New U.S. Envoy Gets Familiar with Korean Culture

  • By Kim Myong-song

    August 04, 2022 12:57

    New U.S. Ambassador to Korea Philip Goldberg went on a hike up Mt. Bukhan over the weekend with Foreign Minister Park Jin.
    It has been less than a month that the new envoy filled a vacancy long left by his predecessor Harry Harris, who stepped down in January 2021.
    "I went on a great hike Sunday morning" with Park on Mt. Bukhan, Goldberg tweeted Monday. "A perfect combination of beautiful nature & cultural sites. The [rain] made it a bit slippery. Next time = hiking poles."
    "Can't wait to explore more," he added, asking people to recommend other places to explore in Korea.
    Since arriving in Seoul on July 10, Goldberg has been busy raising his profile. On Twitter he introduces himself as "hiker, coffee drinker, baseball fan."
    He has posted selfies eating Korean barbecue, bulgogi and naengmyeon or cold noodles, and cooling samgyetang or ginseng chicken soup on Chobok, traditionally one of the hottest days of the year.
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