Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 of architecture and 1,040 of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Traditional Korean culture to be presented at Minsk City Day

MINSK, 7 September (BelTA) Traditional Korean Culture will be presented at the City Day of the Belarusian capital. The Korean program will mark the 20th anniversary of Belarus-Korea diplomatic relations and the 945th anniversary of Minsk, BelTA learnt from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Belarus.

One of the events will take place in the Victory Park on 8 September. Minsk residents and guests will be able to get familiar with the Korean art of dancing, including the famous Korean fan dance. Partaking in the event will be Korean students and ethnic Koreans living in Belarus.

The Korean embassy will play host to a traditional Korean costume show. A display will include a collection of the traditional costume from Pusan, the second largest city in Korea. The embassy will also host a degustation of the Korean national cuisine.

The main goal of the events is to demonstrate the Belarusians the culture and traditions of the country which is far away geographically.

Partaking in the festivities will be Korean reporters.

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