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South Korean group impressed by Taiwan's beer, public transportation

2012/07/12 21:11:00

Taipei, July 12 (CNA) A group of four college students from South Korea said Thursday they were impressed by Taiwan's fruit-flavored beer and extensive transportation facilities on their first trip to the island.

The young adults, sponsored by the governments of Taiwan and South Korea on a program to boost bilateral youth exchanges, arrived in Taiwan earlier this month on a 12-day visit that will wrap up Friday.

Over the past days, they traveled around the island to visit Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taitung and Hualien, and experienced Taiwanese food and beverages while enjoying the hospitality of the local people.

Taiwanese beer is good, said Kim Jin woo, the leader of the South Korean group, at a news conference in Taipei to share their thoughts on the tour of Taiwan.

They were impressed especially by the mango-flavored beer produced in Taiwan, he added.

"We even bought some mango beer to take back," Kim said. "We have fruit-flavored beer, but we don't have the mango flavor."

State-run Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corp. launched pineapple and mango beer in early April. The two products have become popular drinks in the scorching hot summer.

During their stay, the four students also enjoyed Taiwan's convenient transportation network that allowed them to easily travel from the west to the east, Kim said.

To help increase South Korean people's understanding of Taiwan, Kim said they plan to hold a photo exhibition showcasing pictures taken on the island.

Meanwhile, a group of four Taiwanese college students will embark on a similar 12-day tour of South Korea in late August. The Taiwanese group will visit Seoul and Busan.

This year's youth exchange program marked the first time Taiwan's Cabinet-level National Youth Commission and South Korea's representative office in Taiwan jointly sponsored the initiative to boost cultural ties.

(By Elaine Hou)