Tae Kim on Tuesday assured full cooperation and supports for all the works that aimed to strengthen the ties between Korea and Tamil.
Inaugurating the Conference on World Tamil Research, organized by the Tamil Research Foundation (TRF) and International Tamil Cultural Research (ITCR) Foundation here, he appreciated the interest and passion dedicated to Korea, especially on the time-honored relationship between Korea and Tamil.
Stating that Korea and India has at least 2,000 years of history of exchange, he said ”however, if we use time-machine to go back to the ancient times, we will probably find much more evidences than we have now”.
Noting that the kinship relation between Korea and India started 2,000 years ago from the first international marriage, he said according to a Korean history book, an Indian princess named ‘Suriratna’ from Ayodhya came to Korea and married KIM Su-ro, the first King of Gaya Kingdom located in the southern part of Korean peninsula.
”Today, there are millions of Koreans, descendants of King Kim Su-ro and Queen Huh Huang-ok, including me, who can trace back their lineage to this union”, he added.
Recalling the visit of Korean First Lady Kim Jung-sook to India in last November, Mr Hyung Tae Kim said during the visit she attended the ‘Queen Huh Memorial Park groundbreaking ceremony’ in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
The UP government provided 10,000 sqms land for museum and the memorial of Queen Huh and would expect it to be a hot tourist attraction, he added.
Observing that Tamil might have stronger relation with Queen Huh than any other area of India, he said ”reflecting evidences related to ancient trades and cultural exchanges between the southern area of Korean peninsula and Tamil, we have to put more of our energy to find out what had happened between korea and Tamil and India 2,000 years ago”.
He said this close relation was further strengthened when Buddhism traversed its holy journey from India to Korea in the fourth century.
Stressing the need to study the Indo-Korean history of exchange with more imagination, as there must be so many mysteries waiting to be found, he hoped that all the prominent academics working for World Tamil Research would further find out and cultivate the firm foundation of ‘mutual understanding’ between Tamil and Korea.
A Tamil traditional weapons antiquity and traditional Tamil musical instruments expo was also organized, which were also did not failed to draw the attention of the participants.
TRF Founder Sivakumar and ITCR Foundation chairman Mr. Orissa Balu, President Ms.Sindhia Lingaswamy, Organising Secretary Viswanaath were also present on the occasion.