Joining Chinese President Xi Jinping on a visit to South Korea, the First Lady Peng Liyuan was herself engaged in “soft diplomacy”, touring a royal palace and getting a taste of the local culture, Yonhap News Agency reported.
Peng on Thursday visited the Changdeok Palace, one of the best historical sites in Seoul and recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. The palace dates back to the Joseon Dynasty.
She said she was so deeply impressed with the beautiful harmony in the palace which links the past and present so well.
During the tour, she recalled a popular Korean drama “Dae Jang Geum” (Jewel in the Palace), saying the palace made her feel like she was on the set of the television series.
Exchanging traditional gifts with the presidential secretary, the First Lady also mentioned a smash hit Korean drama “My Love from the Star”, joking that both she and her daughter felt her husband looked like the leading male character in the drama Do Min-joon — well, at least when he was younger.
Her Korean hosts made several “considerate” arrangements for the state dinner held at the presidential residence on Thursday night. A children’s choir performed the Chinese song that made Peng famous as a singer in the early 1980s.
Among the guests invited for the dinner was Lee Chang-ho, a popular South Korean player of the board game weiqi. Xi is known to be a fan of Lee.
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