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Embassy hosts opening event for new chancery

21.09.2018  10:41

On September 20, the Embassy of Denmark in Korea hosted a reception to celebrate its new chancery opening in the Seoul Square Building.

The opening event was attended by almost 40 representatives from key partner organisations, including Yim Geunhyeong, Ambassador for International Relations of the Seoul Metropolitan Government; Jung Kihong, Director-General of the European Affairs Bureau of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Yoo Euncheol, Ambassador of Climate Change; and the respective ambassadors of the EU Delegation, Norway, and Finland.

This marks the first relocation of the Danish embassy in Korea, which had previously been located in the Namsong Building in the Yongsan district since 1972 before moving to the Seoul Square building (11th floor) in the Junggu district this September 1. The embassy now resides in modern and comfortable surroundings characterized by large and light office spaces decorated with contemporary Danish furniture and design. At the event, Ambassador Lehmann introduced the new chancery’s design as reflecting the Danish and embassy values of “transparency, openness, and being welcoming”. The interior design was led by the Danish architectural firm Kongsted Arkitekter.

Diplomatic ties were established between Denmark and Korea in 1959, when the dust from the Korean War was barely settled and Korea was still a developing country. In 2011, Denmark and Korea entered into a strategic partnership centred around green growth. Since then, the partnership has strengthened the political, commercial, cultural, and scientific cooperation between the two countries. This intensified cooperation has led to a continuous expansion of the embassy throughout the years and the need for larger and more modern facilities. The relocation project was launched last year and after a long process, finally in September 1, 2018 the embassy moved into a high rise building in bustling downtown Seoul that had previously housed the Daewoo Group, once the second largest conglomerate in Korea.

Ambassador Lehmann said, “The relocation bears testament to how far Korea has come in 65 years following the Korean War in terms of growth and technological development – parallel to the development that the partnership between our two countries has seen.”

The relocation also implies increased cooperation with other key actors and in Korea as Seoul Square also houses the EU Delegation, the German Embassy, the European Chamber of Commerce, and numerous high profile Korean and international companies.

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** Ribbon cutting ceremony led by Ambassador Thomas Lehmann