In September 2014, the opening ceremony of Seoul Park, which was established to spread the traditional Korean beauty, was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, a major city on the Silk Road.
Korean pavilions, a pond, flower garden, traditional walls, and other traditional garden structures have been installed in Seoul Park, which covers an area of 8,067m2. The park also contains trees and plants that are indigenous to Korea. A total of 249 trees, including pines, 1,344 shrubs, including hibiscus, and 5,150 herbaceous flowers, such as asters, have been planted in the park as well.
On July 2, 2010, the Seoul Metropolitan Government signed a sister city agreement with Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and agreed to build Seoul Park upon the request of a number of Koreans residing in Tashkent (Korean population of about 55,000), who spoke to President Park when she visited in May 2009. The park is intended to inspire pride and ease the sorrow of Koreans living in Uzbekistan. With a budget of KRW 2.6 billion, the Seoul Metropolitan City held a design competition for Seoul Park, with construction beginning in December 2012 and concluding in May 2014.
Seoul Metropolitan Government hopes that Seoul Park, which contains a tower, a traditional pavilion, and a belfry, will be an exotic and interesting place for the citizens of Tashkent to learn about traditional Korean culture, while also being an attraction for Korean diaspora and overseas Koreans, where they can overcome their homesickness and be inspired with national pride.
Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest industrial city in Central Asia, is a fascinating city with the legacy and long tradition, history, and culture of Europe. It is also one of the cities that Seoul citizens want to visit the most in the world. After the signing of a friendship and cooperation agreement in March 2006, followed by the signing of the sister city agreement in July 2010, Seoul and Tashkent are currently promoting mutual exchanges and inviting government officials for training.
Starting with Cairo, Egypt, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has built a Seoul Park in Paris, Berlin, Ulan Bator, and most recently, Tashkent. As of September 2014, parks, forests, and streets have been created in eight different places in seven countries around the world.
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