Oh, Uzbek­istan, the Very Cen­ter of Silk Road

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TRAVEL - (Dr. Song InYeup)

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.

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