South Korea: Little Mermaid to get a Seoul 'sister'

The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

South Korea's capital Seoul is to get a "sister" copy of Copenhagen's Little Mermaid as part of a statue exchange between the two cities, it's been reported.

A replica of the century-old statue, which attracts over 1.5 million visitors to the Langlinie promenade in the Danish capital, is to be placed on the banks of the Han River in Seoul, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports. In return, the Danes will receive a statue that represents the South Korean capital, although it's currently unclear what that will be.

The statue exchange is the result of a meeting between the mayors of the two cities in Denmark this week, with Seoul's Park Won-soon saying that the Danish offering will be the "Little Mermaid's sister."

Park's Danish tour has had a distinctive Hans Christian Andersen feel to it. He's also agreed with Odense mayor Anker Boye to create a theme park bearing the Odense-born fairytale writer's name, Korea Bizwire says. Seoul's city government will consult with the Danish city over designs of buildings and attractions.

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