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Dominican Republic's 169th Anniversary of Its Independence Marked in Seoul
Amb. Grecia S. Pichardo Hosts Reception in Seoul

Dominican Republic Ambassador to South Korea Grecia S. Pichardo and her spouse, Mr. Victor Decamps threw a dinner reception at a Seoul hotel on Feb. 27, 2013 on the occasion of the 169th national day. The Dominican Republic gained its independence from Hatian rule in 1844.

Dominicans celebrated their 169th anniversary of becoming independent republic in its capital of Santo Domingo and elsewhere in the world.

The dinner reception held by the Dominican ambassadorial couple drew a host of of high-profile guests including a number of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul's diplomatic community.

Dominican Ambassador Grecia S. Pichardo (4th from left) poses with VIP guests at her national day reception.


The relations between the Dominican Republic and South Korea go all the way back to the Korean War (1950-53) era. When Communist North Korea launched all-out attack against South Korea in 1050 Dominican government donated 10,000 US dollars in aid to South Korea.

Earlier in 1948 when South Korean government was established Dominican Republic sanctioned the Republic of Korea in December of 1948.

The two countries established official diplomatic ties on June 6, 1962. And on Sept. 27, 2007, Dominican Republic formed official diplomatic relations with North Korea as well.

Dr. Ryu Sang-Wook (3rd from right), medical director of Grand Plastic Surgery, poses with foreign ambassadors. To his left is Ms, Sohn Ji-Won, Grand's PR officer.


Thus Dominican Republic has become the country which has diplomatic ties with both Koreas.

In 2006 Dominican President Leonel Fernández visited Seoul after a number of exchanges between high-level officials of both countries were made.

The Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Española, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L'Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814.

In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

President Buenaventura Báez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ulíses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafaél Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio Vásquez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

For details or inquiries please contact the Dominican Republic Embassy in Seoul at 02-756-3513.
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