The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai was the first consulate the delegation visited this year. The consulate is located in 60 Wanshan Road. Based on the comparison of the land area and the building size, it could be one of the biggest consulates in Shanghai. From this fact, we can see Korea’s solid economic strength.
26日早上9点15分，我们依次排队，手中挥动着中韩两国国旗，在总领事馆文化处官员的带领下走进总领事馆，来到会议室等待采访。当我们小记者整齐地坐在会议厅时，韩国驻上海总领事韩硕熙（Mr. Consul General）先生率领外交领事、教育领事和文化领事等坐在会议台中央，庄重大气。小记者向他们问好：“Morning！”更是有人说起了韩语：“啊腻啊塞欧！”领事们也回应：“Hello！”
At 9:15 in the morning of January 26th, we entered the consulate one by one while waving the national flags of China and South Korea. When we were preparing for the interview in a large meeting room, Mr. Consul General came in with the consul of diplomacy, the consul of education and the consul of culture. Junior journalists said “Good Morning!” in both English and Korean (안녕하세요). Mr. Han Seok-hee and other consuls said hey to us too.
首先总领事韩硕熙（Mr. Consul General）致欢迎词，他说，作为韩国驻上海总领事，今天能与众多的小记者--中国未来的主力军相聚，我非常感动，也感到很荣幸。韩国和中国地源相近，两国建交以来，高层往来不断,相互尊重、相互信任不断加深。我希望在我任职内，为促进中韩两国友好关系做出努力。
At first, Mr. Consul General made a welcome speech. He said that as the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai, it’s his honour to meet so many junior journalists today because the children are the future of China. China and South Korea are close to each other. Since the two countries established diplomatic relations, the communication between senior officials has never stopped. Mutual respect and trust have been deepened continuously. I hope that during my term of office, I can contribute more to promote the friendship between China and South Korea.
A junior journalist asked: “Hello, Mr. Consul General! We are very glad to have a chance to have an interview with you. You are a capable and experienced diplomat. As the Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Shanghai, could you talk about your thought of Shanghai?”
Mr. Consul General answered: “Shanghai is a modern international city. In Shanghai, you can feel many Chinese traditional culture. Shanghai is also prosperous with vitality and power. People in Shanghai are polite. I think that I am very lucky to work and live in this city.”
“Hello, Mr. Consul General Han Shuoxi! You used to be a professor in Yonsei University. You were a visiting scholar in Peking University in the 1990s so as to promote the education exchange between China and South Korea. We are concerned with your children. As a professor, how do you educate you children?” another journalist asked.
Mr. Consul General firstly introduced his family. He has a 25-years old son and a 22- years old daughter. He has lived in Shanghai for 9 months. He will be 52 this year. He thought that living in Shanghai is very comfortable and convenient. Therefore, he decide to take his children to Shanghai from South Korea as well. As a parent, he gave them freedom, helped them to find their interests and strengths. He also asked them to learn Chinese and make more Chinese friends so that they can find their life goals here. “My kids and I are just like friends.” Mr. Consul General proudly said.
Mr. Consul General answered other questions from the junior journalists, such as the further culture exchange and cooperation between China and South Korea, Korea’s tourism and so on.
After the interview, the junior journalists presented their gifts to Mr. Consul General and wished him and all the consulate diplomats a happy new year in China. Mr. Han Seok-hee also gave each journalist a New Year gift. All journalists expressed that they will carry on China and South Korea’s friendship and contribute their best to achieve world peace and global development.