Official visit to Korea Day 4
Ulsan, with a population of one million, lies 70 kilometres north of Busan – in the heartland of Koreas south-eastern industrial area.
The days programme started at EUKOR shipping line – one of the worlds leading transporters of cars and similar cargoes. EUKOR is the exclusive carrier of cars for Hyundai and Kia Motors out of Korea.
Hyundai Heavy Industries
Later in the morning, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) – the largest shipyard in the world. Here they had a chance to learn about the complexity of shipbuilding, and how the various elements are assembled to make the hulls.
Several Norwegian companies are sub-vendors to HHI, providing paint, engine parts and other types of advanced technical equipment.
The visit concluded with a business luncheon, at which The Crown Prince gave a short address.
The Norwegian community in the Busan/Ulsan area follows the national tradition of celebrating May 17th (Norwegian Constitution Day). Most of the Norwegians living in Korea reside in this area due to the maritime activity.
In the afternoon, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit will attended the event, celebrated in the traditional manner with speeches, songs and games for the children. Crown Prince Haakon gave a May 17th address.
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.