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Mayor of Seoul Holds Gala Dinner to Commemorate Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation with Singapore Tourism Board

Won Soon Park, the Mayor of Seoul, hosted a gala dinner for over 300 invited guests and foreign dignitaries on 9 July at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay in commemoration of the signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to promote two-way tourism traffic and expand tourism exchanges.

The presentation highlighted the burgeoning tourism industry in Seoul, as well as the importance of promoting cooperation and exchanges between Seoul and Singapore through concerted efforts on the basis of equality and mutual benefits.

Photo: Hunsoo Kim

Upon the arrival of distinguished guests, which included Mr. Wong Siew Hoong, Director- General, Ministry of Education, Singapore, and Mr. Bong Se Jong, President, Korean Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Mayor Park introduced them to the rich cultural history of Seoul.

Mr. Kim Eui Seung, Director-General, Tourism & Sports Bureau of Seoul Metropolitan Government and Ms. Lynette Pang, Assistant Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, then proceeded to sign the inaugural MOC. Witnesses to the ceremony were Mayor Park Won Soon from SMG and Ms. Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore.

After the signing ceremony, guests were presented with a four hands dinner by Singapore- based Korean chef Sun Kim of Meta restaurant and Singaporean chef-restaurateur Willin Low of the celebrated Wild Rocket restaurant.

Photo: Hunsoo Kim

A prestigious cross-cultural collaboration between two talented chefs from both countries, the menu harmonised the traditional tastes of Chef Sun’s hometown, Seoul, with Chef Low’s modern take on Singaporean dishes.

Guests savoured the Cold Japchae Prawn Noodles with Oscietra Caviar, which consisted of traditional Korean sweet potato glass noodles braised in Singaporean hae mee (prawn noodle) stock for a blast of flavour, topped with julienned cucumber, tiger prawns and Oscietra caviar, as the first of four courses that were jointly presented by both chefs.

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Photo: Hunsoo Kim

The Uni Thunder Tea Bibimbap that followed was a dramatic fusion of two beloved rice dishes from Seoul and Singapore. The dish showcased the prized ingredient, uni, Chef Sun’s homemade kimchi, Korean marinated kelp, as well as Thunder Tea essentials – peanuts, long beans and fried tofu. They were served over short-grain rice, culminating in a harmony of flavours and textures.

The evening concluded in jubilance with an orchestra performance showcasing the past, present and future of Seoul, directed and conducted by Kristjan Järvi, in collaboration with Absolute Ensemble, an electro-acoustic ensemble founded by Järvi himself and Sinawi, a Korean traditional music group from Seoul.

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