A two-person delegation from the Military University of Land Forces, led by Rector Commandant, Brig. Gen. Dariusz Skorupka, DSc, Eng., visited South Korea from 29 May to 02 June.

The main objective of this visit was to establish training cooperation with the Korea Military Academy (KMA). The visit started with the official welcoming of the Polish delegation by KMA Superintendent Lieutenant General Kim Wan Tae and the attending key personnel, accompanied by a military band. A briefing on the Academy, and its history, structure and major tasks, was presented at the meeting. A film promoting KMA was also shown. During the discussion possible forms of training cooperation were broached, including first and foremost the short-term exchange of cadets and lecturers. The importance of cooperation was highlighted, due to cultural differences and the specificity of service associated with the constant threat posed by North Korea. The visit to KMA was also an excellent opportunity to familiarise oneself with its teaching and training facilities. The ballistic laboratory within the structure of the Academy was especially worth our attention. The official part of the visit ended with a dinner hosted by the Superintendent of KMA, which featured traditional dishes of Korean cuisine.

As part of the cultural programme organised by the host, the AWL delegation had an opportunity to visit the War Memorial of Korea, a museum devoted to the Korean conflict, the Gyeongbokgung Royal Palace, and the oldest part of Seoul, the Bukchon Hanok Village located in the city centre. The programme of the stay in Seoul also included a visit to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas, organised by Colonel Bogusław Balak, Military, Navy and Air Force Attaché. Tunnel No. 3 (one of the five discovered under the DMZ, which North Korea probably wanted to use for a covert invasion) and the Dora Observatory, which gives an excellent view of the military installations on the two sides of the zone and the North Korean “propaganda village”, were open to visitors. The AWL delegation was also permitted to enter the Joint Security Area and visit the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission base, which includes contingents from Sweden, Switzerland and Poland. The last element of the visit to Seoul was a lunch organised by Prof. Piotr Ostaszewski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to the Republic of Korea, during which representatives of AWL had an opportunity to learn first-hand about Polish-Korean relations. The visit of the Rector Commandant of AWL to Seoul constituted an important element in the planned cooperation with Korea Military Academy, and should soon result in training exchange. It is worth recalling that 2 weeks before, the University in Wrocław hosted a KMA delegation led by its Superintendent, Lieutenant General Kim Wan Tae.

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