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Thursday: Itaewon Global Village Center invites expats to learn about hanbok, or Korean traditional dress.

The session at the National Folk Museum of Korea will start with an information presentation about hanbok and how it was worn in the past. The group will also watch part of the Korean movie “Scandal” to learn more about the beauty of the traditional clothing. The group will then tour an exhibition hall to see hanbok as worn in the past by members of the royal family. Lastly, the group will have a chance to make a bok jumeoni, the literal translation of which is “lucky pocket.” In the past, these small brightly colored satchels were often worn by women as an accessory to the hanbok and used to carry valuables or money.

The group will depart from Itaewon-Hannam Global Village Center at 10 a.m.
Admission is 5,000 won.
Go to Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 2
RSVP by calling (02) 2199-8884 or send a message to itaewon@sba.seoul.kr.
For more information, call (02) 2199-8884 or visit http://global.seoul.go.kr/itaewon/.


Thursday: The Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA) has arranged an informal gathering and networking event for foreign women in Seoul.

The meeting is open to women expatriates in Korea who are dedicated to raising a family, pursuing a career or balancing both. The meeting is designed for SIWA members and those who can’t attend SIWA’s monthly coffee morning sessions.

The meeting will focus on networking, be it social or professional, without any lectures or seminars.

Dinner and drinks will be served.

The event is from 7pm to 9:30 p.m. at the lounge Between in Itaewon.
Go to Itaewon Station, line No. 6, exit 3. The bar is across from Itaewon Fire Station.
RSVP by today with an e-mail to workingwomensnetwork@siwapage.com. For more info visit www.siwapage.com.


Ends May 27: This year, foreign nationals are invited to apply to volunteer for the festival. Everyone is eligible to apply regardless of age, nationality, gender and education background. The nature of the festival calls for volunteers who are flexible and able to meet a variety of different requirements and situations. Volunteers fulfill various positions, including ticketing and product sales but could also involve interviews, translation or marketing. The commitment is June through October or September through October. Volunteers will receive a certificate, discounts and free tickets to SPAF events and commemorative products.

Founded in 2001, the Seoul Performing Arts Festival is one of Korea’s most prestigious culture and arts festivals. SPAF2011 will be held throughout October at the Arko Arts Theater and Daehangno Arts Theater.

To apply, go to the Web site, download the application form and send to spaf@spaf.or.kr. The application deadline is May 27 and the final announcement of volunteers is planned for early June.

For more, visit www.spaf.or.kr.
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