What might turn out to be a pleasant, interesting and spectacular sortta Event, for those into the mountains and their history / culture, is being held by the Korea Forest Research Institute on Thursday June 10th, with some after-activities the next day.  It will be an outdoor public Seminar and tourism-publicity-event about the Baekdu-daegan, the gigantic mountain-system “Spine of Korea”, its cultural history and natural ecology, and the Trail now running 735 km along its crest within the ROK (from Jiri-san up past Seorak-san).  Free of cost, including RT transport from Seoul.

This will be held under the open sky up at the Jo-ryeong Pass Third Gate in Mungyeong-Saejae Provincial Park, right on the crest!   Way up-there, with fantastic views.  They have gotten a great response of interest, and are now expecting hundreds of people to attend, with some amount of media coverage.  Overall theme: “Historical Significance and Traditional Knowledge of the Baekdu-daegan”.  Early-afternoon speakers besides myself will include the famed poet Ko Un and Director-General Shin of the Korea Forest Research Institute.  Eco-biology-oriented activities will follow.

The KFRI will provide buses for everyone, leaving from their HQ in Dongdaemun-gu (between Kyung Hee and Korea Universities), leaving at 8:30am, and then back to Seoul afterwards, arriving back by 9pm or so.  Lunch provided for all, and there is no cost.

If you want to go, write to my gmail dot com address mtnwolf, ASAP.  Post any Qs in responses here, and i’ll post more details.

Some core participants will stay overnight in the Suanbo Hot Springs, and tour cool locales of Yecheon County on Friday, before returning to Seoul.  Let me know if you’re interested in this option.

Journalists, whether pro or part-timers, are most-especially welcome.

Shortly after this event, the Baekdu-daegan Trail Hiking Guidebook (by Roger Shepherd & Andrew Douch, with me) will at last be published by Seoul Selection, after 3.5 years work.  Watch our sites for announcements and ordering details.  The Mungyeong event will be a good opportunity to promote it in advance, and network with all kinds of mountain-lovers here.

Another note from my little corner of the K  — the 2010 “World Tea Festival” Exposition opens at COEX this Thursday the 3rd, and runs until Sun the 6th.  Great chance to observe aspects of Han-guk Chado (and plenty from China & etc, too) and stock-up on high-quality green, yellow, red and herbal teas — and bowls, tea-sets, tables and other traditional tea-wares.  The site in Korean… and English here.