PM Modi visit: Facts you need to know about India, South Korea relation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on last leg of his three-nation tour arrived South Korea on May 18. His discussions with the South Korean leadership will be focused on boosting economic and trade cooperation.

India-South Korea facts explained

Below are the important facts need to be know about India-South Korea relationship

  • Historical and cultural contacts between the two peoples date back to ancient times. According to "SamgukYusa" or "The Heritage History of the Three Kingdoms" written in the 13th century, a Princess from Ayodhya (Suriratna) came to Korea, married King Kim-Suro, and became Queen Hur Hwang-ok in the year 48 AD
  • India and Republic of Korea (RoK) established consular relations in 1962. In 1973, relations were upgraded to Ambassador-level (also with Pyongyang). 
  • An agreement on visa simplification was signed on 25 March 2012.
  • India-RoK Joint Commission for bilateral cooperation was established in February 1996.An Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) was established in RoK in April 2011. 
  • Indian Community in RoK is estimated at 7500, which includes businessmen, IT professionals, scientists, research fellows, students and workers.
  • Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which was signed on August 7, 2009 came into force on 1st January, 2010. 
  • Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore composed a short but evocative poem - 'Lamp of the East' - in 1929 about Korea's glorious past and its promising bright future.
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