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Today: The Yeol Foundation, a society for Korean cultural heritage, is offering a lecture about seonbi (Joseon-era scholars).

If the citizen and the individual were the ideal political types in Western civilization, seonbi were their Korean counterparts. The lecture will trace the evolution of this quintessentially Confucian as well as Korean ideal since its initial articulation by Confucius through its transmission to and adaptation by Koreans. Core values that underlie the seonbi’s world view will be explained while modern manifestations of this traditional ideal will also be explored.

The lecture will be given by Chaibong Hahm, the director of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul.

The lecture is from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the second floor of the Seoul Museum of History in central Seoul.

Admission is 10,000 won ($9.40). To RSVP, send your name and contact details to yeol400@paran.com.

Gwanghwamun Station, line No. 5, exit 7

For more information, call (02) 735-5878 or visit www.yeol.org.


Tomorrow: The Yeoksam Global Village Center is offering a cooking class featuring songpyeong and sujeonggwa, foods traditionally eaten in Korea during the Chuseok harvest holiday. Songpyeon are small half-moon-shaped rice cakes made of glutinous rice that contain sweet or semi-sweet fillings such as sesame seeds, honey, red bean paste or chestnut paste. Sujeonggwa is a dark reddish brown fruit punch made with dried persimmons, cinnamon, ginger and peppercorns garnished with pine nuts.

The class begins at 3 p.m. and continues for about two hours at the Yeoksam Global Village Center in southern Seoul.

Admission is 5,000 won. RSVP as soon as possible as space is limited to the first 15 people by sending your name and contact information via e-mail to yeoksam@sba.seoul.kr.

Chungmuro Station, line No 3 or 4, exit 3

For more information, call (02) 3453-9038 or visit http://global.seoul.go.kr.


Thursday: The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea has organized a networking night for members and nonmembers.

The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Garden restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in southern Seoul.

Admission is 59,000 won for members and 69,000 won for non-members and includes a light buffet and unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks. RSVP by sending a registration form via e-mail to amchamrsvp@amchamkorea.org no later than noon tomorrow. The form can be downloaded from the AmCham Web site at www.amchamkorea.org. Guests who attend without sending an e-mail will be charged an additional 10,000 won.

Sinnonhyeon Station, line No. 9, exit 4

For more information, call (02) 6201-2200 or visit www.amchamkorea.org


Sept. 16 to 17: The Saemaul Undong Central Training Institute is offering a Saemaeul program for foreign students to build leadership skills. The curriculum includes: Saemaeul Undong lectures, case studies on international Saemaeul projects presented by foreign Saemaeul leaders, discussions, video presentations, a Saemaeul Museum tour and a cultural festival. Prospective students must be from developing countries as categorized by the United Nations.

The Saemaul Undong Central Training Institute has trained about 700,000 people from Korea and abroad through day-long and overnight programs. Surrounded by a beautiful environment and equipped with outstanding facilities, the institute has gained an international reputation as an ideal training facility.

The event will be held at the Saemaul Undong Central Training Institute, Grand Auditorium, Bundang, Gyeonggi.

Admission is free. Traffic expenses will be covered by the institute and participants will be given certificates of achievement and souvenirs.

To apply, fill out an application form (downloadable at www.sucti.com) and send it via e-mail to globalsmu@naver.com, along with scanned copies of your passport and student ID.

Yatap Station, Stop K226, or Seohyun Station, Stop K228

For more information, call (031) 780-7832~3 or visit www.sucti.com.
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