The city of Gyeongju, in South Korea’s North Gyeongsang Province, has been recommended as a candidate city for the 2025 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently announced. Foreign Affairs of South Korea.

The South Korean Foreign Ministry reported that the government committee for recommending host cities for the APEC summit held a meeting this week and ultimately ended up selecting Gyeongju, which is located about 280 kilometers southeast of Seoul, as the candidate city to host. the summit scheduled for next year.

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The next summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum will be held in South Korea for the first time in 20 years. The last time the country was chosen to host the event was in 2005, in the southeastern port city of Busan.

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The committee chose Gyeongju over two other candidates, Incheon and the southern island of Jeju, after considering the city’s contribution to national and regional development, as well as its cultural and tourism resources.

The city, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Silla (57 BC-935 AD).

Gyeongju’s confirmation as host city for next year’s summit is expected to take place later this month

APEC is an international organization created in 1989 with the objective of promoting sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. This is a platform to promote free and open trade, economic cooperation, and regional integration. APEC’s 21 members include both developed and developing economies, and work together to address common challenges and improve connectivity between them.


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