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S Korean First Lady celebrates Diwali in Ayodhya, says darkness cannot defeat light

Press Trust of India  |  Ayodhya (UP) 

South Korean Kim Jung-celebrated Diwali in Tuesday, where she was treated to a dazzling display of over three lakh earthen lamps on the ghats of the river, besides a spectacular sound-and-light show.

Kim, who attended the "Deepotsav" function at the Ram ki Paidi, also performed a ceremonial "aarti" along with at the venue, before being treated to the display of over three lakh "diya" and the sound-and-light show on the water surface.

Earlier in the day, after arriving in around 2:30 pm from in a special chopper, Kim began her tour by offering tributes at the Heo Memorial.

Accompanied by Adityanath, she attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the upgrade and beautification of the memorial dedicated to the legendary of Ayodhya, who went to Korea and married a there in 48 AD.

From there, she went to attend the festivities at the Ram Katha Park, where she was greeted by artists donning the avatar of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita, who arrived at the Park in a ceremonial chopper as part of the "Ram Durbar".

Kim garlanded "Sita" as they got off the helicopter and and Adityanath welcomed "Lord Ram" and "Laxman".

In her address at the park, she recalled the historic ties between and Korea and said she prayed for both the countries as they moved towards a future of peace and prosperity together.

"Darkness cannot defeat light and if we all light lamps together, we can remove any darkness," she said in Korean.

expressed delight that Kim wore a saree at the event and tweeted pictures of her.

"It is a matter of immense joy and pride that Mrs. Kim Jung-sook, of the Republic of Korea visited and also wore traditional Indian clothing. The people of deeply appreciate this gesture. @moonriver365," Modi tweeted.

Kim, in her speech at the park, thanked Modi for inviting her to

"Ayodhya and have an ancient link. This link forms the cornerstone of historical and civilisational bonds between India and the Republic of Korea," Modi said in another tweet.

Kim's standalone visit to India, which began on November 4, has rekindled the interest in the 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

"The legend of binds the two countries together culturally and her (Kim's) visit will further promote our people-to-people ties," a at the cultural wing of the told

An agreement regarding the Queen Memorial Project was signed to facilitate the upgrade and expansion of the existing monument, commemorating princess (queen Heo Hwang-ok).

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

Uttam Das, a seer from Ayodhya, told PTI, "It was a matter of honour for Ayodhya that she (Kim) visited the place."

"A had gone to Korea around 2,000 years ago and now, the is visiting Ayodhya. Life has come full circle," he said.

As part of the Deepotsav festivities, a Ramlila was performed by artistes from Russia, Laos, Cambodia, and

On Wednesday, Kim is scheduled to go to to visit the

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 01:15 IST