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Friday: The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea is holding its Summer Blast Sundowner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Blush Bar located on the first floor of the Grand Intercontinental Hotel. Admission will be 50,000 won ($42.30) for members and 55,000 won for non-members.

Go to Samseong Station, line No. 2, exit 5, or call (02) 555-5656 for directions. To RSVP, visit www.austchamkorea.org/events/index.php and click on “Sundowner-Blush Bar at Intercontinental Hotel” in the calendar. Bookings are binding, no-shows will be invoiced. Please note that cancellations - which can be made by calling 010-3281-3229 or by sending an e-mail to austchamkorea@gmail.com - need to be confirmed at least 24-hours before the event. Fees are non-refundable; however, registration is transferable to other people or other events that are charged at the same rate. For more information, please visit www.austchamkorea.org.


Friday: The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea is hosting its monthly luncheon with Justice Minister Lee Kwi-nam, who will discuss “Policies of the Ministry of Justice for an Investment-Friendly Legal Environment.” Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon will start at noon. The event will be held in the Orchid Room on the 2nd floor of The Westin Chosun Seoul. The cost is 70,000 won for members and 90,000 won for non-members. RSVP no later than Wednesday to Ms. Hye Jin Jeon by sending a fax to (02) 725-9950 or by sending an e-mail to admin@eucck.org. If you want to cancel your registration after having registered, please notify Jeon 24 hours prior to the event. Kindly note that no-shows will be charged. For more details, visit www.eucck.org.


Friday: The Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center is offering its annual Living in Seoul Orientation Session on Friday morning from 10:30 a.m. At this session, participants will learn about all the services and great opportunities that are out there for foreign residents in Seoul. The session will consist of an informative presentation, a Q. and A. session, refreshments and a chance to mingle with the other guests.

All those who attend will also receive a package of brochures, maps and guides that will help make life in Seoul easier and more enjoyable. The cost is free and the venue for the event will be the Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center. Go to Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 2, walk straight for about 100 meters and look for the Hannam building on the left-hand side. Call (02) 796-2459~60 for directions. For more information, visit http://global.seoul.go.kr/itaewon/.


Saturday: The Canadian Embassy is holding its Canada Night at Cheonggye Plaza on Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.m. As one of the promotional events of the “2010 Visit Korea Year with Seoul” sponsored by Seoul City and the Seoul Tourism Organization, this event will showcase recent award-winning animated Canadian films such as “Madame Tutti-Putti,” Canadian musical groups DJ Unjin and Sotto Bamba, and Canadian media art group Purform. In addition, there will be a photo exhibition of Canadian Veterans of the Korean War, a photo zone and various other events. Go to Gwangwhamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5, and walk toward City Hall, or go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 4, and walk toward the mountain. Look for the spiral cone. The cost is free. For more information, visit www.canadainternational.gc.ca/korea-coree.


Saturday: The Royal Asiatic Society is planning a two-day tour to the Jeolla provinces. The group will visit Byonsan Bando National Park, Damyang Bamboo Museum, Pagoda Valley and Gochang Dolmen Site. The cost is 189,000 won for members and 209,000 won for non-members and includes transportation, accommodation and three meals (Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch). Don’t forget to pack a lunch for Saturday’s ride down or plan to buy something at the rest stop on the way down. RSVP by Wednesday by contacting Sue Bae at (02) 763-9483, or by sending an e-mail to raskb@kornet.net. The tour bus will leave at 8:00 a.m. Saturday from Yongsan Post Office, Shinyongsan Station, line No. 4, exit 1. The group returns to the same location Sunday at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.raskb.com.


Sunday: The House of Sharing is organizing a tour of the home of several former “comfort women” and the adjacent Museum of Sexual Slavery by the Japanese Military on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can expect to watch a short documentary about one of the halmoni (respectful term for grandmother) and walk through the history museum on a semi-guided tour.

The House of Sharing is both a museum and home to former “comfort women” - women who were forcibly recruited into sexual slavery at the hands of the Japanese military during World War II. It is the world’s first human rights museum centered on the theme of sexual slavery.

The group will meet inside Gangbyeon Station, line No. 2, exit 1. The museum is a 40-minute bus ride on Bus 1113 or Bus 1113-1 from there. RSVP is required; reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, and attendance is capped at 35 people per visit. To register for the free tour, send an e-mail with your name and cell phone number to visits@houseofsharing.org or admin@houseofsharing.org. For more information, visit www.houseofsharing.org.


Sunday: The Seorae Global Village Center is organizing a hike on Mt. Surak on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Both English and French will be used as the official languages of the event. The cost is free and the group will meet at the Seorae Global Village Center at 8:30 a.m. RSVP by Thursday by sending an e-mail to seorae@sba.seoul.kr or by calling (02) 2155-8916. Go to Seocho Station, line No. 2, exit 7, transfer to maeul bus (village bus) No. 13 and get off at the Seorae stop. For more information, visit http://seoul.global.go.kr/seorae.


Sunday: The Seoul Global Center is holding the Third Foreigners’ Flea Market on Sunday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. The event intends to encourage exchanges between foreign residents and citizens of Seoul. The vendors are mostly foreigners, but Korean citizens may participate as vendors when accompanied by foreigners. Early registration is advised and the entire event is free of charge. The event takes place at Mugyo-dong Global Street Square. Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 5, or Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 5. Donations are welcome and will be transferred to charity foundations. To sign up, call (02) 2075-4130~1, send a fax to (02) 723-3206 or send an e-mail to jglim@sba.seoul.kr. For more information, visit http://global.seoul.go.kr.

*Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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