July 09, 2015 12:58
Singer Yoon Jong-shin and actress Ko Sung-hee were appointed honorary ambassadors for the Eurasia Express by Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.
Soon and Ko were given a symbolic rail ticket from Seoul to Berlin at KORAIL headquarters in Seoul on Wednesday.
The Eurasia Express is as yet a gleam in President Park Geun-hye's eye, part of her Eurasia Initiative to build transport and logistics infrastructure from Asia to Europe to strengthen economic cooperation and lay the foundation for reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
The project will be launched in Seoul on July 14.
Since North Korea is off-limits, the train leaves Vladivostok, Russia, on existing tracks on July 15 and is scheduled to arrive in Berlin on Aug. 2.
It will travel 14,400 km across the two continents. Various cultural events will be held in major cities along the way like Irkutsk and Moscow.
Yoon said, "It's a pity I can't be on the train due to other commitments, but I will do my best to help spread Korean popular culture to various parts of Eurasia," said Yoon.
Ko, who plans to see the delegation off at Vladivostok on July 15, said, "I hope this event will contribute to bringing the people of Korea and other countries in Eurasia closer."
The minister thanked the two honorary ambassadors and said, "If the railway and logistics networks connecting the whole of the Korean Peninsula to the Eurasian continent gets built, it will help improve exchanges and relations between Asia and Europe and lay the foundation for peaceful reunification of the two Koreas."
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