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Thursday to Friday: The EUCCK Real Estate Committee will be hosting a forum where leading investors, developers and retailers from Asia will share their views on issues in key markets such as China, Japan, Singapore and Korea.

Participants will gain access to Asian retail real estate markets by networking with industry peers, showcasing projects and services, and meeting with potential investors, developers and retailers in one-to-one meetings.

The forum will address important issues such as retail investment opportunities in Asia, the current situations of Japanese and Chinese retail estate markets, the potential for shopping malls to evolve in the Korean retail market in relation to the dominant department stores, information on what retail investors look for in Korea, and the role of the government in stimulating the retail industry as a new growth engine in Korea.

The forum will be held at the Grand Ballroom in the Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul.

RSVP by fax to (02) 725-9950 or send an e-mail to retail@eucck.org.

For details, visit www.eucck.org.


Friday: The Canadian Women’s Club and the Embassy of Canada are co-sponsoring an event called “The Great Canadian Backyard BBQ.” All proceeds from the event will go towards First Steps, a Canadian humanitarian organization whose purpose is to prevent childhood malnutrition in North Korea, and Aeranwon, a shelter for mothers-to-be and single unwed mothers.

The barbecue will be from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Schofield Hall at the Embassy of Canada.

Tickets are 10,000 won ($8.33), which includes a BBQ burger or hot dog, salad and entertainment.

For more information or to buy tickets, e-mail cwckorea@live.com.


Saturday: Organized by the British Association of Seoul, the Queen’s Birthday Ball aims to provide entertainment while raising funds to support worthy Korean charities. Attend this event to enjoy gourmet food and wine, a live auction, raffle prizes and the music of The Lightyears, a British band.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Tickets cost 200,000 won for members and 220,000 won for nonmembers.

For details, visit www.britishseoul.com or contact bassqbb@britishseoul.com.


Saturday: Korea Exchange Bank is offering a seminar for expatriates called “Investing in Korea - Foreign Direct Investment Procedures and Related Regulations.” The seminar will cover a wide-range of financial topics including Korean banking regulations, products and services for expatriates in Korea, foreign exchange, remittance and trade finance and money management. The seminar will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Seongbuk Multicultural Village Center.

RSVP by sending an e-mail to sb.ivc@sb.go.kr.

For more information, call (02) 920-3463.


Saturday: Kotesol is holding a workshop for ESL instructors, members and non-members.

Speaker James Brann will discuss “Teaching English in Korea, Then and Now.” He will give a presentation on how personality and personal traits influence learning strategies in second language acquisition, elaborating on strategies for teaching English that are simple and helpful.

James Brann came to Korea in 1967 as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer after receiving his BA in psychology from Wabash College. He served two separate tours with the Peace Corps, first at Andong Middle School, and later at the Teachers College of Kyungpook National Universit. Later, he worked as a civilian educator for the U.S. Department of Defense until his retirement in 2005. He then taught English at a private institute in Seoul for one year and returned to the U.S. until March 2010, when he joined the faculty at KNU again.

The workshop will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 301 of the Woodang Building at Kyungpook National University.

For more, visit www.kotesol.org.


June 13: Join RAS for a tour of Mount Naejang National Park, a densely forested mountain famous for its spectacular scenery. In the valleys beneath this ridge lie the temple Naejang, several hermitages, two waterfalls, a grotto and a cable car to a lookout on the hillside.

Established in 636, the temple of Naejang was destroyed in the Korean War (1950-53) and has since been rebuilt. The walkway from the park village to the temple is flanked by towering trees. At the end of this tunnel of trees is the first gate, which has one peculiarity - its supporting tree-trunk pillars have not been artificially rounded, but have only had their bark stripped.

Naejang sits at the confluence of two secondary valleys, beneath rugged peaks and slopes. Above the temple is a viewpoint reached by cable car, which rises from the valley floor to an octagonal pavilion. From this lookout point, a trail leads down the hill to Naejang, and passes through a large stand of gulgori trees, which are seldom seen on the peninsula but found on the islands of Jeju and Ulleung. The tour group will take a cable car up to the top, and then take a 30-minute walk downhill to the temple. The tour costs 48,000 won for members and 57,600 won for nonmembers. The cost is inclusive of transportation and the cable car fee.

The tour group will leave from Yongsan Post Office at 8:00 a.m. and is scheduled to return at 8:00 p.m. the same day.

RSVP by Friday, June 4.

For details, visit www.raskb.com.

Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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