Seoul in South Korea hosted the festival of Altai culture where Kazakhstan and representatives of eight different countries took part. The capital’s main Gwanghwamun square turned into the “aul” or  a village. Seoul residents had the opportunity to see a yurt and to ride a horse.

As part of the festival, the conference was held where scientists gave many evidences of kinship between the Turkic-speaking people and Koreans. A number of scientific works are devoted to the Koreans’ Altai origin. The Korean language is related to the Ural-Altaic group. Moreover, a number of historical findings prove that the ancestors of Koreans lived in the territory of modern Kazakhstan.

KRYM ALTYNBEKOV, HEAD, LABORATORY OF SCIENTIFIC RESTORATION:

- Recently, Gaini Omarov has found artifacts, the kisebeldik, in East Kazakhstan. This artifact belongs to the 7th and 8th centuries CE. Ancient burials found in South Korea are similar to these artifacts.

HANDE KAVARNALI, TURKISH RESEARCHER:

- The forum aims to investigate the interconnection between peoples of the Ural-Altaic family group, Mongolia and Korea. Professors, including restorer from Kazakhstan, Krym Altynbekov will work on this. I would like to see such a forum held annually, then many people will know about the Altai people’s unity.

Participants of the first festival of Altai culture held in South Korea agreed to continue close cooperation. This will help Korean residents to learn their history and strengthen cultural and economic ties with the Turkic-speaking countries. The participants claim that the festival will contribute to flow of South Korean tourists to Altai which is not only a motherland of Turkic peoples, but also of Koreans.

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