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Friendly bears teach tolerance, love at Buddy

125 bears landed on Seoul with happy dreams for human beings, especially for children. People might be surprised to hear the news, but the bears visited Korea for the 'United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005.' They invite you to Peace Square in Olympic park and give you an experience that you? l never forget. Cloudy weather turned into fine and sunny on the day of the opening ceremony as if it hopes for a successful festival. The opening ceremony began with actor Ahn Sung-kee as emcee. VIPs from many countries gave congratulatory messages for the festival. Dr. Klaus Herilitz, the chief director of the Culture Foundation of the Buddy Bears Festival gave a Buddy Bear to Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of United Buddy Bear Seoul Festival 2005. It is a symbol of friendship between Seoul and Berlin. The bear was painted Seoul's image on half of its body and Berlin's buildings and sculptures on the other. Buddy Bears Festival was created by Dr. Klaus Herilitz and his wife Eva. They had searched for a symbol that would cover human beings' tolerance and mutual understanding of the unification of Germany in 1989. They found that most people think bears are friendly and lovely. In addition, Berlin has history of bears going back about 700 years. They started making sculptures named 'Buddy Bears' aimed at these two facts. That's why the 125 bears stand in a circle, not dividing any parts, and reflecting spirits of love and peaceful coexistence. The Buddy Bears Festival started like that, and has been held in Australia, China, Turkey and Japan. In 2005, Germany announced the 'Year of Korea' and held many events there. The Korea-Germany interchange event 'The United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005' is finally being held in Korea. "I'm very happy to hold this festival in Korea that 125 countries belonging to the UN have participated in," said Lee Eun-ju, secretary of United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. "It is public event that pursues peace of the world and helps children at home and abroad. I hope many people share meaning of this festival by participating." It has another important meaning to hold the festival in Korea. It is about 'unification.' Artists from North Korea explained that they want to display Buddy Bears from North Korea and South Korea together as a symbol of a unified country for the first time. Two Buddy Bears are going to be displayed during the trip this year. "After this trip ends, I hope to donate two bears to the Peace Square in Seoul Olympic Park to preserved for a long time as a meaning of desire for unification," said Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of festival at the opening ceremony. In fact, it is not a concrete plan, but a very meaningful address expressing his will. Ahn Sung-kee read a letter from artists from North Korea. 'We are humbled by the honor to paint our nation, but we are trying to draw our dream modestly. We strongly hope when the bears tour around the earth, Korea will get to become a unified country.' Many people seemed to be moved by this phrase. They hoped that the day of unification will come soon. The people who attended were mainly families and foreign tourists. They were interested in the bears that made beautiful or funny expressions of the spirits of each country. "I heard about this festival from the newspaper, so I came here. I can distinguish where the bears come from because they reflected individual characters of their country very well. I think artists of little known countries tried very hard to depict their country," said Jeon Seung-hui, a visitor at the festival. "I watched this festival in Germany. I heard it was to be held in Korea, so I came here with my son. In Germany the bears stood in different parts of the city, but here they make a circle. I prefer to see them standing in a circle like this," said Michail Memke, a German tourist. People who were enjoying festival were very amused taking pictures with the bears. There is a 'Photo Zone' that allows taking pictures while riding on a bear named 'Rainbow Bear.' It has cheerful and light image for festival. Next to the 'Photo Zone,' there is a 'Fund raising Zone.' The Buddy Bears Festival is donating money to children living in poverty area through this fund raising activity. "Buddy Bears Festival makes people recognize the warm heart to help other neighbors who are in trouble. It teaches us that we should live with people worldwide through practicing love," said Andre Kim, goodwill ambassador of UNICEF and publicity ambassador of the United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. After people raise money, they are given two pink stickers and they stick them on a white Buddy Bear. The white bear has turned pink quickly. It shows people's concern for helping children in the world. You will be fascinated to see the colorful bears stepping into the place where the festival is held. However, walking around the bears you may feel that the world is one and each bear contains a peaceful message. Finally, when you leave there, your heart will be warmed and will keep your fingers crossed for the bears, next touring. The Buddy Bears Festival will stay in Peace Square in Olympic Park until November 9. After the festival ends in Korea, it will go to Sydney, Berlin and Pyonngyang in North Korea. They will still carry the message of peace, love, and coexistence all over the world and help children. Finally, perhaps we can hope to be a unified Korea when they return here after their tour!125 bears landed on Seoul with happy dreams for human beings, especially for children. People might be surprised to hear the news, but the bears visited Korea for the 'United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005.' They invite you to Peace Square in Olympic park and give you an experience that you? l never forget. Cloudy weather turned into fine and sunny on the day of the opening ceremony as if it hopes for a successful festival. The opening ceremony began with actor Ahn Sung-kee as emcee. VIPs from many countries gave congratulatory messages for the festival. Dr. Klaus Herilitz, the chief director of the Culture Foundation of the Buddy Bears Festival gave a Buddy Bear to Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of United Buddy Bear Seoul Festival 2005. It is a symbol of friendship between Seoul and Berlin. The bear was painted Seoul's image on half of its body and Berlin's buildings and sculptures on the other. Buddy Bears Festival was created by Dr. Klaus Herilitz and his wife Eva. They had searched for a symbol that would cover human beings' tolerance and mutual understanding of the unification of Germany in 1989. They found that most people think bears are friendly and lovely. In addition, Berlin has history of bears going back about 700 years. They started making sculptures named 'Buddy Bears' aimed at these two facts. That's why the 125 bears stand in a circle, not dividing any parts, and reflecting spirits of love and peaceful coexistence. The Buddy Bears Festival started like that, and has been held in Australia, China, Turkey and Japan. In 2005, Germany announced the 'Year of Korea' and held many events there. The Korea-Germany interchange event 'The United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005' is finally being held in Korea. "I'm very happy to hold this festival in Korea that 125 countries belonging to the UN have participated in," said Lee Eun-ju, secretary of United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. "It is public event that pursues peace of the world and helps children at home and abroad. I hope many people share meaning of this festival by participating." It has another important meaning to hold the festival in Korea. It is about 'unification.' Artists from North Korea explained that they want to display Buddy Bears from North Korea and South Korea together as a symbol of a unified country for the first time. Two Buddy Bears are going to be displayed during the trip this year. "After this trip ends, I hope to donate two bears to the Peace Square in Seoul Olympic Park to preserved for a long time as a meaning of desire for unification," said Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of festival at the opening ceremony. In fact, it is not a concrete plan, but a very meaningful address expressing his will. Ahn Sung-kee read a letter from artists from North Korea. 'We are humbled by the honor to paint our nation, but we are trying to draw our dream modestly. We strongly hope when the bears tour around the earth, Korea will get to become a unified country.' Many people seemed to be moved by this phrase. They hoped that the day of unification will come soon. The people who attended were mainly families and foreign tourists. They were interested in the bears that made beautiful or funny expressions of the spirits of each country. "I heard about this festival from the newspaper, so I came here. I can distinguish where the bears come from because they reflected individual characters of their country very well. I think artists of little known countries tried very hard to depict their country," said Jeon Seung-hui, a visitor at the festival. "I watched this festival in Germany. I heard it was to be held in Korea, so I came here with my son. In Germany the bears stood in different parts of the city, but here they make a circle. I prefer to see them standing in a circle like this," said Michail Memke, a German tourist. People who were enjoying festival were very amused taking pictures with the bears. There is a 'Photo Zone' that allows taking pictures while riding on a bear named 'Rainbow Bear.' It has cheerful and light image for festival. Next to the 'Photo Zone,' there is a 'Fund raising Zone.' The Buddy Bears Festival is donating money to children living in poverty area through this fund raising activity. "Buddy Bears Festival makes people recognize the warm heart to help other neighbors who are in trouble. It teaches us that we should live with people worldwide through practicing love," said Andre Kim, goodwill ambassador of UNICEF and publicity ambassador of the United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. After people raise money, they are given two pink stickers and they stick them on a white Buddy Bear. The white bear has turned pink quickly. It shows people's concern for helping children in the world. You will be fascinated to see the colorful bears stepping into the place where the festival is held. However, walking around the bears you may feel that the world is one and each bear contains a peaceful message. Finally, when you leave there, your heart will be warmed and will keep your fingers crossed for the bears, next touring. The Buddy Bears Festival will stay in Peace Square in Olympic Park until November 9. After the festival ends in Korea, it will go to Sydney, Berlin and Pyonngyang in North Korea. They will still carry the message of peace, love, and coexistence all over the world and help children. Finally, perhaps we can hope to be a unified Korea when they return here after their tour! |Friendly bears teach tolerance, love at Buddy | | 125 bears landed on Seoul with happy dreams for human beings, especially for children. People might be surprised to hear the news, but the bears visited Korea for the 'United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005.' They invite you to Peace Square in Olympic park and give you an experience that you? l never forget. Cloudy weather turned into fine and sunny on the day of the opening ceremony as if it hopes for a successful festival. The opening ceremony began with actor Ahn Sung-kee as emcee. VIPs from many countries gave congratulatory messages for the festival. Dr. Klaus Herilitz, the chief director of the Culture Foundation of the Buddy Bears Festival gave a Buddy Bear to Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of United Buddy Bear Seoul Festival 2005. It is a symbol of friendship between Seoul and Berlin. The bear was painted Seoul's image on half of its body and Berlin's buildings and sculptures on the other. Buddy Bears Festival was created by Dr. Klaus Herilitz and his wife Eva. They had searched for a symbol that would cover human beings' tolerance and mutual understanding of the unification of Germany in 1989. They found that most people think bears are friendly and lovely. In addition, Berlin has history of bears going back about 700 years. They started making sculptures named 'Buddy Bears' aimed at these two facts. That's why the 125 bears stand in a circle, not dividing any parts, and reflecting spirits of love and peaceful coexistence. The Buddy Bears Festival started like that, and has been held in Australia, China, Turkey and Japan. In 2005, Germany announced the 'Year of Korea' and held many events there. The Korea-Germany interchange event 'The United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005' is finally being held in Korea. "I'm very happy to hold this festival in Korea that 125 countries belonging to the UN have participated in," said Lee Eun-ju, secretary of United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. "It is public event that pursues peace of the world and helps children at home and abroad. I hope many people share meaning of this festival by participating." It has another important meaning to hold the festival in Korea. It is about 'unification.' Artists from North Korea explained that they want to display Buddy Bears from North Korea and South Korea together as a symbol of a unified country for the first time. Two Buddy Bears are going to be displayed during the trip this year. "After this trip ends, I hope to donate two bears to the Peace Square in Seoul Olympic Park to preserved for a long time as a meaning of desire for unification," said Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of festival at the opening ceremony. In fact, it is not a concrete plan, but a very meaningful address expressing his will. Ahn Sung-kee read a letter from artists from North Korea. 'We are humbled by the honor to paint our nation, but we are trying to draw our dream modestly. We strongly hope when the bears tour around the earth, Korea will get to become a unified country.' Many people seemed to be moved by this phrase. They hoped that the day of unification will come soon. The people who attended were mainly families and foreign tourists. They were interested in the bears that made beautiful or funny expressions of the spirits of each country. "I heard about this festival from the newspaper, so I came here. I can distinguish where the bears come from because they reflected individual characters of their country very well. I think artists of little known countries tried very hard to depict their country," said Jeon Seung-hui, a visitor at the festival. "I watched this festival in Germany. I heard it was to be held in Korea, so I came here with my son. In Germany the bears stood in different parts of the city, but here they make a circle. I prefer to see them standing in a circle like this," said Michail Memke, a German tourist. People who were enjoying festival were very amused taking pictures with the bears. There is a 'Photo Zone' that allows taking pictures while riding on a bear named 'Rainbow Bear.' It has cheerful and light image for festival. Next to the 'Photo Zone,' there is a 'Fund raising Zone.' The Buddy Bears Festival is donating money to children living in poverty area through this fund raising activity. "Buddy Bears Festival makes people recognize the warm heart to help other neighbors who are in trouble. It teaches us that we should live with people worldwide through practicing love," said Andre Kim, goodwill ambassador of UNICEF and publicity ambassador of the United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. After people raise money, they are given two pink stickers and they stick them on a white Buddy Bear. The white bear has turned pink quickly. It shows people's concern for helping children in the world. You will be fascinated to see the colorful bears stepping into the place where the festival is held. However, walking around the bears you may feel that the world is one and each bear contains a peaceful message. Finally, when you leave there, your heart will be warmed and will keep your fingers crossed for the bears, next touring. The Buddy Bears Festival will stay in Peace Square in Olympic Park until November 9. After the festival ends in Korea, it will go to Sydney, Berlin and Pyonngyang in North Korea. They will still carry the message of peace, love, and coexistence all over the world and help children. Finally, perhaps we can hope to be a unified Korea when they return here after their tour!125 bears landed on Seoul with happy dreams for human beings, especially for children. People might be surprised to hear the news, but the bears visited Korea for the 'United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005.' They invite you to Peace Square in Olympic park and give you an experience that you? l never forget. Cloudy weather turned into fine and sunny on the day of the opening ceremony as if it hopes for a successful festival. The opening ceremony began with actor Ahn Sung-kee as emcee. VIPs from many countries gave congratulatory messages for the festival. Dr. Klaus Herilitz, the chief director of the Culture Foundation of the Buddy Bears Festival gave a Buddy Bear to Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of United Buddy Bear Seoul Festival 2005. It is a symbol of friendship between Seoul and Berlin. The bear was painted Seoul's image on half of its body and Berlin's buildings and sculptures on the other. Buddy Bears Festival was created by Dr. Klaus Herilitz and his wife Eva. They had searched for a symbol that would cover human beings' tolerance and mutual understanding of the unification of Germany in 1989. They found that most people think bears are friendly and lovely. In addition, Berlin has history of bears going back about 700 years. They started making sculptures named 'Buddy Bears' aimed at these two facts. That's why the 125 bears stand in a circle, not dividing any parts, and reflecting spirits of love and peaceful coexistence. The Buddy Bears Festival started like that, and has been held in Australia, China, Turkey and Japan. In 2005, Germany announced the 'Year of Korea' and held many events there. The Korea-Germany interchange event 'The United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005' is finally being held in Korea. "I'm very happy to hold this festival in Korea that 125 countries belonging to the UN have participated in," said Lee Eun-ju, secretary of United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. "It is public event that pursues peace of the world and helps children at home and abroad. I hope many people share meaning of this festival by participating." It has another important meaning to hold the festival in Korea. It is about 'unification.' Artists from North Korea explained that they want to display Buddy Bears from North Korea and South Korea together as a symbol of a unified country for the first time. Two Buddy Bears are going to be displayed during the trip this year. "After this trip ends, I hope to donate two bears to the Peace Square in Seoul Olympic Park to preserved for a long time as a meaning of desire for unification," said Choi Yong-gyu, chairman of festival at the opening ceremony. In fact, it is not a concrete plan, but a very meaningful address expressing his will. Ahn Sung-kee read a letter from artists from North Korea. 'We are humbled by the honor to paint our nation, but we are trying to draw our dream modestly. We strongly hope when the bears tour around the earth, Korea will get to become a unified country.' Many people seemed to be moved by this phrase. They hoped that the day of unification will come soon. The people who attended were mainly families and foreign tourists. They were interested in the bears that made beautiful or funny expressions of the spirits of each country. "I heard about this festival from the newspaper, so I came here. I can distinguish where the bears come from because they reflected individual characters of their country very well. I think artists of little known countries tried very hard to depict their country," said Jeon Seung-hui, a visitor at the festival. "I watched this festival in Germany. I heard it was to be held in Korea, so I came here with my son. In Germany the bears stood in different parts of the city, but here they make a circle. I prefer to see them standing in a circle like this," said Michail Memke, a German tourist. People who were enjoying festival were very amused taking pictures with the bears. There is a 'Photo Zone' that allows taking pictures while riding on a bear named 'Rainbow Bear.' It has cheerful and light image for festival. Next to the 'Photo Zone,' there is a 'Fund raising Zone.' The Buddy Bears Festival is donating money to children living in poverty area through this fund raising activity. "Buddy Bears Festival makes people recognize the warm heart to help other neighbors who are in trouble. It teaches us that we should live with people worldwide through practicing love," said Andre Kim, goodwill ambassador of UNICEF and publicity ambassador of the United Buddy Bears Seoul Festival 2005. After people raise money, they are given two pink stickers and they stick them on a white Buddy Bear. The white bear has turned pink quickly. It shows people's concern for helping children in the world. You will be fascinated to see the colorful bears stepping into the place where the festival is held. However, walking around the bears you may feel that the world is one and each bear contains a peaceful message. Finally, when you leave there, your heart will be warmed and will keep your fingers crossed for the bears, next touring. The Buddy Bears Festival will stay in Peace Square in Olympic Park until November 9. After the festival ends in Korea, it will go to Sydney, Berlin and Pyonngyang in North Korea. They will still carry the message of peace, love, and coexistence all over the world and help children. Finally, perhaps we can hope to be a unified Korea when they return here after their tour!

 

 
 

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