Monthly Activities

Blue and White Porcelain Plate Designing Class

On Friday, September 2nd, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, will be taking a trip to the National Museum of Korea (국립중앙박물관) for a unique experience, “Blue and White Porcelain Plate Designing Class.” Each participant will have a chance to design their own pattern for the plate and draw with a special pigment for making the blue and white porcelain.

Blue and white porcelain (Chungwha-baekja (청화백자) in Korean) is white pottery and porcelain decorated under the glaze with a blue pigment, generally by using cobalt oxide. Participants will also learn about the history and the making process of the porcelain before designing and drawing.

Two to three weeks after the class, the finished porcelains will be delivered to Itaewon Global Village Center. Participants can pick them up in person once it is delivered to the center.

Each participant will be able to make one plate. Also, if you haven’t had the chance to see the National Museum you could take this opportunity to check it out after the class. (The tour should be reserved in advance at the website of the National Museum of Korea. NOTE: museum tour is NOT part of the class.)

The participation fee is 5,000 won (per plate/Cash Only). Those who want to design more plates should pay additional 5,000 won per plate. You can sign up in person or by email only. To join, please email us your name, nationality, and contact number.

Only Foreigners can join this program.
*Language of instruction: Korean (with English interpretation)

Email: yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr

Chuseok Lantern Making Class

On Thursday, September 22nd, 2:00-4:00 pm, the Itaewon Global Village Center will hold, the “Chuseok Lantern Making Class” at the National Folk Museum of Korea which is located near Anguk subway station. This class is not only about making a lantern but to learn about 추석(Chuseok), a traditional Korean holiday like Thanksgiving.

추석 (Chuseok) is a national holiday celebrating bountiful harvest every fall. There are traditions and customs of Chuseok which we will learn in the class.

In this class, participants will make a Chuseok paper lantern (size: 23cm in height, 16*20cm wide) with a handle.

This activity is free of charge, but you should register to join. You can sign up in person or by email only. (*Only Foreigners can join this program.)

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

*Language of instruction: Korean (with English interpretation)

Email: yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr

Chuseok Rice Cake Making Class

To celebrate Korean Thanksgiving (Chuseok), the Korean Food Promotion Institute and Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Chuseok Rice Cake Making Class” on Thursday, September 8th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Songpyeon(half-moon-shaped rice cake) is a traditional Korean food typically eaten during the Korean autumn harvest festival so-called ‘Chuseok’. Songpyeon is one of the most popular homemade Korean dishes for holidays. Songpyeon contains sweet or semi-sweet fillings, such as sesame seeds and honey, sweet red bean paste, or chestnut paste, all steamed over a layer of pine needles, which gives them the fragrant smell of fresh pine trees.

**FOOD ALLERGY WARNING: Basic ingredients that will be used in this class are as follows:
-batter: nonglutinous rice powder
-filling: sesame seeds, mung beans, sugar, honey, salt
-etc.: pine needles, sesame oil

Why don’t you have the chuseok vibe by joining this event?

This class will be held near Anguk Station (Line3). The class fee costs 10,000KRW. You will need to pay the participation fee in advance. Once you have completed your registration, specific details will be emailed to you. To register, fill out this form: https://bit.ly/chuseokricecake
(or you can scan the QR code on the poster.)

◆ Language of instruction: English

Gwanghwamun Square Tour

To celebrate the re-opening of Gwanghwamun Square, Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “Gwanghwamun Square Tour” on Thursday, September 22nd from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Gwanghwamun Square, which used to be the widest road in the Republic of Korea, was re-opened on August 6, 2022, after a year and nine months of renovation, and is reborn as a symbolic place harmonized with the environment and 600-year-old history.

Tour route:
Gwanghwamun Square → Sejong Center for the Performing Arts → Sejong-daero Forest Road → Starting Point of Mile Posts → Seoul Metropolitan Council → In front of Daehanmun Gate, Deoksugung Palace → Seoul City Hall Plaza → Cheonggye Plaza → The 40th Anniversary Monument of Gojong’s Enthronement → Observatory of National Museum of Korean Contemporary History
(*subject to change due to weather conditions, etc.)

Together with an English-speaking tour guide, you will be able to know Korean history from Joseon Dynasty to modern history at a glance while walking along Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul Metropolitan Council, and Seoul Plaza.

The starting point of this tour is near Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3). The tour is free of charge but registration is a MUST. To register, email us your name, nationality, and mobile number in Korea.

**Language of instruction: English

To join this activity, please email us your name, nationality, and phone number in Korea.

(Email: moonsr@yongsan.go.kr)

K-Temple Food Cooking Class

On Friday, September 30th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Itaewon Global Village Center will hold a “K-Temple Food Cooking Class”.

The fall harvest season has come! This time, we will be learning K-Temple food using glorious fall produce such as curled mallow, burdock, lotus root, etc. A monk will demonstrate how to make fried root vegetables & curled mellow pancakes. After that, participants will be grouped (*2-3 participants in each group) and together we will get to cook as a group. Participants need to bring a container to keep the food that they cooked.

So many great ingredients and flavors are synonymous with autumn recipes. Why not join and learn new autumn recipes?

**FOOD ALLERGY WARNING: Basic ingredients that will be used in this class are as follows:
-Fried root vegetables: burdock, lotus root, sweet potato, carrot, perilla leaf, flour, starch, black sesame seed, frying oil
-Curled mallow pancake: curled mallow, potato, flour, soybean paste (doenjang), vegetable oil (for seasoning: vinegar, rice syrup, green plum (maesil) extract, red pepper paste (gochujang), ground sesame mixed with salt)
Please take note of this before registering for the class.

This class will be held near Anguk Station (Line3). The class fee is 20,000won. Advance payment is required. 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)

Korean Calligraphy Class

On Friday, October 7th, 10 am-12 pm, in celebration of Hangul (Korean letter) Proclamation Day, the Itaewon Global Village Center will hold, the “Korean Calligraphy Class” at the National Museum of Korea which is located near Ichon subway station.

All the participants will practice how to write Korean letters on paper and write meaningful words or a sentence on the scroll. It will be a good present or decoration item at home.

This activity is 5,000won per scroll. You can sign up in person or by email only. Only Foreigners can join this program.)
To join, please email us your name, nationality, and contact number.

*Language of instruction: Korean (with English interpretation)

Email: yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr

Living in Seoul Orientation

“Are you new to Seoul?”
“Are you curious about what there is to see and do in the city?”
“Do you know about all of the support services available for foreigners?”

On Friday, September 16th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, we will be having a Living in Seoul Orientation Session at the Itaewon Global Village Center. At this session, you will be able to learn about all the services and cultural opportunities that are out there for foreigners living in this city.

There will be an informative presentation. a Q&A session, and finally refreshments and a chance to mingle with the other guests at the end. All those who attend will also receive a package of brochures, maps, and guides that will help make your life in Seoul a lot easier and more enjoyable.

It is free of charge and anyone is welcome to attend. We just ask that you get in touch with us so we know how many people to expect. If you would like to attend please email us your name, nationality, and phone number.

(Email: moonsr@yongsan.go.kr)

Step-by-step Painting Class

Itaewon Global Village Center with the help of our art teacher, Ms. Tanya Kim, will be hosting an IN-PERSON Step-by-step Painting Class on September 28th (Wed) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Tanya will teach us the step-by-step process of how to paint “Hanok in Autumn” as shown on the poster using acrylic paints. Learn about blending techniques using acrylic paints. Since this is a step-by-step painting class, you don’t need to be an experienced painter to join the class. Beginners are very much welcome to join!

Tanya will be preparing all the materials you need for this class The fee for the materials is 10,000won.
*Advance payment is required for this class.

If you are interested to join this class, email us your name, nationality, and phone number (if you have any), at
kapcorteza@yongsan.go.kr

**Specific details will be emailed to you once we have received your registration.

**Language of instruction: English (but teacher can speak Russian)

Volunteer Activity in Namsan

On Friday, September 23rd, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm, the Itaewon Global Village Center will hold, “Volunteer Activity in Namsan” with GreenGym.

[Activity details] Removing the vines of arrowroots to keep the balance of the Namsan forest
[Venue] Namsan Namsabyeon Bamboo forest
[Who can join] Foreign residents (over 14 years old can join with the parent)
[Fee] Free of charge
[Number of participants] 15 people Maximum
[What to prepare]
#Long sleeves shirts (or arm sleeve), long sleeves pants, non-slippery sneakers or hiking boots, and a hat (optional).
#Water to drink, cups or tumbler to get water or tea (there will be a short tea time)
*As this activity will be done outdoors, the activity can be canceled in case of rain or microdust warnings. (Announcement will be made prior to the event)
[Language]
Korean with English interpretation

The meeting place will be announced after registration.

You can sign up through the google form link: shorturl.at/aBDJ1 (or click the button below)
(Pre-registration is required. Only Foreigners can join this program.)
Email: yjheo1@yongsan.go.kr

Volunteering at Mannasem: Homeless People Support Center

Itaewon Global Village Center is looking for volunteers to help out at Mannasem: Homeless People Support Center. The volunteer days will be on September 20th (Tues) and 27th (Tues) from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Volunteers can choose the day they would like to volunteer.

Mannasem offers a temporary home to homeless people struggling with various life difficulties. As volunteers, we will help the center by distributing food and dishwashing. Currently, the center lacks the manpower to help maintain its small kitchen that provides free lunch to homeless people in Seoul. So your time and efforts will be a great help to them!

The activity will be done in Mannasem Center which is near Seoul Station. Complete details will be emailed to you once you have completed your registration. This volunteer activity is open to foreign residents aged 18 years old and above.

To register, fill out this form: https://bit.ly/mannasemsept2022 (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.

Volunteering at Yongsan Senior Welfare Center

Itaewon Global Village Center will help out at the Yongsan Senior Welfare Center on September 21st (Wed) from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We are looking for volunteers that can join us that day.

One of the programs of Yongsan Senior Welfare Center is an English class to help retired seniors practice their English language ability. Most of the seniors who are part of the class were professionals during their younger days, and most of them have a good command of the English language. However, as time passes, and due to the lack of people they can converse with, most of them have forgotten to use the language. Through this class, they aim to regain the confidence they used to have. By volunteering, you will be able to 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 cannot speak Korean.

Since we have to interact with seniors (who are one of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19), we have to follow the protocols set by Yongsan Senior Welfare Center. Accordingly, only fully vaccinated foreign adults can join this activity. (*Fully vaccinated = 1 shot (Janssen) or 2 shots of Pfizer/Moderna/Aztra, etc + booster shot)

If you want to be one of the volunteers, register by sending us your name, nationality, phone number in Korea, date of birth, and your vaccination status.

Complete details will be emailed to you once we have received your registration.

Email: kapcorteza@yongsan.go.kr

⇒ Volunteer Certificates can be issued if needed. If you have a 1365 ID, please include that 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.