President Yoon Suk Yeol from Nov. 11-16 went on a four-night, six-days tour of Cambodia and Indonesia. From Nov. 11-13, he attended the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to deliver his Korea-ASEAN solidarity vision for cooperation with ASEAN member states and took part in the ASEAN Plus Three Summit and East Asia Summit afterwards. Nov. 13 saw him hold bilateral summits with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and trilateral talks with Washington and Tokyo in Phnom Penh. President Yoon on Nov. 14 headed to Bali, Indonesia, to attend the Business 20 (B20) Summit of the Group of 20 Economies summit and a Korea-Indonesia business roundtable. The next day, he gave a speech to a G20 session on food, energy and security and another to one on health. The president also held his first summit talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali. These photos offer a look back on President Yoon’s first trip to Southeast Asia.

By Park Hye Ri
Photos = Office of the President

President Yoon Suk Yeol (second from left) on the morning of Nov. 11 shakes hands with officials at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do Province, before departing for Cambodia on the presidential plane Code One. The president from Nov. 11-16 visited two countries in Southeast Asia over four nights and six days.

President Yoon Suk Yeol (left) on Nov. 11 shakes hands with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at a hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where they held their summit. During their talks, President Yoon expressed hope for growth in trade and investment between both countries through bilateral agreements on double tax avoidance and free trade set to take effect next month.

President Yoon Suk Yeol (fifth from left) on the morning of Nov. 11 takes a group photo with leaders of ASEAN countries at the 23rd ASEAN-Korea Summit held at Sokha Hotel Phnom Penh in the Cambodian capital. Stressing the importance of devising a new Indo-Pacific strategy in his opening speech, he said, “ASEAN is one of the most important cooperative partners in promoting Korea’s Indo-Pacific strategy.”

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Nov. 11 takes a selfie with Korean residents of Cambodia at an event held at Sokha Hotel Phnom Penh in the capital. He thanked the residents for playing a major role in forming the friendly ties between both countries and pledged to do his best “to make a Republic of Korea everyone can be proud of.”

First lady Kim Keon Hee, who accompanied the president on his Southeast Asia tour, on Nov. 12 holds a child with congenital heart disease while visiting his home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. To the boy’s family, she said, “There surely is hope,” adding, “Persevere and never give up in any circumstance.”

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Nov. 13 enters the East Asia Summit held at a hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where he said North Korea’s denuclearization is a prerequisite for peace in the Indo-Pacific region and pledged active contributions to freedom, peace and prosperity there.

President Yoon Suk Yeol and first lady Kim Keon Hee on Nov. 14 are welcomed by traditional dancers after arriving in Indonesia, the second stop of his Southeast Asia tour, at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. After completing his schedule in Cambodia from Nov. 11-13, the president flew to the resort island to attend the Business 20 aka B20 Summit and a Korea-Indonesia business roundtable.

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Nov. 14 speaks to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali before a business roundtable between their two countries. Both leaders noted more active bilateral cooperation in fields like high-tech sectors such as electric vehicles and batteries, infrastructure and the defense industry after their summit in Seoul held in late July.

First lady Kim Keon Hee (second from left) on Nov. 14 takes a commemorative photo with students at an international Korean school in Bali, Indonesia. In a meeting with school staff, she said, “I believe that this school is the hub of Korean culture and spirit in Bali,” adding, “Given Korea’s rising status, I ask for your efforts to help the children of compatriots not lose their identity and grow up with a creative mindset.” Founded in 2000 by a Korean church, the school teaches the Korean language to the children of Korean expats as well as students and youth in Bali to spread Korean culture.

President Yoon Suk Yeol on Nov. 15 gives a speech to a session on food, energy and security and another at a session on health at the Group of 20 (G20) economies summit. He pledged to actively participate in G20 cooperation in food and energy in the first session, and in the second, he said, “The Republic of Korea will more actively contribute to boosting and spreading solidarity among people worldwide who share the value of freedom.”

President Yoon Suk Yeol and first lady Kim Keon Hee (second from right) on Nov. 15 take a commemorative photo with former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri (second from left) at the welcoming dinner of the G20 summit held at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in Bali. Afterwards, the presidential couple flew home.