March 27, 2012 11:33
The spouses of the leaders of 14 nations and international organizations attended a welcome dinner hosted by Korean first lady Kim Yoon-ok on Monday evening. The venue was the National Museum of Korea in central Seoul, which also gave the spouses an opportunity to see Korean cultural treasures.
The spouses also looked at paintings by young children that won prizes at the International Children's Peace Art Festival, held in celebration of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit. The menu featured western dishes made with fresh Korean ingredients such as crab bisque and Korean sirloin steak. Dinner was followed by classical music performed by two young Korean musicians.
More cultural programs are in store for the spouses on Tuesday, when they visit Cheong Wa Dae and sample Korean cuisine at a luncheon carefully planned by the first lady, a strong advocate for Korean food.
They then attend a performance at the state guest house that portrays a Chosun Dynasty queen on her wedding day and features a mix of Korean and Western music and dance while displaying hanbok or traditional Korean dress. The spouses will also listen to Korean pop stars singing their hit songs.
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