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Norway photos to fill Samgakji walls

Photos of Norway will fill Samgakji Station in central Seoul for the next three years with the start on Thursday of a photo exhibition series aimed at introducing Norwegian art and culture to Seoul residents.

The exhibition series, “Presentation of Impressions of Norway,” was organized by the Norway Tourist Board and the Norwegian Embassy in Korea. The exhibition focuses on a different subject every three months, showcasing the country’s culture, sports, society and more. The first exhibit features photos of the Norwegian landscape.

“Each photo will be huge and will take up an entire wall, similar to the commercial posters in subway stations,” Susan Jeong, an official with the Norway Tourist Board, said. “All the photos were taken by professional photographers.”

According to Jeong, the passageway used for subway transfers will be filled with wide-angle shots of various Norwegian scenes. In addition, photos of typical Norwegian features such as auroras, icebergs and fjords will be displayed on the ceilings above escalators and stairways. Television monitors on subway platforms inside the station will play clips of Norway travel information.

In an effort to raise public awareness of the diplomatic ties between South Korea and Norway during the Korean War, pictures of the Norwegian Mobile Army Surgical Hospital will also be posted on the walls leading to station exits No. 11 and 12.

The Norwegian government, which participated in the United Nations-led multinational force, sent the mobile hospital to Seoul and other metropolitan areas during and after the war. About 90,000 foreign and South Korean soldiers and civilians were treated at the hospital from June 1951 to November 1954.

The Norway Tourist Board will hold an opening event on Thursday at Samgakji Station, with Didrik Tonseth, the Norwegian ambassador to Korea; Per Holte, chief of the Scandinavian Tourist Board; and Kim Ki-chun, president of Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation.

By Kim Hee-jin []
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