Colombian flowers captivate Korean market with colors and variety

Asocolflores, or the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, held the "Flowers of Colombia" week in Korea, introducing a wide variety of flowers from the South American country last week, bridging 12 Colombian flower exporters and over 50 buyers in Korea.

Colombia is the world's second-largest flower-exporting country, with more than 1,400 varieties of flowers produced all year round. The Latin American country exported over 1,400 tons of flowers to Korea in the first eight months of this year, becoming the country's largest flower supplier.

Francisco Gonzalez, charge d'affaires at the Embassy of Colombia in Korea, welcomed the delegation of flower exporters, who flew over 15,000 kilometers to bring their flowers to Korea. "When Koreans buy Colombian flowers, they create 200,000 jobs in Colombia, which contributes to better education and life of Colombians," Gonzalez said during the Flowers of Colombia event in southern Seoul on November 17.

Shirley Vega, director of ProColombia Korea, said Colombians consider flowers as part of their daily life, whereas Koreans still think of flowers only for special occasions. "When I arrived in Korea 13 years ago, it was difficult to find flowers on the street. When I purchased a bunch of flowers for me, my Korean friends would ask me whether my boyfriend gave it to me," Vega said. 

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