Korea's Largest Book Fair Opens with Tribute to Victims of Danube Tragedy

  • By Kwak Aram

    June 20, 2019 10:32

    The annual Seoul International Book Fair kicked off on Wednesday with a tribute to the victims of last month's Budapest pleasure boat tragedy.

    Marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Hungary is the guest nation of honor at this year's book fair.

    "In 1989, Hungary became the first Eastern European country to form diplomatic ties with Korea... A very tragic accident occurred in Budapest recently. As a Hungarian, I feel heartbroken," Hungarian Ambassador to Seoul Mózes Csoma said in Korean at an opening event.

    Hungarian Ambassador to Seoul Mózes Csoma (center) speaks at the Seoul International Book Fair at COEX in the capital on Wednesday.

    The five-day fair will run until Sunday, offering visitors an opportunity to get acquainted with Hungarian culture. Over 90 Hungarian books will be displayed, along with lectures by Hungarian authors.

    The Hableány sank in the Danube with 33 Korean passengers and two Hungarian crew on board on May 29 after being rammed by a larger cruise ship. Only seven passengers were rescued on the night. Three remain missing and 23 Koreans have been confirmed dead.

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