BANGKOK, 19 July 2012 – The Bangkok Council has welcomed Seoul Metropolitan Council Chairman Hu Kwang Tai during his visit to the capital under the sister cities agreement.
In his welcoming address, Bangkok Council Chairman Suthichai Weerakulsoonthorn said the Bangkok-Seoul relationship started in November 2007 and had developed extensively over the past five years with frequent exchanges of visits of their officials.
The Seoul Council Chairman’s visit is aimed at exchanging views with his counterpart on administrative work covering city planning, environment, economy, culture, education, and tourism. As the number of Korean tourists to Thailand is on a rising trend, the Bangkok Council holds discussion with the Korean counterpart to find ways to draw in more tourists to Bangkok.
The Bangkok Council Chairman added that Bangkok is pushing for conclusion of an agreement on student exchange program between the two city councils. If it is agreed upon by the end of this year, the project will be presented as a gift to Bangkok people on the National Children’s Day which falls on every second Saturday of January. He explained that the project will allow students in both cities to learn each other’s culture, language, and lifestyle, enabling them to be more knowledgeable.