Official visit to Korea
The Crown Prince and Crown Princess are conducting a four-day official visit to the Republic of Korea from 8 – 11 May. Their official programme commenced on Tuesday.
Wreath-laying ceremonyTuesday morning, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited Memorial Tower and placed a wreath on the monument commemorating the loyalty and sacrifice of soldiers fallen in service for their country. Memorial Tower is part of the military national cemetery.
Cheong Wa Dae - Blue House
After the wreath-laying ceremony, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess left for Cheong Wa Dae, the official residence of the President of Korea, where they met with His Excellency President ROH Moo-Hyun and First Lady, Madam KWON Yang-Sook.
In the early afternoon, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess proceeded to Gyeongbokgung Palace, where they received a guided tour that included the garden, pavilions and throne room.
KIM Dae-Jung Peace Foundation
After concluding their tour of the palace, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess were taken to the Kim Dae-Jung Peace Foundation for a meeting with former president and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mr KIM Dae-Jung and Madame LEE Hee-Ho.
Mr KIM Dae-Jung was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000 in recognition of his efforts to promote peace and democracy in South-Korea and East Asia in general, and for peace and reconciliation with North-Korea in particular.
The first day of the visit was concluded with a banquet hosted by Prime Minister Han Duck-soo.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.