Event Date
SIWA Social - Wine Mingle Night for Members & Sponsors

Join us to mingle with SIWA friends and taste great wines at Le Moulin, a casual French wine bar in the French neighborhood, Seoraemaeul! Spots are limited, so reserve your space early!

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2019

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

SIWA Meet and Greet in February

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Moms and Tots: Gymboree Open Play Gym

Gymboree Hannam is offering a free Open Play Gym hour to SIWA Members with young children (ages 0-60 months). SIWA Members will receive a 10% discount when enrolling in regular Gymboree classes.

Join Team SIWA Day!

Why not take on a new challenge in 2019 and join the SIWA leadership team?  SIWA is a non-profit organization, 100% staffed by volunteers! Come to our Join Team SIWA Day to have a coffee and learn about the different opportunities to volunteer, both big and small.  Current board members and committee chairs will also be there to share their experiences. Cost is free – you pay only for your own drinks and food. Come join us!

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2019

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Book Club: Old School by Tobias Wolff

This month’s book is “Old School” by Tobias Wolff

CS: Infant Orphanage

Open your heart and make a difference in the life of a child. Every Friday (except for the first Friday) we visit a local orphanage with volunteers that are committed to interacting with the babies on a regular, weekly basis.

  • Fri, February 8, 2019 9:00 AM
  • Register
Moms and Tots: Music and Movement Class

Namsan International Kindergarten invites SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup with a complimentary Music & Movement Class on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

  • Tue, February 5, 2019 12:00 PM
  • Register
Gala Volunteer Meeting 2019

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Welfare Committee Meeting January

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

SIWA Meet and Greet in January

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Tour: Dragon Hill Spa (jjimjilbang)

Winter season is a great time to visit a warm Korean bathhouse. Dragon Hill Spa has taken centuries of Korean traditional treatments and brought them under one roof.

Coffee Morning: Unwed Mothers in Korea-SIWA's Philanthropy Project

Join us for a panel discussion on SIWA’s newest Philanthropy Project: Unwed Mothers in Korea. We will also recognize our top revenue generators from the SIWA Bazaar, which is our top fundraising event. A great way to kick off the new year talking about solutions!

Book Club: My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This month’s book is “My own words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg”

Moms and Tots: Music and Movement Class

Namsan International Kindergarten invites SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup with a complimentary Music & Movement Class on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Korean-English: Gift Exchange

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. Members who are willing to practice Korean and English are welcome.

BC: The eight mountains by Paolo Cognetti

This month’s book is “The eight mountains” by Paolo Cognetti

CS: Infant Orphanage

Open your heart and make a difference in the life of a child. Every Friday (except for the first Friday) we visit a local orphanage with volunteers that are committed to interacting with the babies on a regular, ongoing basis.

Moms and Tots: Holiday Card Making

Namsan International Kindergarten invites SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup with a complimentary Music & Movement Class on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Tour: Gwangmyeong Cave

Come visit Gwangmyeong Cave with us!

Tour: The Little Russia

“Little Russia” is nestled between the skyscrapers of Dongdaemun is the small, unassuming neighborhood of Gwanghui-dong. At first, its narrow alleys may seem uninviting, but those intrepid enough will find some of Seoul’s most unexpected culinary delights.

Afternoon Tea with Seoul Metropolitan Government: An Open Discussion about Life in Seoul for Foreigners

Join us for this great opportunity to discuss how to make Seoul a better home for foreigners directly with the Seoul Metropolitan Government!

ICE: Holiday Cupcake Decorating

Join the International Culinary Exchange as we learn how to make buttercream flowers for cake and cupcake decorations.

SIWA Social: Winter Luncheon

The Winter Luncheon is a great event where you can eat, drink and be merry at the Conrad’s Zest buffet restaurant with SIWA friends before the winter holidays.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Moms and Kids: Christmas Train Visit

Let’s visit the annual Christmas Train. It features a stunning display of vintage trains and wagons, plus a 10-meter (33-foot) tall Christmas tree… Free for SIWA Families to attend. We are meeting up on a Sunday afternoon, so that husbands, siblings and other family members may join us for this festive moment.

Moms and Kids: Winter Cooking Class

SIWA Moms and Kids will have an English Kids Cooking Class again, but this will be a drop-off class with a Christmas theme! The minimum age is 4 years old Korean age (kids born in the year 2015 or earlier). Parents will enjoy a coffee together at the nearby Starbucks during this 90-minutes class.

Welfare Committee Meeting November

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Moms and Kids: Seoul Land Amusement Park

SIWA Moms and Kids will have a Halloween Cooking Party again! The program’s target age is 4-8 years old Korean age (age 2-7 years old Western age). Each cooking team requires one adult (husbands and siblings are welcome!). Halloween costumes are optional. Having fun is required.

SIWA Social: Meet and Greet Coffee Morning Mingles in Itaewon

Join us for a casual Coffee Morning Mingles in Itaewon! This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning Mingles in Gangnam

Join us for a casual Coffee Morning Mingles in Gangnam! This event is open to both SIWA members and non-members.

Moms and Tots: Coffee Mingle Playdate

Are you looking for a fun place to take your child and meet other SIWA Moms? The join our November Coffee Mingle Playdate!

Tour: Mullae Art Village

Join our tour to Mullae Art Village!

ICE: American Thanksgiving Dinner

American Thanksgiving is a celebration of gratitude. Let’s enjoy each other’s company as we dine on a hearty feast of traditional Thanksgiving foods, hosted by our SIWA president.

Vendor Application Form: SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2018

The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the largest international fundraising event in Seoul. Embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, local and international sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and craft from around the world. It is recognized as the leading opportunity for the expat community and Korean nationals to meet and mingle, while shopping for a good cause.

SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2018

The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the largest international fundraising event in Seoul. Embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, local and international sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and craft from around the world. It is recognized as the leading opportunity for the expat community and Korean nationals to meet and mingle, while shopping for a good cause.

Moms and Kids: Seoul Lantern Festival

Let’s go on a sunset stroll along Cheonggyecheon Stream while we enjoy the annual Seoul Lantern Festival. This event is free and fun for all ages. Kids not required. Spouses welcome.

BC: The buried giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

This month’s book is “The buried giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro

K-orientation: KakaoTaxi for Beginners

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on the iPhone app called KakaoTaxi.

Moms and Tots: Music and Movement Class

Namsan International Kindergarten invites SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup with a complimentary Music & Movement Class on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 3 years old are welcome.

Bazaar Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

Moms and Tots: Gymboree Open Play Gym

Gymboree Hannam is offering a free Open Play Gym hour to SIWA Members with young children (ages 0-60 months). SIWA Members will receive a 10% discount when enrolling in regular Gymboree classes.

Tour: Walk Buamdong and Baeksasil Valley

Enjoy a fall walk (3-4km) through the Buamdong neighborhood and the natural Baeksasil Valley. Optional visit to Arumjigi Culture Keepers exhibit, “Ancestral Rites for Modern Times.”

Welfare Committee Meeting October

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Bazaar Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning - Health & Fitness

October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This year, we’d like to mark the occasion by focusing on women’s health and fitness. At our Coffee Morning, we will ask members to dress in exercise wear and take part in 10-minute fitness demonstration classes.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Social: Coffee Morning: October 2018

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

ICE: Traditional Tofu Making

Join us as we travel to a Korean farm and learn to make tofu using traditional methods. We will also have lunch using the tofu that we create.

Bazaar Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

Tour: Little Russia

“Little Russia” is nestled between the skyscrapers of Dongdaemun is the small, unassuming neighborhood of Gwanghui-dong. At first, its narrow alleys may seem uninviting, but those intrepid enough will find some of Seoul’s most unexpected culinary delights. 

SIWA Meet and Greet in October

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Korean-English: October

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. Anyone who is willing to practice Korean and English is welcome.

Moms and Tots: Mom and Baby Swimming

Looking for an English speaking swim class for your infant? Then join this free trail for a baby swimming class!

Tour: El Dorado - The Spirit, Gold and the Shaman

Come join us for this exhibition about the legend of EL Dorado, literally ‘the golden one’!

Bazaar Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

Tour: Gyeongdong Oriental Medicine Market

Come explore one of Seoul’s most interesting market areas: Gyeongdong Oriental Medicine Market and Gyeongdong Food market.

SIWA Team at Itaewon Global Village Festival

This year a team of SIWA Ladies will also be part of this International Event! We will have a booth and also participate in the parade and be on stage performing. Come join us!

Non-SIWA Event: Global Youth Fair - From the UK to Korea

SIWA members are invited to join in this year’s Global Youth Fair – From the UK to Korea on Saturday October 13, 2018 at the National Library for Children and Young Adults. 

BC: The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudpragasam

This month’s book is “The Story of a Brief Marriage” by Anuk Arudpragasam.

Tour: Bukchon, Seoul’s “Hanok Village”

Bukchon is a great place to just walk around exploring – passing through the numerous small winding alleyways, one seems to be far away from the noisy hectic “Seoul”!

CS: Infant Orphanage

Open your heart and make a difference in the life of a child. Every Friday (except for the first Friday) we visit a local orphanage with volunteers that are committed to interacting with the babies on a regular, weekly basis.

Bazaar Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

SIWA Team for 5K Run/Walk at International Peace Marathon Festival

Join the SIWA Team for a 5K Walk/Run at the 15th International Peace Marathon! Or you can register separately for the 10K, half-marathon or marathon. This event raises money for UNICEF to help children in need around the world and to promote world peace. FREE ENTRY and free event shirts to SIWA members and their families.

K-orientation: Living in Seoul

At the Living in Seoul Orientation Session you will be able to learn about all the services and cultural opportunities that are out there for foreigners living in this city.

Moms and Tots: Music and Movement Class

Namsan International Kindergarten invites SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup with a complimentary Music & Movement Class on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 3 years old are welcome.

CC: Hanbok Fashion Show

Sook Hwa Lee is one of the best-known Hanbok designers in Korea and has invited SIWA members to her Hanbok fashion show celebrating the National Foundation Day of Korea: “Being the light of world peace”

Tour: Dan-gun Ceremony at Sajik Park

Dan-gun Ceremony at Sajik Park is an interesting guided visit to a major public ceremony honoring Korea’s Ancient Founding-King; an unusual but fascinating site very close to busy and modern downtown.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless. We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Welfare Committee Meeting September

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join this weekly postnatal exercise class.

Tour: Excursion to Naju

Located in Jeolla-namdo(South)Province, had a lots of archeological relics resembling old Seoul such as local government buildings together with lodging facilities of (See More)

Welfare: Donation Report

This information session is a follow-up presentation by Headmaster Lee of All Love School on SIWA Philanthropy Project “Multicultural Students Education in Korea”. Headmaster Lee will give a 15 – 2o minutes presentation and Q&A to SIWA leaders and members about the usage of KRW 20M.

WWN: What is Jazz? (CANCELLED)

Jazz is music that influences a lot and has a history that encompasses the world. We will talk about the roots of Jazz and the characteristics that makes Jazz what it is. 

ICE: Taste of China

Incheon’s Chinatown is Korea’s only official Chinatown. Join us in a day trip and experience a taste of China!

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

SIWA Social: Enrichment Showcase Coffee Morning

This is a special event where you can connect with other SIWA members and find a variety of activities, classes and interest groups to get involved with!

BC: Two gentlemen on the beach by Michaël Köhlmeier

This month’s book is “Two gentlemen on the beach” by Michaël Köhlmeier

K-orientation: Driving in Korea

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea.

Tour: Historic Splendors of Yeoju City

Historic Splendors of Yeoju City is a brand-new SIWA tour for enjoying the great early-autumn weather. We will visit the three best sites of historic Yeoju City, with full explanations and rich stories about the Royal Neo-Confucian and Colorful Buddhist traditions that live there.

Korean-English: Korean Traditional Painting

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. Anyone who is willing to practice Korean and English is welcome.

Moms and Tots: Music and Movement Class

Namsan International Kindergarten invites SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup with a complimentary Music & Movement Class on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 3 years old are welcome.

SIWA Meet and Greet in September

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Tour: Hand-made Shoes Street

The Hand-made Shoe Street is a unique place in Seoul where shoes are made exclusively for one person at a time.

September Bazaar Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

Moms and Tots: Music and Movement Class

Namsan International Kindergarten invites SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup with a complimentary Music & Movement Class on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 3 years old are welcome.

Tour: City Tour

Join the great City Walking Tour! This tour will be very interesting for Newcomers as well as for the “Oldies” who will discover areas they did not know before.

Tour: Seoul Fortress Wall - Part 3

Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul Fortress Wall, is one of the must-dos when living in Seoul! Hike with SIWA friends over Bugaksan Mountain from Changuimun Gate to Hyehwamun Gate. This hike is 4.7 km and the third of four hikes SIWA is leading this spring to complete the entire Seoul Fortress Wall Trail.

Children's Museum of National Museum

Let’s introduce our little ones to Korean history and fine arts through the newest special exhibit at the Children’s Museum of National Museum of Korea. This free exhibit highlights traditional Korean celadon pottery from the Goryeo Dynasty through a variety of interactive displays and unique crafts.

Tour: Simone Handbag Museum

The handbag museum is located in Sinsa-dong fashion & restaurant district and is housed in a handbag shape building. There are collections of over 300 historical handbags from the 16th century to the present.

SIWA Meet and Greet in September

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Photo Club: Summer and Celebrations

The photo club is a space to share our work based on the challenge or theme of the moment, give each other constructive criticism and photography tips. Occasionally we might have an invited guest.

Welfare Committee Meeting August

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

August Bazaar Meeting

SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning - Ecological Challenges in Korea

Air pollution is the one of the bigger issue to be talked of and one of the biggest concerns when relocating to Korea. At the August Coffee Morning, our Guest Speaker will give us an overview about the ecological challenges in Korea and explain reasons and solution approaches for the mentioned problems.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Social: Coffee Morning: August

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

Moms and Tots: Gymboree Open Play Gym

Gymboree Hannam is offering a free open play gym hour to SIWA Members with young children (ages 0-60 months). SIWA Members will receive a 10% discount when enrolling in regular Gymboree classes.

SIWA Meet and Greet in August

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Book Club: A gesture life by Lee Chang Rae

This month’s book is “A gesture life” by Lee Chang Rae.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Moms and Tots: Tayo Kids Cafe (Postponed)

Join Tayo, the friendly bus, on another adventure at the Tayo Kids Cafe, Dongdaemun.

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning Mingles in July

Coffee Morning Mingles are your chance to chat with SIWA friends in your local area. Mingles are also a great chance to explore an unfamiliar part of town with a local! There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink.

Moms and Tots: Coffee Mingle Playdate

Join the July Coffee Mingle at Lilliput Kids Cafe, near Gongdeok station. This event is open to both Non-Members and SIWA Members, so invite your friends and their little ones!

BC: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This month’s book is “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

K-orientation: Reading Hangeul

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. This K-orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. These are held on the 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is required to attend.

Tour: Heyri Village

Heyri Village is connected to the nearby publishing center of Paju Book City; it has blossomed into a community of artists, writers, architects and other creative souls.

Tour: Dongdaemun Fabric Market

Dongdaemun Fabric Market, a gigantic labyrinth of booths selling fabrics, notions, craft materials, buttons, upholstery, sewing services and more.

SIWA Meet and Greet in June

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Welfare Committee Meeting June

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

ICE: Tunisian Cuisine

Traditional Tunisian dishes at Sophie’s Home Kitchen restaurant are : Brick, Slata Moushouia, Ojja, Stuffed Fish, Tunesian Salad and Couscous. We will enjoy an authentic Tunisian meal together, prepared by Sophie.

Tour: Korean Shaman Performance

Witness a Korean Shaman Performance (굿) up close and in person at the Samanism Museum in Seoul!

Korean-English: June

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. Anyone who is willing to practice Korean and English is welcome.

BC: The Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka

This month’s book is “The Lubetkin Legacy” by Marina Lewycka.

K-orientation: Survival Korean for Taxi

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on tips and Korean phrases useful for taking a taxi.

Tour: Rummikub Challenge

Rummikub is a very popular game in Korea. Let’s meet for a tournament!

SIWA Social: Spring Luncheon

Say farewell for the summer at SIWA’s annual Spring Luncheon at the Zest restaurant at Conrad Seoul. Enjoy friends, food, wine and great raffle prizes! Non-members and SIWA Members are welcome. Unlimited beverage package will be available as an option.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Tour: Yangjae Flower Market

Yangjae Flower Market sells all kinds of garden supplies, from pots and soil to flowers and trees. Real and artificial items are sold from both wholesale and retail vendors.

Moms and Kids: Wizard of Oz

Let’s introduce the fine arts to our little ones by watching a kid-friendly musical performance of “Wizard of Oz” as we take a magical adventure with Dorothy and her friends, filled with laughter, joy, fun, music, and friendship! Camarata is offering a group discount to SIWA Members (20-25% off), plus SIWA Kids age 3 and under will be free! All ages welcome.

Moms and Kids: Champion Sports Club

Champion 1250 is a new extreme kids sports club where small and big kids can have fun while burning off all their energy. Join us for an exciting 2-hours on zip lines, ball pit, mazes, kitchenettes, synthetic ice skating rink, rock climbing wall, and so much more!

Photo Club: Blacklit and Nostalgia

The photo club is a space to share our work based on the challenge or theme of the moment, give each other constructive criticism and photography tips. Occasionally we might have an invited guest.

Welfare Committee Meeting May

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Moms and Kids: Dwight Spring Fair

SIWA Families are invited to the annual International Spring Fair with Dwight School Seoul. Activities will include pony rides, magician, international foods, food trucks, create your own arts and crafts, face-painting, raffle prizes, bouncy castles, book fair, water play, parade of nations, carnival games, and wine tasting for adults! All ages welcome.

Welfare: Issue Education on Homeless Youth in Korea

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

WWN: Military Leadership

Jennifer has faced many leadership challenges: making the hard/unpopular decisions, administering disciplinary action (sometimes ending careers), dealing with aircraft crashes/fatalities, and pushing back against leadership when their direction seemed self-serving and not in the best interest of her personnel, leading to those leaders stating she “rages against machine” and calling her an “Iron Major”…both of which she wears as a badge of honor!

ICE: Little Russia

“Little Russia” is nestled between the skyscrapers of Dongdaemun is the small, unassuming neighborhood of Gwanghui-dong. At first, its narrow alleys may seem uninviting, but those intrepid enough will find some of Seoul’s most unexpected culinary delights. 

Moms and Tots: Playing Outdoors

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

SIWA Meet and Greet in May

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Moms and Tots: Gymboree Open Play Gym

Gymboree Hannam is offering a free open play gym hour to SIWA Members with young children (ages 0-60 months). SIWA Members will receive a 10% discount when enrolling in regular Gymboree classes.

Moms and Kids: Strawberry Farm Day

It’s strawberry season! Let’s visit a farm in the famous area of Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, for fresh strawberry picking and strawberry jam making. This hands-on experience is fun for the whole family of all ages. This event is exclusive to SIWA Members. Children are not required to attend.

Tour: Bongeun-sa, one of Seoul’s Greatest Temples

Prof. Mason will walk us through a guided tour of Bongeun-sa, showing the major buildings and sculptural monuments, explaining the significance of the beautiful artworks – and some about the remarkable resurgence of Korean Buddhism in the past 130 years or so, from rural obscurity to global fame.

CC: Republic of Korea

This CC event is dedicated to the Republic of Korea. We will enjoy traditional Korean music and fine Pansori.

Moms and Kids: Mommy Lunch Meetup

Let’s enjoy a lunch together at a family-friendly Thai restaurant in Itaewon. Having or bringing a child is not required to attend this lunch event. All SIWA Members are welcome!

Welfare: Issue Education on Unwed Mothers in Korea

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

First Bazaar Meeting

The SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is one of the largest international fundraising events in Seoul. Embassies, clubs, businesses, sponsors and welfare organizations join together to sell international products and food. All proceeds benefit Korean charities.

SIWA Social: Membership Coffee Morning

The sensationalized confusion that surrounds the high-profile the “me too” scandals in Korea has everyone talking. For the May Coffee Morning, we will consider the larger trends towards the commodification of female sexuality, the exploitation of invisible women workers, the spread of pornography and the shallow definition of relations that it engenders.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Coffee Morning: May 2018

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

Korean-English: May

Topic: tbd If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage (See More)

Tour: Buddha's Birthday Lantern Parade

SIWA is welcomed by the International Dharma Instructors Association to enjoy the Lotus Lantern Festival parade in honor of the birthday of Buddha. We will have special seats near Tapgol Park. Families are welcome.

Book Club: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

This month’s book is “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov.

K-orientation: Emart Shopping Online

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation we will focus on online grocery shopping.

WWN: Our Experience at the Paralympics

During the 2018 PyeongChange Paralympics a group of SIWA ladies volunteered: starting as interviewers of volunteer applicants at Olympics and Paralympics and ending up as actual volunteers at the Paralympics themselves. Now they would like to share their precious experiences with you.

Moms and Kids: The Snow Queen

Let’s watch an elementary school performance of “The Snow Queen”. Appropriate for all ages of childen and adults. This will be a great opportunity to introduce our little ones to a performing arts program at an affordable ticket price and reasonable show time.

Tour: Gold Leaf Imprinting Workshop

Make your own gold leaf imprint, Geumbak, in a traditional Korean hanok. Geumbak is the Korean traditional craft for applying extremely thin gold leaf on hanbok, or other fabrics for decoration. We will learn the history of Geumbakjang, the significance and symbolism of the gold and the icons on royal clothing, and techniques used to apply gold to silk.

Tour: Railbike

Railbiking is the latest trend in Korea. The route between Gimyujeong station and Gangchon is one of the oldest and most scenic.

SIWA Social: Noraebang Night

Do you like to sing or enjoy listening to your lovely friends’ voices? Then it is just time to experience noraebang which translates to “singing room”, AKA Korean-style Karaoke. This event is exclusive to SIWA ladies.

Moms and Kids: Fun Children's Day

May 5 is a national holiday for children in Korea. Let’s enjoy a “Fun Children’s Day” on Saturday at a preschool in Itaewon, which will include Art & Fun Activities, Open Library, Bouncy Castle, Music sessions, Food Truck and more. Free to attend. Pay for your own food and activities. All ages welcome.

Tour: Historic Jeong-dong Neighbourhood

Jeong-dong is a very picturesque, historic and quieter neighborhood just on the western side of downtown Seoul, filled with architectural treasures exemplifying the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, as the Joseon Dynasty came crashing down under pressures from many foreign imperial powers, and saw the beginning of the tragic formal Japanese Colonial takeover of Korea.

Tour: Rummikub Challenge

Rummikub is a very popular game in Korea. Let’s meet for a tournament!

Moms and Tots: Playing Outdoors

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Kids: Boogie Bugs Music Class

SIWA Families are invited to a free sensory music and movement class at Dwight School Seoul. Target age range is older toddlers or pre-K (3-6 years old). Advance registration is required due to limited seating.

Non-SIWA Event: BBB International Friends Day

Join the BBB International Friends Picnic

Tour: Historic Walk along the Restored Cheonggye-cheon Stream and its Museum

The Cheonggye-cheon Stream runs right through the center of historic Hanyang, capital of the Joseon Dynasty and now the northern core of Seoul. Once a fetid slum, and then entirely lost as an under-highway, just within this decade it was refurbished as a beautiful and charming walkway.

SIWA Social Night: International Wine Tasting

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing and go on a wine tour of 6 different countries- Spain, Italy, France, Chile, Australia, and Germany. Of course, we can’t forget the food! Included in this tour are excellently paired appetizers. So register early and prepare your passport for an evening of fun! Spouses and SIWA Friends are welcomed.

Moms and Tots: Coffee Mingle Playdate

Are you looking for a fun place to take your child and meet other SIWA Moms? For the April Coffee Mingle, let’s meet up at Lilliput. This kids cafe has something for every age, even babies! Styrofoam pebble sand pit, car and building room, bouncy pad, ball pit, tree house, grocery shopping area, upstairs playroom with Legos, bouncers and rocking cradles for infants, and a large seating area plus good food and drink menu. There is also a nursing/changing room and bathroom located inside Lilliput.

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning Mingles - April

Please join us for our April coffee morning mingles! Coffee morning mingles are your chance to chat with SIWA friends in your local area. We will have mingles at Bundang, French Village, Itaewon, Gangnam and Mapo. Free to attend for Non-Members and SIWA Members. Pay for what you eat and drink.

Moms and Tots: Free Gymboree Trial

Gymboree Hannam is offering a one-time free trial class for SIWA Moms with children ages 6-18 months. SIWA Members will also receive a 10% off regular classes.

Welfare Committee Meeting April

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Moms and Kids: Earth Day Cooking Party

SIWA Moms and Kids will have an Earth Day Cooking Party at a member’s home in Itaewon! The program’s target age is 4-7 years old Korean age (age 2-6 years old). Each “mommy and me” (or “daddy and me”) cooking team will create their own flower pot cupcakes and craft. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.

Moms and Kids: NIK Spring Fair

Namsan International Kindergarten (NIK) invites SIWA families to their Spring Fair on Saturday, April 21, 2018!

Tour: The Flavours of Pakistan

Itaewon is a unique place in Seoul where one can meet people of diverse nationalities and cultures. One can find diverse food culture which features cuisine from around the world. Pakistani Food is one of them.

Preview of the Opera 'Carmen' and Q&A with HEILL

HEILL is a renowned fashion designer who staged an amazing fashion show for SIWA at the 2016 Charity Gala. HEILL is designing all the costumes for the opera ‘Carmen’, and he has graciously offered the opportunity for SIWA members to participate in a sneak preview and Q&A time. Snacks and cocktails will be provided at this special event.

SIWA Membership Drive (Meet and Greet)

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Korean-English: Family Life

Korean or English – if you would like to practice speaking one of these languages, please join our conversation group. This month we will talk about family life.

Photo Club: Nature and Sitting in a Chair

The photo club is a space to share our work based on the challenge or theme of the moment, give each other constructive criticism and photography tips. Occasionally we might have an invited guest.

Book Club: The Old King in His Exile by Arno Geiger

This month’s book is “The Old King in His Exile” by Arno Geiger.

K-orientation: Expat Repatriation

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on “Expat Repatriation” which impacts both old and new members. Not many people anticipate the reverse culture shock when you return to your home country. Learn some tips and tricks on how to survive repat.

Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex.

Moms and Tots: Playing Outdoors

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Tots: Boogie Bugs Music Class

SIWA Families are invited to a free sensory music and movement class at Dwight School Seoul. Target age range is young toddlers (1-3 years old). Advance registration is required due to limited seating.

Tour: Seoul Fortress Wall - Part 2

Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul Fortress Wall, is one of the must-dos when living in Seoul! Hike with SIWA friends over Inwangsan Mountain from Changuimun Gate to Sungnyemun Gate. This 5.3 km hike is the second of four hikes SIWA is leading this spring to complete the entire Seoul Fortress Wall Trail.

SIWA Charity Gala 2018

An exciting Carnaval do Brasil themed evening awaits you at the 2018 SIWA Charity Gala!

Moms and Kids: Everland Amusement Park

We are kicking off our very first SIWA Mom and Kids event with Dwight School Seoul at Everland Amusement Park! Everland is family fun all in one park- zoo, animal shows, safari tour, rides for all ages, flower garden, parades, playground, and many more activities. Discounted ticket pricing (up to 50% off) and roundtrip bus transportation will be available for Dwight and SIWA Families. All ages welcome.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Welfare Committee Meeting March

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Tour: The Imaginary Invalid

Come join us to a visit to the Seoul Players performing “The Imaginary Invalid”!

Tour: Hand-made Shoes Street

The Hand-made Shoe Street is a unique place in Seoul where shoes are made exclusively for one person at a time.

Tour: Kojeon Antique Market

Agnes Lee, the owner of Kojeon Antiques, welcomes all in her 2700 square meter Antique Furniture Gallery in Yong-In.

WWN: How to improve my image?

An image consultant will provide an insight into her experiences and the way she manages to help people to enhance their lives by fully unfolding their proper images.

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

SIWA Social: "International Women's Day" AGM

In lieu of a typical coffee morning presenter, we will have an interactive show for our members. Join us for 1 full hour of hypnosis with Gabriel Dye! The March Coffee Morning will also be SIWA’s Annual General Meeting where we will take the time to review the past year and elect the 2018-2019 Executive Board Members. In addition, we will celebrate International Women’s Day.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Coffee Morning: Annual General Meeting (AGM) & IWD Celebration

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

Tour: Seoul Fortress Wall - Part 1

Hanyangdoseong, the Seoul Fortress Wall, is one of the must-dos when living in Seoul! This spring we will hike the complete wall, split into four hikes. Hike all four or just one!

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Moms and Tots: Pororo Theme Park

Join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun day at Pororo Theme Park within Lotte World Jamsil. All ages welcome. Free for children under 12 months old with proof of age. Discount ticket package available.

Moms and Tots: Playgroup - Shamrock Cookie Decorating

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome. This week we will decorate cookies for Saint Patrick’s Day.

SIWA Meet and Greet in March

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Tour: Dongdaemun Fabric Market

Dongdaemun Fabric Market, a gigantic labyrinth of booths selling fabrics, notions, craft materials, buttons, upholstery, sewing services and more.

Book Club: Lila by Marilynne Robinson

This month’s book is “Lila” by Marilynne Robinson.

K-orientation: Survival Korean for Taxi

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on tips and Korean phrases useful for taking a taxi.

Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex.

Moms and Tots: Musical Playgroup - Animals

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Moms and Tots: Dr. Seuss Fun Fair

SIWA Parents and Kids, let’s meet up at the Dr. Seuss Fun Fair and Market Day! Costume contest, bouncy castle, fun games, crafts, food and prizes! Open for all ages.

Tour: Full Moon Festival

Daeboreum (대보름) which means Great Full Moon in Korea celebrates the first full moon of the new year of the lunar calendar – the 15th day of the first month of the lunar new year: in 2018 it is March 2.

Coffee Morning: Investment in Solutions

Come join us as we celebrate and recognize top three revenue generators from the 2017 SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar.  We will further celebrate with a special presentation the KRW 20M grant recipient of SIWA Philanthropy Project.

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Welfare Committee Meeting February

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

ICE: First Full Moon Festival Special

Daeboreum is a Korean holiday that celebrates the first full moon of the new year of the lunar Korean calendar which is the Korean version of the First Full Moon Festival. In this ICE event we will enjoy traditional Daeboreum food.

Photo Club: Red and Friendship

The photo club is a space to share our work based on the challenge or theme of the moment, give each other constructive criticism and photography tips.

SIWA Meet and Greet in February

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project.

Book Club: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

This month’s book is “Interpreter of Maladies” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Moms and Tots: Musical Playgroup - At Home

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

WWN: Destination Nepal

In this Working Women’s Network Event we will learn about the hidden treasures of Nepal and also have the opportunity to enjoy the variety of the Nepalese cuisine. 

Join Team SIWA Day!

Why not take on a new challenge in 2018 and join the SIWA leadership team?  SIWA is a non-profit organization, 100% staffed by volunteers! Come to our Join Team SIWA Day to have a coffee and learn about the different opportunities to volunteer, both big and small.  Current board members and committee chairs will also be there to share their experiences. Cost is free – you pay only for your own drinks and food. Come join us!

Photo Club: Self-Portrait and Food

The photo club is a space to share our work based on the challenge or theme of the moment, give each other constructive criticism and photography tips. Occasionally we might have an invited guest.

Moms and Tots: Playgroup - Be my Valentine!

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome. This week’s theme will be “Play with Homemade Play Dough”.

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Enrichment Showcase Coffee Morning

SIWA offers an enrichment program twice per year. We will be featuring an Enrichment Showcase where members can share hobbies, skills and talents. This special coffee morning event is exclusive to SIWA Members only. Preregistration and prepayment are required.

CC: Art Expo VIP Opening Ceremony

The Seoul International Art Expo (SIAE) 2018 is an only contemporary art exhibition and features a broad variety of fine arts and sculpture objects. It is based on fine arts as well as interior and architecture.

SIWA Meet and Greet in January

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Welfare Committee Meeting January

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Tour: Dragon Hill Spa (jjimjilbang)

Winter season is a great time to visit a warm Korean bathhouse. Dragon Hill Spa has taken centuries of Korean traditional treatments and brought them under one roof.

K-orientation: KakaoTaxi for Beginners

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on the iPhone app called KakaoTaxi.

ICE: Raclette as in the French Alps

In this ICE program we will eat Raclette the traditional way: melted cheese on a hot potato, with cold cuts, cornichons, salad and butter served as side dishes. A glass of dry white wine will complete this meal.

Gala Volunteer Meeting 2018

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Book Club: The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim

This month’s book is “The Calligrapher’s Daughter” by Eugenia Kim.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

Tour: Whanki Museum in Buam-dong

We will view the exhibit “KIM Whanki – The Aesthetics of Color.” Whanki Museum exhibits the work of Kim Whanki, a beloved painter of the first generation of Korean abstract artists and the works of today’s contemporary Korean artists.

Moms and Tots: Playgroup - Printing and Stamping

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Tots: Happy New Year!

Are you looking for a fun place to take your child and meet other SIWA Moms? Let’s meet up at Lilliput!

Moms and Tots: Playdate before Christmas

Are you looking for a fun place to take your child and meet other SIWA Moms? Let’s meet up at Lilliput! This kids cafe has something for every age, even babies!

Photo Club: Portrait and Holiday

The photo club will be a space to share our work based on the challenge or theme of the moment, give each other constructive criticism and photography tips. Occasionally we might have an invited guest.

Moms and Tots: Playgroup - Christmas Cookies for Santa

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome. This week we will decorate cookies for Santa.

SIWA Meet and Greet in December

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project.

Tour: Christmas Decorations Market

At this time of the year, in the Express Bus Terminal a Christmas Market appears with a huge variety of Christmas and holiday decorations. You will find a a good selection of interior decorations (ornaments, table cloth, candles,…), christmas trees as well as a wide range of electrical lighting chains. Immerse yourself in a really festive atmosphere!

Membership Team Meeting December

Come and join our Membership Team!

Non-SIWA Event: French Christmas Market

Join the 15th Edition of the French Christmas Market

Book Club: The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fanny Flag

This month’s book is “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fanny Flag.

K-orientation: Reading Hangeul

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on learning Hangeul, the “Korean Alphabet”.

Moms and Tots: Holiday Card Making

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome. This week’s theme will be “Play with Homemade Play Dough”.

Moms and Tots: Children's Choir Holiday Concert

Let’s watch the children sing holiday carols. The Camarata Children’s Choir provides a music performance outlet for English speaking children in the greater-Seoul area. Free to attend and open to all ages.

Non-SIWA Event: BCCK Christmas Lunch

Save the date for the BCCK Christmas Lunch on Friday December 1 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Seoul! The event is one (See More)

Moms and Tots: Play with Playdough

Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome. This week’s theme will be “Play with Homemade Play Dough”.

Tour: Pottery Shops in Yeoju

Just in time for Holiday gift season: LOTS of great Korean pottery shopping! Join us for a full day of bargain pottery shopping. Popular stops include the Kimchi Pot Store and “Blue and White” store. Many purchases have been made in these two places over the years! This is a very popular tour, so please register early!

Welfare Committee Meeting November

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Moms and Tots: AWC Thanksgiving Dinner

SIWA Members are cordially invited to join the American Women’s Club’s Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. All together we will enjoy turkey, ham & all the yummy sides at the Dragon Hill Lodge at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. Deadline for registration and payment is November 9 to guarantee your seats.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

Photo Club: Introduction

The photo club will be a space to share our work based on the challenge or theme of the moment, give each other constructive criticism and photography tips.

SIWA Meet and Greet in November

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Korean-English: Marriage culture

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. Anyone who is willing to practice Korean and English is welcome.

WWN: Use your hobby to promote startups

Doria Garms-Sotelo has been an avid photographer for over 30 years. About 5 years ago she began blogging as a way to organize her photos and reflect on her world wide travels. She recently added videography as a way to include her many hikes in and around Bukhansan National Park. Join us for this WORKING WOMEN’S NETWORK.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

Tour: Culture and History in Seochon Hanok Village

Seochon or “West Village” is a fascinating neighborhood containing many traditional Korean wooden houses (called “hanok”), and some historic & cultural sites. It’s a big area, with so many interesting places to see, and we will just get an introduction to its charms while learning about Seoul’s history. Our guide is Prof. David A. Mason.

Moms and Tots: Mommy Lunch Meetup

SIWA Moms and Tots are venturing out for a lunch at a family-friendly Italian restaurant. Bringing your child is optional. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend. Pay for your own meal and drink. SIWA Members receive 10% discount.

Moms and Tots: NIK Playgroup - Autumn Reading Time

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Tots: Homemade Pepero

To celebrate Pepero Day (11/11) SIWA Moms and Tots will be making pepero cookie sticks at a SIWA Mom’s home! Ingredients and supplies will be provided. Each SIWA Family will take home a few prepared peperos, then we will have free playtime. All ages are welcome.

Tour: Nude Masterpieces from Tate

Enjoy a morning at the museum! This special exhibit presents over 100 works selected from England’s Tate collection with the theme of naked body. Don’t miss this opportunity to see many masterpieces.

SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2017

The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the largest international fundraising event in Seoul. Embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, local and international sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and craft from around the world. It is recognized as the leading opportunity for the expat community and Korean nationals to meet and mingle, while shopping for a good cause.

Book Club: The First Wife A Tale of Polygamy by Paulina Chiziane

This month’s book is “The First Wife A Tale of Polygamy” by Paulina Chiziane.

ICE: Afternoon Tea, Keep Calm & Put the Kettle On

Afternoon tea : how much do you know about this deeply-rooted British custom? Did you know that in Britain tea is not just a drink but is also a meal. Do you know the difference between elevenses, a high tea, a cream tea and afternoon tea? The British believe that everything can be cured by tea so come and find out how this very British tradition was born.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

K-orientation: Banking in Korea

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation we will focus on banking in Korea. 

Tour: Noryangjin Seafood Market

Explore the Noryangjin fish market and enjoy a delicious lunch (optional). Opened in 1927 on Uiju-ro, Noryangjin fish market is the largest and most popular seafood market in Seoul. The market handles about 50% of metropolitan Seoul’s marine trade, about 250 to 300 tons of marine products every day. The market recently moved into a modernized building. So this is a wonderful opportunity to see the new market.

Moms and Tots: Coffee Mingle Playdate (ages 0-7 years)

Are you looking for a fun place to take your child and meet other SIWA Moms? For the November Coffee Mingle, let’s meet up at Lilliput. This kids cafe has something for every age, even babies! Styrofoam pebble sand pit, car & building room, bouncy pad, ball pit, tree house, grocery shopping area, upstairs playroom with Legos, bouncers & rocking cradles for infants, and a large seating area plus good food & drink menu. There is also a nursing/ changing room and bathroom located inside Lilliput.

Coffee Morning Mingles: November 2017

Join us for our November coffee morning mingles! Coffee morning mingles are your chance to chat with SIWA friends in your local area: Bundang, Gangnam, Itaewon and Mapo. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink.

Moms and Tots: Seoul Lantern Festival

Let’s go on a sunset stroll along Cheonggyecheon Stream while we enjoy the annual Seoul Lantern Festival. This event is free and fun for all ages. Kids not required. Spouses welcome.

Tour: Baeksashil Gyegok Scenic Gorge in Buam-dong

Explore Baeksashil Gyegok, a scenic gorge in tranquil Buam-dong. We will visit historic Saegeum-jeong pavilion, view a lovely buddhist temple, and stroll through Buam-dong. Hiking level 3: a steep ascent, stroll gentle slopes, ending in tranquil Buam-dong.

Moms and Tots: NIK Book Week

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Tour: Horse Riding Field Trip

Join us for a tour and optional horse back riding lesson at Balios Equestrian Club, located in scenic western Korea. We will receive a tour from an English speaking guide and enjoy the beauty of their state-of-the-art riding facilities. This exclusive equestrian center includes competition level indoor and outdoor arenas, trails, stables, coaches and, of course, gorgeous horses.

Moms and Tots: Halloween Playdate

Lilliput Premium Kids Cafe in Hannam-dong will be decorated in Halloween theme. Let’s get our kids dressed up in costume too (optional) and hang out for an afternoon of fun at this kids cafe. Infants, toddlers and Kindergarten kids are welcome!

Welfare Committee Meeting October

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Membership Team Meeting October (POSTPONED)

Come and join our Membership Team!

SIWA Social Night: Spanish Extravaganza

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing! There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage. Spouses and SIWA Friends are welcomed. Drink specials will be available for pre-registered attendees.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise
Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

Tour: The National Cemetery of Korea

This SIWA tour offers an in-depth look at Korea’s late-20th-century history, and the fascinating multi-religious and monumental ways that they officially honor its heroes and most controversial leaders. The National Cemetery of Korea is just as grand and Korean-culture-specific as you would imagine it to be! All together, a pleasant and informative walk through a very important site rich in Korean history….

ICE: Brazilian Tasting

We are pleased to invite you for a Brazilian Tasting Lunch. Come and learn more about the variety of food of different regions of this large and fascinating country. Including a quick demonstration how to prepare the typical Rice with Meat from South of Brazil (Carreteiro) and Caipirinha drink.

SIWA Meet and Greet in October

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Moms and Tots: NIK Playgroup

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

(Invitation Only) SIWA Bazaar Orientation Tea 2017

The Orientation Tea is an invitation-only event for the participants in preparation of the SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2017. The SIWA Bazaar Team will be happy to answer all logistical questions regarding the Bazaar.

Tour: Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

The first Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism opened it’s doors to the public on September 2nd. Experts project that by 2050 the more than 80% of the world population will live in Metropolitan areas. We will have an English guided tour of the exhibitions “​The Thematic Cities​”​​ ​​and “The Live Projects Seoul​”.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise
Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

Tour: Namsan City Wall and Sungnye-mun

This is a special walk with Mr. H.K. Choi to climb up and over Namsan, which means “south mountain.” As we follow the old Seoul City wall, Mr. Choi will share its history and restoration as well as offer explanations of the ongoing natural restoration of Namsan Park. We will continue to historic Sungnyemun, better known as Namdaemun (the big south gate of old Seoul) and hear its history. This hike is somewhat physically demanding, so please be prepared for healthy physical exertion.

Cultural Connection: Germany

Germany is a land of naturally beautiful forests, rivers, mountains and North Sea beaches. It’s also a land with a long and important political and economic history. Important sites include the Brandenburg Gate, 16th century Hofbräuhaus, and the European Central Bank.

WWN: Better Late Than Never

The speaker at the October WORKING WOMEN’S NETWORK, Kyoung-won Koshi is a business minded woman with many hidden talents. For many years, she has orchestrated behind the scenes for the famous hanbok designer Soon-wha Lee. She also has been managing the original Korean musical ”Goonsu Seongeo.”​

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning - Health & Fitness

October is International Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This year, we’d like to mark the occasion by focusing on women’s health and fitness. At our Coffee Morning, we will ask members to dress in exercise wear and take part in 10-minute fitness demonstration classes.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Social: Coffee Morning: October

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

Moms and Tots: Toddler Beginner Swimming

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Classes are taught in English in a salt water heated pool and are 40 minutes long. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Tour: Monet Reinterpreted, Drawing Light Chapter 2

Two famous Korean collage artists have collaborated to create a fantastic reinterpretation of Claude Monet’s paintings. The artists exhibition consists of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional media art, creative sculptures and designs. Viewers will be able to enjoy Monet’s beautiful mastery of scenery and light in a new and interesting way.
Claude Monet (1840-1926) is considered the father of impressionism.

Moms and Tots: Free Weekly Playgroup (Ages 0-5)

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to join a weekly playgroup. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Tots: Free Pororo Tickets

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to the special interactive exhibit of Pororo and Friends. Free tickets are available to the first 20 members who register and pick up the tickets in Itaewon for use anytime until November 5.

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Tour: Mangwon Traditional Market

Those looking for a traditional market experience will have quite a fun time visiting Mangwon Market.
We will tour the area and the market, followed by lunch (optional). Bring cash and a shopping bag if you wish to purchase goods.

BC: The Book of Salt by Monique Truong

This month’s book is “The Book of salt” by Monique Truong.

Tour: MC Escher Exhibit

Graphic artist MC Escher’s art has delighted and confounded fans all over the world. Come and share in the wonder and excitement of his work at the Sejong Art Center.

Moms and Tots: Halloween Supplies and Toy Shopping

Are you looking for special toys, stationery products, birthday party supplies, Halloween costumes or Christmas gifts this year? Then you must explore Dongdaemun toy and stationary alleys! Optional lunch to follow. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend. No kids required.

K-orientation: Survival Korean for Taxi

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on tips and Korean phrases useful for taking a taxi.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

Tour: Walk to the Grand Golden Buddha Statue

Join us on this easy hike from the west side of the Bukhansan National park to visit the Guknyeong temple.The Guknyeong Grand Golden Buddha statue is the largest seated Buddha in East Asia.

Moms and Tots: Free NIK Playgroup

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome. Rain or shine.

SIWA Team for 5K Run/Walk at International Peace Marathon Festival

Join the SIWA Team for a 5K Walk/Run at the 15th International Peace Marathon! Or you can register separately for the 10K, half-marathon or marathon. This event raises money for UNICEF to help children in need around the world and to promote world peace. FREE ENTRY and free event shirts to SIWA members and their families.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

Moms and Tots: Toddler Beginner Swimming Lessons

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Classes are taught in English in a salt water heated pool and are 40 minutes long. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

SIWA Meet and Greet in September

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Moms and Tots: NIK Playgroup

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Tour: Seoul Folk Flea Market

Are you hunting for second hand vintage good or just want to see and feel the atmosphere? Then come with us! The market sells typical Korean items, everyday goods, souvenirs, traditional goods and traditional food allowing visitors to enjoy shopping and eating all under one roof.

Moms and Tots: Free Pororo Tickets

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to the special interactive exhibit of Pororo and Friends. Free tickets are available to the first 20 members who register.

Welfare Committee Meeting September

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

ICE: Mandu (Korean Dumpling) – Chuseok Special

Korean mandu (dumplings) are a favorite Chuseok Holiday food. At this ICE, we will make and enjoy mandu together. Mandu can be made either with meat or vegetarian, able to please a variety of tastes. Please indicate which type of mandu (meat or vegetarian) you would like to make. Making mandu is a fun and delicious activity for you and your spouse, so why not attend together?

Moms and Tots: FunFest Circus Carnival

Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome. The annual FunFest promises to be a wonderful event with exciting carnival games and activities, inflatable play areas, delicious food & drinks, teacher raffle and more! Event proceeds will be used to support student enrichment programs and high school student charity fundraising efforts.

Moms and Tots: Postnatal Exercise Class

You have recently given birth and want your body to get back in shape? Then join our Postnatal Exercise Class on a weekly basis exclusive for SIWA moms and babies!

SIWA Social: Enrichment Showcase Coffee Morning

SIWA offers an enrichment program twice per year. We will be featuring an Enrichment Showcase where members can share hobbies, skills and talents. This special coffee morning event is exclusive to SIWA Members only. Preregistration and prepayment are required.

Moms and Tots: Indoor Playtime

Mud kitchen, sandbox, playground, oh my! Let’s enjoy the cool outdoor weather and clean air. Namsan International Kindergarten has invited SIWA Moms and Tots to join a weekly playgroup on their preschool campus. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Tots: Discover Dinosaurs

The aquarium is fun for all ages! This particular aquarium is especially fun for our active toddlers: fish feeding, touch pool, crawling tunnel and more! All ages welcome for this weekend activity.

Tour: Treasures of Jung-gu, the Historic Downtown Center

This tour is guided by Prof. D. Mason and will cover the most interesting historic sites found right in the middle of old Seoul, often overlooked by expat-residents. Click on the event to read more details. We’ll finish and disperse at the Cheonggye-cheon Stream where participants can walk along it, have lunch together or just go on their way.

Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for…

SIWA Social Night: Wine Down Wednesday

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing! There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage. Spouses and SIWA Friends are welcomed. Drink specials will be available for pre-registered attendees.

SIWA Membership Drive

Help celebrate SIWA’s new website and let the SIWA Membership Team assist you with your membership registration for 2017-2018.

Korean-English: Last Summer Vacation

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month, we will talk about our last summer vacation.

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Moms and Tots: Free Playgroup (Ages 0-5)

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to join a weekly playgroup. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Tots: Mommy Lunch Meetup

SIWA Moms and Tots are venturing out for a lunch at a family-friendly Italian restaurant. Bringing your child is optional. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend. Pay for your own meal and drink. SIWA Members receive 10% discount.

Non-SIWA Event: German Club Summer Fest

The German Club hosts its Summer party on 10 September, 12pm-4pm, at the Millenium Hilton Hotel Seoul. It includes a children and teenager (See More)

Book Club: Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

This month’s book is “Devil in the White City” by Erik Larson.

K-orientation: KakaoTaxi for Beginners

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on the iPhone app called KakaoTaxi.

Non-SIWA Event: BCCK Garden Party

SIWA members are invited to join the BCCK Garden Party on September 7. The event will be hosted on the grounds of (See More)

Tour: Gilsangsa Temple and Korean Furniture Museum

Both the Gilsangsa Temple and the Korean Furniture Museum are cultural treasures located in Seongbuk-dong. After visiting the Temple, we will have a guided tour of the furniture museum in English, starting at 2:00 pm.

Moms and Tots: Weekly Playgroup (ages 0-5)

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to join a weekly playgroup. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Moms and Tots: Seoul Friendship Fair 2017

The Annual Friendship Fair is back again. A wide spectrum of unique culture events will be taking place, including traditional performances and (See More)

SIWA Social Night: Welcome Back

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing! There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage. Spouses and SIWA Friends are welcomed. Drink specials will be available for pre-registered attendees.

SIWA Membership Drive

Help celebrate SIWA’s new website and let the SIWA Membership Team assist you with your membership registration for 2017-2018.

ICE: Cuisine from Uzbekistan

This month we have a wonderful opportunity to learn about Uzbekistan’s culture and cuisine at LazzaT Restaurant. Uzbek cuisine is influenced by several diverse cultures and the various nations who conquered Central Asia. Our meal today will consist of Lamb Grill Shashlik (a main dish), Achik chuchuk (salad) and Uzbek Pilaf (also a main dish). We will finish with Chak Chak as dessert.

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

SIWA Meet and Greet in August

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Moms and Tots: Free Playtime (ages 0-5)

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to join a weekly playgroup. Young children from birth to age 5 years old are welcome.

Welfare Committee Meeting August

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Non-SIWA Event: Ladies Bollywood Night

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Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for…

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning - August

Welcome back to Seoul for those who have been away during the summer. We will be joined by a North Korean refugee who will speak about her journey and experiences.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Social: Coffee Morning: August

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

K-orientation: Emart and Points Card

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. Our orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation we will focus on grocery shopping.

Tour: Leeum Samsung Museum of Art

The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, located on the eastern end of Itaewon, is the wealthiest, best stocked and most-talked about Private Museum in Seoul, lavishly funded by Samsung. It contains both Traditional Arts and Modern Arts sections, as well as several National Treasures.

BC: The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi

This month’s book is “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi.

Moms and Tots: Lilliput Kids Cafe

Are you looking for a fun place to take your child and meet other SIWA Moms? For the month of August, let’s meet up at Lilliput. This kids cafe has something for every age, even babies! Styrofoam pebble sand pit, car & building room, bouncy pad, ball pit, tree house, grocery shopping area, upstairs playroom with Legos, bouncers & rocking cradles for infants, and a large seating area plus good food & drink menu. There is also a nursing/ changing room and bathroom located inside Lilliput.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

SIWA Social Night: Summer Soiree

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing! There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage. Spouses and SIWA Friends are welcomed. Drink specials will be available for pre-registered attendees.

SIWA Membership Drive

Help celebrate SIWA’s new website and let the SIWA Membership Team assist you with your membership registration for 2017-2018.

ICE: Scandinavian Home Style Kitchen

Smörrebröd, gravad lax, smörgåsbord, köttbullar, lingonberries, pyttipanna, snaps… All those words clearly refer to the Scandinavian cuisine. But do you know what is what? During this INTERNATIONAL CULINARY EXCHANGE we have the opportunity to learn about and taste a variety of Scandinavian specialties.

SIWA Meet and Greet in July

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members. SIWA Members will enjoy 10% discount on beverages.

Tour: Homeplus Shopping Experience

Do you also feel discouraged when shopping at local supermarkets? Join us for a shopping tour where you can ask all the questions you have about local products, our guide Mrs. Moon will be happy to explain it all.

Tour: Buk Seoul Museum of Art

This is the fourth, and newest branch of the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA). Situated in northeastern Seoul, this unique museum was awarded the 2013 Seoul Architecture Award. To create harmony with the natural surroundings of Deungnamu Park, the exterior is half buried in the ground and creates a small hill.

Moms and Tots: Coffee Mingle Playdate (ages 0-8)

SIWA Moms are invited to have coffee and mingle, while our SIWA Tots play! Invite your mommy friends and their children, because the July Coffee Morning Mingle event is open to both members and non-members. Children ages 0-8 years old are welcome!

Coffee Morning Mingles: July 2017

Join us for our July Coffee Morning Mingles. Mingle with your nearest SIWA friends and neighbors at one of several locations in and around Seoul. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink. Held in several different locations, you can attend the one most convenient or interesting to you.

Book Club: Red Sorghum by Mo Yan

This month’s book is “Red Sorghum” by Mo Yan.

K-orientation: Reading Hangeul

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. This K-orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. These are held on the 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is required to attend.

KE: Summer Temple Foods

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month, we will talk about Summer Temple Foods and prepare our own lunch.

Tour: Gold Leaf Imprinting Workshop

Make your own gold leaf imprint, Geumbak, in a traditional Korean hanok. Geumbak is the Korean traditional craft for applying extremely thin gold leaf on hanbok, or other fabrics for decoration. We will learn the history of Geumbakjang, the significance and symbolism of the gold and the icons on royal clothing, and techniques used to apply gold to silk.

Tour: Yangjae Flower Market

Located in Yangjae-dong in Seocho-gu, this enormous market sells all kinds of garden supplies, from pots and soil to flowers and trees. Real and artificial items are sold from both wholesale and retail vendors. This market is a combination of greenhouses, indoor and outdoor vendors. This is the place to go for both novice and serious gardeners seeking more than just cut flowers and small plants (but you can find those too!).

Cultural Connection: Thai Festival 2017

SIWA Members are invited to visit the Thai Festival 2017 and the small reception hosted by the Thai Embassy. Performances will start at around 6pm during this reception. There will be a fashion show and Muay Thai (Thai boxing) demonstration. After the reception, there will be a cultural performance by young performers.

WWN: June Mingle Night

School is wrapping up and summer is on it’s way. Come and join us for lively conversation to further our friendship during our WORKING WOMEN’S NETWORK mingle night. This month, we will meet and have dinner at Pasta Fresca by Trevia, located between Itaewon Station and Hanganjin Station.

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting June (POSTPONED)

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

SIWA Meet and Greet in June

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members. SIWA Members will enjoy 10% discount on beverages.

Welfare Committee Meeting June

SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations. 

Moms and Tots: Children Hanbok Shopping Trip

SIWA Moms will do a hanbok photo shoot in the fall season with our tots, but first we will go hanbok shopping in Gwangjang Market. You just need to know your child’s height and weight to figure out the size. The hanboks can we worn for the holidays, like Chuseok and Seollal. Optional lunch will be available afterward.

Moms and Tots: Sunday Fun Day with Pororo

Join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun day at Pororo Theme Park within Lotte World Jamsil. All ages welcome. Babies under 12 months are free. Toddlers 12-18 months get 50% discount. See tip on how to get other discount tickets for adults and children.

ICE: Tunisian Cuisine

Sophie Lee fell in love with Tunisia and its cuisine during her 3 year stay there. When she returned to Seoul, she opened her own Tunisian Restaurant “CousCous”. We will enjoy an authentic Tunisian meal together, prepared by Sophie, at her Tunisian Home Kitchen Restaurant. INTERNATIONAL CULINARY EXCHANGE is a delicious way for SIWA members to learn about the food customs of other countries.

Cultural Connection: Mata Hari

The musical Mata Hari is based on the true story of a double spy, Mata Hari ! It is a combination of the dramatic life of the most beloved dancer of the century, along with the thrilling yet romantic music of Frank Wildhorn, and the fanciness of Paris. The dramatic true story of Mata Hari : EMK Musical Company’s first original musical. After its world premiere in 2016, now reborn with a new direction by Stephen Rayne.

SIWA Social Night: Texas Style in Seoul

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing! There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage. Spouses and SIWA Friends are welcomed. Drink specials will be available for pre-registered attendees.

Korean-English: Outdoor Activities

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month, we will talk about Outdoor Activities (야외 활동).

Moms and Tots: Splash Fountain Fun (All Ages)

Summer is here, so let’s enjoy the water fountain splash pad at the park with our kids. Free for SIWA Members and their children to attend.

Moms and Tots: Mommy Lunch Meetup

SIWA Moms and Tots are venturing out for a lunch at a family-friendly Italian restaurant. Bringing your child is optional. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend. Pay for your own meal and drink. SIWA Members receive 20% discount.

Tour: Lotte World Aquarium

The Lotte World Aquarium is the largest indoor aquarium in Korea, housing 55,000 different marine forms of 650 different species. The aquarium is fun for all ages!

Moms and Tots: i-Play, You Play, We All Play

Come join us for a fun playdate at iPlay Kids Cafe at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). This indoor playground and kids cafe is ideal for children ages 7 and under (free for infants). SIWA Families receive a special 20% discount. Non-Members are welcome to this M&T activity.

Tour: Joseon Royal Tombs and Rituals

Tour Seonjeongneung, a tranquil, park-like setting in Gangnam. The royal tombs of Joseon King Seongjong, Queen Jeonghyun and King Joongjong are located here. This site was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2009. After the tour through the royal burial sites, we will watch a reenactment of the ancestral rites.

Book Club: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

This month’s book is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.

K-orientation: Survival Korean for Taxis

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. The K-orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on tips and Korean phrases useful for taking a taxi. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to have (optional) lunch together. SIWA Membership is required to attend.

SIWA Social: Spring Luncheon 2017

Say farewell for the summer at SIWA’s annual Spring Lunch at the Conrad Seoul Zest Restaurant. Space is limited, so advance online registration and pre-payment are necessary.

CS: Soup Kitchen Volunteer

Make a difference in someone else’s life at Anna’s House, where 500+ meals are served daily at the soup kitchen for the homeless . We participate every Tuesday in this COMMUNITY SERVICE project, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Moms and Tots: Kids Beginner Swimming Lessons

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Classes are taught in English in a salt water heated pool and are 40 minutes long. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Tour: Indigo Dye Workshop

Participate in this hands-on workshop and finish with an indigo-dyed handkerchief, scarf or t-shirt. Using tying and folding techniques you can obtain a pattern or create a free form tie-dye effect. You will dip your piece into a dye bath to create blue shades ranging from the deepest night blue to a soft subtle light blue. And no worries, gloves are provided so you won’t dye your hands blue!

Bazaar Volunteer Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

SIWA Membership Drive

Help celebrate SIWA’s new website and let the SIWA Membership Team assist you with your membership registration for 2017-2018.

Tour: Shopping at Namdaemun Market

Shop Namdaemun Market with us! It is the largest traditional market in Korea and there is almost nothing you won’t be able to find here. It’s a must-visit spot in Seoul. The market is named after the nearby Namdaemun (“South Big Gate”). This gate was once the main southern gate of Seoul city wall.

Moms and Tots: Lotte World Aquarium

The aquarium is fun for all ages! This particular aquarium is especially fun for our active toddlers: fish feeding, touch pool, crawling tunnel and more! Join SIWA Moms and Tots at the aquarium and enjoy shopping and lunch (optional) afterward.

Non-SIWA Event: BCCK Queen's Birthday Ball

BCCK and BASS invite SIWA members to save the date for the Queen’s Birthday Ball: May 27, 2017.

Tour: Jingwan and Samcheon Temples on the Edge of Bukhansan

This tour visits Jingwan-sa and Samcheon-sa, two lovely and historically important Buddhist temples. They are located just inside Seoul’s northwestern border on the edge of the spectacular Bukhansan National Park. They are quite different from each other in topography, layout and artwork – providing interesting variety.

Tour: Noryangjin Seafood Market

Explore the Noryangjin fish market and enjoy a delicious lunch (optional). Opened in 1927 on Uiju-ro, Noryangjin fish market is the largest and most popular seafood market in Seoul. The market handles about 50% of metropolitan Seoul’s marine trade, about 250 to 300 tons of marine products every day. The market recently moved into a modernized building. So this is a wonderful opportunity to see the new market.

SIWA Social: Social Hour in New Zealand Style

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing! There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage. Spouses and SIWA Friends are welcomed. Drink specials will be available for pre-registered attendees.

Tour: A visit to the Blue House

The Blue House (Cheongwadae) is the official residence of the Republic of Korea and is located in the Palace District. Built upon the site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, it is a complex of buildings that blend traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements.

WWN: Expat's Guide to Collecting Art in Korea

Working Women’s Network speaker is Art Consultant Mr. Paul Kim, who will present “Expat’s Guide to Collecting Art in Korea”.

Tour: Hiking Kalbawi Rock

This hike is mostly intermediate level, and is recommended for experienced hikers. We will hike for 2,5-3 hours and a total of 6.5 km, not including transport and breaks. At the peak we will rest and enjoy the amazing view of of Seoul, the gorgeous mountains and our well-earned self-prepared lunches.

SIWA Meet and Greet in May

Newcomers to Seoul, and anyone who would like to learn more about SIWA are invited to attend our monthly Meet and Greet gatherings. This event is open to both SIWA Members and Non-Members. SIWA Members will enjoy 10% discount on beverages.

Tour: Icheon Pottery Street

Join AWC and SIWA for a trip to Icheon Pottery Street. This grouping of shops carries fine pottery in a wide variety of styles created by both pottery masters and “mass market” factories. Many times, the shops are run by the ceramicists or their relatives. You can visit many shops in a short amount of time in this village.

Moms and Tots: SIWA Family Picnic

Summer is coming, so let’s enjoy the park with our kids for a SIWA Family Picnic at Seoul Forest. This will also be an opportunity to say farewell to SIWA friends moving and hello to new SIWA families who just arrived to Seoul. This M&T activity is open for both SIWA Members and Non-Members.

Tour: Sudeoksa Templestay

This is a 2 day tour with an overnight stay. Bus transportation will be provided and we will leave from a central area of Seoul, to be decided. The temple is located approx. 150 km outside of central Seoul.

Cultural Connection: France

France, the cradle of Human Rights; Paris, the city of lights. Mrs. N. Penone, spouse of the French Ambassador in Korea, will introduce the history and culture of France.

SIWA Social: Coffee Morning - May 2017

Topic – Korean Handicrafts: Artistry and Symbolism. Don’t miss our last Coffee Morning before summer break and use the opportunity to connect with other members, meet the new SIWA leadership team and engage with the authors of “100 Thimbles in a Box: The Spirit and Beauty of Korean Handicrafts” while enjoying a delicious coffee.

Korean-English Conversation: Homonyms

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month, we will talk about Korean and English homonyms (동음 이의어).

Moms and Tots: Mommy Lunch Meetup

SIWA Moms and Tots are venturing out for a lunch at a family-friendly Italian restaurant. Bringing your child is optional. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend.

Moms and Tots: Playgroup with Music Lesson (ages 0-3)

SIWA Moms and Tots are invited to join a weekly playgroup with an optional paid music lesson. Young children from birth to age 36 months are welcome. First music lesson is complimentary for SIWA Tots!

Moms and Tots: International School Bazaar

Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome. Event proceeds will be used to support student enrichment programs and high school student charity fundraising efforts.

Book Club: The Interpreter by Kim Suki

This month’s book is “The Interpreter” by Kim Suki.

K-orientation: KakaoTaxi for Beginners

Non-Korean speakers may experience many challenges here. This K-orientation series will help you learn vital skills to make your life easier in Korea. In this orientation, we will focus on the iPhone/iPad app called KakaoTaxi. Afterward, attendees are encouraged to have (optional) lunch together.

Moms and Tots: Kids Beginner Swimming Lessons

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Classes are taught in English in a salt water heated pool and are 40 minutes long. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Tour: Lotus Lantern Making Event

The International Dharma Instructors Association invites SIWA Members to experience the Making of Lotus Lanterns. The lantern has the meaning of brightening our mind. You will have a chance to carry your own lantern in the mini parade around Insadong. There are 2 time slots: Group 1: 11:00~14:00, Group 2: 14:00~17:00, followed by an Award Ceremony: 17:00 ~18:00

Tour: Buddhas Birthday Lantern Parade

A few more special reserved seats are available !! SIWA is welcomed by the International Dharma Instructors Association to enjoy the Lotus Lantern Festival parade in honor of the birthday of Buddha. We will have special seats near Tapgol Park. Families are welcome.

Tour: Shamanic Shrines of Inwangsan and Sajik Park

Professor Mason leads a walking tour to Sajik Park to view Joseon-Dynasty altars and royal relics, the shrine for mythical Founding-King Dan-gun Wanggeon, and Ingwa-sa, a hub for shamanic shrines and practice. Participants walk up steep slopes and climb stairs in urban and park settings.

SIWA Social: Noraebang Night

Do you like to sing or enjoy listening to your lovely friends’ voices? Then it is just time to experience noraebang which translates to “singing room”, AKA Korean-style Karaoke. This event is exclusive to SIWA ladies.

Tour: Seonyudo Park

Join us for a walk around Seonyudo Park, a unique urban park in which water purification structures are repurposed into gardens, ponds and even a water playground.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Mingle Night

Working Women’s Network: whether you are dedicated to raising a family, building a career or balancing both – we are all working women. Come and join us for lively conversation during a mingle night in the Insadong area.

SIWA Membership Drive

Help celebrate SIWA’s new website and let the SIWA Membership Team assist you with your membership registration for 2017-2018.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Cuisine from Uzbekistan

This month we have a wonderful opportunity to learn about Uzbekistan’s culture and cuisine at LazzaT Restaurant. Uzbek cuisine is influenced by several diverse cultures and the various nations who conquered Central Asia.

Tour: Pottery Shops in Yeoju

This tour is in cooperation with AWC

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

Moms and Tots (MT): Earth Day in Namsan Park

April 22 is Earth Day! We shall stroll through Namsan Mountain and have our children run free through the children’s park. Free for SIWA parents and children! All ages welcome.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Yang Nyeom or Seasonings

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month, we will talk about Yang Nyeom or Seasonings

Moms and Tots (MT): Yongsan Family Park

The weather is warming up nicely, so let’s take our kids to the park and enjoy the good weather! Yongsan Family Park is located next to the National museum of Korea. This family park is ideal for picnics, stroller-friendly walks, the wonderful playground and just fun for the children to run around!

Tour: A visit to the Blue House

The Blue House (Cheongwadae) is the official residence of the Republic of Korea and is located in the Palace District. Built upon the site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, it is a complex of buildings that blend traditional Korean architectural style with some modern elements.

Moms and Tots (MT): Coffee Mingle at Lilliput Hannam-dong

SIWA Moms are invited to have coffee and mingle, while our SIWA Tots play! Invite your mommy friends and their children, because the April Coffee Morning Mingle event is open to both members and non-members. Children ages 0-8 years old are welcome!

Coffee Morning Mingles: April 2017

Join us for our April Coffee Morning Mingles. Mingle with your nearest SIWA friends and neighbors at one of several locations in and around Seoul. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink. Held in several different locations, you can attend the one most convenient or interesting to you.

Tour: Exploring Bangsan Sijang

Bangsan Market, also called Baker’s Alley, offers a huge variety of goods. If you like baking and or candy making, you will love Bangsan. This hidden alley sells many vital and hard to find ingredients for serious baking. But Baker’s Alley is not the only thing Bangsan Market has to offer.

Moms and Tots (MT): Easter Egg Decorating

Let’s decorate eggs and enjoy the Spring air at Yongsan Family Park! Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome.

Book Club (BC): H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: April 2017

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Tour: Ansan Cherry Blossoms

Join us for a walk under cherry trees bursting with blooms in Ansan’s beautiful park.

Moms and Tots (MT): Spring Book Fair

The Spring Book Fair is a good place to find English children books in Korea for your little ones! Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome.

Tour: Italian Cooking Class

SIWA Members are cordially invited to join the American Women’s Club’s authentic Italian cooking class. We will be watching the step by step lesson from Chef Giovanni. Following our lesson, we will enjoy the delicious meal prepared. Cost includes instruction and dinner.

Community Service: Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Make a difference in someone else’s life. We participate every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Tour: Gilsangsa Temple and Korean Furniture Museum

We will stop at the Gilsangsa Temple before having a guided tour te the Korean Furniture Museum, two Korean cultural treasures located in Seongbuk-dong

Moms and Tots (MT): Cherry Blossoms Mini Phoot Shoot

The cherry blossoms will be blooming again and it will be a lovely time to go to the park with our children. SIWA Moms will have the opportunity to have these special moments captured by a professional photographer who is also a proud SIWA Mom for a nominal fee. Moms and Tots activities are exclusive for SIWA Members.

SIWA Charity Gala 2017

An exciting evening of fun, sumptuous food, drinks, dancing, spectacular entertainment, raffle prizes, and much more await you at the SIWA Annual Charity Gala! Net proceeds from the evening support local charities in Korea. Ticket sales closed on March 29.

2017 Gala Volunteer Team Meeting

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Moms and Tots (MT): Cherry Blossoms Stroll

SIWA Moms and Tots invite you and your littles for a stroll through the park during the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival. Bicycles are available for rent at the park. Moms and Tots activities are exclusive and free for SIWA Members.

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Tour: Daytrip to Seongmo Island

Join us for a visit to the West Sea Island of Seongmodo. We will travel from Seoul in private cars, and take the ferry from Ganghwado to Seokmodo. Please bring a snack, if you wish, and be prepared for the day’s weather.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

SIWA Coffee Morning: Enrichment Networking

Join SIWA’s February Coffee Morning (Feb 15th, 2017) for the semi-annual enrichment program. This spring SIWA is offering the enrichment program in a new format: speed networking.

Annual Gala Event

Join SIWA’s February Coffee Morning (Feb 15th, 2017) for the semi-annual enrichment program. This spring SIWA is offering the enrichment program in a new format: speed networking.

SIWA Coffee Morning: Sponsored Event

Join SIWA’s February Coffee Morning (Feb 15th, 2017) for the semi-annual enrichment program. This spring SIWA is offering the enrichment program in a new format: speed networking.

SIWA Coffee Morning: New Event for Slider

Join SIWA’s February Coffee Morning (Feb 15th, 2017) for the semi-annual enrichment program. This spring SIWA is offering the enrichment program in a new format: speed networking.

Moms and Tots (MT): Seoul Forest Playtime and Picnic

Enjoy the early days of spring with a stroll and picnic at Seoul Forest with other SIWA mommies.

Tour: Walking the Sansa trail of the Samgaksan mountain

Join us walking the “Sansa trail” through the beautiful forest of the Samgaksan mountain, behind Seongbuk-dong. The temples and the forest should be beautiful at this time of the year, with trees starting to bloom. We will also have a great view of the city.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Books that inspire

Sonali is a lover of books. During her talk entitled “Books that Inspire,” she will discuss this love. She will also discuss how books helped her navigate through several years of transition from working professional to struggling new mother, trailing spouse, and empowered feminist.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Korean Temple Food

What is Temple Food? Here is your opportunity to find out in person. We will cook temple food together on this tour, lead by temple cuisine expert, Monk 여거, Hyeong Min. While we share our meal, Hyeoing Min will teach us about Buddhist philosophy and temple culture.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

Moms and Tots (MT): Pororo Theme Park

Join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun day at Pororo Theme Park within Lotte World Jamsil. All ages welcome. Babies under 12 months are free. Toddlers 12-18 months get 50% discount. 50% discount coupon available for the first 7 SIWA children to register. See tip on how to get other discount tickets for adults and children.

Tour: Virtual Downhill Skiing or Snowboarding

Urban Slope opened in November 2016 and is the only virtual ski and snowboard center in Korea. With 4 simulators and dozens of challenging panoramic slopes and slalom courses, you will feel like you spent the whole day skiing during our 2 hour session.

Moms and Tots (MT): First Playdate of Spring

March 20 marks the first day of Spring! Let’s go to the local park in Itaewon that was renovated and reopened in November 2016. Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome.

Moms and Tots (MT): First Playdate of Spring

March 20 marks the first day of Spring! Let’s go to the local park in Itaewon that was renovated and reopened in November 2016. Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Moms and Tots (MT): St. Patrick's Day Festival

The annual St. Patrick’s Festival is coming to Seoul again! Let’s wear green and enjoy ourselves. SIWA spouses and children welcome! Moms and Tots activities are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Moms and Tots: St. Patrick's Day Festival

The annual St. Patrick’s Festival is coming to Seoul again! Let’s wear green and enjoy ourselves. SIWA spouses and children welcome! Moms and Tots activities are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Tour: Wholesale Plant and Flower Market

Today we have a wonderful opportunity to visit a wholesale flower market with a real expert. If you are looking for anything related to gardening, come with us.

Tour: Joint Welfare Project : AGIT Presentation

SIWA members are invited to a combined associations coffee morning and presentation by AGIT founder Father Vincenzo. This event is hosted at the British Embassy. Pre-registration with the embassy is absolutely vital; walk-ins are not permitted. You will also need your passport or ARC for entry.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Book Club (BC): Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: March 2017

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Community Event: AMCHAM Professional Women's Committee Meeting

The American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (AMCHAM) invites you to attend their upcoming Professional Women’s Committee Meeting.

Cultural Connection (CC): Egypt, the Land of Knowledge

Egypt, the “cradle of civilization,” is steeped in 7,000 years of history. It is a country with a tremendous cultural mix. Egyptian cities meld the traditions of the Pharaohs with tribal invader’s customs and modern outlooks, technologies and cultures.

Moms and Tots (MT): Play, Experience and Learn

Join SIWA Moms and Tots for a morning where the children can play, imagine, explore and learn in a safe and fabulous environment. This Children’s museum is a great venue for kids of all ages. Free admission for children under 36 months and no time limit. Moms and Tots is free and exclusive for SIWA Members

2017 Gala Planning Volunteer Meeting

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

SIWA Coffee Morning: March 2017, Annual General Meeting (AGM) & IWD Celebration

Join us for SIWA’s Annual General Meeting where we will take the time to review the past year and elect the 2017-2018 Executive Board Members. We will also have an International Women’s Day celebration led by speaker Tricia Morente Bolender.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Coffee Morning: March 2017

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Moms and Tots (MT): Saint Patrick's Playtime

Let’s have a St. Patrick’s Party with our kids! All ages are welcome. Optional: Wear green for this occasion. Moms and Tots is free and exclusive to SIWA Members and their children.

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Moms and Tots (MT): Let's Learn and Play

Our children can explore the newest digital art amusement park in Seoul. This permanent exhibit is ideal for kids of all ages. Free admission for babies less than 25 months old. Moms and Tots activities are free and exclusive to SIWA Members.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

Eastern Social Welfare Society : 5th Benefit Concert

To better help educate the children in the Philippines, ESWS presents the 2017 5th Benefit Concert with the KBS Symphony Orchestra at KBS Hall, Yeoui-do, Seoul on Friday, February 24, 2017, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Moms and Tots (MT): Lotte World Aquarium

The aquarium is fun for all ages! This is something easy to do indoors during the cold winter months. Join SIWA Moms and Tots at the aquarium and enjoy shopping and dinner (optional) afterward.

Tour: Seoul Flea Market

If you want to find items you see in Seoul’s antique streets and shops then this tour is for you. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for… If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start.

Moms and Tots (MT): Twinkle Premium Kids Cafe

A chance to catch up with a coffee while the children have the opportunity to play.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Business Networking Among Koreans

Join us at SIWA’s February Working Women’s Network to listen to Isabelle’s personal networking experiences as she compares the Korean and Western Networking styles based on her life as a married mother and career woman in Korea.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Raclette as in the French Alps

In this ICE program we will eat Raclette the traditional way: melted cheese on a hot potato, with cold cuts, cornichons, salad and butter served as side dishes. A glass of dry white wine will complete this meal.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Tour: Ski Trip to Elysian Gangchon Ski Resort

Two times this season, SIWA will offer a skiing day trip to different ski resorts around Seoul in cooperation with the German Club in Seoul. The location of our second joint trip will be communicated soon.

Tour: Tea Shops and Tea Houses in Insadong

Join us for a morning of Tea shopping and drinking. Mrs. Park will guide us in our tea choice and explain about tea tradition and ceremony in Korea.

Newcomers Meeting: February 2017

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

SIWA Sponsor: Korea International School

Korea International School invites SIWA Members to an Admissions Open House event in February 2017.
Click to find out more information and how to register.

SIWA Social Hour

Let’s enjoy an evening of socializing! There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage.

Moms and Tots (MT): World Read Aloud Day 2017

In honor of the annual celebration of “World Read Aloud Day”, let’s go to the local English library in Haebongchon area of Yongsan-gu.

SIWA Coffee Morning: Enrichment Networking

During this special Enrichment Networking event, SIWA members will have the chance to meet every other attendee, with the expectation of gaining friendship and/or exposure to skills and interests.

SIWA Sponsor: Dwight School Open House

Dwight School Seoul invites SIWA Members to Open House information sessions this month.
Click to find out more information and how to register.

SIWA Sponsor: Korea International School

Korea International School invites SIWA Members to an Admissions Open House event in February 2017.
Click to find out more information and how to register.

Moms and Tots (MT): Valentine's Party

Let’s have a Valentine’s Party with our kids! Children ages 0-8 years old are welcome. Optional: Wear red or pink for this occasion. SIWA Moms and Tots is free and exclusive to SIWA Members and their children.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Book Club (BC): The rent collector by Camron Wright

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

SIWA Sponsor: Dwight School Open House

Dwight School Seoul invites SIWA Members to Open House information sessions this month.
Click to find out more information and how to register.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Moms and Tots (MT): Valentine's House Party

Let’s have a Valentine’s House Party! Please wear red or pink for this occasion. Moms and Tots activities are free and exclusive to SIWA Members and their family members.

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Moms and Tots (MT): Teddy Bear Zoo Play Date

An opportunity to explore Teddy Bear Zoo with fellow SIWA moms and toddlers.

2017 Gala Planning Volunteer Meeting

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Tour: Gold Leaf Imprinting Workshop

We will visit the Kum Bak Yeon workshop to learn about the unique method of gold leaf imprinting on silk. We will create a small project of our choosing. This workshop in Bukchon is run by a family whose experience in kumbakyeon goes back five generations and includes Kim Deokhwan who is holder of Korea’s important intangible cultural heritage No. 119 for gold leaf decoration.

Working Women's Network (WWN): How to Take a Midcareer Sabbatical and What to do Next

SIWA member Monica Williams, Business Editor at Korea JoongAng Daily, will speak on “How to Take a Midcareer Sabbatical and What to Do Next”. She’ll talk about why a midcareer break–or switch– might be good for your career.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

2017 Gala Planning Volunteer Meeting

The annual Spring Gala is second largest fundraising event and we need your help to make it a great success. Share your talent and energy to create an elegant evening of fun while raising much needed funds for worthy charitable organizations.

Moms and Tots (MT): Giraffe Land

While it’s cold outside, let’s meet up and enjoy an indoor play date with fellow SIWA mummies. Giraffe Land is appropriate for children of wide range ages, from crawling to age 10. There are numerous rooms to explore including, a camping room, mirror room, playhouse area and wooden cube sandpit plus more. And with no time limit, only nap time will halt the exploring.

SIWA Leadership Recruitment Day

Are you interested in getting more involved with SIWA? Want to find out more about making SIWA an even better organization? SIWA is a non-profit organization, 100% staffed by volunteers! Come to our Leadership Recruitment Day to have a coffee and learn about the different opportunities to volunteer, both big and small. Current board members and committee chairs will also be there to share their experiences.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Coffee Morning: January 2017

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

SIWA Coffee Morning: January 2017

At the special January Coffee Morning, we will have the opportunity to learn about the ways in which a homogenous society like Korea is addressing integration of multicultural students into their future landscape. A panel presentation will be conducted by an educator in the field, academic researcher and student(s).

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Tour: Ski Trip to Jisan Forest Ski Resort

Two times this season, SIWA will offer a skiing day trip to different ski resorts around Seoul in cooperation with the German Club in Seoul. Our first joint trip is to Jisan Forest Ski Resort, a small field perfectly suited to families, learners and snowboarders wanting a day out on the slopes.

Book Club (BC): Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: January 2017

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to find items you see in Seoul’s antique streets and shops then this tour is for you. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for… If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Photo Club (PC): Artist Talk on Korean Housing and Architecture 201711

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

SIWA Sponsor: Korea International School

Korea International School invites SIWA Members to the Harvard Glee Club Event.
Find out more information and how to register.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every Tuesday, except for the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Working Women's Network (WWN): December 2016

Let’s gather together for a December WWN mingle at this French Bistro in the Hongdae area. Come and join us for lively conversation to further our friendship.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Festive Holiday Experiences

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations.

Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to find items you see in Seoul’s antique streets and shops then this tour is for you. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for… If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Tour: International Folk Music and Dance Concert

International Folk Music and Dance Concert, organized by Korea Heritage Society. This festive program will include folk music and dance from various countries including. A talented taekwondo team will present an exciting martial arts performance.

Tour: An Unbiased Perspective On The Korean War

This tour will provide a deeper insight into the events of the Korean War. The tour guide, Major General Urs Gerber, member of the Swiss Armed Forces and an observer in the DMZ since 2012, will share his broad knowledge and up-to-date experiences.

Book Club (BC): The Vegetarian by Kang Han

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Annual SIWA Holiday Lunch 2016

Get in the Holiday Spirit with SIWA! Join friends for good food, entertainment and special raffle prizes. Limited seating.

(Vendors Only) SIWA Holiday Lunch: December 2016

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information. December’s delicious buffet lunch and wine will attract holiday shoppers.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

COMMUNITY EVENT: BCCK CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2016

The British Chamber of Commerce in Korea (BCCK) would like to invite you to our Christmas Lunch on December 2nd at the Four Seasons Hotel Grand Ballroom, Seoul.

Newcomers Meeting: December

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Moms and Tots (MT): I Like Dalki Kids Cafe

SIWA Mommies, let’s meet up with our little ones and beat the summer heat at I (like) Dalki Kids Cafe. This indoor playground and kids cafe is for children ages 12 and under. This family park is filled with fun, fairytale entertainment like the Watermelon Railway Station, Strawberry House, Bubble Hair Salon, Wind Hill, a library reading section, gigantic lego area, kitchenette room and more!

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Tour: Noryangjin Fish Market

Opened in 1927 on Uiju-ro, Noryangjin fish market is the largest and most popular seafood market in Seoul. Just moved into a modernized building this year. So it will be wonderful opportunity to look around the market after its relocation.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare (See More)

Moms and Tots (MT): Christmas Train Visit and Coffee

Let’s visit the annual Millennium Hilton’s Christmas Train. It features a stunning display of vintage trains and wagons… Free for SIWA Moms and Tots to attend. We are meeting up on a Sunday so that husbands and other family members may join us for this festive moment.

Moms and Tots (MT): AWC Thanksgiving Dinner

SIWA Members are cordially invited to join the American Women’s Club’s Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet. All together we will enjoy turkey, ham & all the yummy sides at the Dragon Hill Lodge at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. A photographer will be on-site to take holiday photos for a nominal fee. It is sure to be a wonderful evening!

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Working Women's Network (WWN): So You Think You Can Translate

This month’s Working Women’s Network will focus on gender equality and the changing roles of women in leadership. Join us to hear our speaker address these timely issues.

Tour: Walking Seoul Together along Seoul Fortress Wall on Naksan

Join “Walking Seoul Together” traversing Naksan along the Seoul Fortress Wall with members of the Korean Senior Public Diplomacy Group and the American Women’s Club. Conversation and lunch included! from

Tour: Choonwondang Museum of Korean Medicine

First we will visit the Choonwondang museum where more than 150 Korean medicinal relics are on display. Then we will have a tour at the clinic of Korean medicinal herbs. At the end of our visit we will have the opportunity to make herbal soap.

**Cancelled** Tour: Dobong-san Wonhyo-am Temple In Northern Bukhan-san

Wonhyo-am was founded long ago by the great master-monk Wonhyho during the Shilla Kingdom as a remote hermitage. It was home to many famous monks, and is spectacularly sited just below the dramatic peaks of Dobong-san, one of Seoul’s prominent sacred guardian-mountains.

SIWA Social: Ladies Night

Let’s enjoy Ladies Night! SIWA Ladies may enjoy complimentary house wine, draft beer and selected cocktails at 6-9 PM. There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and beverage beyond the complimentary drinks.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Family Traditions in Times of Transition

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Tour: Seoul Flea Market

If you want to find items you see in Seoul’s antique streets and shops then this tour is for you. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for… If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start.

Coffee Morning Mingles: November 2016

Mingle with your nearest SIWA friends and neighbors at one of four locations in and around Seoul. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink. Held in several different locations, you can attend the one most convenient to you.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

2016 Bazaar Volunteer Sign Up

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea. We are in the early planning stages and have leadership positions available as well as behind-the-scenes creative roles. Join the Bazaar Team and get to know other SIWA women while you make a difference for the less fortunate in Korea.

SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2016

The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the largest international fundraising event in Seoul. Embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, localand international sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and craft from around the world. It is recognized as the leading opportunity for the expat community and Korean nationals to meet and mingle, while shopping for a good cause.

Moms and Tots (MT): Sunset Stroll at Seoul Lantern Festival (RESCHEDULED)

Let’s go on a sunset stroll along Cheonggyecheon Stream while we enjoy the annual Seoul Lantern Festival. This event is free and fun for all ages. Kids not required. Spouses welcomed.

Moms and Tots (MT): Sunset Stroll at Seoul Lantern Festival (RESCHEDULED)

Let’s go on a sunset stroll along Cheonggyecheon Stream while we enjoy the annual Seoul Lantern Festival. This event is free and fun for all ages. Kids not required. Spouses welcomed.

Community Event: Half a World Away

This special non-SIWA event showcases the history of Irish people in Korea since 1871. The day includes speakers, guided tours and music.

Book Club (BC): Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Tour: Tea Shops and Tea Houses in Insadong

Join us for a morning of Tea shopping and drinking. Mrs. Park will guide us in our tea choice and explain about tea tradition and ceremony in Korea.

2016 Bazaar Volunteer Team Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Newcomers Meeting: November

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Tour: Ansan Hike

Ansan (mountain) is a very popular hiking location. It rises behind the north side of Yonsei University in Seodaemun-gu. Easy to moderate hiking trails lead around and up to the mountain peak.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Tea Salon Culture

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations.

Tour: Western Seongbuk-Dong

Seongbuk-dong is one of Seoul’s most fascinating historical districts and this SIWA tour provides a chance to get to know some very special places on its western side.

Community Event: ICCK Diwali Ball 2016

Indian Chamber of Commerce Korea (ICCK) invites you to the ICCK Diwali Ball 2016. Click here for event details.

**Cancelled** Tour: Christmas Decorations Market

At this time of the year, in the Express Bus Terminal a Christmas Market appears with a huge variety of Christmas and holiday decorations. You will find a a good selection of interior decorations (ornaments, table cloth, candles,…), christmas trees as well as a wide range of electrical lighting chains.

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We are going to lotte world While it’s cold outside, let’s meet up and enjoy an indoor play date with fellow SIWA (See More)

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Tour: Hiking Kalbawi Rock

We will hike from the south-east side of the Bukhansan National park to Kalbawi (Rock). We will walk to Daeseongmun Gate and then along the wall to Bogukmun Gate before going to Kalbawi Rock. Parts of this hike is at advanced level. This tour is recommended for experienced hikers.

SIWA Bazaar Orientation Tea 2016 (Invitation Only)

The Orientation Tea is an invitation-only event for the participants in preparation of the SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar 2016. The SIWA Bazaar Team will be happy to answer all logistical questions regarding the Bazaar.

Moms and Tots (MT): Harvest Market Day 2016 with Halloween Costume Contest

SIWA Parents & Kids, let’s meet up on Halloween Day for the annual Harvest Market Day! Costume contest, silent auction, vendors, kids crafts, food and more! Kids 2-12 years old 5,000 won includes all-day bouncy castle and trick-or-treating. Free for babies and 1,000 won for 12+ and adults. Open for all ages.

Class: Korean Classes (Language and Education)

Become a master of Hangeul (Korean Alphabet)

Class: Ceramics - Basic Hand Building Class - Level 1 & 2 (Arts and Crafts)

Learn and prepare unique clay pieces from various Korean ceramic techniques. Fill your home and space with love we give from clay.

Class: Easy Korean (Language and Education)

Learn to speak Korean on the spot!

Class: Fashion Design and Sewing (Arts and Crafts)

Learn techniques in pattern drafting, fitting, tailoring and sewing while designing and making your own skirts, pants, blouses, jackets, etc. This course also includes an introduction to the fabric and accessory markets in Seoul.

Class: Tiny Buddha Children's Yoga (Kids)

TINY BUDDHA, is dedicated to nurturing kids innate desire for movement and play all inspired by yoga movements.

Class: Korean Traditional Tea Ceremony (Arts and Crafts)

Learn color and style techniques to help make you look your best!

Class: Infant/Child CPR and Safety Class (Language and Education)

Learn Infant/Child CPR techniques

Class: Yoga healing (Fitness and Dance)

Join the Raj Yoga class offering meditation, chakra balancing, psychosomatic and other disease management with regular fitness based on classical Indian Raj Yoga for holistic health.

Class: The Expat Experience (Language and Education)

In this class, we create a safe space where the group is lead by the coach to explore the individual challenges each person faces in a new expat assignment and the best suited adaptation strategies for them. The group dynamic brings a supportive atmosphere for introspection and authenticity along with a variety of experiences.

Class: Oriental painting (Arts and Crafts)

Oriental Korean Brush Painting, where you will learn how to paint orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums and plum blossoms. As you master these subjects, you may expand to landscapes, animals, flowers and birds.

Class: Makgeolli Home Brewing Course (Cooking)

Learn all the basic foundations to make Korean traditional alcohol in the comfort of your own home

Class: Hanji Paper Craft (Arts and Crafts)

This class teaches how to design and make various Hanji works from Hanji furniture, Hanji lamp to Hanji tray. The Hanji class encourages every person’s imagination. Come transform imagination into your own design of Hanji. Beginners are welcome.

Class: Numerology and palmistry (Language & Education)

Palmistry and numerology are very interesting subjects which can help you in many ways.

Class: Korean Maedup Knot Tying (Arts and Crafts)

Korean “maedup” knot tying craft is mainly used for decorative items such as bracelets, necklaces, bookmarks, and wall decorations. Learn the historical purpose of specific knots used for daily items such as scrolls, mirrors, chest keys, and sedan chairs.

Class: Expressive Arts Painting (Arts and Crafts)

Tap into your creativity through Expressive Arts Painting

Class: Smooth Transitions (Language & Education)

This class will provide tips and information about the little things you might be looking for to make your life in Seoul more comfortable.

Class: Voice/Singing Lessons (Arts and Crafts)

Learn how to sing using correct breathing, posture, and correct phonation.

Class: Traditional Rice Cake with Bean Paste Flower (Cooking)

Learn how to make beautiful Korean traditional rice cake with bean paste flower.

Class: Ceramics - Electric Wheel Throwing Class (Arts and Crafts)

The philosophy of our ceramic work comes from nature, and we want to express the emotion that comes from nature through clay, (See More)

Class: High school Math (Kids)

Build your confidence improve your result with personal help from a well experience math tutor.

Class: Image Consulting (Health and Beauty)

Learn how to look your best with this degree certified Image Consultant!

Class: Introduction to Hatha Yoga and Meditation (Fitness and Dance)

Build a foundation with basic yoga poses, breathing techniques and overall personal awareness.

Class: Western Style Flower Class (Arts and Crafts)

Learn western style floral arrangements for many occasions: gift giving, parties, weddings, and everyday arrangements to enjoy.

Class: Ceramics - Hand Building Intermediate Class - Level 3 & 4 (Arts and Crafts)

The philosophy of our ceramic work comes from nature, and we want to express the emotion that comes from nature through clay, (See More)

Class: Oil Painting (Arts and Crafts)

This course in designed for those with little or no art background. The instructor will guide students individually in completing one work of art. Bring own your materials. All levels welcome

Class: Watercolor Painting Class (Arts and Crafts)

Step by step painting lesson for adults.

Class: Painting on the Rocks (Arts and Crafts)

Step by step painting lesson for adults.

Class: Watercolor Lessons for Kids (Kids)

Step by step painting lesson for kids.

Class: Bridge (Language and Education)

Bridge education by experienced professional

Class: Survival Korean (Language and Education)

Korean language from an experienced professional

Class: Portrait Photography (Arts and Crafts )

Learn the basic elements of photography as well as techniques of posing and interacting with subjects.

Class: Mom with Baby Workout (Fitness and Dance)

Get your tummy back into shape, build core strength and having fun with your baby.

Class: Oriental Flower Arranging (Arts and Crafts)

Recreate the beauty of nature in modern environment and learn the importance of lines and space in Oriental flower arranging.

Class: Classy Make-up (Health and Beauty)

Learn how to make yourself beautiful in a quick and easy way!

Improv Comedy Halloween Special - POSTPONED

Come join us for a fun night of Improv Comedy with Seoul City Improv.

Moms and Tots (MT): Lilliput Kids Cafe near Dongjak

Come join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun playdate at Lilliput Kids Cafe near Dongjak station (Note: Different location from the past few events). Advance registration required. SIWA Moms and Tots Group is FREE and exclusive for SIWA Members!

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Joy of Singing and Passion for Music

SIWA member Dawn Blackwell, speaker and performer for the August Working Women’s Network, is happy to share her love for music, and more specifically for singing.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age (this class is 8-36 months). Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Tour: Seal Carving Class

Take advantage of this fantastic class given by experienced instructors from the National Museum of Korea. There is no charge for the class. You only pay for the cost of the materials (approximately 10,000 won depending upon which item you select.) and bring home a one of a kind craft made by you!

**Cancelled** Tour: the Hyochang Park of Heroes

This will be an interesting walking tour to a little-visited but historically important park right in central Seoul. It contains many sites related to Korea’s struggle for its Independence from Japanese Colonial rule, and the messy aftermath of Liberation (1945-48).

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare (See More)

Han River Dinner Cruise 2016 hosted by AWC

Join us as we celebrate the end of the hot summer with cool river breezes! SIWA Members are cordially invited to join the American Women’s Club’s Han River Dinner Cruise. The ticket price includes buffet dinner, live music and fireworks. Cash bar will be available. Adults only.

Tour: Interesting Historical Sites near Old Seoul Station

This walking-tour will visit four fascinating sites of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty and 20th-century history: Sohn Kee-chung Park, Yakhyeon Cathedral, Soseo-mun Park, Seoul Railway Station, and Sungnye-mun (Gate of Exalted Ceremonies).

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Living and Breaking the Expat Bubble

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Moms and Tots (MT): Dongdaemun Toy Alley Shopping Spree

Are you looking for special toys, stationery products, birthday party supplies, Halloween costumes or Christmas gifts this year? Then you must explore Dongdaemun toy and stationary alleys! Optional lunch to follow. Free for SIWA Mommies to attend. No kids required.

SIWA Coffee Morning: October 2016, Pink Ribbon/Breast Cancer Awareness

With the support of the Estée Lauder Companies, which have supported Breast Cancer Awareness enhancement and education with an annual campaign for the past fifteen years in Korea, SIWA has invited the preeminent breast cancer specialist Dr. Noh, President of the Korean Cancer Society, to address our members at the October Coffee Morning.

SIWA Coffee Morning: October 2016 (Vendors Only)

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests for engaging presentations. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

Tour: Third Guided Bike Ride

Tune up your bike and join our guided bike ride with our expert, Mr. Lee. We will meet for a subway ride on the Gyeongui Jungang Line. We will cycle for about 2.5 hours or 32 km and will arrive at Sangcheon Station. We will be back at 4.45 pm at Yongsan Station.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting - CANCELLED

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Tour: Guknyeongsa Grand Golden Buddha Statue

Join us on this easy hike from the west side of the Bukhansan National park to visit the Guknyeong temple.The Guknyeong Grand golden Buddha statue is the largest seated Buddha in East Asia.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Moms and Tots (MT): Itaewon Global Village Festival 2016

Itaewon Global Village Festival is happening October 15-16 weekend. The festival is good for all ages, spouses welcome. Food booths, parade, cultural performances and more! Free to attend.

Book Club (BC): Snow by Orhan Pamuk

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: October

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Tour: Baekje Kingdom Sites in Gongju

During this all day trip to Gongju, Chungcheongnam-do, we will visit UNESCO sites, Gongsanseoung Fortress and King Muryon’s Tomb in Songsanri Old Tomb Complex, and the Gongju National Museum to learn about the history and sophisticated culture of the Baekje Kingdom. We will also visit Magok-sa Buddhist temple.

Moms and Tots (MT): Yongsan Family Park

Autumn has begun, so let’s take our kids to the park and enjoy the Autumn colours! Yongsan Family Park is located next to the National museum of Korea. Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to find items you see in Seoul’s antique streets and shops then this tour is for you. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for… If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age (this class is 8-36 months). Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Moms and Tots (MT): FunFest 2016 Under the Sea

Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome. The annual FunFest promises to be a wonderful event with exciting carnival games and activities, inflatable play areas, delicious food & drinks, teacher raffle and more! Event proceeds will be used to support student enrichment programs and high school student charity fundraising efforts.

Together Pink Ribbon Concert

Join the 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, Together Pink Ribbon Concert. Here you can find out more information.

**Cancelled** International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Ukrainian Cuisine

Pancakes are served in almost every culture in the world. Nalysnyky, the traditional Ukrainian pancake, can be either savory or sweet. During this month’s ICE, Yulija will make two types of nalysnyky. For the main dish, nalysnyky stuffed with mushrooms and onion, followed by apple nalysnyky for dessert.

Tour: Walk from Bukchon to Seongbuk across City Wall of Mt. Bugaksan

Join our walk starting at Anguk station in Bukchon, walk through Samcheong Park up to the City Wall for a wonderful view. Then we will walk down along the City wall to Seongbuk and end our walk at the Sangheo Lee Taejon´s Tea House.

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age (this class is 8-36 months). Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

SIWA Team for 5K Run/Walk at 14th International Peace Marathon Festival

Join the SIWA 5K Walk/Run Team at the 14th International Peace Marathon! Or you can register separately for the 10K, half-marathon or marathon. This event raises money for UNICEF to help children in need around the world and to promote world peace. FREE ENTRY and free event shirts to SIWA members and their families.

Tour: Dan-Gun Ceremony honoring Korea’s Ancient Origins

October 3rd is always Korea’s Gaecheon-jeol [Opening of Heaven Day]. This national holiday commemorates the mythical founding of Korea by the grandson of the Lord of Heaven, who became King Dan-gun Wanggeom 4349 years ago, it was written in the classic compilation of national-cultural tales Samguk Yusa in the 13th century.

Cultural Connection (CC): Azerbaijan

Join us to learn more about the Republic of Azerbaijan, also known as the Land of Fire, is situated at the crossroads of Southwest Asia and Southeastern Europe.

**Cancelled** Tour: Hiking Uisangbong and the Grand Buddha statue

We will hike from the west side of the Bukhansan National park to Uisangbong and visit the Guknyeong Grand Golden Buddha statue on our way. A. Please be aware that parts of the trail will involve climbing, recommended for experienced hikers only.

Working Women's Network (WWN): the changing roles of women in leadership

This month’s Working Women’s Network will focus on gender equality and the changing roles of women in leadership. Join us to hear our speaker address these timely issues.

Enrichment Classes Sign Up - Fall 2016

In lieu of coffee mornings in September and February, SIWA hosts an Enrichment Class Program Sign-Up Event. SIWA provides the opportunity for members with expertise to offer classes to other SIWA members in English.

Enrichment Class Instructor Application Fall 2016

Would you like to share your talents by teaching other SIWA members? Classes must be led in English. Classes can be in Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Health & Fitness, Language or other category.

Enrichment Classes Sign Up - Fall 2016

In lieu of coffee mornings in September and February, SIWA hosts an Enrichment Class Program Sign-Up Event. SIWA provides the opportunity for members with expertise to offer classes to other SIWA members in English.

SIWA Partner Table at Enrichment Classes Sign-Up Event

Join us for our Fall Enrichment Classes Sign-Up event, where SIWA instructors offer their classes in English to SIWA Members. As Members mingle during the morning, you can catch their interest in your organization too. This opportunity is available by invitation only.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age (this class is 8-36 months). Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Tour: iPhone Apps Workshop to Manage Your Life in Seoul

Subway App, Google Translate, Kakao Talk, Apple Maps, Siri, OTO, dropping pins, photo shopping lists…is it making your head spin? SIWA Members only. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. iPhone users only, this session does not cover Samsung devices.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s (See More)

Tour: Sacred and Historic Sites East of Dongdaemun

Professor Mason will lead us to three historic locations close to Dongmyo Station: Dongmyo Shrine, Anyangam Hermitage, and Myogaksa Buddhist Temple, to learn about Korean and Chinese history (shrine) and Buddhist history and customs.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): What a Friend Can Do to Support

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Moms and Tots (MT): Seoul Forest Playtime and Picnic

Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome. Let’s go to Seoul Forest for playtime and picnicking. Plus we will visit the Insect Garden, Deer Corral and more. About 15 minutes drive from Yongsan or an easy subway ride to Ttukseom Station (Line 2) or Seoul Forest Station (Bundang Line).

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age (this class is 8-36 months). Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age (this class is 8-36 months). Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required. Moms and Tots events are exclusive to SIWA Members.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Traditions, Culture and Food

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations.

Book Club (BC): The Joke by Milan Kundera

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: September

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Moms and Tots (MT): Wonderballs Grab & Play

Come join us for a fun playdate at Wonderballs Grab & Play Park. This indoor playground and kids cafe is for children ages 9 and under. SIWA Moms and Tots Group is FREE and exclusive for SIWA Members!

** Postponed** Tour: Korean Antique Market Dapsimni

If you want to find items you see in Seoul’s antique streets and shops then this tour is for you. An area of 150 shops awaits at Dapsimni Antique Shopping Complex. Our tour guide, Yvonne Stehle, is a trinket hunting expert. She will probably find things for you which you weren’t even looking for… If you want to splurge or bargain hunt, this is a good place to start.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Tour: Korean Skincare for Beginners

Registration ends: Sept 3 Korean skincare products are winning a lot of world-wide attention and in prominent magazines such as Elle, Vogue (See More)

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Photo Club (PC): Photography Instruction

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

SIWA Coffee Morning: August 2016

Welcome back to Seoul for those who have been on vacation or visiting their home country! Do not miss our first Coffee Morning after the summer break and use the opportunity to reconnect with other members. Our speaker, Gabriel Dye, will speak on “managing your mindset,” and use his experience as a hypnotist to help you find and create drive, focus, and control in your life.

SIWA Coffee Morning: August 2016 (Vendors Only)

SIWA Coffee Morning events attract 35-120 SIWA members and guests for engaging presentations. This is an opportunity for your business to showcase your products or services to this group eager for local information.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age. Gatsby International provides swimming classes for all ages, as young as 8 months old. Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare (See More)

Moms and Tots (MT): Basic Infant/Child CPR and Safety Class

This course is designed based on American Heart Association guidelines. The target audience is all parents, nannies and caretakers who take care of children between 0-18 years old.

Moms and Tots (MT): Coex Aquarium

The aquarium is fun for all ages! This is something easy to do indoors during the summertime. Join SIWA Moms and Tots at the Coex Aquarium and enjoy shopping and/or dinner (optional) afterward.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Cuisine of Turkmenistan

Turkmen national cuisine has a lot in common with cuisines of other Central Asian countries. However, it differs from them in a number of features. In this ICE program, we will learn how to make the Turkmen Samsa. The dessert will be a typical Cheese Cake.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age. Gatsby International provides swimming classes for all ages, as young as 8 months old. Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required.

Moms and Tots (MT): Lilliput Kids Cafe Hannam-dong

Are you looking for a fun place to take your child and meet other SIWA Moms? For the month of August, let’s meet up at the Lilliput Premium Kids Cafe location in Hannam-dong. Children under age 8 welcome, free for infants under 1 years old.

Transition Group Lunch (TG) August

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Tour: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibition

Last year’s SIWA’s tour to the Frida Kahlo exhibition was so popular, we’ve provided another chance to see her revolutionary work. This exhibit is a joint show with her husband and painter, Diego Rivera. The exhibition includes some of the great works of Kahlo and Rivera as well as their mutual love of Mexico.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age. Gatsby International provides swimming classes for all ages, as young as 8 months old. Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required.

Newcomers Meeting: August

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy & Baby Swimming Survival Class

Learning how to swim is a lifelong skill. Babies can learn at a young age. Gatsby International provides swimming classes for all ages, as young as 8 months old. Classes are taught in English in a salt water pool and are 30 minutes long. Try the first class as a free trial. Advance registration is required.

Photo Club (PC): Photography Instruction August

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Mingle Night

Let’s gather together for a July WWN mingle at this Modern Korean Restaurant (Bistro) in the Itaewon area. Come and join us for lively conversation to further our friendship.

Moms and Tots (MT): Coffee Mingle at Lilliput Kids Cafe Hannam-dong

SIWA Moms are invited to have coffee and mingle, while our SIWA Tots play! Invite your mommy friends and their children, because the July Coffee Morning Mingle event is open to both members and non-members. Children ages 0-8 years old are welcome!

Coffee Morning Mingles: July 2016

Tired of thinking you are the only one in Seoul over the summer?? Come join us in our first July morning coffee mingle to chat with your nearest SIWA friends and neighbors. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink. Held in several different locations, you can attend the one most convenient to you.

Book Club (BC): In the Woods by Tana French

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: July

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Photo Club (PC): Photography Instruction

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Moms and Tots (MT): Seoul Children's Museum

All ages welcome. Bring your family and friends. The kids will enjoy interactive & educational exhibits on 4 floors of fun at the museum. Free for children 3 years old and under.

**Postponed due to Rain** Moms and Tots (MT): Family Fun on River Park

All ages welcome. Bring your family and friends. Let’s enjoy the sunshine and cascading wade pools & sidewalk stream in the morning (10:30 AM – 12:30 PM), then bring your own food and drink if you would like to stay for a picnic (optional).

Working Women's Network (WWN): Mingle Night

Let’s gather together for a June WWN mingle at the newest and hottest area in Seoul: Yeon Nam Dong. We will meet at the unique CARTA 19, a restaurant overlooking the beautiful new Gyeongui Line Forest Park. Come and join us for lively conversation to further our friendship.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Royal Court Cuisine

At this ICE, Chef Jongsook Park will show us how to make 2 dishes from the Korean royal court cuisine: 원추리꽃 , a day lily salad and 월과채 , Wolgwachae , a variety of japchae or mixed vegetable dish.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the underprivileged members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare (See More)

Cultural Connection (CC): Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia. Not yet over-run by tourists, it is renowned for its hospitality and rich oriental culture. The Turkic-speaking Oguzs set the traditions and culture of modern Turkmenistan. Join us to learn more about this fascinating country.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

2016 Bazaar Planning Meeting

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Korean Stone Art Museum

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations.

Newcomers Meeting: June

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Tour: Second Guided Bike Ride

Tune up your bike and join our guided bike ride with 2 experienced bikers, Mr. Lee and Mrs. Choi. We will meet for a subway ride on the Gyeongui Jungang Line. We will cycle for about 3 hours or 35 km on biking trails along the Han river, and will eat our picnic along the way.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Tour: Spectacular Yeongsan-jae Buddhist Ceremony

The Korean Yeongsan-jae or literally “Vulture-Mountain Ceremony” is a religious performance-genre of its own, consisting of various arts such as music, dance, drama, literature and philosophy. Rooted in classical Buddhism and merged with diverse Korean traditions, it is becoming one of the most important and characteristic traditional Buddhist rituals in Korea. The annual public performance of this ritual will be held on the 6th of June this year, which is the national Memorial Day holiday.

Photo Club (PC): Photography Instruction

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

SIWA Spring Lunch

Say farewell for the summer at SIWA’s annual Spring Lunch a the Conrad Seoul Zest Restaurant. Space is limited, so advance online registration and pre-payment are necessary.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the most vulnerable members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

Tour: Walking Seoul Together

SIWA members and family are invited to the May walk to visit historic and notable places in the west half of downtown Seoul. Our guide will lead us along part of the Seoul Fortress Wall, the Inwangsan trail to Suseongdong Valley, and to Tongin Market in Seochon for lunch as our final destination.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Moms and Tots (MT): Petit 5 Cafe Playdate

SIWA Moms are invited to bring their toddlers and babies for a playdate at Petit 5 Cafe (near Passion 5) in Hannam-dong, near Itaewon.

Tour: Dalmasa the Lovely Temple of Bodhidharma in Dongjakgu

Dalma-sa is the most important and the most scenic Buddhist temple of all Dongjak-gu District of south-central Seoul. It is perched way up on a forested ridge just behind the National Cemetery, offering beautiful views down the Han River.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Women's Career Dilemma

Many times, women need support when pursuing careers. In May, a 3 person, international panel will discuss this topic. Please join us and our international panel as we examine this and related topics surrounding women’s career choices.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Italian Cuisine

If you love Italian food, then you will really enjoy meeting and eating with Filomena Di Mieri. She will share her passion for and secrets about Italian cooking. Feed your soul this May at SIWA’s next International Culinary Exchange.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Tuesdays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage on Mondays

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Moms and Tots (MT): Seoul Forest Playtime and Picnic

Free for SIWA Mommies and families! All ages welcome. Let’s go to Seoul Forest for playtime and picnicking. Plus we will visit the Insect Garden, Deer Corral and more. About 15 minutes drive from Yongsan or an easy subway ride to Ttukseom Station (Line 2) or Seoul Forest Station (Bundang Line).

Tour: Hiking Baegundae Peak (836,6m)

We will hike from the west side of the Bukhansan National park to Baegundae peak (836,5m), the highest peak in the Bukhansan National park. At the peak, the view of Seoul is truly majestic. Please be aware this is a steep trail, recommended for experienced hikers only.

SIWA Coffee Morning: May 2016 (Vendors Only)

Vendors, you are cordially invited to participate in SIWA Coffee Morning and showcase your business and its products and services to the SIWA community. Please register online below to reserve your table and Coffee Morning ticket(s) by May 13th. If you have questions please contact vendormanagement@siwapage.com.

SIWA Coffee Morning: May

Don´t miss our last Coffee Morning before summer break and use the opportunity to connect to other members, meet the new SIWA-team while enjoying a delicious coffee. Our guest speaker is Prof. David A. Mason. The topic of his talk is “Solitary Sage: the Profound Life, Wisdom and Legacy of Go-un Choi Chi-won”.

Tour: Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at DDP

Experience the magnificence of the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the fashion designs of Jean Paul Gaulier on this tour.

Moms and Tots (MT): International Spring Fair 2016

SIWA Families are invited to the 4th annual International Spring Fair “Tastes of the World”. Activities will include wonderful food and goods from all corners of the globe, many children’s activities, including bouncy castles, petting zoo, arts & crafts, a raffle, a book fair, games and more!

Newcomers Meeting: May

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Photo Club (PC): Photo Shoot

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

**Cancelled** Tour: Fascinating Northwest Namsan Park

This tour covers the northwest corner of Mt. Nam-san Park – an interesting scenic area filled with monuments. We will visit four different statues of key national heroes and the museum of national hero Ahn Jeong-geun, followed by the fascinating old Daoist-Shamanic shrine, with images of Chinese and Korean nationalist-Daoist deities enshrined together.

**Cancelled** Tour: Walking along the Cheonggye Stream

From Samseongyo Stream to the Cheonggye Stream – enjoy a care free walk.

2016 ANZA Korea Charity Ball

Australia & New Zealand Association (ANZA) invites you to the 2016 ANZA Korea Charity Ball. Click here for event details and to buy your tickets.

Tour: SIWA Family Fun Walk and Picnic

The Tours Team has organzied a special fun sports day for SIWA families which is intended to build closer ties among members and their families. Seoul Grand Park is a perfect place; it has a beautiful landscape and easy access. Our program includes a wonderful picnic at the park.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Tour: National Museum of Korean Contemporary History

The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History showcases the country and its people’s history in a comprehensive and structured way, a great place for a few hours of concentrated education and viewing remarkable artifacts. Our guide will lecture us through most of what happened, providing context and multiple possible points-of-view.

Working Women's Network (WWN): The Power of Self-Reflection

Join the April Working Women’s Network to learn the benefits of adding stillness and self-awareness to your life: “The Power of Self-Reflection: Step Out of Rat Race and Live Your Life” will be presented by Isabelle Min.

**Postponed** International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Jeon

Did you realize Korean wives are forced into temporary “slavery” during the holidays? What is the reason behind this phenomenon? Jeon!

Tour: Discover Dobongsan

On this trip we will explore the northeast part of great Bukhansan National Park. We start at Dobong Ranger Station and will visit the Jingwansa Temple on our hike to Jaunbong peak (740m). Please be aware this is a steep trail, recommended for experienced hikers only.

Cancelled: Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the most vulnerable members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

Tour: Jewelry Fair Korea 2016

The 14th Korea International Jewelry and Watch Fair (Jewelry Fair Korea 2016) is taking place in COEX Exhibition Hall in Seoul from April 21 – 24. The fair offers the opportunity to experience the world of Korean jewelry design, art, culture and styles.

Tour: Dragon Pearl Temple and Flowering Castle in Suwon

Guided Tour of Suwon City’s Royal Tombs, Dragon-Pearl Temple and Flowering Castle. In this new and special day-long tour in good spring weather you will get to see, photograph and learn all about the best 3 sights of Suwon City (an hour south of Seoul), including TWO designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Friendship and Sisterhood in Times of Transition

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Cultural Connection (CC): The Republic of Zambia

Zambia is located in southern Africa. Home to the famous Victoria Falls, Zambia is a nature lover’s destination. Join us to learn more about this fascinating country.

April Coffee Morning Mingles

Come to this informal coffee morning to meet and have a chat with your SIWA friends and neighbors. Held in 4 different locations, you can join the one nearest to you. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink.

April Coffee Morning Mingles

Come to this informal coffee morning to meet and have a chat with your SIWA friends and neighbors. Held in 4 different locations, you can join the one nearest to you. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink.

Tour: Guided Bike Ride

Tune up your bike and join our guided bike ride with 2 experienced bikers, Mr. Lee and Mrs. Choi. We will meet for a subway ride on the Gyeongui Jungang Line. We will cycle for about 1.5 hours or 30 km on biking trails along the Han river, and will eat our picnic along the way.

Tour: The Leeum Samsung Museum Of Art

Guided Tour of the Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (Traditional Section), Seoul´s foremost Private Museum, containing several National Treasures as well as a collection of paintings of “Danwon” Kim Hong-do, Korea´s most famous and favorite genre-painter.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life. Every second and fourth Thursday of the month.

Tour: Korean Stone Art Museum

The newly opened Korean Stone Art Museum in Seongbuk-dong harmoniously exhibits ancient stone artifacts and traditional embroideries with modern Korean paintings. A highlight of the museum is its stone garden. We will visit the museum with an English tour guide. After our tour we will visit the museum shop and cafe.

Tour: Garden of Morning Calm

Train and bus will bring us to “Petite France”, a magnificent village that looks like it belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the European Alps. Then we will visit “Garden of Morning Calm”, a relaxing botanical paradise for photographers.

Korean-English Conversation (KE)

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month we will …

SIWA Annual Charity Gala: An Evening in Shangri-La

An exciting evening of fun, sumptuous food, drinks, dancing, spectacular entertainment, raffle prizes, and much more await you at the SIWA Annual Charity Gala! Net proceeds from the evening support local charities in Korea.

Newcomers Meeting: April

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Photo Club (PC): Camera Workshop

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Moms and Tots (MT): Cherry Blossoms Stroll and Picnic

SIWA Moms and Tots invite you and your littles for a picnic and stroll through the park during the Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival. Bicycles are available for rent at the park. Moms and Tots events are exclusive and free for SIWA Members.

Tour: Visit to The Whanki Museum

We will visit the Whanki Museum, a private art museum in Buam-dong Valley. It was established by the Whanki Foundation to exhibit the art of Whanki Kim, one of Korea’s famous abstract painters. We will also visit the cafe Sanmotoonge with a great view of the mountains and valley.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Mind the Gender Gap

Working Women’s Network is a SIWA Interest Group designed for women who prefer evening informational and networking events. The group gathers approximately once a month at a restaurant. All are welcome!

Tour: Antique Furniture and Organic Farm Trip

Visit SIWA sponsors Koreana Antiques and Gachi Community Supported Agriculture in the Paldang, 1 hour east of Seoul. Shop for antiques, reproduction furniture and accent pieces, visit organic farm, eat an organic lunch, and pick strawberries.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer at the Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life.

SIWA Sponsor: Seoul Foreign School Open House, Ages 2-5

Seoul Foreign School (SFS) invites SIWA Members to their Seoul Foreign Early Years admissions Open House. Advance registration is required. SFS is a SIWA Gold Sponsor.

Cultural Connection (CC): Jewish Culture

There are approximately 12 millions Jews who live in most countries around the world. Come learn about the basics of Jewish beliefs, and about some of the more important Jewish holidays. Come with your questions and learn about this ancient religion and people that are still thriving today!

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the most vulnerable members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Transition Cycle

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Tour: Mountain-Spirits explained at The Museum Of Shamanism

The Museum of Shamanism displays hundreds of paintings, statues, implements and objects with strong spiritual identies that are part of a living religious tradition – things that make it possible for the shaman to bridge temporal and spiritual worlds.

SIWA Coffee Morning: March 2016 (Vendors Only)

Vendors, you are cordially invited to participate in SIWA Coffee Morning and showcase your business and its products and services to the SIWA community. Please register online below to reserve your table and Coffee Morning ticket(s) by March 11th. If you have questions please contact vendormanagement@siwapage.com.

Tour: Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum

Tour the permanent exhibit of the Chung Young Yang Embroidery. An English-speaking docent will talk about exquisite examples of East Asian costume and decorative arts. The Tour also includes a demonstration and an embroidery lesson.

Tour: The National Folk Museum of Korea

A guided visit to the National Folk Museum of Korea, located on the campus of Gyeongbok Palace. The English on the displays is limited, and therefore it’s good to have a knowledgeable guide show you around on your visit.

Book Club (BC): The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: March

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Moms and Tots (MT): iPlay Kids Cafe at DDP Design Lab

Come join us for a fun playdate at iPlay Kids Cafe at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP). This indoor playground and kids cafe is ideal for children ages 7 and under. SIWA Moms and Tots Group is FREE and exclusive for SIWA Members!

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Indonesian Cuisine

This month our hostesses Fitri and Aryanti will take us on a culinary visit to Indonesia’s Sumatra and West Java. We will taste Young Jackfruit Curry with Beef Cubes and Glutinous Black Rice Porridge (both from Sumatra) and Spicy Fruit Cocktail from Bogor.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Furniture and Antiques

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month we will talk about Korean Traditional Furniture and Antiques

International Women's Day (IWD) at SIWA

The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. Would you like to celebrate IWD with other SIWA Members? Let’s mix and mingle with other international women on March 8!

Tour: Enjoy the Grevin Experience

The Grévin Wax Museum of Paris is known as one of the most entertaining and notable wax museums in the world. Now you can see fine wax sculptures and expert works of art at the Grévin Seoul. The museum displays celebrity figures and scenes from popular culture, science, literature and the arts.

Moms and Tots (MT): Lilliput Kids Cafe Hannam-dong

Come join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun playdate at newest location for Lilliput Kids Cafe in Hannam-dong. Advance registration required. SIWA Moms and Tots Group is FREE and exclusive for SIWA Members!

Photo Club (PC): Orientation and Introduction

The SIWA Photo Club is open to members who desire a more artistic and structured approach to creating photographs. Meetings are scheduled every first Thursday of the each month in Myeongdong and other designated places.

Class: Oil Painting (Arts and Crafts)

This course in designed for those with little or no art background. The instructor will guide students individually in completing one work of art. Bring own your materials. All levels welcome

Class: Pilates mat workout (Fitness and Dance)

Pilates is an excellent way to cultivate a stronger core, better posture and flatter abs. Instructor shows you how to get started with this Pilates basic mat sequence also using light equipment as ball, band, roller and circle.

Class: Portuguese Conversation Group (Language and Education)

Portuguese conversation group for anyone with at least beginning level skills to keep practicing the language.

Class: IB and SAT Math Tutoring (Language and Education)

Build confidence and improve result with personal help from a well experience math tutor.

Class: Makko-Ho Meridian-Stretch-Exercises (Health and Beauty)

Makko-Ho Meridian-Stretch-Exercises based on Oriental Medicine

Class: Oriental Flower Arranging (Arts and Crafts)

Recreate the beauty of nature in modern environment and learn the importance of lines and space in Oriental flower arranging.

Class: Let's Speak Korean (Language and Education)

Especially basic levels of conversational Korean, you’ll also be introduced to Korean cultcure and monthly Korean class cooking is included.

Class: Natural soap and cosmetics class (Health and Beauty)

Hand made way of making Natural Soap and Cosmetics

Class: Pilates mat workout (Fitness and Dance)

Pilates is an excellent way to cultivate a stronger core, better posture and flatter abs. Instructor shows you how to get started with this Pilates basic mat sequence also using light equipment as ball, band, roller and circle.

Class: Western Style Flower Arranging (Arts and Crafts)

Learn western style floral arrangements for many occasions: gift giving, parties, weddings, and everyday arrangements to enjoy.

Class: Indian Vegetarian Cooking (Cooking)

Indian Vegetarian Cooking class.Two kinds of classes. One Day class for 4 hours or weekly class for two hours.

Class: Oil Painting (Arts and Crafts)

This course in designed for those with little or no art background. The instructor will guide students individually in completing one work of art. Bring own your materials. All levels welcome

Class: North and South Indian Cooking (Cooking)

Best healthy and tasty dishes from the Indian cushine. Come and enjoy Indian food

Class: Creating Accessories (Arts and Crafts)

In accessories making class you learn how to create beautiful accessories to match your outfits. All you need is a complete set of pliers for accessory making, beads, strings, ribbon or other materials to hold the beads together, glue, design tray and your great creativity! Tools, beads, and strings as a starter kit can be purchased during the class.

Class: Transform Your Health in 12 Weeks (Health and Beauty)

Transform your Health with a 3 month Holistic Health Coaching Program.

Class: 21 Day Post-Holiday Detox (Health and Beauty)

Professionally guided total body cleanse that uses whole, nutritious foods – deoxification

Class: Korean Royal Cuisine (Cooking)

Korean Royal Cuisine with selected appetizers and main dishes enjoyed by the Kings of the Joseon dynasty

Class: Ceramic Class (Art and Crafts)

Lear how to make weautiful hand made pottery from a professional instructor.

Class: Survival Korean (Language and Education)

Korean language from an experienced professional

Class: Bridge (Language and Education)

Bridge Education by Experienced professional

Class: Voice/Singing lessons (Language and Education)

Learn how to sing healthy and naturally, with a free and supported voice.

Class: Korean Maedup Knot Tying (Arts and Crafts)

Korean “maedup” knot tying craft is mainly used for decorative items such as bracelets, necklaces, bookmarks, and wall decorations. Learn the historical purpose of specific knots used for daily items such as scrolls, mirrors, chest keys, and sedan chairs.

Class: Oriental Brush Painting (Arts and Crafts)

Oriental Korean Brush Painting, where you will learn how to paint orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums and plum blossoms. As you master these subjects, you may expand to landscapes, animals, flowers and birds.

Class: Fashion and Sewing (Art and Crafts)

Learn techniques in pattern drafting, fitting, tailoring and sewing while designing and making your own skirts, pants, blouses, jackets, etc

Class: Conversation Lunch (Cooking)

Learn to cook special and tasty italian food as well as enjoy talking together on different topics about personal development (communication skills, assertivness, empowerment, self-leadership)

Class: Personal effectiveness classes (Personal Development)

The courses are designed to develop key skills and techniques needed to build personal impact, influence and effectiveness in dealings with themselves and with others.

Class: Hanji Paper Craft (Arts and Crafts)

This class teaches how to design and make various Hanji works from Hanji furniture, Hanji lamp to Hanji tray. The Hanji class encourages every person’s imagination. Come transform imagination into your own design of Hanji. Beginners are welcome.

Class: Italian Cooking (Cooking)

Learn homestyle Italian cooking.

Class: Italian Language (Language and Education)

Learn the beautiful Italian language in a class that is tailored to students’ levels and interests.

Class: Expressive Arts Painting (Arts and Crafts)

Expressive Arts Painting helps you tap into your creativity. Paint with the intention to be present, develop curiosity and acceptance for what shows up on your paper.

Class: Yoga (Fitness and Dance)

Yoga classes for kids and adults alike.

Class: Children´s Choir (Kids)

Children’s Choir which provides a music performance outlet for English speaking children in the greater-Seoul area.

Class: Natural candles and perfumery (Art and Craft)

Classic process of making Natural Candles and Perfumes

Community Service (CS): Soup Kitchen

Would you like to volunteer at a soup kitchen for the homeless? Learn how you can volunteer your time and make a difference in someone else’s life, by serving in the homeless shelter, specifically the soup kitchen that serves 500+ meals daily.

Moms and Tots (MT): Coex Aquarium

The aquarium is fun for all ages! This is something easy to do indoors during the wintertime. Join SIWA Moms and Tots at the Coex Aquarium and enjoy lunch (optional) afterward.

Tour: Photographic Exhibition: Seoraksan Infinity Beyond Beauty

“Infinity Beyond Beauty” invites the viewer to experience Seorak Mountain in its most majestic and mystical form. The photographic images are printed on hanji (Korean traditional paper) and look more like an East Asian ink painting, imparting the true spirit of the Seorak Mountain and having a profound effect on the viewer.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Idioms Explained

Working Women’s Network is a SIWA Interest Group designed for women who prefer evening informational and networking events. The group gathers approximately once a month at a restaurant. All are welcome!

Tour: Spa and Clinic Tour

Korea is gaining a reputation as a plastic surgery mecca: a place where doctors are highly skilled, citizens are more than willing and the technology is top-notch. We will tour one such facility offering plastic surgery and spa treatments: the award winning JK Plastic Surgery Center.

SIWA Coffee Morning: February 2016 (Vendors Only)

Vendors, you are cordially invited to participate in SIWA Coffee Morning and showcase your business and its products and services to the SIWA community. Please register online below to reserve your table and Coffee Morning ticket(s) by February 17th. If you have questions please contact vendormanagement@siwapage.com.

Community Service (CS): Infant Orphanage

Would you like to hold and care for babies who are awaiting adoption? Children’s doctors, nurses and caregivers care for them but they still need volunteers who are able to hold them, talk to them and feed them. Learn how you can volunteer your time to spend with 1-6 month old babies.

Welfare Committee Meeting

Are you interested in a unique opportunity to help provide direct assistance to some of the most vulnerable members and communities in Korea? SIWA’s Welfare Committee offers members a great way to contribute their background and perspectives in supporting local charity organizations.

Tour: Dongdaemun Beads and Craft Market

Dongdaemun’s Beads and Craft Market has everything you could possibly be looking for related to making crafts. Get your shopping lists ready as time will fly when we are surrounded by all the choices!

Tour: Lighting Festival at the Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm is beautiful to visit at any time of year. One of its most visited events is the winter Lighting Festival. During this festival, the whole garden is adorned with bright LED lights illuminating trees and flowers in vibrant colors. The whole family can enjoy this fantastic visual experience.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Transition Cycle

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Moms and Tots (MT): Pororo Theme Park at Lotte World Jamsil

Join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun day at Pororo Park within Lotte World Jamsil. All ages welcome. Babies under 12 months are free. Toddlers 12-18 months get 50% discount. See tip on how to get 20% discount for adults and children.

Tour: Dongdaemun Toy and Stationery Stores Alley

Are you looking for special toys, stationery products, Hello Kitty items, bike, birthday party items, or a Carnival costume this year? Then you can’t miss this Dongdaemun toys and stationery alley tour.

Tour: Ski Trip to Yangji Pine Ski Resort

Two times this season, SIWA will offer a skiing day trip to different ski resorts around Seoul in cooperation with the German Club in Seoul. Our second joint trip is to Yangji Pine Ski Resort, an all-season recreational complex located in the magnificent Dokjosan Mountain in Gyeonggi-do.

Book Club (BC): The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brian

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Newcomers Meeting: February

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Cultural Connection (CC): Hungary

Hungary is a vibrant medium-size state in the heart of Europe. While historically a melting pot of various influences, the origin of the Hungarians can be traced back to the East. Join us to learn more about this fascinating country.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Swedish Culture and Unique Design

Working Women’s Network is a SIWA Interest Group designed for women who prefer evening informational and networking events. The group gathers approximately once a month at a restaurant. All are welcome!

Enrichment Class Instructor Application Spring 2016

Would you like to share your talents by teaching other SIWA members? Classes must be led in English. Classes can be in Arts & Crafts, Cooking, Health & Fitness, Language or other category.

Welfare Committee Meeting

The Welfare Team meets regularly to assess new donation requests and to organize visits to charities (travel on own expense). Based on the result of the visit, the Welfare Team recommends to the SIWA Board on which charities to support. Please note that all Welfare Committee Members must be SIWA Members in good standing.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Transition Cycle

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Moms and Tots: Lilliput Kids Cafe

Come join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun playdate at Lilliput Kids Cafe. Advance registration required. SIWA Moms and Tots Group is FREE and exclusive for SIWA Members!

Tour: Dragon Hill Spa Korean Sauna (jjimjilbang)

It is the time of the year when everybody has had enough of long freezing winter and needs to recharge their bodies. Conveniently located in Yongsan, the Dragon Hill Spa complex is the perfect place to unwind, warm up and feel the myriad health benefits of lying around in bubbling hot pools and rustic saunas.

Newcomers Meeting: January

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Tour: Spa and Clinic Tour

Korea is gaining a reputation as a plastic surgery mecca: a place where doctors are highly skilled, citizens are more than willing and the technology is top-notch. We will tour one such facility offering plastic surgery and spa treatments: the award winning JK Plastic Surgery Center.

Tour: Ikseon-dong Hanok Village and Tteok Rice Cake Museum

We will explore Ikseon-dong, a residential area of hanok, Korean traditional houses. We will visit the Tteok (rice cake) Museum to see old Korean kitchen utensils. Our tour guide will lead us to one of many old and inexpensive restaurants where we can try a Korean dish such as kalguksu noodle for lunch. This area is adjacent to the more touristy Insa-dong.

Tour: Deconstructing Common Food Cravings

This workshop will deepen your understanding of the most common food cravings that affect women. We will discuss the different causes of cravings, what they might mean and most importantly, learn effective, take-home strategies that help put our bodies back into a state of balance.

Book Club (BC): The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures.

Evening Book Club (BC): Books and Wine

The Evening Book Club will run every third Tuesday of the month. We will be focusing on female authors, with texts from a range of genres and time periods. All are welcome!

Moms and Tots (MT): Coex Aquarium

The aquarium is fun for all ages! This is something easy to do indoors during the wintertime. Join SIWA Moms and Tots at the Coex Aquarium and enjoy a cup of coffee beforehand.

Tour: Shopping at Namdaemun Market

Namdaemun market is one of the popular and most visited tourism spots in Seoul. It is the largest traditional market in Korea with over 10,000 stores that line the streets around Namdaemun (“South Big Gate”).

Book Club (BC): Still Life With Rice by Helie Lee

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “Still Life With Rice” by Helie Lee.

Moms and Tots (MT): Children's Choir Holiday Concert

Let’s watch the children sing holiday carols on Thursday evening of December 10. The concert starts at 7:00 PM, but early arrival is recommended since seating is first come first served. We can meet before the performance, but we will not sit together as a group.

Moms and Tots (MT): Christmas Train Visit and Coffee

Let’s visit the annual Millennium Hilton’s Christmas Train. It features a stunning display of vintage trains and wagons… Free for SIWA Moms and Tots to attend.

Tour: Christmas Decorations Market

At this time of the year, in the Express Bus Terminal a Christmas Market appears with a huge variety of Christmas and holiday decorations. You will find a a good selection of interior decorations (ornaments, table cloth, candles,…), christmas trees as well as a wide range of electrical lighting chains. Immerse yourself in a really festive atmosphere!

Newcomers Meeting: December

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Annual SIWA Holiday Lunch 2015

Get in the Holiday Spirit with SIWA! Join friends for good food, entertainment and special raffle prizes. Limited seating.

**Postponed** Moms and Tots (MT): Ladies Night in Itaewon

The “Ladies Night” special is 8,000 won per person for unlimited wine with a paid dinner at the South African restaurant, Braai Republic, in Itaewon. This will be a fun time to mix and mingle with other SIWA Members. There is no cost to attend this event besides the cost of your food and drink.

**Cancelled** Tour: Fascinating Northwest Namsan Park

This tour covers the northwest corner of Mt. Nam-san Park – an interesting scenic area filled with monuments. We will visit four different statues of key national heroes and the museum of national hero Ahn Jeong-geun, followed by the fascinating old Daoist-Shamanic shrine, with images of Chinese and Korean nationalist-Daoist deities enshrined together.

Working Women's Network (WWN): How to Understand Korean Culture as an Expat

Working Women’s Network is a SIWA Interest Group designed for women who prefer evening informational and networking events. The group gathers approximately once a month at a restaurant. All are welcome!

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Transition Cycle

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

November Coffee Morning Mingles

Come to this informal coffee morning to meet and have a chat with your SIWA friends and neighbors. Held in 4 different locations, you can join the one nearest to you. There is no fee; you only pay for what you eat and drink.

Evening Book Club (BC): Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The Evening Book Club will run every third Tuesday of the month. We will be focusing on female authors, with texts from a range of genres and time periods. All are welcome! This month’s book: “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson.

Book Club (BC): Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “Like Water for Chocolat” by Laura Esquivel.

Newcomers Meeting: November

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Tour: Dreaming Camera Photo Exhibition

Witness first hand the positive impact SIWA’s welfare funds have on the students from Dream Tree Village orphanage at their photo exhibition. The exhibit is the product of the “Dreaming Camera” mentoring program, co-funded by SIWA and Shoulder to Shoulder, a non-profit organization.

Tour: Explore Dongdaemun Handbag and Fabric Markets

We will start with a quick introduction to the handbag market near Dongdaemun Plaza and then proceed to the fabric market where we will navigate through a labyrinth of fabrics, notions, craft materials, buttons, upholstery and more. We will browse the shops so you can return and explore more fully at another time.

2015 Bazaar Volunteer Interest Registration

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea. We are in the early planning stages and have leadership positions available as well as behind-the-scenes creative roles. Join the Bazaar Team and get to know other SIWA women while you make a difference for the less fortunate in Korea.

2015 Fall Bazaar

The SIWA and Diplomatic Community Bazaar is the largest international fundraising event in Seoul. Embassies from over 40 nations, women’s clubs, welfare organizations, vendors, localand international sponsors and countless volunteers come together to sell unique products, foods and craft from around the world. It is recognized as the leading opportunity for the expat community and Korean nationals to meet and mingle, while shopping for a good cause.

Tour: 2nd Seoul Kimchi Festival

Join thousands of Seoulites to make tons of kimchi at this downtown festival. Making kimchi together is “kimjang” and the experience is part of Korea’s intangible cultural heritage. The kimchee will be donated to those in need of kimchi made with love!

Tour: Seoul City Wall Hike 3 Namsan

The Seoul City Wall was constructed over 600 years ago and is 18.2 km long. SIWA offers 4 separate hikes on different days to complete the whole trail. Please register separately for each hike you wish to attend.

**Postponed** Moms and Tots (MT): Pororo Theme Park at D Cube City

Join SIWA Moms and Tots for a fun day at Pororo Park within D Cube City Mega Mall. All ages welcome. Babies under 12 months are free.

Tour: Bongeun-sa and the Modern Revival of Korean Buddhism

Guided Tour of Bongeun-sa, one of Seoul’s Great Temples, with Short Lecture on the Modern Revival of Korean Buddhism.

Moms and Tots (MT): FFK Harvest Market Day 2015 (Halloween Day)

SIWA Parents & Kids, let’s meet up on Halloween Day for the annual Harvest Market Day! Costume contest, silent auction, vendors, kids crafts, food and more! Kids 2-12 years old 5,000 won includes all-day bouncy castle and trick-or-treating. Free for parents and babies to attend.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Head First with Gusto

Our guest speaker, Ms. Maria Lee, followed her passion, gave her up her secure U.S. government position and launched a new business in Korea: “Ask Ajumma”. She does not even speak the language. Come and learn the story behind the lady with inspiriting passion.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Kimono Culture and Cuisine

This month we will try on a Kimono and enjoy a meal consisting of sushi, a side dish of Japanese style braised pork with vegetables and a dessert of cherry blossom rice cakes and green tea.

Ladies Glam Night

Conrad Hotel is offering “Glam Night” on Wednesdays at 6-9 PM. First drink is complimentary. Mix and mingle with other SIWA Ladies, while enjoying the view of the city and Han River from the 37th floor. There is no cost to attend, besides paying for your own food and drink.

Tour: Hiking at Bukhansan Dulle-gil

Today we will hike Huingureum-gil, the southeastern part of Dulle-gil. It is an intermediate level trail about 4 km long, with an approximate walking time of 2 hours. The path travels through the lower areas of the mountains and combines history, nature and culture.

**Postponed** Tour: Expedition to the Dragon's Gate in Gyeonggi-do

This is yet another NEW tour offered for SIWA members, a ¾-day expedition to the only Provincial Park of Gyeonggi-do, out in Yangpyeong-gun County with the entire province’s highest peak – Yongmun-san – the Dragon’s Gate Mountain, a Daoist name.

**Cancelled** Tour: Seoul City Wall Hike 2 Inwangsan

The Seoul City Wall was constructed over 600 years ago and is 18.2 km long. SIWA offers 4 separate hikes on different days to complete the whole trail. Please register separately for each hike you wish to attend.

Welfare Committee Meeting

The Welfare Team meets regularly to assess new donation requests and to organize visits to charities (travel on own expense). Based on the result of the visit, the Welfare Team recommends to the SIWA Board on which charities to support. Please note that all Welfare Committee Members must be SIWA Members in good standing.

Community Event: KIS Fall Open House 2015

Korea International School cordially invites SIWA members and supporters to the KIS Fall Admissions Open House.

**Cancelled** Tour: Magoksa Templestay

This is a 2 day tour with an overnight stay. Bus transportation will be provided and we will leave from a central area of Seoul, to be decided. The temple is located approx. 150 km outside of central Seoul.

Community Event: KIS Fall Open House 2015

Korea International School cordially invites SIWA members and supporters to the KIS Fall Admissions Open House.

Class: Fashion Design and Sewing (Arts and Crafts)

Learn techniques in pattern drafting, fitting, tailoring and sewing while designing and making your own skirts, pants, blouses, jackets, etc. This course also includes an introduction to the fabric and accessory markets in Seoul.

Class: Oil Painting (Arts and Crafts)

This course in designed for those with little or no art background. The instructor will guide students individually in completing one work of art. Bring own your materials. All levels welcome

Class: Western Style Flower Arranging (Arts and Crafts)

Learn western style floral arrangements for many occasions: gift giving, parties, weddings, and everyday arrangements to enjoy.

Class: Hanji Paper Craft (Arts and Crafts)

This class teaches how to design and make various Hanji works from Hanji furniture, Hanji lamp to Hanji tray. The Hanji class encourages every person’s imagination. Come transform imagination into your own design of Hanji. Beginners are welcome.

Class: Ceramics (Arts and Crafts)

Beginners with little or no ceramic background as well as those who just want to practice pottery are welcome. Hand-building for beginners (wheel-throwing available too). Depending on your preferences, you can make artistic items of your choice as well as practical items such as dishes, coffee mugs, etc

Class: Creating Accessories (Arts and Crafts)

n accessories making class you learn how to create beautiful accessories to match your outfits. All you need is a complete set of pliers for accessory making, beads, strings, ribbon or other materials to hold the beads together, glue, design tray and your great creativity! Tools, beads, and strings as a starter kit can be purchased during the class.

Class: The Etiquette Factory (Kids)

The Etiquette Factory is a unique learning experience designed to change the world one child at a time. Our exclusive program helps children understand why integrity, respect, emphathy and kindness help lives both personally and professionally.

Class: Basic Korean Cooking and Culture (Cooking)

This course includes basic Korean cooking and eating lunch, and market tours.

Class: Photography (Arts and Crafts)

his course is open to all who are interested in improving their photographic vision. The lectures will cover technical and aesthetic aspects of photography.

Class: Classy Make-up (Health and Beauty)

Learn how to make yourself beautiful in a quick and easy way! Instructor has 16 years of experience.

Class: Expressive Arts Painting (Arts and Crafts)

Expressive Arts Painting helps you tap into your creativity. Paint with the intention to be present, develop curiosity and acceptance for what shows up on your paper.

Class: Oriental Brush Painting (Arts and Crafts)

This is a beginner course for Oriental Korean Brush Painting, where you will learn how to paint orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums and plum blossoms. As you master these subjects, you may expand to landscapes, animals, flowers and birds.

Class: Design in the kitchen (Cooking)

Design in the kitchen. A taster menu of Spanish design for food

Class: Italian Language (Language and Education)

Learn the beautiful Italian language in a class that is tailored to students’ levels and interests.

Class: Oriental Flower Arranging (Arts and Crafts)

Recreate the beauty of nature in modern environment and learn the importance of lines and space in Oriental flower arranging.

Class: Expat coaching (Personal Development)

One to One Coaching Sessions for Expat Women.

Class: Holistic Health Coaching Program (Health and Beauty)

Transform your Health with a 3 month Holistic Health Coaching Program.

Class: Easy Korean (Language and Education)

Learn the most common topics that expats need to learn. Language taught will be the most efficient and practical way to survive in Korea. Learn the Hangeul alphabet, practice reading, basic sentence structure, useful phrases at the stores, greetings, etc.

Class: Italian Cooking (Cooking)

Learn homestyle Italian cooking.

Class: Capoeira Brazilian martial art (Fitness and Dance)

Anyone serious about fitness will enjoy capoeira. Students who practice capoeira find improvement in strength, flexibility, agility, balance, concentration and rhythm.

Class: Korean Maedup Knot Tying (Arts and Crafts)

Korean “maedup” knot tying craft is mainly used for decorative items such as bracelets, necklaces, bookmarks, and wall decorations. Learn the historical purpose of specific knots used for daily items such as scrolls, mirrors, chest keys, and sedan chairs.

Class: Introduction to the “Personal Business Model Canvas” (Language and Education)

Ready to change your résumé? Introduction to the “Personal Business Model Canvas”. The one-page method for reinventing your career.

Class: Spanish time (Language and Education)

Online registration will end October 22. During this session you will be introduce to the spanish culture trying to motivate them to (See More)

Class: Indian Vegetarian Cooking (Cooking)

Indian Vegetarian Cooking class.Two kinds of classes. One Day class for 4 hours or weekly class for two hours.

Tour: Gangwon-do Cultural Day Trip

All day tour by bus through the mountainous region of Gangwon-do to experience Arirang folk songs, a traditional lunch and country market, and to visit the Tomb of the 6th King Joseon Dynasty (UNESCO site). All the while, we can enjoy the fall scenery.

SIWA Coffee Morning: October (Vendors Only)

Vendors, you are cordially invited to participate in SIWA Coffee Morning and showcase your business and its products and services to the SIWA community. Please register online below to reserve your table and Coffee Morning ticket(s) by October 14th. If you have questions please contact vendormanagement@siwapage.com.

**Cancelled** Tour: Ansan Hike

Ansan (mountain) is a very popular hiking location. It rises behind the north side of Yonsei University in Seodaemun-gu. Easy to moderate hiking trails lead around and up to the mountain peak.

Tour: Turkish Lunch

Enjoy a Turkish lunch with explanations in English from our Turkish leader.

Tour: Holy Sites on the Rooster Dragon in NW Gyeryong-san National Park

This is a new SIWA tour, offering something different – an all-day excursion to one of the most spectacular national parks, featuring two fascinating temples and a gushing stone- formed waterfall – with plenty of education about Korean Buddhism and the Shamanic Sanshin mountain-spirit traditions.

Newcomers Meeting: October

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Transition Cycle

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Tour: Seoul City Wall Hike 1 Bugaksan

The Seoul City Wall was constructed over 600 years ago and is 18.2 km long. SIWA offers 4 separate hikes on different days to complete the whole trail. Please register separately for each hike you wish to attend.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Hanbok

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month we will try on Hanbok and have Temple Food lunch.

Tour: Ansel Adams Exhibition Classical Images

The Sejong Center for the Performing Arts holds a photography exhibition of Ansel Adams’s iconic work. Part of the exhibit is also a group show titled Preserving the Vision: A Trio of Photographers by Bob Kolbrener, Alan Ross and Ted Orland.

Book Club (BC): Missing Person by Patrick Modiano

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “Missing Person” by Patrick Modiano.

Tour: The Quirky Temples of Hongji-dong

The visit consists of three small but interesting Buddhist temples, an old pavilion and a City Gate in one lovely mountainous neighborhood north of Gyeongbokgung Palace, including the slightly famous “White Roadside Buddha” rock-carving of Bodo-gak Shrine at Jade-Stream Hermitage.

Tour: Walk from Bukchon to Seongbuk across City Wall of Mt. Bugaksan

Join our walk starting at Anguk station in Bukchon, walk through Samcheong Park up to the City Wall for a wonderful view. Then we will walk down along the City wall to Seongbuk and end our walk at the Sangheo Lee Taejon´s Tea House.

Class: Step into your Power (Language and Education)

A transformation coaching workshop that will teach you 5 proven techniques to find your secret gifts in 90 minutes.

Tour: Discovering the beauty of South-Bukhansan

Today we are going to explore the southwest part of great Bukhansan National Park. Tour Leader Matthias Geisler extensively crisscrossed Bukhansan to make sure that participants will get the most out of their SIWA hike across this beautiful mountain range.

Tour: Gilsangsa Temple and Korean Furniture Museum

We will visit Gilsangsa Temple and the Korean Furniture Museum, two Korean cultural treasures are located in Seongbuk-dong

September Enrichment Class Sign Up Day

In lieu of coffee mornings in September and January, SIWA hosts an Enrichment Class Program Sign-Up Event. SIWA provides the opportunity for members with expertise to offer classes to other SIWA members in English. Come see what is available, meet the teachers, and schedule yourself for a spring of great experiences, all while enjoying a cup of coffee and a light breakfast.

Welfare Committee - Volunteer Interest Form

The Welfare Team meets regularly to assess new donation requests and to organize visits to charities (travel on own expense). Based on the result of the visit, the Welfare Team recommends to the SIWA Board on which charities to support. Please note that all Welfare Committee Members must be SIWA Members in good standing.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Yachting, a New Leisure Life in Seoul

Working Women’s Network is a SIWA Interest Group designed for women who prefer evening informational and networking events. The group gathers approximately once a month at a restaurant. All are welcome.

Tour: Understanding the Structure of Hanok

Hanok, the Korean traditional house, embodies an architectural style full of history and beauty. At the Hanok Culture Center, we will learn about the structure of hanok via a model demonstration. We will also visit hanok in the historic Bukchon area.

Community Service (CS): Be a Volunteer for a SOBOSA Student

Please give 10 minutes/week of your time through Kakao, Facebook or Email to help deaf students with their written English. SOBOSA, a study room for deaf students, is a supporting center where hearing-impaired students can find help and guidance for their future.

Tour: Northeastern Slopes of Namsan

Walking through Jangchungdan Park, Dongguk University, and along the Namsan Promenade to Namsangol Hanok Village will connect locales on the north slopes of Namsan and hear anecdotes of Korean history and culture as we encounter historical structures, statues, and historical sites.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): Transition Cycle

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. What are some of the ways to keep the family ties strong during times of transition? Join us for the April Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Moms and Tots (MT): Baby Swimming and Playroom

Attention water babies! Come join us for a playdate at Baby Angels (part of Playtime Kids Club), which includes baby stretching, swimming, bathing, and playtime. Moms are welcome to stay afterward for an optional lunch. Minimum age is 2 months.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Romanian Cuisine

This month our Hostess Jeni Pop will prepare two classic Romanian dishes: Sarmale with polenta and sour cream followed by Papanashi.

Tour: Exploring Bucheon-si by visiting Hanok Village and Aiins World

Explore Bucheon-Si, home of the charmingly traditional Hanok Village and Aiins World, where buildings from around the world are recreated in miniature.

Evening Book Club (BC): The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Evening Book Club will run every third Tuesday of the month. We will be focusing on female authors, with texts from a range of genres and time periods. All are welcome! This month’s book: “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

2015 Bazaar Volunteer Interest Registration

This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in a meaningful and fun event. The annual SIWA & Diplomatic Community Bazaar is our largest fundraiser. It provides most of the funds we donate to charitable organizations in Korea. We are in the early planning stages and have leadership positions available as well as behind-the-scenes creative roles. Join the Bazaar Team and get to know other SIWA women while you make a difference for the less fortunate in Korea.

Tour: The National Cemetery of Korea

A guided visit to the National Cemetery of Korea, in Dongjak District, with the tombs of three key Presidents and stories / accomplishments told about them. Included are the interesting Jijang-sa Buddhist Temple and the underground vault with statues of National Spirits.

Book Club (BC): Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson.

Newcomers Meeting: September

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Tour: World Cup Stadium Parks and Picnic

Do you know the area around World Cup Stadium? Between the stadium and the Han River there are several parks, including Pyeonghwa Park, Nanjicheon Park, Hangang Riverside Park, Noeul Park and Haneul Park. Today we will explore a few of these parks.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Summer Memories

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month we will have a simple brunch.

Tour: Yangjae Flower Market

Yangjae Flower Market is located in Yangjae-dong in Seocho-gu. This enormous market sells all kinds of garden supplies, from pots and soil to flowers and trees. This is the place to go for both novice and serious gardeners seeking more than just cut flowers and small plants (but you can find those too!)

**Cancelled** Tour: Discounted Tickets for Non-Verbal Shows

Come with your calendar to plan fall entertainment for you and your family! Non-verbal shows highlight Korean theatrical talents and can be enjoyed by all language groups. You can always get half-price tickets on the day of the show, but this fall, Korea In Motion (KoInMo) offers deeply discounted tickets in advance for the period September 10 – October 11.

Working Women's Network (WWN): 7 Ways to Stay Safe and Still Have Fun on an African Safari.

Working Women’s Network is a SIWA Interest Group designed for women who prefer evening informational and networking events. The group gathers approximately once a month at a restaurant. All are welcome!

Moms and Tots (MT): Mommy Manicures

Let’s pamper ourselves with manicures and pedicures! Free for SIWA Members and Friends to attend. Nail care costs paid directly to the salon. Bring food and drinks to enjoy during the event.

Tour: Frida Kahlo Exhibition

The SOMA Museum of Art will honor the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo this summer. More than 100 of her best-known paintings and sketches will be on display.

Tour: Dodream Oriental Medical Clinic

In this tour you can learn about Korean herbal medicine and discover if treatment in an oriental clinic is for you.

Welfare Committee Meeting

The Welfare Team meets regularly to assess new donation requests and to organize visits to charities (travel on own expense). Based on the result of the visit, the Welfare Team recommends to the SIWA Board on which charities to support. Please note that all Welfare Committee Members must be SIWA Members in good standing.

**Cancelled** Tour: iPhone Apps Workshop to Manage Your Life in Seoul #3

Subway App, Google Translate, Kakao Talk, Apple Maps, Siri, OTO, dropping pins, photo shopping lists…is it making your head spin? SIWA Members only. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. iPhone users only, this session does not cover Samsung devices.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): Italian Cuisine

Ever wondered what it takes to prepare an authentic Italian meal? For the month of August Rossella Meloni, a native Italian presents the following Italian food: Antipasti (small starter dishes like bruschetta) and Potato gnocchi with two different pasta sauces.

Newcomers Meeting: August

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): August

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

SIWA Coffee Morning: August (Vendors Only)

Vendors, you are cordially invited to participate in SIWA Coffee Morning and showcase your business and its products and services to the SIWA community. Please register online below to reserve your table and Coffee Morning ticket(s) by August 12th. If you have questions please contact vendormanagement@siwapage.com.

SIWA Coffee Morning: August

Welcome back to Seoul for those who have been on vacation or visiting their home country! Do not miss our first Coffee Morning after the summer break and use the opportunity to reconnect with other members. The speaker is Mr. David Cummins, VP, Head of Strategic Sourcing, Shell Korea Ltd. Topic of his talk is: Living in Korea as an Expat: How to better manage your expectations by better understanding Korean culture.

Tour: Daehan and Seoul History Museums

With a guide from the Korean Heritage Society, our museum visit will focus on urban development in Seoul since about 1900 and will cover the impact of the Japanese colonial occupation, post-war rebuilding and the “Economic Miracle.”

Tour: Hanbok Fashion Show at DDP

Famous hanbok designer Soon-Hwa Lee cordially invites members of SIWA to “Lighten My Country,” a history fashion show of beautiful hanbok and cultural performances commemorating Korea’s 70th Independence Day.

Book Club (BC): The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Tour: Bangsan Alley for Baking Supplies

This tour will show you Seoul Bakers’ Market, a place which contains everything you need to bake just about anything you can imagine.

Tour: Buk Seoul Museum of Art, SeMA Print Collection

We will view the SeMa Print Collection – Reflecting the Times. This is an exhibition of prints by 6 Korean artists. The selected works reflect life in the 1980s-1990s, mostly through prints that address political and social realities directly experienced by the artists during that time.

International Culinary Exchange (ICE): The Pacific Northwestern American Cuisine

In July we will experience the Pacific Northwestern style of American Cuisine at THE BEASTRO in Hongdae. The restaurant, owned and operated by siblings Catherine Chung and Matthew J Chung, is designed to feel like a comfortable, modern American home. The menu focuses on casual and approachable North American cuisine prepared with attention to detail and modern technique.

Moms and Tots (MT): Swimming and Playroom

Attention water babies! Come join us for a playdate at Baby Angels (part of Playtime Kids Club), which includes baby stretching, swimming, bathing, and playtime. Moms are welcome to stay afterward for an optional lunch. Minimum age is 2 months.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Seize the Opportunity

Seize The Opportunity : President of the Household, Prime Minister of the Kitchen, Trailing Spouse and Working Woman – How to accomplish it all. We welcome guest speaker Jessica Raeside to share her own story and expertise of what she has accomplished whilst being a trailing spouse in Korea.

Tour: Seoul City Hall Old and New

We will visit the Old and New buildings of Seoul’s City Hall.

Newcomers Meeting: July

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Book Club (BC): Breaking Night by Liz Murray

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “Breaking Night” by Liz Murray.

Tour: COEX Aquarium

COEX Aquarium, the largest marine theme park in Korea, is home to 40,000 marine creatures from 650 different species. COEX Aquarium showcases an incredibly diverse range of aquatic life from Korea and all around the globe.

Welfare Committee Meeting

The Welfare Team meets regularly to assess new donation requests and to organize visits to charities (travel on own expense). Based on the result of the visit, the Welfare Team recommends to the SIWA Board on which charities to support. Please note that all Welfare Committee Members must be SIWA Members in good standing.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Women's Leadership, What and Why?

This month, we welcome Dae Young Kim, a cultural affairs specialist from the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. Ms. Kim will be sharing her expertise about Women’s Leadership. She will provide tips from her own self-leadership training and best practice examples from her experience as a working woman.

Tour: Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Gansong Museum

See the unique architecture of Dongdaemun Design Plaza and learn more about the history of this area. An English speaking guide will lead us around – inside and outside. We also will visit Gansong Museum located at DDP.

Tour: Seonyudo Park, a Renovated Island on the Han River

Seonyudo Park is a unique ecological water park utilizing abandoned structures from the site’s former use as a water purification plant. The park contains unique water-themed gardens, ponds, and provides beautiful views of Seoul and the Han River.

**Cancelled** Cultural Connection (CC): Norway

Norwegian design – Finding inspiration for knitting design by Arne & Carlos.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): June

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Book Club (BC): The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “The Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson.

**Cancelled** Newcomers Meeting: June

If you are new to Seoul or new to SIWA, we encourage you to join our Newcomers Meeting. It’s a great chance to get to know a little more about our organization and the city of Seoul. Newcomers Meetings are held 2nd Friday of each month. SIWA Membership is not required to attend.

Moms and Tots (MT): Baby Angels Swimming

Attention water babies! Come join us for a playdate at Baby Angels (part of Playtime Kids Club), which includes baby stretching, swimming, bathing, and playtime. Moms are welcome to stay afterward for an optional lunch. Minimum age is 2 months.

**Cancelled** Tour: World Cup Stadium Parks and Picnic

Do you know the area around World Cup Stadium? Between the stadium and the Han River there are several parks, including Pyeonghwa Park, Nanjicheon Park, Hangang Riverside Park, Noeul Park and Haneul Park. Today we will explore a few of these parks.

Korean-English Conversation (KE): Practice Speaking

If you would like to practice speaking Korean or English, please join our conversation group. We will teach and encourage each other through our conversations. This month we will have lunch at

SIWA Spring Lunch

Say farewell for the summer at SIWA’s annual Spring Lunch a the Conrad Seoul Zest Restaurant. Enjoy friends, food, wine and great raffle prizes! Space is limited, so advance online registration and pre-payment are necessary. Current SIWA Members may receive the benefit of a 10,000 won discount on the ticket price.

Working Women's Network (WWN): Discussion Session

Working Women’s Network is a SIWA Interest Group designed for women who prefer evening informational and networking events. The group gathers approximately once a month (last Wednesday of each month) at a restaurant. All are welcome!

Book Club (BC): Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

The club meets once a month to discuss a book chosen by the group, an interesting mix of women from various backgrounds. The result is a deeper understanding of the book itself but also different cultures. This month’s book: “Enrique’s Journey” by Sonia Nazario.

Tour: SAC Opera Theater and Backstage

‘Seoul Arts Center’ or ‘SAC’ (예술의 전당) is Korea’s representative art and culture complex and comprises five main buildings. Today we will visit the Opera House and its backstage.

Transition Group Lunch (TG): May

Life as an expat is often challenging for many reasons. Join us for the Transition Group meeting to meet others who are going through various stages of transition, and to share your own story around a lunch table.

Tour: Garden of Morning Calm

Train and bus will bring us to “Petite France”, a magnificent village that looks like it belongs on the Mediterranean coast or in a pastoral area of the European Alps. Then we will visit “Garden of Morning Calm”, a relaxing botanical paradise for photographers.

SIWA Coffee Morning: May (Vendors Only)

Vendors, you are cordially invited to join SIWA Coffee Morning and showcase your business to the SIWA community. All proceeds generated during the raffle go to the SIWA Welfare Fund. For more info, interested vendors may contact SIWA at vendormanagement@siwapage.com.

SIWA Coffee Morning: May

Don´t miss our last Coffee Morning before summer break and use the opportunity to connect to other members, meet the new SIWA-team and enjoy the guest speaker Ms. Amy Jackson while enjoying a delicious coffee. Pre-registration is highly recommended to ensure an accurate headcount for sufficient seating and beverages.