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To December: The Korea Foundation Cultural Center will hold free Korean language classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Anyone staying in Korea for more than three months is eligible to join the class.

A placement test is mandatory for all students except beginners registering for the hangul class. The written test consists of 15 relatively simple questions and takes about 30 minutes. Intermediate and advanced students will also be given a short verbal test.

The test dates are as follows: Sept. 29 for October classes, Oct. 20 for November classes and Nov. 29 for December classes.

Registration must be done in person at least one day before the placement test. Registration times are Monday or Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tests are administered at 6:00 p.m.

To register, bring a valid passport, visa, student card from a Korean university or an alien certificate of registration.

If early registration is impossible, please arrive on the test day at 5:30 p.m. to see if there are any remaining slots in class.

Go to City Hall Station, line No. 1 or 2, exit 9, and walk for about five minutes.

For more information, call (02) 2151-6516, 6520, contact kfvn@naver.com or kfcenter@kf.or.kr or visit www.kfcenter.or.kr.


Today: The Asia Society Korea Center and Visit Korea Committee have organized the conference “Tourism in the Asia-Pacific Region: Improving Public-Private Partnerships for Economic and Social Development” to foster international dialogue and strengthen public-private partnerships between Korea and other Asian countries. Presentations will be led by Simeon Marfori, the under secretary for the Department of Tourism in the Philippines, and Soo Siew Keong, the North Asia regional director for the Singapore Tourism Board.

The conference will be held in the Sapphire Ballroom at Lotte Hotel Seoul from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The conference is free for members, 30,000 won for nonmembers and 10,000 won for scholars. The reception is 25,000 won for members, 35,000 won for nonmembers and 30,000 won for scholars.

Go to Euljiro 1-ga Station, line No. 2, exit 8.

For more information, call (02) 6272-7300.


Today: The American Women’s Club will hold an information session for its Hello Friends program, which sends volunteers to schools throughout Korea to teach English to young schoolchildren. Applicants do not need to have a teacher’s certificate.

The program runs twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. Hello Friends trips usually depart from the Grand Hyatt Hotel or from a train station at 7 a.m. and return to Seoul around 6 or 7 p.m.

To volunteer, applicants must join the AWC.

The information session is free of charge and will be held at the Hillside Residence Clubhouse building, Hannam-dong, Seoul, at 9:30 a.m.

Go to Hangangjin Station, line No. 6, exit 2.

For more information, contact seungheepark@hotmail.com or visit www.awcseoul.org.


Friday to Monday: The National Palace Museum of Korea is holding a program called “Experiencing Royal Culture” for English and Korean teachers.

The program consists of five classes and includes hands-on activities and a field trip.

Class size is limited to 20 people: 10 English-language teachers and 10 Korean-language teachers. Foreign teachers should be native English speakers and teach elementary, middle or high school.

The classes are free of charge and will be held in the lecture room on the B1 level of the National Palace Museum from 6 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Go to Gyeongbokgung Station, line No. 3, exit 5.

For more information or to register, contact the Palace Museum at (02) 3701-7500 or visit www.gogung.go.kr.


Saturday to Sunday: The Royal Asiatic Society, a nonprofit organization providing programs on Korean culture, geography, history, art and more, is organizing a tour to Andong and Hahoe Village, two traditional towns in Korea.

The tour includes a stop at the 14th annual Andong International Mask Dance Festival, where visitors can enjoy the renowned hahoe byeolshin mask dance and seonyujulbulnori, a unique “fireworks” show that involves floating lanterns and slow-burning flares. The trip includes a delicious lunch of Andong jjimdalk - a local specialty made with glass noodles, chicken and vegetables stir fried in spicy soy sauce - and a quick walking tour of some interesting historical sites, including Hahoe Village, which was recently designated a Unesco World Heritage Site, and Byeongsan Seowon, one of the most beautiful Confucian academies in the nation.

The tour departs on Saturday at 8 a.m. from Yongsan Post Office, Sinyongsan Station, line No. 4, exit 1, and returns to the same location on Sunday at around 8 p.m.

The cost is 198,000 won for members and 218,000 won for nonmembers, which includes transportation, accommodation, all entrance fees and three meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch).

Reservations must be made by Wednesday. RSVP to raskb@kornet.net. Please include your full name, cell-phone number and the number of people in your group, and indicate if you are a member or not. For more information, visit www.raskb.com or call (02) 763-9483.


Sunday: This day-tour to the Bucheon World Intangible Cultural Heritage Expo will enable foreigners to experience the heart and soul of Korea’s 5,000-year-old culture. Exhibitions are divided into four sections, both indoors and outdoors, and showcase artifacts from the past that have come alive through superb craftsmanship and technology.

During the visit, participants will have direct contact with master artisans working in hanok (traditional Korean homes) studios.

The tour departs on Sunday at 9 a.m. from Yongsan Post Office, Sinyongsan Station, line No. 4, exit 1.

The tour costs 25,000 won for members and 30,000 for nonmembers, and includes transportation and the entrance fee for the expo only.

Payment is due by Wednesday. RSVP to raskb@kornet.net. Please include your full name, cell phone number and the number of people in your group, and indicate if you are a member or not. For more information, visit www.raskb.com or call (02) 763-9483.

*Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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