Korea-Brunei ties going from strength to strength

Azlan Othman

The Republic of Korea which celebrates its National Foundation Day every October 3 since its founding over 4,000 years ago, marks the 4,352nd National Foundation Day this year.

This year’s Korean festival was hosted on an online platform from mid-August to September adhering with the Brunei Government’s restriction on gatherings. A video contest was held as part of the festival’s programme which saw the submission of video clips and photo slides on Korea by Bruneians.

The Korean Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, on the occasion of the 4,352nd Korean National Foundation Day, extended its gratitude to Bruneians for the ever-growing attention to Korea.

“We will also make best efforts to further improve the relationship between Korea and Brunei Darussalam and will always cherish Bruneians’ continued support,” a release added.

Meanwhile, as two of the most successful countries in tackling COVID-19, Korea and Brunei are actively cooperating in ASEAN and other international arenas to foster economic recovery and facilitate development, production and the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Last year, two events were held further strengthening the relationship between Brunei and Korea to another level. The first was the State Visit to this country by President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in last March and the second was when His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam reciprocated with a State Visit to Korea last November. Both visits created more opportunities for cooperation in various areas between the two countries.

Another event that took place last year was the Korean Culture Festival. The three-day event held last September at Times Square Shopping Centre saw more than 20,000 Brunei participants involved.

This year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the cooperation between the two nations has not ceased to develop. The Temburong bridge was opened for public use on March 17. Daelim, a Korean construction company, played a major role in the construction of the bridge. This bridge not only connects the Brunei-Muara District with the Temburong District, but also the minds of Koreans and Bruneians.