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Official visit to Korea – Day 4

On their last day in Korea, Their Royal Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess visited the shipping line EUKOR and Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan. They also attended the May 17th celebrations hosted by the Norwegian community in the area.
11.05.2007

Ulsan, with a population of one million, lies 70 kilometres north of Busan – in the heartland of Korea’s south-eastern industrial area.

EUKOR

The day’s programme started at EUKOR shipping line – one of the world’s 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.

May 17th

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.

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