Oh, Uzbekistan, the Very Center of Silk Road
You, Uzbekistan, Standing high at the very center of Silk Road Connecting the civilizations of East and West Blooming the beautiful culture flowers
Oh, King Timur’s valiant spirit on the horse You hold sway over the whole Central Asia
Oh, King Ullubeg at his Samarqand sky tower You have a full insight into astronomy
How high, Bukhara Kalyan Minaret Is it your deep faith or desert lighthouse Even Genghis Khan respects you
Navoy’s pure spirit Accepting afflicted Koreans drifted by the hard history As true friends and brothers
Look at the white cotton flowers for world’s clothes They nearly kill the Aral Sea?
Oh, Mountain Chimgan, Oh, River Amudarya, Oh, River Sirdarya,
The day when you all will liven the Aral Sea again Which is about to gasp now
You, Uzbekistan, will stand high At the very center of East and West Once again Forever
You will light all the world, brilliantly Oh you, Uzbekistan…… -the end-
Dr. Song InYeup, Professor of the Korean National University, Friendship Ambassador of KoreaVolunteer Organization International (KVO International), Chief Representative of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), is in Uzbekistan as participant of the Peace Marathon through Eurasia – 16,000 km from the Netherlands to South Korea. The marathon started in September 2017 and is pending finish in October 2018 in Seoul.
The Korean scholar runs 45 km a day. Uzbekistan is the geographical middle of the marathon. A meeting with Dr. Song InYeup is scheduled in Tashkent on 17 April in Seoul Park. He is expected to exit this country on April 19 to follow to Kazakhstan, China, North Korea and end up in South Korea.
The enthusiast, who authored eight books, said he was looking forward to arriving in Uzbekistan badly, because he is familiar with this country; back in 2002-2004, he served as chief representative of KOICA Office in Tashkent. Charmed with Uzbekistan, the marathoner came up with a poem dedicated to this land.