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AUSTCHAM - Breakfast Forum

Today: Join Austcham for a breakfast forum where a lecture will be delivered on the changing face of the Korean property market.

James Tyrrell has over 22 years of experience in the property market, focusing primarily on the rental of major high rise buildings in the Asia Pacific region. He has recently been appointed to oversee the rental of the IFC Seoul development in Yeouido.

The forum will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. The cost of the event is 40,000 won ($36) for members and 50,000 won for nonmembers. RSVP to exec@austchamkorea.org.


Today: The French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers a luncheon where a lecture titled “Key HR Challenges in Korea: Generational & Cross-Cultural Conflicts” will be delivered. The Korean workplace is growing in complexity, and successful management of the widening generation gap and cross-cultural differences are key issues for local companies.

Panelists will share their experiences and best practices for cross-cultural and intergenerational policies and conflict management. Lastly, information will be shared regarding how HR can overcome specific challenges through talent recruitment and management that yields long-term value.

The moderator is Eunyun Park, Chief Consultant at LG Economic Research Institute.

Panelists include Dr. Stephen Frawley, Senior Vice President of Global HR at SK Telecom; Mira Lee, Head of HR at Macquarie Group; David-Pierre Jalicon, President & architect of D.P.J. & Partners; and Philippe Tirault, Senior Client Partner of Korn/Ferry International.

The lecture will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Allegro room of the COEX InterContinental Hotel, Seoul. The event costs 65,000 won for members and 75,000 won for nonmembers. RSVP to event@fkcci.com. For more, visit www.fkcci.com.


Today: Guest speaker Peter Bartholomew, president of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch, will present a seminar titled “Windows to a Lost Culture: The Structure of Joseon Korea Interpreted through its Architecture.”

This lecture will explain how Joseon Korea looked and was organized at the end of the dynasty as interpreted through its architecture. Korea’s architectural heritage during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) stands as one of the most significant in Northeast Asia for the multidisciplinary philosophies woven into the structures and spatial relations as well as the antiquity of its 2,000 years of historical development.

Bartholemew graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and received his MBA from Sung Kyun Kwan University. He founded his own business in Korea and frequently writes articles on Korean architecture.

The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the seminar room of the Seoul Museum of History on Shinmunro. The lecture costs 10,000 won. For more information, e-mail yeol400@paran.com or call (02) 736-5868.


Saturday: Join Adventure Korea for a trip that includes visits to a lake, a cave and other scenic points. The first stop will be the Chungju Dam, after which the group will take a ferry ride to the Gosu Cave in Danyang-gun.

This cave, famed for its organic beauty, reaches a depth of 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). Rough stone instruments were excavated at the cave entrance, revealing that this area was home to prehistoric human beings. Inside the cave, there are reportedly about 25 different kinds of animal life.

The stalactites and stalagmites found here are valuable to researchers and scholars. The group will also visit Dodamsanbong Peak, which contains many historically and culturally important relics. This is the only place in the world with three long rocks protruding in the middle of a river. On the opposite side of the peak, there is a small pavilion called lhoyangjeong that was built to comfort local residents who lost their homes due to the flooding caused by Chungju Dam.

The cost is 48,000 won and includes transportation, ferry ticket, entrance fees and English speaking guides. The tour will meet at 7:00 a.m. at Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 1. For more details, visit www.adventurekorea.com.


Sunday: Join RAS for a walking tour of Bukchon, which is located between Gyeongbok Palace and Changdoek Palace of the Joseon Dynasty. The close proximity to the palaces, the ideal geomantic location and the commanding view of the Mount Bugak and Mount Inwang made the area popular with high-ranking government officials and nobility throughout the 600-year history of Seoul.

In the 1930s, existing large hanok (Korean traditional houses) were often cut into several small ones for economic and social reasons.

In 1976, the city of Seoul designated the hanok as Local Cultural Assets to protect them and preserve the Bukchon area, but economic pressure has led to the destruction of many hanok over the past few years.

More than one-fourth of the remaining 900 hanok in the area have now been restored or are under restoration, as part of a rehabilitation project launched by the City of Seoul.

Nowadays, a bustling new atmosphere teems in Bukchon, with guesthouses, galleries, museums, teahouses, restaurants and antiques shops. Several well-known artisans and artists now live in Bukchon and have their workshops in remodelled hanok.

With tour leader Professor David A. Mason, the group will begin its walking tour at the new Bukchon Cultural Center in Gye-dong. Opened in October 2002, the center is housed in a remodeled hanok.

The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 3, and return at about 1:00 p.m. Contact the RAS for reservations. The cost of the tour is 20,000 won for members and 24,000 won for nonmembers. Costs include transportation, admission and workshop/sampling fees. For more details, visit www.raskb.com or call 02) 763-9483.

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