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Thursday: The Seoul Sisters Rugby Football Club is hosting its fourth speed dating event in Itaewon on Thursday night. There will be two rounds: one at 8:30 p.m. and the other at 9:15 p.m. Each speed date lasts for four minutes.

The event will be at Dickens Lounge. From exit 1 or 2 of Itaewon Station on subway line No. 6, go to the alley behind the Hamilton Hotel and turn left. Dickens is across from the Three Alley Pub.

The cost for participating is 10,000 won ($8.42) per person. If you would like to participate, register by e-mailing

For more information, visit www.korea4expats.com or www.ssrfc.com.

RAS - Cheongpyeong Boat Tour

Saturday: The Royal Asiatic Society is offering a leisurely one-day trip to Cheongpyeong Lake that is perfect for families. It’s an hour’s ride to Cheongpyeong Dam southeast of Chuncheon. At the ferry terminal near the dam, the group will board a comfortable boat to Wangteo Cabin. The boat will take the group across the lake into the northern Han River and the Hongcheon River. Along the route, you will see rustic villages, cliffs, caves and interesting rock formations. The group will arrive at Wangteo Cabin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a barbecue lunch with various side dishes. After lunch, there will be some free time to rest, swim or hike. The boat will depart at 4:30 p.m., and the group will return to Seoul around 7:30 p.m..

To attend, meet at the Korean Yongsan Post Office near Sinyongsan Station on subway line No. 4 at 8:30 a.m.

The tour costs 58,000 won for members and 69,600 won for nonmembers. The fee includes transportation and lunch.

To reserve a space, send your name and contact information to raskb@kornet.net. Don’t forget to indicate the name of the trip and whether you’re a member. Payment should be made by bank transfer before Aug. 18. For details, call (02) 763-9483 or visit www.raskb.com.

RAS - Bugak Mountain Hiking Tour

Sunday: This is another one-day trip held by the Royal Asiatic Society to Mount Bugak, with its spectacular views of the heart of Seoul. The tour will visit the mountain itself and Sukjeoungmun gate. This part of Seoul has been closed to the public for 40 years and only reopened in April 2007. Mount Bugak is the home of the Seoul Fortress Wall, a registered Unesco cultural heritage site. The fortress protected Gyeongbok Palace during the Joseon Dynasty, and now borders the Blue House.

The group will meet at 9 a.m. at exit 2 of Anguk Station on subway line No. 3 and take a local bus to Sungkyunkwan University. The hiking will start near Sukjeongmun and continue to the peak. It will take about two hours, and there will be four to five scenic lookout stops.

The fee is 20,000 won for members and 24,000 won for nonmembers.

Foreigners need a passport and Koreans need their ID card to be eligible to hike. Please send the reservation form on www.raskb.com to raskb@
kornet.net by Wednesday. Payment should be made by bank transfer. Call (02) 763-9483 or visit www.raskb.com.

RAS - Lecture

Aug 24: The society’s regular monthly lecture focuses on the topic “Adrift and Stateless: Korea’s Forgotten Children.” Tens of thousands of children born to North Korean refugees in China become traumatized when their mothers are taken away to North Korea. The government turns a blind eye and birth fathers usually do not want the children or are unable to raise them. The lecturer is Tim Peters, founder and director of a nongovernmental organization called Helping Hands Korea.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end around 8:30.

Admission is free for RAS members and 5,000 won for nonmembers.

The venue for the event is the second floor residents’ lounge at Somerset Palace near Insadong. Take line No. 3 to Anguk Station, exit 3, or line No. 1 to Jonggak Station, exit 2. Call (02) 6730-8888 or visit www.somersetpalace.co.kr for directions, or call (02) 763-9483 or see www.raskb.com for extra help.


Aug 24: The Asia Society Korea Center is hosting its monthly luncheon series on the topic of Korea’s sovereign wealth fund. The guest speaker is Scott E. Kalb, chief investment officer at the Korea Investment Corporation.

The lunch will start at 12 p.m. in the Charlotte Suite on the 36th floor of the Lotte Hotel Seoul. The cost to attend is 30,000 won for members, 35,000 won for nonmembers and 10,000 won for students and press. RSVP to
askoreacenter@gmail.com by Thursday.

EUCCK - Networking

Aug 26: The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea Network Club hosts this beachside networking session at the VIP Lounge on the 25th floor of the Seacloud Hotel in Busan. A great ocean view, delicious food and chances to socialize with new acquaintances in an informal atmosphere await guests. The event starts at 7 p.m., and the opening speech will be delivered by EUCCK President Paul Norton. The event will continue until 8:40 p.m.

The fee to attend is 40,000 won for EUCCK members and 50,000 won for nonmembers. Fill out the application form at www.eucck.org and send it by fax to (051) 744-6714 or by e-mail to eupa@eucck.org no later than Aug 24.

HOPE - English summer camp

Aug 27 to 29: Helping Others Prosper through English (HOPE) is a nonprofit international volunteer group based in Seoul. Its main activity is free English classes for underprivileged children.

HOPE is hosting its first summer English camp and is looking for volunteer English teachers. This camp is for young students living in rural areas who normally don’t have the chance to converse with foreigners to practice their English. Volunteers will visit Haeryoung Elementary School in Suncheon, on the southern coast of Korea. There will be about 100 students from the third to sixth grades attending four English sessions: one on Friday afternoon, two on Saturday and the last one on Sunday. In addition to English classes, volunteers and students will try performing samulnori, a form of traditional Korean percussion. Volunteers will also get to visit the Naganeupseong Folk Village and take part in a Suncheon coast sightseeing trip.

The headmaster and teachers will be there to help.

The bus for volunteers will depart at 9 a.m. from Gangnam Bus Terminal.

There is no extra fee for volunteers as food and accommodation will be provided by the school, and round trip bus fares will be provided by HOPE.

To apply, contact Ryan at (010) 2000-4436 or send an e-mail to public.hope@gmail.com or bedavinci@naver.com. The deadline for applications is today.

Please visit www.alwayshope.or.kr for more information.
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