President Park carries on reunification drive in GermanyUpdated: 2014-03-28 16:03:02 (KST)
President Park, the leader of the world's only divided nation, visited a highly symbolic site of unity and freedom.
Berlin's East Side Gallery is what's left of the Berlin Wall, covered in painted murals by more than 1-hundred artists from around the world to commemorate the tearing down of the wall in 1989.
The South Korean president also visited a photo exhibition that compares scenes from the demilitarized zone on the Korean peninsula and Germany's Grunes Band , which is now an ecological park.
The president had proposed turning the DMZ into something similar.
"It makes me hope and look forward to a day when our demilitarized zone will change into a symbol of peace."
Staying with her reunification campaign, President Park met five former and current officials who were at the center of German unification, asking them to share their insights and wisdom.
The group told the president there were frequent people exchanges between the East and the West, that eventually led to a peaceful reunification.
They said the German case is different from the situation on the Korean peninsula, in that East Germans themselves had wanted change.
At a luncheon with Korean and German businessmen, President Park vowed to prepare the Korean peninsula for a peaceful reunification.
She then asked the business community to do their part in achieving a successful economic integration between the two Koreas.
"President Park is now in Dresden for the second leg of her state visit. Here, she is expected to lay out details of her reunification policies during a speech on Friday.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News, Dresden."
As our Choi You-sun just reported, President Park is expected to unveil her vision of a Korean reunification in Dresden - at the Dresden University of Technology
Dresden is a symbolic city in German reunification as some of the decisive events which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification in 1990 took place here.
Arirang News will bring you a live coverage of her speech in Dresden at roughly 6:30 p.m., Korea time.
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