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AMCHAM - Korea-U.S. Health Care Innovation Seminar 2010

Thursday: The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America are co-sponsoring a seminar on innovations in the health care industry called “Fostering a Globally Competitive Korean Health Care Industry.”

The seminar will begin with a speech by AMCHAM Korea President Amy Jackson, followed by congratulatory remarks by Minister of Health & Welfare Jeon Jae-Hee and welcoming remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Korea Kathleen Stephens.

The seminar will revolve around ways to encourage innovation in the health care sector in Korea in comparison to the U.S. health care industry. There will also be a discussion on the implications of the recently-passed U.S. health care reform legislation.

The speakers and panelists for the seminar are experts on the health care industries of both countries and leading entrepreneurs of medical companies.

The keynote speaker is Kim Bup-wan, president of the Korea Health Industry Development Institute.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

The seminar goes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m.

The seminar will be held at the Lotte Hotel in Sogong-dong.

The fee for the seminar is 300,000 won ($247) for members of AMCHAM and 350,000 won for nonmembers.

Register by Wednesday by sending an RSVP form to amchamrsvp@amchamkorea.org or register by fax to (02) 6201-2233.

More information and the RSVP form are available at www.amchamkorea.org or call (02) 6201-2200.

CANCHAM - Canada Day Party

Thursday: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea is hosting a poolside BBQ party to celebrate Canada’s 143rd birthday. There will be a Canadian-style BBQ dinner along with live jazz music. Each participant will also get a chance to win great raffle prizes, including a round-trip Air Canada ticket from Seoul to Vancouver.

The party will take place at the Poolside JJ Garden at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Seoul from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2, and take bus 405.

There are also shuttle buses from Myeong-dong and Itaewon that depart hourly. Information about the shuttle bus schedule is available at (02) 797-1234.

Tickets to the event cost 69,000 won per person and 65,000 won for each person in a group bigger than three. Payments must be made prior to the event.

RSVP by sending an e-mail to info@canchamkorea.org.

For more information, visit www.canchamkorea.org, or call (02) 5540-2456.

SEORAE - Pottery Lesson for Children

Thursday: Seorae Global Village Center is having a pottery lesson for children. The lesson will be led by art teachers from various international schools, and each participant will get to make two pieces of pottery.

The lesson is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will take place on the third floor of the Seorae Global Village Center in Banpo-dong, Seoul.

The lesson costs 23,000 won per child.

Register by Wednesday by calling (02) 2155-8949.

For more information, e-mail tbn2@sba.seoul.kr or visit http://global.seoul.go.kr/seorae.


Saturday: The House of Sharing’s International Outreach Team is hosting a tour of the home of several former “comfort women” and the adjacent Museum of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military.

So-called “comfort women” are women who were forcibly recruited into sexual slavery during World War II by the Japanese military.

To RSVP, e-mail visits@houseofsharing.org. The free tour will leave at 10 a.m. from Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2.

For more information, visit www.houseofsharing.org.

KOREA4EXPATS - Canada/U.S. Independence Day BBQ Cruise

Saturday: Korea4Expats is sponsoring a BBQ Cruise to celebrate Canada Day (Thursday) and the U.S. Independence day (Sunday).

There will be BBQ burgers, bratwurst, salad, Kabrew beer and soft drinks. VIP ticket holders can receive a chicken breast sandwich and additional drink options such as margaritas, daiquiris and selected wine. Vegetarian burgers will also be available.

Two rock bands, The LRD Band and Fully Completely, will perform at the party and there is a dance floor overlooking the stage that will be open to all guests. There will also be a patriotic dress contest and raffle prizes galore.

The cruise starts at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Gallery tickets are 50,000 won per person and VIP tickets are 70,000 won per person. VIP ticket holders get full table service. Groups of 10 can reserve a table for 600,000 won.

This event is for adults only.

RSVP by sending an e-mail to both hanrivercruise@gmail.com and events@korea4expats.com with your full name, cell phone number, number of tickets needed, type of ticket (Gallery or VIP), and the type of burger (regular, veggie, bratwurst or smokies, or chicken breast for VIP ticket holders).

For more information, visit www.korea4expats.com.

RAS - Jin, Wan and Bogil Islands Tour

Saturday to Sunday: Join the Royal Asiatic Society for a tour to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Jin, Wan and Bogil islands this weekend.

The first stop on the tour is Jin Island. There, the group will visit Ullimsanbang, the former home of Joseon Dynasty painter Huh Baek-ryun. It is famous for its beautiful garden and pond. The tour will move on to Namjin Gallery, which exhibits Korean traditional paintings, and Namdo Fortress, the site of a fierce battle against the Mongolians in the 13th century. After dinner we will drive to Wan Island then spend the night at the motel.

The next morning, the tour group will visit Bogil Island and follow the footsteps of Yun Sun-do, a former government official in the Joseon Dynasty who moved to Bogil after he retired and wrote “Eobusasisa,” one of the most famous Korean literature pieces that described the harmony between nature and life.

The tour will conclude with a visit to Haenam, the southernmost tip of Korea, Taeheung Temple, one of the largest and most important temples in Korea, and a museum dedicated to Yun Sun-do.

The tour will leave Yongsan Post Office at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning and will arrive back in Seoul around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The cost of the trip, which includes transportation, entrance fees to all the tourist attractions, accommodation and three meals, is 198,000 won for RAS members and 218,000 for nonmembers.

Reserve a spot by Wednesday by calling (02) 763-9483 or e-mailing raskb@kornet.net. Visit www.raskb.com for more information.

*Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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