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Bulgaria touts UNESCO treasures while on Council of EU presidency

By Joel Lee
  • Published : Mar 19, 2018 - 17:10
  • Updated : Mar 19, 2018 - 17:10
The Bulgarian Embassy held a photo exhibition last week that highlighted the country’s UNESCO treasures.

The event, which ran from Monday to Sunday at Gangnam Tourist Information Center, featured 17 large-scale photographs by Bulgarian photographer Alexander Nishkov, showing Bulgaria’s seven historical sites and two natural heritage sites on the list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

“The strategic position of Bulgaria as a land at a crossroads between Europe and Asia is the reason the present-day Bulgaria has been inhabited by various cultures, including the Thracians, Romans, Slavs, Proto-Bulgarians, Byzantines, Ottomans and Greeks, among others,” said Bulgarian Ambassador to Korea Petar Andonov in a speech. 

“All of them have left their rich cultural heritage in the Bulgarian culture, with the remains of ancient and modern times scattered across our land.”

Bulgarian Ambassador to Korea Petar Andonov (third from left) poses with European Union Ambassador Michael Reiterer (third from right), Korean Culture Association President Jeong Jae-min (second from left) and other corporate executives at the photo exhibition “Bulgarian Monuments on UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage” at Gangnam Tourist Information Center on March 12. (Bulgarian Embassy)

The envoy added that the exhibit -- “Bulgarian Monuments on UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage” -- is dedicated to Sofia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of this year.

Bulgaria has four priorities under its presidency.

The first is ensuring sustained economic growth and social cohesion by empowering and educating younger generations through initiatives such as the Erasmus Plus program. Secondly, Bulgaria will work to enhance Europe’s security and stability and better manage migration by reforming the European common asylum system, and by improving the interoperability of information systems and databases to better counter terrorism and control borders.

“Under our presidency, we aim to harness culture as a unifying force for our societies and a strategic resource for the better future of the EU,” Andonov said. “We have seven cultural sites and two natural heritage sites on the UNESCO list worthy of being visited by Korean tourists.”

The event was organized by the embassy with the support of the Korean Culture Association.

By Joel Lee (joel@heraldcorp.com)