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Crown Princess Mary opens Hans Christian Andersen exhibit in Seoul

While on a visit to South Korea, Crown Princess Mary opened a Hans Christian Andersen exhibit in Seoul – the Korean capital.

The exhibit was opened on Tuesday, 21 May at the Seoul Museum of History in the late afternoon after a jam-packed day full of various engagements. The Crown Princess was joined by several Korean children during the opening and took a tour of the exhibit which details the author’s Danish life and move to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

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Klods Hans, Den Grimme Ælling og Hyrdinden og Skorstensfejeren er centrale figurer i H.C. Andersens eventyrunivers, og i Sydkorea er fortællingerne kendt af de fleste. På Seoul Museum of History åbnede H.K.H. Kronprinsessen i dag en udstilling om den danske eventyrforfatter og hans liv i København. I år er det nemlig 200 år siden, at H.C. Andersen ankom til den danske hovedstad, og udstillingen er blevet til i anledning af den begivenhed samt det dansk-sydkoreanske kulturår. Hendes Kongelige Højhed er protektor for det dansk-sydkoreanske kulturår, og under Kronprinsparrets officielle besøg i Sydkorea vil Kronprinsessen deltage i en række arrangementer, der er særligt knyttet til kulturåret.

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The exhibit features “The Ugly Duckling”, “Blockhead Hans”, and “The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep” – just a few of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories.

According to the Royal House, “The exhibition deals with the Danish author and his life in Copenhagen, as this year is 200 years ago that Hans Christian Andersen arrived at the Danish capital, and the exhibition has been created on the occasion of the event and the Danish-South Korean cultural year.”

Crown Princess Mary is the patron of the Danish-South Korean cultural year and will be participating in different events to mark it throughout her time in Korea.

The Crown Princess is in South Korea alongside her husband, Crown Prince Frederik, to head a Danish business delegation. They will attend conferences and seminars during their stay and have visited the famous Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The visit began on Monday, 20 May and will conclude today, 22 May.

Today will see Crown Princess Mary visit the Seoul National University Hospital, Jongno Children’s Theatre, and the opening of Fritz Hansen Showroom, among other events. Crown Prince Frederik has his own separate agenda including visiting the Lotte World Tower in Songpa-gu.

Their Royal Highnesses last event is in the evening where they will attend a dinner for the Danish-Korean cultural year. This year marks 60 years of bilateral relations between Denmark and South Korea.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.