The Inaugural Ceremony of the 2011 Korea Hope Expedition was held at Seoul Plaza at 11 am, July 4, with more than 200 people, including 96 students of the national territory hiking troupe, and organizing staff of the event, in attendance.
The 96 college students, led by alpinist Park Young-seok, kicked off a great, energetic 474km hiking expedition of the national territory that is sure to be filled with challenges, passion, and sharing.
The 96 students of the national territory hiking troupe of the 2011 Korea Hope Expedition, which is hosted jointly by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Park Young-seok Exploration and Culture Foundation, will depart from Seoul Plaza on July 4 and make their way via Sacheon→Hapcheon→Sangju→Cheongwon→Jincheon. The tour will last for 19 days. As such, they are due to arrive back at Seoul Plaza at 4 pm on July 21, where they will hold a ceremony to celebrate the completion of their arduous journey.
The great hiking trail of the Korea Hope Expedition, which marks its eighth event this year, was launched in 2004 as a journey of the national territory for college students, with a view to enabling them to overcome hardships and troubles and to spreading the “virus of hope” throughout the nation.
In attendance at the ceremony were Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon; Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Ambassador to Korea; Seong Gi-hak, chairman of the Park Young-seok Exploration & Culture Foundation; Kim Hee-ok, Dongguk University President; Goo Ja-jun, Chairman of LIG Insurance Co., Ltd.; Lee In-jeong, Chairman of the Korea Alpine Federation; and Heo Hyeong-man, a cartoonist.