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January 28, 2013

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SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is flying to South Korea on Monday for a five-day visit to South Korea, officials said, marking her first trip to Seoul that will include meetings with President Lee Myung-bak and President-elect Park Geun-hye.

Suu Kyi is scheduled to arrive in Seoul later Monday and attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games to be hosted by the South Korean alpine town of PyeongChang on Tuesday afternoon, Seoul’s foreign ministry officials said.

Before heading to PyeongChang, Suu Kyi will separately meet with President Lee and President-elect Park on Tuesday morning, a ministry official said on the condition of anonymity.

On Thursday, Suu Kyi will visit the southwestern city of Gwangju to belatedly receive a human rights award.

She was designated as the 2004 winner of the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights that commemorates the bloody pro-democracy uprising in Gwangju in 1980, which marked a milestone in South Koreans’ struggle for democratization.

But she could not travel outside her country to receive it. At the time, she had to spend two decades under house arrest during the military dictatorship in Myanmar.

After paying a brief visit to Gwangju, Suu Kyi will return to Seoul on Thursday and is due to hold a dinner meeting with South Korean TV actor Ahn Jae-wook at a hotel in Seoul, a diplomatic source said.

The meeting with Ahn was arranged at the request of Suu Kyi’s side, the source said, declining to elaborate further.

Ahn, 43, made his debut in the early 1990s and gained popularity after starring in the TV drama “Star in My Heart” in 1997. The drama has also enjoyed popularity in Myanmar.

On her final day of her visit on Friday, Suu Kyi will deliver a speech at Seoul National University, which will present her an honorary doctorate degree, according to ministry officials.

Suu Kyi was freed in 2010 and elected to the Myanmar parliament last year, a historic moment in her country, which has been emerging from international isolation with sweeping democratic reforms.

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