PORT OF SPAIN: 21ST SEPTEMBER, 2022
Senator the Honourable Amery Browne, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs was presented with a gift for the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago by His Excellency Dongil Oh, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. This presentation was made during a Courtesy Call on 16th September, 2022, at the Ministry’s headquarters.
The gift presented by Ambassador Oh was a miniature version of the Bronze Bell of the Haeinsa Temple, which is classified as a National Treasure of the Republic of Korea. Its creator, Won Kwang-sik, is a master of traditional iron casting and has himself been designated as a Living National Treasure. The original Bell was made in 1491 during the Joseon Dynasty. The Haeinsa Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to the Tripitaka Koreana, a set of 80,000 wood blocks engraved with Buddhist treaties, laws and scriptures. Minister Browne expressed his appreciation to the Ambassador for the gift, describing the gesture as an honour for Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago and South Korea established diplomatic relations in July 1985 and continue to enjoy strong relations in the areas of trade, energy, education and culture.