Korean calligraphers commemorate Ho Chi Minh's birthday

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A display of works by Korean calligraphers featuring excerpts from late President Ho Chi Minh's famous collection of poems, "Prison Diary," opened in Hanoi on Monday.

The event at the Korean Culture Center, 49 Nguyen Du Street, commemorates the 122nd birthday of Ho Chi Minh (May 19) and 20 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Republic of Korea.

The exhibition, which ends on May 31, features 45 Korean translations of Ho Chi Minh's poems created by 23 calligraphers from provinces of Gwangju and Jeollanam-do and three from Vietnam.

Nhat Ky Trong Tu (Prison Diary) is a collection of more than 100 poems which Uncle Ho wrote in Chinese script after he was arrested by the Chang Kai-shek regime and held in 18 prisons in Guangxi, China from August 1942 to September 1943.

The calligraphic works showcase the respect and love of Korean calligraphers in particular, and the Korean people in general have for the former Vietnamese president, said the Korean Culture Center's director, Keum Gi Hyung.

"We hope that the exhibition will help the Korean people gain a better understanding of President Ho Chi Minh and his revolutionary life and help cement the tie between the two countries," he said.

The exhibit has come to Hanoi after being displayed at the Museum of Sunchon National University in Jeollanam-do in South Korea last month.

This is Vietnam's third display of the poems of "Prison Diary" presented in Korean calligraphy. The first exhibition was organized in 2005 in seven cities in Korea and Vietnam while the second took place in 2010 it nine Korean and Vietnamese cities.

The exhibited works were later presented to the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

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