Official visit to Korea Day 3
Today, Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess travelled on to Busan, where they attended the opening of a day of business seminars focusing on the maritime sector. In the afternoon they visited the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea.
Busan is the second largest city in the Republic of Korea, with a population of 3.65 million and the world’s third largest harbour.
The day of business seminars was opened by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Gunn Ovesen, Managing Director of Innovation Norway.
The purpose of the event was to further strengthen the good relations between Norway and the Republic of Korea within the maritime sectors, and the seminars focused on Norwegian seafood, fish farming, shipbuilding and offshore installations.
United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea
In the afternoon, Their Royal Highnesses visited the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Korea. This memorial cemetery was formally established in 1955, and serves today as the final resting place for 2,300 soldiers.
Among them is Norwegian Second Engineer Reidar George Tveit. After a brief ceremony at Tveit’s grave, attended by members of the family and Major Nils Egelien of the Norwegian Korea Veteran Society, Crown Prince Haakon laid a wreath at the new monument commemorating the Norwegian soldiers who died in the Korean War.
The visit to the memorial cemetery was concluded at the Wall of Remembrance, where the names of 40,895 non-Korean soldiers killed in the Korean War are engraved.
The day’s programme concluded with a reception in the garden of APEC House. Nurimaru APEC House was erected for the 13th Asia – Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, held in Korea in 2005.
Condolences from His Majesty King Harald to His Holiness Pope Francis.
Congratulations from His Majesty King Harald to the new President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, His Excellency Mr Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.