SINGAPORE: The group of Singaporeans who saved a South Korean man trapped under a truck in July have arrived in Seoul for a four-day tour.
The trip was organised by the Korea Tourism Organisation to show South Korea’s gratitude to the group. They were also awarded by the Singapore Civil Defence Force for their courageous act.
On Monday (Sep 14), Singapore’s ambassador to South Korea Yip Wei Kiat hosted a tea reception with the visitors at his residence in Seoul.
Singapore’s ambassador to South Korea Yip Wei Kiat hosts a tea reception at his residence in Seoul for the Singapore heroes who saved a South Korean man's life. (Photo: Lim Yun Suk)
Singapore and South Korea celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations this year. Mr Yip said the trip symbolises the close ties, not just between the governments but between the people of the two countries.
"I think my colleagues and I, when we all saw the news - the whole incident on the news in Singapore and YouTube - we were very impressed,” said Mr Yip. “And of course, like most other Singaporeans, we were very touched by this very strong Singapore spirit that this whole incident had showcased."
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For some of the Singaporeans, it was their first time in South Korea. Some came with families and friends for the tour, which will take them around Seoul and surrounding areas to learn more about South Korea’s culture and history.
"In Singapore, we help each other. Anyone that needs help, we will definitely help,” said Mr Desmond Tan, one of the Singaporeans who helped save the man. “You put yourself in their shoes. Let’s say you need help, no one helps you, so what happens? This is what our mindset is. Anything happens, you have to help each other."
The Singaporeans are not expected to meet the South Korean man they saved. It is believed he is still recovering from his injuries.