On Monday, President Moon Jae-in will participate in a marathon of ASEAN-related summit meetings in Bangkok.
He will attend the ASEAN Plus Three summit, a special luncheon on sustainable development, the East Asia Summit and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership talks.
His key message will revolve around the upcoming special summits with ASEAN and Mekong countries in Korea's southern city of Busan at the end of November.
"Ever since taking office, President Moon has been emphasizing the importance of strengthening ties with Southeast Asian nations. He's kept true to his word, being the first South Korean leader to visit all ten ASEAN countries. With the Korea-ASEAN special summit and the Korea-Mekong summit just three weeks away, his main mission will be to gather support for the biggest international event in his presidency."
"Seeing how we're here in Thailand at the start of the month and finishing the line in Busan later this month, we can say November is the month of Korea-ASEAN ties."
President Moon will also explain his administration's efforts to establish peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, asking for leaders' support for his proposal to turn the Demilitarized Zone into a 'global peace zone,' as he mentioned in his speech to the UN General Assembly in September.
Another focal point is whether President Moon will interact with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe again.
The two leaders exchanged greetings and shook hands at the gala dinner the previous day their first face-to-face in four months since the G20 Summit in Osaka.
President Moon's letter that was hand delivered to Abe by South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon during his recent visit to Tokyo, and Abe's message of condolence to Moon over his mother's passing last week are seen to have nudged the atmosphere in a more positive direction.
Watchers say it's premature to call it a breakthrough, but it could set a new direction for their bilateral relations, which are at a low not seen in years due to historical and trade disputes.
Although the Blue House says there's no one-on-one planned during this trip, the leaders will inevitably run into each other as they attend the various ASEAN meetings.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News, Bangkok.