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Today: It is always a challenge to bring the past alive in such a way that it speaks to us today. This lecture, “Scholars in Exile or Dead, Monks and Tea: Stories from Old Korea,” will trace the way in which a fondness for Korean tea leads back into the past and reveals touching stories of what life was like in past centuries. The first of the scholars whose life will be evoked tonight is Yi Mok, a young scholar who was executed in 1498 for the fearful crime of having had a teacher who wrote critically about a dead king. And that was not the end of the story since the king who ordered his execution went on to impose further punishment on his dead body a few years later, before coming to a sudden and probably violent end himself. Most of the evening’s stories, though, will focus on the friendship linking a 19-century Buddhist monk, the Venerable Cho-ui, with the great scholar Dasan Jeong Yak-yong and the famous calligrapher Chusa Kim Jeong-hui, to say nothing of the king’s son-in-law Hong Hyeon-ju, whose main claim to enduring fame is that he was the husband of the princess who invented kaktugi kimchi. As in all the best stories, one thing leads to another.

The speaker is Brother Anthony, who has been living in Korea since 1980 and is an emeritus professor of Sogang University and a chair-professor at Dankook University. He is the author of “The Korean Way of Tea” and the recently-published “Korean Tea Classics.”

The doors open at 7 p.m. and the lecture starts at 7:30 p.m.

It is free of charge for RAS members and 5,000 won for non-members.

The event takes place at Somerset Palace, 2nd floor, Residents’ Lounge in Insa-dong, Seoul.

Anguk Station, line No. 3, exit 6, or Jonggak Station, line No. 1, exit 2

For more information, contact (02)763-9483, send an e-mail to raskb@kornet.net or visit www.raskb.com.


Wednesdays to Nov. 17: The British Embassy Seoul is offering an opportunity to learn and practice Scottish dance before the St. Andrew’s Ball, which takes place Nov. 20 at the Marriott Hotel.

There are eight lessons and singles are welcome.

Lessons start at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the British Embassy’s Broughton Club.

City Hall Station, line No. 1, exit 3, line No. 2, exit 12, or Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 6

Admission is free, but you must register in advance to be put on the security guards’ list. To register, send your name and the names of anyone else attending with you to Douglas Barrett at douglas.barrett@sky.com.

For more information, call (02) 3210-5500 or visit http://ukinrok.fco.gov.uk/en/.


Wednesday: BBB Korea is holding its first essay contest for foreign nationals. The theme is “Share Your Stories” and contestants are asked to share their personal experiences with language barriers, the BBB Korea interpretation service or a related topic.

Selected writers will be awarded certificates and monetary prizes. The first place winner will receive a certificate and 300,000 won ($268).

To enter, download the registration form from the BBB Web site. Essays and forms must be completed in English. Essays should be no longer than 3 pages on A4 paper and may be submitted beginning Wednesday through Nov. 12. Both the registration form and essay must be sent in together to be valid for contest submission. Send materials to event@bbbkorea.org.

There is no cost to enter and essays will not be returned once submitted.

Awards notification is on Nov. 29 and winners will be contacted individually. Results will also be posted on the BBB Korea Web site.

For more information, visit to www.bbbkorea.org.


Thursday: The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea will host a meeting with Dr. Lee Jang-yung, the senior deputy governor of the Financial Supervisory Service’s Supervision Coordination Division, who will deliver a speech entitled “Prospects for Financial Regulatory Reform.”

Lee, who studied Economics at Seoul National University and received his Ph.D from New York University. He served as the senior research fellow at the Korea Institute of Finance in 2008. He was also Senior Counselor to the minister of Finance & Economy in 2000 and a professor at the State University of New York at Purchase in 1988.

The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Garnet Suite on the 37th floor of the Lotte Hotel, Sogong-dong.

The meeting costs 57,000 won for members and 67,000 won for non-members, which includes lunch.

RSVP by noon on Wednesday via fax (02) 6201-2233 or send an e-mail to amchamrsvp@amchamkorea.org.

Send a copy of your deposit slip to confirm payment. A receipt will be issued on the day of the event.

For more information, contact Amcham’s Customer Service Coordinator at (02) 6201-2200 or visit www.amchamkorea.org.


Thursday: The Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center is offering a class on how to make bibimbap and kimchijeon.

Bibimbap is one of Korea’s most well-known dishes and it is both delicious and healthy. It is a mixture of vegetables and rice with spicy red pepper paste to give it some kick. Jeon is often referred to in English as a “Korean pancake” or “Korean pizza.” It is really just batter mixed with different ingredients, in this case kimchi, and then fried. The dishes will not be made with meat and vegetarians are welcome.

The class is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Soodo Cooking Academy, near Jongno 5-ga Station.

The fee is 12,000 won. Registration must be done in person at the center.

For more information, contact (02) 796-2459~60, send an e-mail to itaewon@sba.seoul.kr or visit http://global.seoul.go.kr/itaewon/.


Saturday and Sunday: Adventure Korea is hosting a two-day trip for hiking on Mount Seon-un and the Gochang Fortress Festival to see the autumn colors. The festival on Saturday includes a slew of activities such as archery, traditional printing and tasting local food.

Trekking is at Mount Seon-un on Sunday. The final event is a “mud experience.”

The group leaves at 7 a.m. on Saturday from Hongik University Station, line No. 2, exit 1, and Express Bus Terminal Station, line No. 3, 7 and 9, exit 8. The group returns the following day to Express Bus Terminal Station at 7 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. at Hongik University Station.

The trip costs 95,000 won.

For payment details and more information, visit www.adventurekorea.com.

*Event information is culled from the organizations listed.
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