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Monthly Activities
(February 2024)

20240202_K-Temple Cooking Class

20240202_K-Temple Cooking Class

Itaewon Global Village Center and Temple Food Center will hold a “K-Temple Cooking Class” on Friday, February 2nd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Tteokguk with fried tofu (두부떡국) is a filling, delicious soup made of disc-shaped rice cakes in a clear broth. It’s a traditional must-eat Lunar New Year’s dish. Especially this time, we will be using fried tofu that offers a lot of umami.

Also, we will be making a pan-fried seseasoned mushroom with gochujang (모듬버섯장떡) as a main dish. We will be using a batter mixing flour, gochujang, and water with chopped mushrooms and then pan-frying it. This dish is great to serve to guests, as it is quite easy to make but flavorful.

A monk will show a demonstration on how to make tteokguk with fried tofu & pan-fried seasoned mushroom with gochujang, and we will have time to make them with 3–4 other participants where you will be cooking together as a group. You will be sharing all the ingredients and utensils. All participants should bring a container so that they can bring the food they cooked.

This class will be held near Anguk Station (Line 3). You will need to pay 20,000 won of participation fee in advance. Once you register, specific details, including basic ingredients, etc., will be sent to you. To register, email us your name, nationality, and phone number.

Email: moonsr@yongsan.go.kr

Language of instruction: Korean (with English interpretation)

20240202_Ssal Gangjeong Making Class

20240202_Ssal Gangjeong Making Class

Korean Food Promotion and Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Ssal Gangjeong (sweet rice puffs) Making Class” on Friday, February 2nd from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

These traditional sweets are made by puffing rice, tossing them with honey or rice syrup, and then letting the puffs cool. These sweet snacks are called “Gangjeong” in Korean. These traditional sweets made with rice were put on banquet and memorial service tables in the past. Rice can be puffed in a pressurized container to make the rice puffs, which can then be turned into gangjeong by adding sesame seeds and nuts and mixing honey or rice syrup. These crispy and sweet delights make for perfect snacks.

**FOOD ALLERGY WARNING: Basic ingredients that will be used in this class are as follows: puffed rice, various nuts (pumpkin seeds, black beans, pine nuts, sesame seed), jochung (Korean rice syrup), sugar, water

An instructor will show a demonstration on how to make the ssal gangjeong, and we will have time to make them. You don’t need to bring anything, as everything, including a to-go box, an apron, etc., will be prepared by the institution.

This class will be held near Anguk Station (Line 3). You will need to pay 11,000 won of participation fee in advance. Once you register, specific details, including basic ingredients, etc., will be sent to you. To register, email us your name, nationality, and phone number.

Email: moonsr@yongsan.go.kr

Language of instruction: Korean (with English interpretation)

Guasha Massage Seminar

20240215_Guasha Massage Seminar

On Thursday, February 15th (from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.), Itaewon Global Village Center will host a Guasha Massage Seminar, which will be provided by the Beauty Play.

K-Beauty Play is supported and operated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. It is an open-type beauty experience space for Korean cosmetics companies. This time, you will be learning the benefits of guasha to basic and advanced techniques of guasha massage with your tools from a beauty expert.

Guasha massage, a traditional massage therapy, helps improve health and well-being through targeted scraping techniques.

In addition to the seminar, the center offers different experience zones in which you can feel free to experience one of the programs as follows:
- eyebrow or eye makeup
- skin diagnosis
- personal color(self-kit offered)
※Please note that the experience zones are not part of the official program. Thus, participants of the seminar cannot be given special treatment and will have to line up and wait for their turn (each zone can only accommodate 2-3 people at a time). The waiting time may vary.

This class is free of charge. All details will be emailed to you after registration. To register, please email us your name, nationality, phone number and email address.

Email: moonsr@yongsan.go.kr

* Pre-registration is required for this program*

Language of instruction: Korean (with English interpretation)

YSWC Cafeteria Volunteering (Feb 2024)

2024021623_YSWC Cafeteria Volunteering

Itaewon Global Village Center is looking for volunteers to help out at Yongsan Senior Welfare Center. They need volunteers to help at their in-house kitchen on February 16th and 23rd (both Fridays) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Yongsan Senior Welfare Center is located in Hannam-dong, and they cater to the Korean elderly, where they can congregate, participate in various activities, and unwind. The center is also home to a cafeteria where elderly people have their lunch. They feed about 300–400 Korean grandmas and grandpas. They require assistance with food distribution, kitchen cleanup, and helping elderly people with mobility issues. Your assistance is needed because they lack the manpower to help out at the cafeteria.

If you want to be one of the volunteers, register by filling out the form (or scanning the QR code on the poster): https://forms.gle/36eE79y3fVyHtqLN6

⇒ Volunteer certificates can be issued if needed. If you have a 1365 ID, please include that and your DOB when you register.
⇒ Please be advised that Itaewon GVC does NOT provide any kind of visa sponsorship, an official invitation for immigration purposes, accommodation, or compensation for these volunteer activities.

Global Kimy’s Angel Volunteer Activity

20240219_Global Kimy's Angels Volunteering

Itaewon Global Village Center will hold “Global Kimy’s Angel Volunteer Activity” starting from February 19th. This activity is mainly about making dolls for the lower income group or single-parent families in Korea or other countries. The activity is done once a week for about 3 hours. It will be every Monday, but the day is subject to change.

- Starting day: February 19th (Monday) at 1 pm
- Schedule: every Monday at 1~4 p.m., 2024
Once you have reserved, you can let us know if you can join for the upcoming week to extend the duration of your service. This activity will last for the entire year. Volunteers, however, may choose when they will join. Please note that it may take a while to finish a doll, so please consider that when joining.
- Venue: “NEW” Itaewon Global Village Center (B1, 54-14, 27ga-gil Itaewon-ro Yongsan-gu, Seoul)

To join, please make sure to sign up so that we can check the number of volunteers joining and prepare enough materials. When you receive a confirmation email, you are successfully signed up.

*A volunteer certificate can be issued if needed (volunteers should provide basic personal information for the certificate).
*Inquiries) 02-2199-8884

To join, please scan the QR code or get into the link following https://w2.am/79Bs5 to fill out the form.

Inquiries: 02-2199-8884 / yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr

Mushroom Bibimbap Making Class (for Vegetarians)

20240222_Mushroom Bibimbap Making Class (for Vegetarians)

Korean Food Promotion and Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Mushroom Bibimbap Making Class (for Vegetarians)” on Thursday, February 22nd from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Bibimbap is composed of two Korean words: “bibim” meaning to mix, and “bap” meaning rice. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with “namul” (vegetable side dishes) or kimchi and gochujang, soy sauce, or doenjang (soybean paste). Through this class, you will learn the step-by-step process for making bibimbap. What makes this time special is that we are going to use sorted mushrooms instead of marinated beef, so vegetarians would be delighted to have bibimbap too.

An instructor will show a demonstration on how to make the bibimbap, and then we will have time to make them. You don’t need to bring anything, as everything, including a to-go box, an apron, etc., will be prepared by the institution.

This class will be held near Anguk Station (Line 3). You will need to pay 11,000 won of participation fee in advance. Once you register, specific details, including basic ingredients, etc., will be sent to you. To register, email us your name, nationality, and phone number.

Email: kapcorteza@yongsan.go.kr

Language of instruction: English

Pottery Plate Making Class

20240222_Pottery Plate Making Class

Pottery Theme Park and Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Pottery Making Class for Beginners” on Thursday, February 22nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants will make this pottery by building a clay body, stamping pattern designs, or putting decorations on the pottery.

Bonghwasan Pottery (Onggi) Theme Park was used by gunpowder wholesalers as a store for gunpowder sales and was called the Bongwasan Gunpowder Store. About 10 tons of gunpowder, such as explosives and fuse, are stored, which has threatened the safety of residents for more than 20 years. Jungnang-gu and local residents cooperated together to relocate Bonghwasan Gunpowder Road in October 2014, and in March 2017, Seoul Metropolitan Government created the first Pottery Theme Park.

Onggi is earthenware extensively used as tableware and storage containers in Korea. It includes both unglazed earthware, fired over 600 to 700°C, and pottery with a dark brown glaze fired at over 1,100°C. Onggi have been used continuously since prehistoric Korean states until modern day; however, they primarly see use as traditional storage and ornamants today.

Before the actual practice, participants will be watching a short presentation that includes an introduction to Korean pottery. A detailed guideline will be provided. The pottery design (candy-shaped design as seen in the poster) is fixed and CANNOT BE CHANGED. (NOTE: We are not going to use pottery throwing wheel because this is only a beginner’s class.)

Children aged 5 years old and older can join this class too, but they should be accompanied by a guardian. Participants can receive the pottery after 3–4 weeks from the day of the class.

This class will be held near Bonghwasan Station (Line 6). You will need to pay 12,000 won of participation fee in advance. You would bring your own arm sleeves if necessary. An apron is provided to each participant. Once you register, specific details, including basic ingredients, etc., will be sent to you. To register, email us your name, nationality, and phone number.

Email: moonsr@yongsan.go.kr

Language of instruction: English

Seodaemun Seniors' English Club

20240229_Seodaemun Seniors' English Club

Itaewon Global Village Center will help at the Seodaemun Seniors’ English Club on February 29, 2023 (Thurs) from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. We are looking for volunteers who can join us that day.

Seniors attending Seodaemun Senior Welfare Center and members of the Seodaemun Seniors’ English Club have requested Itaewon GVC gather volunteers who can help them improve their English speaking skills and boost their confidence when speaking the English language. Hence, they are looking for 12–15 English-speaking volunteers.

By volunteering, you can help them practice their English-speaking skills. You don’t need to be a native English speaker to join. (BUT OF COURSE, THE ABILITY TO CONVERSE IN ENGLISH FLUENTLY IS REQUIRED.) Don’t worry if you can't speak Korean. However, this activity is only open to foreign volunteers aged 18 and above.

If you want to be one of the volunteers, please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/Lrh1kUHbNouAweTk9
(Or you can scan the QR code on the poster.).

⇒ Volunteer Certificates can be issued if needed. If you have a 1365 ID, please include that and your DOB when you register.
⇒ Please be advised that Itaewon GVC does NOT provide any kind of visa sponsorship, an official invitation for immigration purposes, accommodation, or compensation for these volunteer activities.

Ssuk Makgeolli Making Class

20240307_Ssuk Makgeolli Making Class

On Thursday, March 7th, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Ssuk Makgeolli Making Class,” which will be led by the Institute of Korean Makgeolli Association.

One of the well-known Korean traditional wines is made of rice. Since rice is a staple in Korea, it is only very apt for them to make wine out of it. Through this class, you will learn about the culture and history of makgeolli and how to make ssuk (mugwort) makgeolli. Ssuk (쑥) is used in soups and salads. Aromatic and slightly bitter leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves and buds can be used as a bitter flavoring agent to season fat, meat, and fish. Mugwort was used to flavor beer.

As part of the experience, you will have time to make one bottle of ssuk makgeolli, and you can take it home.

**FOOD ALLERY WARNING: Basic ingredients that will be used in this class are as follows: rice, nuruk (Korean traditional yeast), mugwort, water

Please take note of this before registering for the class.

This class will be held at the Itaewon Global Village Center. Adults (20 years old and older) can join this class. Limited spots only. The participation fee is 15,000 won. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for this class. Once you register, specific details will be sent to you.

To register, email us your name, nationality, and phone number. Email: moonsr@yongsan.go.kr

◆ Language of instruction: Korean with English interpretation

Home Organizing & Decluttering Workshop

20240308_Home Organizing & Decluttering Workshop

On Friday, March 8th, 10:00–11:30am, the Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Home Organizing & Decluttering Workshop.”

Our instructor, Dorothee, will be offering a workshop that will take you through the different stages of a decluttering project and will equip you with techniques that you can then apply to organize your own home.

The first part, called “Are you Ready?” will focus on assessing your readiness for change. Dorothee will help you understand what motivates you to embark on a decluttering journey and what is holding you back. In the second part, she will share with you her decluttering approach and take you through her 4-step methodology that brings you from chaos to clarity.

At the end of the workshop, there will be a lucky draw to select 3 people. The lucky winners will be offered Dorothee’s decluttering services. This is an interactive workshop where participants are encouraged to engage and share their experiences for optimal results.

This workshop is free of charge, but registration is required.

To join, please email us your name, nationality, and contact number.

Email: yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr

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