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Earlier today, SNSD attended the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year event at the Lotte Hotel in Sogong-Dong, Seoul.
During the proceedings, the ‘Visit Korea Year Committee’ formally appointed our girls’ as honorary ambassadors for the 2010-2012 Visit Korea Year campaign:
A committee representative stated that:
Recently, K-Pop has been spreading all over the world. We hope that by appointing Girls’ Generation, the stars leading the Hallyu Wave, as our ambassadors, Korea’s tourism will improve and more people will know about our culture.
When questioned about their thoughts on becoming new ambassadors alongside other Korean personalities such as Bae YongJoon, Kim Yuna and the cartoon character, Pororo, the girls’ commented that:
We are incredibly honored to be appointed as the new ambassadors of this campaign, and we will use this opportunity to spread the Korean culture overseas. Also, since the Hallyu Wave is centered on K-Pop, we feel that as singers, we should do our part in helping to promote Korea… While promoting overseas, we realized that fans were singing along to our Korean songs and that a lot of them were also learning the Korean language. Because of that, we realized just how important our image is.
Shortly afterward, SNSD had the privilege of meeting the wife of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, First Lady Kim Yoon-ok, who gave them a tour of the Blue House.
First Lady Kim shook hands with all of the girls’ and had the following to say about them:
You all look prettier in person than on TV.
They then sat down to discuss the Hallyu Wave and it’s influence across the globe. The First Lady remarked that:
I don’t know if it’s because I saw you all on TV often, but you seem familiar. I’m very thankful for you working so hard to inform the world about Korea… Please inform the world about Korean foods as well.
At one point during the discussion, Sooyoung commented:
I recently saw the First Lady reading a book to children with visual impairments.
In response, First Lady Kim replied:
I do volunteer work, reading to children in multicultural families where the mother does not speak Korean, once a month. There is an inadequate supply of Braille books in our country.
Credit: Tetsuya@SONEms, zheming@soshified, danceQfan@soshified, grandma deer@soshified, firstname.lastname@example.org (translation), Sakura29@soshified; pictures as tagged; respective youtube uploaders.
Every time I come to this site, I get reminded that the girls are always so busy with their schedules and it seems like everyday they are doing something for their fans, THANK YOU Girls’ Generation! Thank you for all of your hard work! I hope one day I can visit the beautiful South Korea and perhaps visit you! ❤
Rio Harma said:
Love Them All . Hwaiting !!!!
wow…the president’s wife..
I only get to see my country president in tv..haha..
earlier today, i have my chemistry exam….
SNSD, fighting! ^^
they look uberr gorgeous in the pictures & ooo i see some taeny.
I love sunyeon said:
sunyeon is the best couple
sunyeon is real!<3 cute couple
i love it how obvious that Taeyeon is the leader here, hehehe cuz most of the times she let the other members be in the spotlight and little her in the corner…
Nice post, and great pics ^^.
Representing your country is a proud achievement. Congrats.
Hyoyeon looks absolutely gorgeous here. I think she looks the best out of everyone in this event.
Meeting Ban-Ki Moon… check. Visiting the Blue House… check. Maybe Seohyun will return to The Blue House one day… as the President of Korea! It’s all part of her 100-year plan. (Did Seohyun underdress for the occasion?)
I love those huge diplomatic dinner tables. I wonder if you have to wear microphones to be heard at both ends of the dining table. (Peace talks are known to be done with HUGE tables. I could just imagine SONES and antis meeting over a table like that.)
Meeting the first lady of South Korea and getting a tour of the Blue House!?
I wonder what’s next… haha =D
Wow, it certainly looks like the Girls have got it made now !
Just imagine, how many pop girl groups actually get official recognition from the head of state of the country ? Only 1 that I know of 😀 !!!
I must say that the 9 ladies look GORGEOUS in the published photos ;).
Great Post, MikeChi !
sooyoung totally owned the jangshin line – a giant haha
awwwwww so amazing they are the barrier breakers
I love the pics whoever sended the pictures thank you but do you think snsd is a bit tired every place they go please have some rest I don’t want you to get sick so you can visit other countries with very high energy and again thanks for the pics each pic looks amazing
HyoYeon looks so gorgeousss ~ ♥
SNSD are my 9 genies said:
again, korea’s #1 girl group. what more is there to say? ^^
Congratulations SNSD! I’m so proud with your great achievement! SNSD daebak!!!
Our Kid Leader is still a dork. Kekeke… Thanks to her, soshi is magnificent! Spread ur silliness to us!! LOL I want to be a great leader, too!!! 😉
Enoch Tan said:
Michael Jackson was invited to the White House.
Now SNSD is invited to the Blue House.
The highest level always gets to meet the highest level.
Vote Taeyeon for world leader! Kid Leader, World Leader!