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From left: Trade Commissioner Ryan Freer, Ambassador Clare Fearnley, Kiwi Chamber Chairman Simon Walsh, New Zealand Minister of Economic Development Steve Joyce, Vice Chairman Jim Foley, and Chief Executive of Callaghan Innovation Mary Quin.

New Zealand, New Thinking

20 October 2015 - 9:30am
Sara Rai

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, known as “The Kiwi Chamber,” hosted a breakfast forum with Hon. Steven Joyce, New Zealand minister of economic development, science and innovation, tertiary education, skills and employment yesterday at the JW Marriott Hotel Seoul.

Minister Joyce, who is visiting Korea to attend the OECD Ministerial Meeting on Science and take part in the month-long New Zealand Festival which aims to celebrate the Korea-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and longstanding ties between the two countries, addressed over 40 local business community leaders on...

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Armbånd by Anette Kræn at the “Danish Jewellery Box: Danish Arts Foundation’s Jewellery Collection” exhibition at the Seoul National University Museum of Art.

Sparkling Denmark in Seoul

19 October 2015 - 3:15pm
Sara Rai

The Embassy of Denmark in Seoul and Seoul National University Museum of Art (MoA) jointly invites all art enthusiasts to see 200 crafted jewellery pieces made by some of the most recognized and experimental Danish jewellery designers at the Core Gallery of the Seoul National University Museum of Art. 

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Dancers perform Maranaw Suite, a muslim inspired dance of the southern tribe from the island of Mindanao.

Bravo Filipino

14 October 2015 - 5:00pm
Sara Rai

The Embassy of the Philippines held “Bravo Filipino!,” a free performance of Filipino folk dances by the renowned Far Eastern University (FEU) Dance Company at the Embassy Chancery's Multipurpose Hall on Kyungridan street on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.

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Danish Ambassador Thomas Lehmann cuts Danish rye bread to make traditional open-faced sandwiches, or “smørrebrød,” at the first Delicious Denmark event focused on promoting Danish culture with food.

Delicious Denmark in Seoul

12 October 2015 - 11:30am
Sara Rai

The Embassy of Denmark kicked off its series of cultural events titled “Delicious Denmark,” where guests can get a hands-on experience with Danish culture by cooking with Danes. The first event was held Sept. 30th at the Mad og Hygge cooking studio in Mapo-gu, Seoul, with 3 more to follow focusing on introducing Seoulites to Danish food, design, lifestyle, and culture in general.

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Fridtjof Nansen (right) and Axel Krefting stand next to two polar bears that they shot during a sealing exhibition on the Greenland Sea in June or July, 1882. Their ship, the "Viking," can be seen behind them.

Arctic Seoul

7 October 2015 - 12:30pm
Sara Rai

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Seoul and the Fram Museum in Oslo invite Koreans to see the ever-changing face of the high arctic through poster and video shows. “Explore The Arctic - Past, Present and Future” is going to be held at the gallery of the Korea Foundation from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12. The exhibition aims to break the common perception of the Arctic as being a vast, desolate ice-clad region populated almost exclusively by polar bears.

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Ha Ji-won (right), the New Zealand cultural ambassador for Korea, touches noses with a member of a Maori kapa haka group wearing traditional dress, a traditional Maori welcome greeting gesture, at the Grand Hyatt on Oct. 4, 2015.

Month-long Celebration

5 October 2015 - 2:15pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand Embassy in Korea threw a traditional Maori feast called a “hangi” at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 to launch a month-long New Zealand Festival in Korea to celebrate the two countries' new FTA.

Clare Fearnley, New Zealand's ambassador to Korea, was in attendance, along with Ha Ji-won, the New Zealand cultural ambassador for Korea. Ambassador Fearnley thanked the guests and said, “The New Zealand Festival in Korea is a celebration of the strong and vibrant ties that already exist between the people of Korea and New Zealand, and will expand further under...

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Investing in Central Asia

1 October 2015 - 3:45pm
Sara Rai

The Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan is holding an International Investment Forum on Nov. 5-6, 2015 in Tashkent, according to a press release from the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The main objective of the event is to present the leading enterprises of the Republic of Uzbekistan included in the state program of privatization, and to sell them to strategic foreign investors capable of ensuring modernization and the technological renewal of production, manufacturing of goods competitive in both domestic and external markets, and introduction of modem corporate governance...

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From left: Chi Kap-chong, chairman of U.N. Korean War Allies Asst.; Ko Suk-gu, director of War Memorial; General Chang Kwang-hyun, senior member of UNCMAC; and H.E. Raul S. Hernandez offer silent prayer at the 65th anniversary of the landing of PEFTOK.

Honoring the Past

23 September 2015 - 5:15pm
Sara Rai

The Embassy of the Philippines observed the 65th anniversary of the landing of the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea, “PEFTOK,” at the War Memorial in Seoul yesterday. On this occasion, H. E. Raul S. Hernandez, the ambassador of Philippines to Korea, proclaimed, “On behalf of the government and the people of the Philippines, I have the unique honor to express, to your government and your people, an unburnished pride for our historic role 65 years ago, and a heartfelt gratitude for 66 years of loyal and steadfast friendship and partnership through thick and through thin.”

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Mariachi Merriment

21 September 2015 - 4:00pm
Sara Rai

The Embassy of Mexico in Seoul commemorated the 205th Independence day of Mexico at the Grand Hyatt on Sept. 15.  On this occasion, H. E. Jose Luis Bernal, the ambassador of Mexico to Korea, elaborated on how the continuous transformation, institutional development, and the quest for independence of the Mexican people that started 205 years ago has led Mexico to become the 15th largest economy in the world and a responsible actor in the global scene.

On this occasion, the ambassador also mentioned signing the MIKTA, an association of the five major middle powers of Mexico, Indonesia...

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Attendees of the Nordic Food and Beverage Promotion Day sample a buffet of Nordic food at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on Sept. 8.

Culinary Conscientiousness

9 September 2015 - 4:30pm
Sara Rai

Nordic nations Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway came together to introduce Nordic food at the “Nordic Food and Beverage Promotion Day” at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on Sept. 8. A total of 40 Scandinavian companies and representatives of 300 Korean businesses attended the program organized to introduce Nordic food, seafood, and beverages to the Korean market. During the program, Jesper Vibe-Hansen, deputy head of mission and commercial counselor of the Embassy of Denmark, mentioned that his hope and belief was that the Nordic businesses would build a lot of new contacts and build a new...

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