Celebrating the Centenary of Latvia in the Republic of Korea, as well as to strengthen bilateral ties between Latvia and Korea, Latvian Ambassador Peteris Vaivars and Vice Chairman of Korea-Latvia Parliamentary Cooperation Group Ki-joon SHIM raised the Latvian flag at the top of the Korean holy mountain Taebaek.
The mountain is 1566 m high and is located in Korea's magnificent Ganwon province in the city of Taebaek. This is a constituency of a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea and Vice Chairman of Korea-Latvia Parliamentary Cooperation Group Ki-joon SHIM. Mount Taebek is considered to be the holy mountain, as several hundred years ago, the Korean emperor has set the road to the top of the hill, where a special sanctuary has been located to pray for the prosperity of the country.
The Latvian Embassy started its operations in Seoul on 15 September 2015. Latvia's first resident Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Pēteris Vaivars, was accredited on 15 January 2016. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1991 and this year both countries celebrates 27th Anniversary of the bilateral ties.