SEOUL – The King and Queen of Spain visited LG’s largest R&D center in South Korea on Thursday where they were shown some of the company’s latest innovations such as an autonomous electric car and television that rolls up.
Felipe VI and Letizia visited the LG Science Park, where they were received by company executives, as part of a state visit to boost bilateral relations with the Asian country.
Hyunhue Ha, vice president of the LG group, president and CEO of LG Electronics Iberia Jaime de Jaraiz, and director of human resources for Europe Carlos Olave all met the royals.
A meeting in which the evolution of the company and a showcase of its main projects and prototypes was held.
Felipe and Letizia got to test the autonomous vehicle designed by LG and were shown how a roll-up television works.
They also got to see several assistant robots for home, hotels and professional environments in action.
The Science Park has some 22,000 engineers, scientists and developers working on technological advances for the application of artificial intelligence to smart homes and cities.
The park, which opened last year, has an area of 1.1 hectares and is made up of 26 buildings, parks and exhibition areas.
Earlier on Thursday, the royals met the chief executives of some of South Korea’s main industrial conglomerates.
As well as LG representatives, the presidents of Hyundai and Korean Airlines Young Woon-Kong and Won Tae-echo, respectively, Yongmaan Park president of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Korcham), and the vice president of Samsung Electronics, Boo Keun-yoon, were also present.
The royals concluded their state visit on Thursday with a reception for some 600 Spaniards who live in South Korea.
Foreign Minister Josep Borrell and Reyes Maroto, the Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, also attended the function.
The king said he admired the way the Spanish expats continued to “to carry love for Spain in their hearts” and said that they were a representation of the best that Spanish society has to offer.
“The merit of carrying the memory of our country and of working here for the understanding between our peoples is even greater considering the small size of the Spanish community in Korea and the great distance that separates you from our land,” he added.
He also emphasized that the collaboration between Spain and South Korea still has enormous potential despite the notable increase in relations of all kinds in recent years.
Although the number of Spaniards living in South Korea has been modest, mainly due to geographical distance, in recent years it has been steadily increasing.
The community is varied but mainly composed of businessmen and women and professionals from various sectors.
Before their encounter with the community, the royals met a group of Korean Hispanics.
After the reception they went to the airport to return to Madrid after their two-day state visit.