On May 15, 2019, President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea had a meeting with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, during a special meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul.
President Moon addressed recent developments on the Korean Peninsula and emphasized that the United Kingdom as a permanent member of the UN Security Council is an important partner with South Korea in achieving denuclearization and lasting peace. Referring to Andrew's visit to the traditional Hahoe Village in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province the day before, Moon added: "I hope Andong will become a symbol of bilateral exchange as well as an international tourist town.“
On the same day, the Duke of York hosted Pitch@Palace Korea 1.0 at the Shilla hotel in Seoul. The event focused on technology and its use in several areas, including cyber-security, agriculture, fintech and blockchain, robotics and artificial intelligence as well as health, fitness and medical innovation. 15 Entrepreneurs pitched their businesses in front of an influential audience of potential supporters, including CEOs, Influencers, Angels, Mentors and Business Partners. The Duke of York was in Korea to attend the 10th Asian Leadership Conference hosted by the Chosun Ilbo.
On May 14, 2019, British Prince Andrew, Duke of York, visited Hahoe Folk Village in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, South Korea, 20 years after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, visited Hahoe in 1999, on the occasion of a a State Visit to the Republic of Korea. During his visit, the Duke of York planted an apple tree before relaying and greetings from his mother the Queen to the people of Hahoe.
Prince Andrew also stopped by Chunghyodang House, the residence of Ryu Seong-ryong (1542-1607), a scholar and government official during the Joseon Dynasty era (1392-1910), and saw there the Korean fir tree that his mother planted.
Prince Andrew met with 93 locals from Hahoe - one for each of the Queen's years of life - and then watched a traditional mask dance.
The Duke of York later travelled to the region’s Agricultural Co-op centre to watch a daily auction. He also visited Bongjeongsa Temple, Korea’s oldest surviving wooden building. Here The Duke laid a fragment of ceramic as a prayer offering, just as Her Majesty did 20 years ago.
Later on, The Duke visited the Korean Studies Institute, which holds the largest collection of private printing blocks in South Korea.