A meaningful monument was constructed by the main gate of Seoul Park in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The monument honors the Goryeo people who immigrated to Uzbekistan 80 years ago and settled in the country after experiencing numerous hardships.
In 1937, over 170,000 Goryeo people were forced to relocate to Central Asia by the Soviets. Currently, over 180,000 Goryeo people are residing in Uzbekistan, the majority among the 500,000 Goryeo people living in Central Asia.
On the monument is an inscription that reads: ‘We are deeply grateful to the people of Uzbekistan who welcomed the Goryeo people in celebration of the 80th anniversary of their immigration’ in Korean, Uzbek and Russian.
On July 3, 2017, the unveiling ceremony for the ‘Monument in Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Goryeo People Moving to Uzbekistan’ was held in Tashkent. Over 100 guests, including Mayor Park Won-soon of Seoul and Mayor Rakhmonbek Usmanov of Tashkent graced the occasion with their presence.
Mayor Park expressed his appreciation for the people of Goryeo who settled in Uzbekistan despite numerous hardships and thanked the people of Uzbekistan who helped the people of Goryeo settle in their country.
Afterwards, Mayor Park met up with Mayor Rakhmonbek Usmanov of Tashkent and signed an agreement to strengthen the cooperative efforts between Seoul and Tashkent. He then met with President Shavkat Mirinivich Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan and agreed to expand the scope of exchange between Korea and Uzbekistan.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government, meanwhile, hosted a Policy Sharing Forum in Tashkent between July 3 and 4 to introduce outstanding policies in the areas of e-Government, transportation, public administrative services and sought ways to expand the sales route in Eurasia alongside nine other small and medium businesses.