Vietnamese Princess graduates from Sogang University
  • | | February 16, 2011 02:13 PM

Tôn Nu Huy Châu, the great-granddaughter of Vietnam\'s last King, receives her master\'s degree from Sogang University on Tuesday. The 28-year-old is the great-granddaughter of King Bao Dai, the last king of the Nguyen Dynasty who ruled Vietnam until 1945. He went into exile in France in 1954.

Tôn Nu Huy Châu

Tôn Nu -- a special family name used by female royalty -- first became interested in Korea in eighth grade through Korean TV soaps. "I became interested when I watched a drama starring Son Ji-chang," she said. "Later I found out that Korean and Vietnamese culture are similar, including the emphasis on filial duty."

She went to Ho Chi Minh University in 2001 to major in Korean language studies and after graduation worked for a Korean company as an interpreter. Hoping to play a role in boosting economic ties between Korea and Vietnam, Tôn Nu came to Korea in 2009 to pursue her master\'s at Sogang University\'s Graduate School of International Studies.

"At first, I didn’t tell anyone that I come from royalty," she said. "But my Korean friends learned about it very quickly. They liked that they were going to school with a princess.” Tôn Nu, who traveled extensively throughout Korea, said, "In Vietnam, people who come from the royal family live in the city of Hue. That is why I am particularly fond of Gyeongju," the capital of the ancient Shilla Dynasty.

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