The Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, will represent Australia at the Inauguration of the President of the Republic of Korea, Madame Park Geun-hye, in Seoul on Monday 25 February.
The visit, from 23 February to 26 February, will also mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and Australia’s involvement as part of the United Nations multinational force. The Governor-General, as Commander-in-Chief, will commemorate the efforts and sacrifices made by Australian Defence personnel during a ceremony at the War Memorial of Korea.
In Seoul, the Governor-General will engage with representatives of the nation’s business, education and community sectors, which will include a roundtable discussion with women leaders at the EWHA Women’s University.
Details of the Governor-General’s program of interest to the media include (all times are local):
Saturday 23 February
1630: Arrival and Honour Guard at Seongnam Airport.
Sunday 24 February
1000: Visit to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) - briefing on the Korean War by the Deputy Chief of Staff for the United Nations Command and U.S. Forces Korea, Major General Brian Bishop, at Camp Boniface.
1055: Briefing at Freedom House and visit to the Observation Post and the ‘Bridge of No Return’.
Monday 25 February
1030: Attends Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of Madame Park Geun-hye at the National Assembly.
1500: Meeting with the President of the Republic of Korea, Madame Park Geun-hye, at the President’s official residence, The Blue House.
1900: Attends a dinner in recognition of the Presidential Inauguration of Madame Park Geun-hye at The Blue House.
Tuesday 26 February
0930: Attends a wreath-laying ceremony in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War at the War Memorial of Korea.
1200: Meeting with members of the Australian and Korean business community at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
1500: Meeting with the President of the EWHA Women’s University, Dr Kim Sun-Uk, and roundtable discussion with prominent Korean women leaders working in a diverse range of roles.