South Korean maestro to visit North next week

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Posted: Sep 08, 2011 11:58 PM
South Korean maestro to visit North next week

South Korea says it will allow a prominent South Korean orchestra conductor to visit North Korea next week. The trip is another sign of easing tensions between the rivals.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says Chung Myung-whun will visit from Monday to Thursday. Chung leads the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and doubles as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said Friday that the 59-year-old Chung wants to discuss musical programs for children in the North.

The visit comes as Seoul moves to improve ties with Pyongyang. Last week, Seoul allowed a religious delegation to visit Pyongyang for a joint Buddhist service.

The United Nations is planning to send its humanitarian chief to the North next month.