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Saturday: The Yeoksam Global Village Center is organizing a special trip to the demilitarized zone this Saturday.

The tour will leave from Coex and move to Imjingak Park by bus. On the first floor of Imjingak, there are photos of North Korean life and samples of actual goods North Koreans use. On the second floor, a video on how North Koreans live, as well as South Korea’s recent interactions with the North, will be shown. The third floor is the lookout, which offers a view of the demilitarized zone. It is the closest you can get to North Korean territory in South Korea. There are telescopes on the observation platform to further observe North Korea.

The next stop on the tour is Freedom Bridge, which is the only bridge on the Imjin River connecting the South and the North. After the armistice was signed in 1953, South Korean prisoners of war and UN soldiers returned to South Korea through this bridge. Despite its name, it is a symbol of the tragedy of the Korean War.

The tour also includes a visit to the DMZ exhibition and the 3rd Tunnel, which the North Koreans dug in a plan to infiltrate Seoul. The tunnel, which is only 44 kilometers away from Seoul, was discovered in 1974.

The tour will also stop at Dora Observatory and Unification Village before returning to Coex at around 3 p.m.

The tour group will meet at 7:10 a.m. at the entrance of the Grand Intercontinental Hotel, Samseong Station, line No. 2.

The cost of the tour is 10,000 won per person. Food is not provided, so please bring a lunch.

The group is limited to 30, so please RSVP to reserve a spot as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to yeoksam@sba.seoul.kr with your name, nationality and contact number. The tour is only open to foreign nationals.

For more information, call (02) 3453-9038~9 or visit http://global.seoul.go.kr/.


Aug. 3: The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea is hosting an aerospace and defense committee meeting over breakfast.

The topic is cooperative engagement between Korea and the U.S. Department of Defense.

The speaker for this event is Al Volkman, the director of International Cooperation at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense.

The breakfast meeting will be in the Hallasan Room on the second floor of Seoul Club, located near Namsan, close to Dongkuk University Station, line No. 3.

Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. The speech will start at 7:45 a.m., followed by a Q. and A. session.

The event fee is 33,000 won for AMCHAM members and 43,000 won for non-members. Both fees include breakfast.

Guests must register for the event by Aug. 2. In order to RSVP, download the registration form from www.amchamkorea.org and send it either by fax to (02) 6201-2233 or by e-mail to amchamrsvp@amchamkorea.org.

For more information, call (02) 6201-2200 or visit www.amchamkorea.org.


Aug. 4: Korea4Expats is organizing a series of events for people who would like to try some delicious Korean dishes. Not only will participants get to try the dishes, they will also learn their ingredients. The food tasting events also include a short lesson on how to choose good Korean restaurants and order food with confidence.

The food tasting event on Aug. 4 is the first in a series of three sessions. The second and third sessions will be on Aug. 11 and 18.

The first event in the series starts with an introduction to different kinds of naengmyeon, or Korean chilled noodles in broth. This is a refreshing Korean summer dish, and participants will also learn the history behind the dish before they actually taste it. The dishes on the tasting menu include mulnaengmyeon, originally from Pyongyang, and bibimnaengmyeon, noodles mixed with spicy sauce from Hamhung, North Korea. Although naengmyeon originated in North Korea, there are many variations in South Korea as well. Participants will learn how different regions make naengmyeon, and differences in the noodles, sauce and condiments.

The event will move on to a tasting of kongguksu, another summer favorite made with noodles in a cool soybean sauce. It is very nutritious and healthy for the body.

The last item on the tasting menu will be kimchi. Kimchi has a very long history in Korea and the types and methods of making it differ greatly by region. Although it is impossible to experience every type of kimchi in Korea since there are so many, participants will taste various kinds of kimchi and learn how broad a term “kimchi” is.

The event will be held near Shinsegae Department Store in Myeong-dong, but the exact location will be provided to those who register.

The fee is 40,000 won per person and it includes food samples as well as light lunch or dinner, depending on the session. There will be two food tasting sessions, one from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the other from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For groups of three, the cost per person is 30,000 won.

As seating is limited to 12 participants for each session, RSVP as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to events@korea4expats.com with your name, cell phone number and the session you would like to attend.

Visit www.korea4expats.com for more information.


Aug. 6: The Seoul Global Business Support Center, an organization dedicated to facilitating the investment and business activities of foreign nationals by providing regular educational programs, is hosting a seminar on starting a business and running a company in Korea.

There will be two speakers at the seminar. Young Ham, founding and managing partner and head of the Global Services Division at Hanmi Accounting Corporation in Seoul, will give a talk under the title, “The Nuts and Bolts of Setting Up and Running a Company in Korea.” Sharon Noh, the founder and primary coach of Noh Yoon Kyung Coaching Boutique, and trainer of Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communication in Korea, will lead a business coaching workshop titled “Connect to True Success in Korea.”

International residents in Seoul hoping to become entrepreneurs are welcome to the event.

Not only will participants learn business skills through the speech and business coaching workshop, they will also be able to meet many people living in Korea who share similar interests. This is also a great opportunity to learn about business practices in Korea.

Registration and networking will start at 6:30 p.m. The talk by Young Ham will start at 7 p.m. and the talk by Sharon Noh will run from 8 to 9 p.m.

The seminar will be in Conference Room 304 on the third floor of COEX.

RSVP by Aug. 4 to the Seoul Global Business Support Center by downloading the registration form from http://global.seoul.go.kr and sending it by fax to (02) 6001-7242 or by e-mail to youngmi@sba.seoul.kr. This event is free.

*Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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