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Wednesday:The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea is hosting a meeting of its professional women’s committee.

The speaker will be Paul-Marcel Rogers, executive chairman of Skylan Group, and the topic will be on opportunities and advantages for women and international companies located in Korea.

The event is from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on Mt. Namsan.

The cost is 50,000 won ($43) for members and 60,000 won for nonmembers, which includes a light standing buffet.

To register, send an e-mail to amchamrsvp@amchamkorea.org or call (02) 6201-2200. For more information, visit www.amchamkorea.org.


Wednesday: The European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea and the Korea Creative Content Agency are co-organizing the 2010 Europe-Korea Culture & Tourism Cooperation Conference. The objectives of the conference are as follows: recognize the importance of culture and tourism as an engine for economic growth, introduce the current status of Korean and European culture and tourism industries, provide an opportunity to seek mutual cooperation between Korea and Europe, and familiarize participants with the knowledge and appreciation of international best practices that can be adopted in Korea.

The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Emerald Room on the second floor of the Lotte Hotel in Seoul.

The conference is free, but you must RSVP to marina.payen@eucck.org or call (02) 725-9910. For more information, visit www.eucck.org.


Wednesday: The Royal Asiatic Society is planning a day trip to Chuncheon, Gangwon. The group will visit Soyang Dam, Cheongpyeong Temple at the foot of Mt. Obong, and the Gugok Water Fall on Mt. Bonghwa.

The group will meet at Yongsan Post Office, Sinyongsan Station, line No. 4, exit 1, at 8:30 a.m., and will return to the same location at 8:00 p.m.

The tour costs 42,000 won for members and 50,400 won for nonmembers, which covers transportation only. Bring a lunch to eat beside the lake or be prepared to buy a Korean meal at a lakeside restaurant. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday. To sign up, call (02) 763-9483 or send an e-mail to raskb@kornet.net. For details, visit www.raskb.com.


Wednesday to Thursday: The Canadian Embassy in Seoul’s Annual Canadian Book Seminar aims to promote Canadian titles and encourage the purchase of rights for translation, publication and distribution to Korean copyright agencies. The event will focus on four types of books this year: children’s literature, literature for young readers, ESL materials and award-winning titles. Approximately 300 titles from 26 publishing companies will be on display.

The event takes place at the Canadian Embassy in Seoul during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Admission is free.

Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1, exit 1, walk straight until a junction appears, and head in the direction of the Jeongdong Theater. For more information, send an e-mail to seoul-td@international.gc.ca or visit www.canadainternational.gc.ca/korea-coree.


Friday: The Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center is planning an event to make songpyeon, traditional Korean rice cakes, to celebrate Chuseok, Korea’s harvest holiday.

Songpyeon are small and made with a variety of ingredients. The instructor will show how the dough and fillings are made. Then participants will make their own rice cakes using three different flavors of rice dough (mugwort, pumpkin and plain) and two different fillings (sesame and mung beans). Participants will be able to take some songpyeon home.

The event takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is 10,000 won per person and registration will be processed on the day of the event.

Go to Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 2, and walk straight for about five to seven minutes until you see a green building with the convenience store Buy the Way on the first floor. The venue is located on the fifth floor of the building. For details, visit http://global.seoul.go.kr/itaewon/.


Saturday: The Seoul Global Center is hosting a flea market for foreign nationals near Cheonggye Stream.

There is no participation fee, but vendors are encouraged to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to charity.

All items should be used goods such as clothes, shoes, foreign language books, toys, electronics and appliances.

Vendors are free to decide the prices of items but no item should be priced higher than 20,000 won.

New items, more than 40 items of the same type, living organisms, illegal reproductions, broken items, flammable items, medication and adult-only products are prohibited.

Further information will be provided upon application.

To register as a vendor, contact (02) 2075-4130 or send an e-mail to jglim@sba.seoul.kr.

The event takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Seoul Folk Flea Market near Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul. Go to Sinseol-dong Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9, and walk straight for about 10 minutes. For more information, visit http://global.seoul.go.kr/.


Saturday to Sunday: The Royal Asiatic Society is planning a two-day trip to Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, the ancient capital of the Silla Dynasty.

Gyeongju is one of the most frequently visited historical sites in Korea and has been selected by Unesco as one of the world’s 10 most important ancient cultural sites.

It attracts over 5 million visitors annually who come to experience the wealth of art, temples and archaeological remains. Destinations include the tomb of General Kim Yu-shin, Anap-ji (wild geese and duck pond), Gyeongju National Museum, Bunhwang Temple (famous emperor’s temple), Hwangnyong-saji (imperial dragon temple), Cheomsungdae (star observation tower), Cheonmachong (heavenly horse tomb, one of the few Silla tombs to be excavated and the only one open to the public), Bomun Lake, Mt. Toham, two Unesco World Heritage Sites (Sokkuram Grotto and Bulguk Temple), Gyeongju Folk Handicraft Village, Silla Arts and Science Museum and Posuk-jung (Abalone Stone Pavilion). Participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes for walking and to pack a lunch for the bus ride down to Gyeongju on Saturday, but lunch can be purchased at a highway rest stop as well.

The group will depart from Yongsan Post Office, Sinyongsan Station, line No. 4, exit 1, at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and return to Seoul at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cost of the tour is 198,000 won for members and 218,000 won for nonmembers, and includes transportation, accommodation, all entrance fees and three meals. The reservation deadline is Wednesday. To sign up, call (02) 763-9483 or email raskb@kornet.net. For details, visit www.raskb.com.

*Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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