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Uzbekistan presented its tourism potential at the international exhibition in Seoul, Korea
01 July 2022
Uzbekistan presented its tourism potential at the international exhibition in Seoul, Korea

The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Seoul, together with Uzbekistan Airways JSC, as well as Amerks Travel, presented the tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan at the Korea World Travel Fair 2022 (KOTFA) international tourism exhibition.

The event was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The purpose of the exhibition is to stimulate cultural exchange with a focus on tourism by educating the local public about the rich culture of the countries participating in this event.

The event was attended by representatives of state organizations in the field of tourism, companies operating in the field of tourist travel, air travel and hotel business from more than 60 countries (including Asia, Europe, Africa, America, Oceania), as well as local tourist firms.

The national stand of Uzbekistan was presented by Uzbek handicrafts, national jewelry products, woodcarving, Uzbek national silk, as well as other examples of folk arts and crafts of Uzbekistan.

Visitors to the stand were shown videos reflecting the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, the rich history and traditions of the Uzbek people, and Uzbek national cuisine, which demonstrate the famous tourist routes of Uzbekistan to the audience. The tourist products presented at the exhibition also covered ancient architectural monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva.

Information on the large-scale work carried out in the country in recent years to develop new types of tourism in Uzbekistan, such as pilgrimage tourism, ecological tourism/ecotourism, educational, ethnographic, and gastronomic tourism in Uzbekistan was also introduced to the visitors of the stand.  Business tourism in Uzbekistan as well as the variety of packages suiting youth and families were also introduced to the foreign audience.

Within the framework of the stand, the action was also launched on local social networks under the hashtag “# Uzbekistan”, “# visituzbekistan”, which gathered hundreds of subscribers during the exhibition who posted photos about Uzbekistan on their pages on the Internet.

According to the organizers and visitors of the international exhibition, participation in this event will contribute to the promotion of the tourism potential of Uzbekistan in South Korea and will increase the flow of foreign tourists to Uzbekistan.

We would like to remind you that from August 1, Uzbekistan Airways increases the frequency of flights on the international route Tashkent-Seoul-Tashkent up to 5 times a week - on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays.

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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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