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Tomorrow and Aug. 18: 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. This food tasting event also includes a short lesson on how to pick good Korean restaurants and order food with confidence.

The second event in the series will happen tomorrow and participants will learn about samgyetang, a rich soup made with a whole spring chicken stuffed with rice, chestnuts, jujubes, ginseng and other nutritious herbs.

On Aug. 18, the featured dish is bibimbap, a mixture of rice, vegetables - such as spinach, bean sprouts, bracken, balloon flower and green pumpkin - sesame oil and red pepper paste. It is known to be one of the healthiest Korean foods. Participants will learn about a variety of different kinds of bibimbap.

The fee is 40,000 won ($34.45) per person or 30,000 won per person for groups of three. The fee includes food samples as well as a light lunch or dinner.

There will be two food tasting sessions, one from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the other from 7 to 9:30 p.m. 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 will attend.

For details, visit www.korea4expats.com.


Wednesday: Meetup is screening a documentary called “Foodmatters.” This is a groundbreaking documentary uncovering the dark side of the trillion dollar food industry and sheds new light on our current state of health. The documentary suggests that nutritional therapy can be more effective and economical and less harmful and invasive than current medical treatments. Foodmatters features interviews with medical experts from around the world who discuss natural approaches to preventing and curing cancer, obesity, heart disease, depression and other conditions.

The documentary starts at 7:30 p.m., and there will be refreshments and a networking session from 7 p.m. The documentary runs until 8:50 p.m. and a discussion on the documentary and food and health will follow.

The screening will take place at Suji’s Restaurant in Itaewon. The restaurant’s location can be found on www.sujis.net or by calling the restaurant at (02) 797-3698.

The fee is 15,000 won per person, which covers snacks and a drink.

To attend, RSVP by Wednesday on http://www.meetup.com/Healthy-Homes-Asia/.


Friday: In advance of Liberation Day (Gwangbokjeol), which falls on Sunday, Yeoksam Global Village Center is hosting an event where participants can make wooden cases bearing the Korean national flag. The event will include a brief introduction on the Korean flag, its usage and its symbolism. Participants will paint a Korean flag on a wooden case and assemble a wooden case set. A Korean national flag will be given to participants as a gift.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday at Yeoksam Global Village Center. To get to the center, go to Gangnam Station, line No. 2, exit 1. Walk straight pass the Yeoksam Tax Office and turn right at Woori Bank. Walk until you see the BMS Building, next to the Pitti Cafe, and the Yeoksam Cultural Center is on the 5th floor.

The cost for attending the event is 5,000 won per person, and the event is open to 12 people.

If you would like to participate, send an e-mail to yeoksam@sba.seoul.kr with your name, nationality and phone number as soon as possible. For more information, go to http://global.seoul.go.kr/.


Sunday: The Royal Asiatic Society Korean Branch is offering a special Liberation Day tour of Onyang. Liberation Day commemorates Korea’s liberation from Japan in 1945. The tour group will first visit Hyeonchungsa, an extensive shrine complex surrounded by beautiful gardens, dedicated to Korea’s great 16th century naval hero, Yi Sun-shin. The group will also visit Yi’s house and a museum exhibiting Yi’s diaries. The diaries record what Yi went through during the Japanese invasion of Korea between 1592 and 1598. Yi played a great role, if not the most important, in the counterattack against the Japanese invasion.

Next, the group will move on to the Onyang Folk Museum, a privately owned museum established in 1978 that has more than 14,000 folk artifacts on exhibit depicting the life and traditions of the Korean people. Many say that this is the best folk museum in Korea because it showcases a vast array of beautiful and priceless antiques representative of Korean folk life. The exhibits include household articles, work utensils, religious items and recreational articles. The exhibits are organized into sections with themes such as marriage, funerals, farming, fishing, woodworking and medicine. All articles are in great condition and well displayed.

The final stop on the tour will be Independence Memorial Hall, built in 1987 and dedicated to those who struggled for independence during the Japanese colonial period.

The hall contains historical paintings and artifacts related to the independence movement.

The tour will leave at 8 a.m. and return around 8 p.m. on Sunday. The meeting place for the tour is Yongsan Post Office next to Sinyongsan Station, line No. 4.

The tour costs 37,000 won for RASKB members and 44,400 won for non-members. The cost only includes transportation, so please bring money for entrance fees (around 3,500 won) and lunch.

To attend, RSVP by this Sunday by sending your name, phone number and address to raskb@kornet.net. Don’t forget to indicate whether you are an RASKB member and which tour you would like to participate in.

Payments should be made to RASKB by Wednesday. Bank information is available at www.raskb.com.

For more information, contact Sue Bae at (02) 763-9483 or visit www.raskb.com.


Aug. 18: The EUCCK is hosting a breakfast meeting on real estate investment opportunities in Vietnam.

The presentation, “Overview on Vietnam: Macro economy, real estate markets, risks and rewards and access for foreign investors,” will be given by David Blackhall, deputy managing director of real estate at VinaCapital Group. VinaCapital Group is the leading asset management, investment banking and real estate development firm in Vietnam. VinaCapital was founded in 2003 and currently manages over $1.7 billion in assets.

Registration for the event starts at 7:40 a.m. and breakfast starts at 8 a.m. The presentation will start at 8:25 a.m. and a question and answer session will follow.

The venue is the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Mount Namsan.

The fee is 32,000 won for EUCCK members and 50,000 won for non-members.

To attend, RSVP by Monday, Aug. 16, by sending a fax to (02) 725-9950 or an e-mail to rec@eucck.org.

For more information, call (02) 725-9949 or visit www.eucck.org.

*Event information is culled from organizations listed.
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