Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and Korea have had cordial relations from the ancient past. The relationship between the two countries dates back to the first century, when an Indian Princess travelled from the kingdom of Ayodhya in North India to Korea by a boat. The Indian princess married the Korean King Suro and she became the first queen of the South Korean kingdom. Several Koreans trace their lineage to her, Modi said. ‘’ We are also bound by the Buddhist traditions,’’ he said.
Narendra Modi speaking at the India-Republic of Korea CEOs forum said that he was extremely happy to be among the top dignitaries in S Korea this morning. He thanked them and hoped the interactions among the CEOs of the two sides would have been fruitful. A famous Korean visitor to India was Hyecho, a Buddhist monk who visited India in the eighth century to know the language and culture of the land of Buddha. He wrote the “account of travel to the five Indian kingdoms”. Further, Modi said both the countries have so much in common and no wonder that Bollywood films were very popular in Korea. President of the Republic of Korea, PARK Geun-hye, prominent CEOs of the two countries, other representatives of Business and Industry, were present on the occasion.