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Popular Seoul business class starts Monday
By Shannon Heit

The Seoul Global Center will again host its Business Start-up Education Class for international entrepreneurs. While the future had been uncertain after its first run, after frequent inquiries from expats, the SGC decided that it would be beneficial to provide the course again. Sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, last year’s inaugural lessons proved a success; the course spawned six still-operating businesses and more students have other businesses in the works. One former student, Singaporean Chua Pei Chi, said he would certainly recommend the class to others interested in starting a business. “Before I attended the course, I always had the intention (of starting a business in Korea), but I didn’t know how to go about it. It gave me an idea about how I could start and also gave me contacts,” he said. Chua is currently in the process of getting his trading company off the ground. He predicts it will open in April or May. Chua, who was involved in trade in Singapore, said that “knowing that there is a course like this, made me feel welcome to start my own business here.” The intensive classes will run every day except Sunday, starting Monday, March 22 through April 1 at the SGC Seminar room, located on the 5th floor of the Press Center, near Seoul City Hall. During the week, classes will be held in the evening in an effort to accommodate work schedules of interested participants, typically from 6:30-8:30 or 9:30 p.m. One Saturday class will be held in the afternoon from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Topics will range from Korean business culture, creating a viable business plan, registering a business, location and real estate analysis, human resources,

labor and business laws, taxation, and business licenses and permits. Each course will be taught by an expert in the field and some of the courses will be taught by non-Koreans who have personal experience in either foreign direct investment or entrepreneurship in Korea. Alberto Giacchini, director and professor of Sejong University’s Sejong Syracuse MBA program, lectured for last year’s program and will return again to give a lecture on “evaluating business potential and finding business ideas.” Giacchini has personal experience owning his own business in Korea and says the course is great for future business owners for practical tips and advice. Giacchini adds that he hopes more and more entrepreneurs from the expat community will consider starting a business, emphasizing additional benefits to Korean society. “By having more and more foreign-owned businesses, you’re creating more of a character for the city. Foreign communities and business add flavor to the culture of a city, as in London” or other global cities. While this is a business startup “basics” course, future specialized courses are also planned for the second half of the year. These courses will focus specifically on the trade and food-service industries. In addition, the SGC also provides individualized, free business consultation as a regular service for any international residents interested in investing in or starting a business. Interested in attending? Visit the Seoul Global Center’s website http://global.seoul.go.kr to download the application form. For other information about living and working in Seoul, visit the unofficial blog at www.seoulcityblog.com (shannon.sgc@gmail.com)

In focus: Improve your composition
The Photo Challenge is sponsored by Hyosung Camera (English: 010-72039599) and Babo Shirts (www.baboshirts.com). Winners of the weekly competition receive a 50,000 won store credit at Hyosung Camera and a Babo Shirt. To take part in the competition, simply upload your photo at www.flickr.com/groups/seoulphotoclub — Ed.
By Aaron Raisey

Just as a musician has to bring notes, timing and rhythm together to create a piece of music, you as a photographer should strive to bring the subject, background and structure together to produce an image that is pleasing for the eye. This, just as in music, is called composition. Photographic composition is a large and complex subject, but today we will keep it simple and look at just one basic but very important and easy-to-use principle — the rule of thirds. The rule

of thirds has been recognized in imaging literature for a couple of hundred years and has no doubt been around as an aesthetic principle ever since man began to create art. So, what exactly is it, and how can we apply it to photography? Imagine if you can, what you see through your viewfinder divided by two horizontal and two vertical lines. It’s as if a neat tic tac toe grid has been placed over your image, dividing it into nine equal parts. These lines provide basic guides behind which you should arrange the important parts of your photograph. This is counter-intuitive to what almost everyone thinks when they starting picking up a camera — just stick the subject right in the middle and fire away. However, let’s visualize a simple example of this principle in practice. Imagine through your viewfinder, a flat green grass field stretching to the bluesky horizon with a solitary tree in the middle distance. The tree is perhaps

more or less 1/3 as tall as the frame in your finder as you look through it. Now put the tree dead-center in the frame and take a shot. File that image away for reference in a moment. Now frame another shot with the tree sitting, say, on the right hand vertical of our tic tac toe lines and the horizon stretching along the lower horizontal marker. Hit the shutter and let’s compare these images. Which is the more interesting? Or at least, which is the most aesthetically pleasing? If you choose the last photograph we snapped, you would be with the vast majority of people. It’s well understood that images that have prime points of interest, balance and visual cues on or near these four lines, and especially their intersections, elicit more favorable responses than those with the subject placed right in the middle. You can apply the rule of thirds easily to almost any image you choose to capture. For example, people are always popular subjects. Avoid placing them in the middle and place their focal

points (the eyes) on or near the upper left or right intersections. When shooting landscapes, if the sky is especially interesting sit the horizon on or just below the lower horizontal line. Should there be some interesting foreground elements, position the horizon along the upper line. In either case, try to place any strong vertical elements such as a prominent copse of trees or the highest landmark about where either of the two verticals lie. Like any rule it’s really just a strong guide and in some circumstances such as with repetition or classic portraiture you might have to break the rule to achieve your desired image. Keep the rule of thirds in mind though. You’ll find you start to produce stronger and more interesting images if you begin to build them around those four lines and points. See how expat photographers from all around Korea stick to, or break the rules at the Seoul Photo Club on Flickr. (raisey@hanmail.net) must cook the bone for days because the broth is thick and luscious. The pork falls off the bone and it is saturated with the tantalizing broth. I recommend you eat the potatoes last, because they will be soft and you can crush them down with bits of pork to make mashed potatoes. Directions go to Nokbon Station (Line 3) and take a cab towards Eunpyeong-guchon yak Seobu Gamja-guk; Seoul; Eunpyeonggu Nokbondong 181 Phone: (02) 356-4555 Daniel Gray works for O’ngo Food Communications. You can follow his adventures at www.seouleats.com; the opinions expressed here are the author’s only and do not necessarily represent those of The Korea Herald. —Ed. Shopping What: Flea markets When: Varied times Cost: Free Seoul is undoubtedly great for shopping. While there is an abundance of markets selling dresses, pantyhose and high heels, there are also a few flea markets in the city where you can find more unique items at great prices. Check out the Philippine market for all things Filipino, or the Yongsan flea market where the specialty is computer goods. The Seocho flea market is Korea’s largest selling, everything from clothing to electronics. Refer to the contact info for a comprehensive list and directions, and don’t forget to bargain. Know of an activity worth mentioning in our weekly guide? Please e-mail suggestions to scumming570@gmail.com —Ed.

Three of the best bowls in Seoul
By Daniel Gray
Seoul Eats

How many times have you been in this situation? You go into a Korean restaurant, and you ask the server what the best dish on their menu is, and they answer, “all of them.” They either say that or — if you have a non-Korean face or accent — they direct you to the blandest, sweetest, “foreignerfriendly” item on the menu. Well, I say don’t trust them. Here is a rundown of some of the best Korean bowls I’ve found in Seoul. 1. Daegu-style spicy garlic braised beef at Dong-in Dong’s Maeungalbijjim is a spicy gar-

lic bomb of tender rib meat that is impregnated with flavor. After a couple bites of this dish, your mouth will feel as if it is on fire and your breath will kick like an Italian family after a long dinner. The sauce must call for about 30 cloves of chunky, eye-searing garlic. It’s all about the sauce and if you have any left over at the end of the meal, you can finish your meal with a fried rice dish. Directions: Go out Sinsa Station, Exit 6, and make a right at Bean’s Bin Cafe. It’s about two block’s down on the right. There is usually a 20minute wait. Phone: (02) 516-5765

2. Creamy tofu stew at Piyang Kong Halmoni I think the owner-grandmother at this restaurant is obsessive compulsive about cleanliness and flavor. The place is impeccably clean and each side dish, or “banchan,” is served in a ceramic bowl with a shiny pair of tongs, so you have to take a portion of your vegetable and put it on your own side plate. Double dipping of chopsticks is not allowed. The specialty of this restaurant is their creamy tofu stew (Kong biji). On a cold day, it is like coming home to your ondol. The ricotta cheese-like texture of this dish

is accented with bits of ground pork. Directions: Go out Seolleung Station, Exit 4, go two blocks towards COEX and make a right at Nonghyup Bank. Go two blocks and make a right at Namwon Chu-o-tang. Phone: (02) 508-0476 3. Potato and pork bone stew at Seobu Gamja-guk For over a year, I have done the food spot with Steve Hatherly from TBS eFM radio. Steve talks about this amazing potato and pork bone stew place on his show and we finally made the trek all the way north to Nokbondong (near Nokbon Station). It’s all about the broth. They by starving himself for days or dabbling in drug use. Die Galerie’s exhibition presents a varied representation of his work including 33 paintings, drawings, paper works and sculptures. Spiritual What: Zen meditation When: Saturdays 2:30-4:00 pm Where: Ahnkook Zen Center Contact: http://www. ahnkookzen.org; (02) 732-0772 Cost: Free Find your inner light. If you’re curious about Buddhism or Zen meditation, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the world of self peace. The Ahnkook Zen Center opens its doors to all who are interested in learning about the path to purification and enhancement. Lectures in English about the culture of Buddhism are held every Saturday.

Five things to do this week
Students take part in last year’s Business Start-up Education Shannon Heit Class.

Course schedule
Date March 22 Title Orientation Korean business culture March 23 March 24 March 25 March 27 March 29 March 30 March 31 April 1 Evaluating business potential & finding business ideas Establishment Business plan preparation Location & premises HR Legal requirements Tax & accounting Licenses & permits Obtaining finance Lecturer / Organization Chris Dykas, Freelancer Todd Sample, KOTRA Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency Alberto Giacchini, Sejong University Seung-il Nam, Korea Exchange Bank Gerald Staruiala, KTPM Consulting In Park, Cyber University Bong-soo Jung, Kangnam Labor Law Firm Hyeong-ju Kim, Ji-hoo Law Firm Danielle Suh, Kim and Jang Accounting Firm Ju-won Han, First Law Lee & Ko Ha-yoon Jeon, Seoul Credit Association

Whether you’re passing through town, or in your third year of teaching in Seoul, here are a few ideas for spicing up your week. From drinking at the Irish Festival to finding inner peace, we hope to provide appealing suggestions for all of Seoul’s expat community. Culture/celebration What: Saint Patrick’s Day Irish festival When: March 20 Where: Cheonggyecheon Plaza Seoul Contact: http://www.iak.co.kr Cost: Free What better place is there to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in Seoul? Grab a Guinness and join the green masses for a street fair and parade. Events

include Irish food and drink, along with traditional music and dancing. Hit the Irish pubs later in the evening for dance parties and drink specials. Kids/Young at heart What: Exciting world of animation When: March 19 to 25 Where: Hangaram Design Museum, Seoul Arts Center Contact: http://www.sac.or.kr Cost: 14,000 won DreamWorks, the masterminds behind box-office favorites “Shrek,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Kung Fu Panda,” are holding an animation convention that is sure to excite both young and old. The festival will include a celebration of the release of “Shrek Forever

After,” the final in the series, and a 3-D viewing of “How to Tame Your Dragon.” Kids can take pictures with their favorite characters and learn the basics of stop-motion animation. Art and culture What: Andre Masson Exhibit When: Through March 25 Where: Die Galerie Contact: http://www.die-galerie.co.kr Cost: Free Connected with both the cubist and surrealist movements, Andre Masson is a leading figure of 20th century art. Masson is known as the fist practitioner of automatic drawing, and was also known for his attempts to tap into the subconscious mind

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