troupe is performing as part of the celebrations. The venue is just next to Memorial, whch the will visit Tuesday before attending the performance".

"The duration of the show is five minutes and visuals of Korean landscape, trees, mountains, pagodas will play in the background. We are happy to perform in Ayodhya," he told

South Korean Kim is making a stand-alone visit to from November 4 to 7, and on Tuesday she is scheduled to attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the Queen Suriratna (Heo Hwang-ok) memorial in

"It is the first time in 16 years that a South Korean first lady is making a foreign visit without the The legend of Queen binds the two countries together culturally, and her visit will further promote our people-to-people ties," a at the cultural wing of the South Korean Embassy in New said.

"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, MEA had said in a statement.

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

The site currently has two memorial stones, with the legend of Queen engraved on them. While the main stone in the center has the inscriptions in Korean and Hindi at the back side, the other stone carries the legend in English.

Kim, who arrived here Sunday on a four-day visit, met in in Monday.

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

Kim then travelled to for the next leg of her visit and was received by She is scheduled to arrive in Ayodhya on Tuesday.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 23:35 IST
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