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South Korean envoy hails Turkey as ‘popular tourist destination, cultural powerhouse’

Turkey is a “cultural powerhouse” with a rich European and Middle Eastern history and cultural heritage and one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, South Korea’s ambassador to Turkey told Anadolu Agency.

The ambassador said Turkey’s high-quality tourist programs will attract more Korean tourists and help balance bilateral trade.

Turkey and Korea “view each other as brother countries,” Won Ik Lee said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on the eve of June “Memorial Day.”

“Since my arrival here,” he said, “everybody here had a good story to tell about Korea and the Korean people, which quickly put me at ease and feeling at home in Turkey.”

While Koreans and Turks reportedly have interacted for thousands of years, said Lee, “the most important moment of our shared history is the Korean War.”

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