China, Japan and South Korea Introduce Program for Cultural Exchange
This year, South Korea names Deagu as the “Cultural City of East Asia”August 10th, 2016
The government of South Korea has designated Daegu, a city located southeast of Seoul, to represent the country at the “Cultural City of East Asia”. The event is part of a joint program aimed at promoting cultural exchange between China, Japan and South Korea.
The city earned the title as the 2017 city of culture in a four-way competition with three other Korean cities- Changwon, Iksan and Jeonju. Daegu’s has been the hub of numerous international symposiums and events. It’s advanced transportation, infrastructure and cultural facilities as well as its impeccable record of cultural exchange with foreign countries has placed the city as the top contender for the title
Government officials expressed hope that the city’s newfound status will increase the Chinese and Japanese awareness of Daegu’s rich resources in cultural arts and tourism.
The East Asia Culture City Program was initiated in 2014 with the signing of an agreement at the
Forth South Korea-China-Japan Cultural Ministerial Meeting. The three countries each selected one city as the hub of its culture and traditions. Each country will implement programs aimed at enhancing cultural exchanges and cooperation. Gwangiu, Quanzhou and Yukohama were the chosen cities of 2014 and Chengiu, Windao and Niigata were the chosen cities in 2015.