Guus Hiddink

Opens Korea Exhibition
Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink

Opens Korea exhibition

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden recently received esteemed visitors! The former football coach Guus Hiddink participated in the opening of the new exhibition KOREA. Gateway to a rich past. Hiddink is a hero in South Korea. In 2002, he led the South Korean football team to the semi-finals of the World Cup. To this day, he has a strong connection with the country. After the Korean triumph in the World Cup, Hiddink became an honorary citizen, received an honorary doctorate from Seoul University, and had a football stadium named after him.

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KOREA. Gateway to a rich past reminded Hiddink of the experiences he had in the land of both hip K-pop and a centuries-old ceramics tradition. ‘It’s like I’m re-living my time there. I was amazed when I got to the museum, by what I saw...’

The official opening of the KOREA exhibition on 15 October generated a great deal of interest.

Speeches were given by:
Ms. Femke Haijtema - Director of Exhibitions and Public Affairs
Mr. Kris Callens - Managing Director Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics
Mr. Byoungchan Min - Managing Director National Museum of Korea in Seoul
Dewi van de Weerd - Ambassador International Cultural Cooperation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Yeondoo Jeong - Ambassador of the Republic of Korea
Special Guest - Mr. Guus Hiddink, Former National Football Coach South Korea

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