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Wednesday: A session run by Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Korea to discuss current political situation between two Koreas will be held on Wednesday at 7:30a.m. to 9:30a.m. in Namsan Room, 2nd floor of Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seoul. There will be a speech by Michael Breen, who has lived in Korea since 1982 and the author of The Koreans and Kim Jong-il: North Korea’s Dear Leader. He will deliver the speech in the name of “Why Korea is not yet unified”, giving us some history and talk about current circumstances and whether Korea is likely to be unified any time soon. The session costs 40,000won for members, 50,000won for non-members. RSVP required.

The hotel is located in Hanam-dong. Take subway line no.six and get off at the Hangangjin Station. Exit no.2 and get the bus no.405.

For additional information, email to austchamkoreaoffice@gmail.com or call at (02) 889-8371

Please visit http://www.austchamkorea.org.


Thursday: The British Embassy and the British International Kindergartens would like to invite people to participate in an event explaining their uniquely British offer to international families. The session will introduce British kindergartens in Seoul and present an opportunity for participants to hear from new Principals Emma Haworth and Angela Russell, two celebrated British educationalists, as they take up their posts in Seoul- to hear of their exciting plans for the future of the kindergartens in Seoul.

The session will be held at British Embassy’s Aston Hall Conference Venue from from 11.00a.m. for an hour. The Registration starts from 10.30a.m. and buffet lunch and networking will be from 12.00p.m., after session ends.

For security reason all guests must confirm their attendance and ensure their names are on the guest list. The embassy is unable to allow access to attendees that are not on the guest list. There is no parking lot.

The British Embassy is at the end of the lane that runs alongside Deoksu Palace between the palace and Koreana Hotel. Take subway line no.1 or 2 and get off City Hall station and exit no.2.

The session is free of charge. For RSVP, contact to Ms Hyekyung Suh as soon as possible to secure your place.

Call at (02) 3210- 5627 or email to hyekyung.suh@fco.gov.uk


Friday: Friendly chamber chairmen for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in Korea Mak-geol-ri Night’ offers both entertainment programs and raffle prizes, along with a BBQ buffet of 15 dishes (samgyupsal) and a variety of beverages including non-alcoholic. The party starts 18:30p.m. to 21:30p.m. and costs free for members and 30,000won for non-members. The venue is Culture Place TOONTO, near Sinsa subway station, line no.3. Get out through exit no.4 and go straight and make a right turn on the second block.

For more information, visit http://www.austchamkorea.org or contact at exec@austchamkorea.org


Saturday: A flea market will be held at 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. near Ginko Tree’s Place in Seorae Village, Seocho District, Seoul

Every person except professional has the right to apply for the privilege to sell at the Seorae Village Flea Market provided that he or she meets the following terms and conditions - file and complete an application and make reservations until Wednesday. Applicants should agree to comply with all rules and regulations of the Seorae Village Flea Market. There are no application fees but 10% of the sales price will be collected and given to charity. Professionals are not authorized to sell items during this Flea Market. Only not-for profit and charity association are authorized to sell.

Take a subway line no.3,7,9 and exit the gate no.5 or 6, and then you can find Seoul Palace Hotel on the opposite site. The Ginko Tree’s Place is next to the hotel.

For any questions concerning the flea market, contact at mpa.seoul@hotmail.fr or phone at (02) 2155-8915 or 8916.


Saturday: Jeonju, a bustling city of over 700,000 is the capital of North Jeolla Province and the city where the Joseon Dynasty was founded and where the last living descendant of the royal family, Lee Seok, still lives. The tour will begin with a traditional lunch of dolsotbap, mixed rice and vegetables served in a hot stone bowl. Following a short bus ride along the banks of the Jeonju River, there will be walking tour of the old city stopping to explore Joseon Dynasty sights, each of which is rich in history and local lore.

The tour departs 8:00 a.m. and returns about 8:30 p.m. Participants should pay

48,000won for members and 57,600won for non-members, which covers entrance fees and transportation. Lunch can be purchased at the Jeonju Restaurant (Special Bibimbap, 10,000 won) or feel free to bring packed lunch. Deadline for reservations is on Wednesday, through emailing to raskb@kornet.net.

The departing spot is Yongsan post office, Sinyongsan subway station, blue line, exit no.1.

For more information, visit http://www.raskb.com or call at (02)763-9483.


Sunday: The Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) has arranged a walking tour for Dok Su Palace the remains of the formerly larger Dok-Su compound palace now outside of the palace walls, led by Peter Bartholomew, who lived in Korea for more than 20 years and has made an intensive study of the Joseon Dynasty period from the architectural point of view into its history, culture and politics. The tour leader has made a special study into the evolutionary aspects of the royal Capital of Seoul, and a fascinating article entitled “Choson Dynasty Royal Compounds Windows to a Lost Culture”. The tour will be on Sunday, at about from 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m., departing from the main gate of Dok-Su Palace. The tour costs 20,000won for members and for non members, 25,000won.

Participants are required to bring some money for lunch, about 5,000 won, additionally and allowed to bring some soft drinks and snacks for the tour since lunch time will be later in the afternoon. Since this is a walking tour, comfortable walking shoes and clothes are recommended.

RSVP raskb@kornet.net giving your full name, cell phone number, number of people and indicating if your are or are not a member. Payment deadline is until Wednesday.

For additional information, visit http://www.raskb.com or call at (02) 763-9483


Monday: A speech delivered by the Korean War, in the name of “The Armageddon North of Seoul: The Battle of the Imjin River”, will be held at Seoul Partners House, Seminar Room, in Seoul. The speaker is Andrew Salmon, Seoul-based reporter and the author of the only definitive book on the battle, ‘To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951.’

The session starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs 30,000 won for members and 40,000 won for non-members before registration, which is from 7:15a.m. After the registration time, it costs 55,000 won if space is permitting.

For location, get off Hangangjin Station, line no.6, exit no.2. The building is between Hannam Bridge and Volvo Building - as you come over the Hannam Bridge from Gangnam, look for the sign on the right near Han Nam Vocational School. You’ll walk up a slight hill to reach the building. Parking is limited.

For more information, call at (02) 791-9051, 791-9052.

For RSVP, email to seoulbpwomennetwork@gmail.com.

*Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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